Today on Context Florida: Pam Bondi, malfunction junction, prisoner of war and assisted living

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Today on Context Florida:

Attorney General Pam Bondi’s attempt to explain away her preposterous claim that recognizing same-sex couples would “impose significant public harm” doesn’t stand up to scrutiny, writes Mark Ferrulo. Not even close. Why isn’t Bondi “defending the voters” who passed the 1976 Sunshine Amendment that mandates open and transparent state government?

If Charlie Crist gets elected, Barney Bishop says, you’re going to see the same Washington D.C. “malfunction junction” arrive in Tallahassee with a vengeance. It’s not simply that Charlie is a former Repub who’s now a Dem because that happens occasionally. No, it’s the way that Charlie switched that angers conservative Republican voters. Since the Legislature will stay decidedly Republican, in both the Senate and House, divided government would become a reality for the first time since Republican Gov. Bob Martinez was elected in 1986.

No one likes to get worked up more than Americans, according to Marc Yacht. Normally, a prisoner of war exchange would soften the heart of any citizen. Not during these dog days! Round and round she goes. Another political battle looms right around the corner. After all, November draws closer every day.

FL ALFA Executive Director Gail Matillo is deeply disappointed that the Legislature did not pass comprehensive reform of the assisted living facility industry in Florida. Among the many positive elements of the ALF proposals was a measure that would have updated the definition of “limited nursing services.” That change would have allowed nurses licensed appropriately to deliver care to residents, rather than taking them out of their ALF home for care or delaying their return after a hospital stay.

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