Today on Context Florida: On a roll, mug shots, Florida election and pesky public records requests

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Today on Context Florida:

“So this state is on a roll,” was Gov. Rick Scott’s deceptively simple summation, says Daniel Tilson, after rattling off the same old self-serving economic and employment numbers in his final debate against Charlie Crist. But neither his ads nor the governor himself offer any explanations why, while adding hundreds of thousands of new jobs, average middle-class wages and household incomes for most Floridians have gone down or stayed flat for years now.

Catherine Durkin Robinson believes not only is posting mug shots of people who were never convicted, or who were wrongfully arrested in the first place, is irresponsible, it should also be a crime.

Steve Kurlander used to live in Florida. As he watches the contest between Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist, he wishes he could vote in the election in his former home. The race between Scott and Crist is very close and very important, not just to Florida but the nation.

Chris Timmons believes that Gov. Rick Scott would rather avoid those pesky public records requests by citizens who believe they have a right to know what state government is doing. So what Lincoln called government of, by, and for the people is a hindrance to Scott and his ability to run the state as an autocratic and unaccountable CEO.

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