Today on Context Florida: Salesman Scott, crony capitalism, Souls to the Polls and puzzled looks

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Today on Context Florida:

Earlier this year, Gov. Rick Scott on a re-election mission through Tampa posed among overflowing fruit bins to film a campaign ad claiming his support for small business. In perhaps one of his most candid statements since taking office in 2010, the former health care CEO proclaimed: “I love selling things to people.” Indeed he does, says State Sen. Arthenia Joyner.

Crony capitalists have been unjustly justifying their crony capitalism under the guise of free-market capitalism to satiate their insatiable greed for quite awhile, writes senior analyst and macroeconomist Apek Mulay. If you are sick of crony capitalism and think you want to do something about it, Mulay has a few suggestions.

Abraham Gordon, owner of Gordon’s Be Back Fish House in Eatonville and a member of the Main Street Alliance of Florida, believes voting is a right that we weren’t given, it is a right that we earned. Souls to the Polls is a movement that inspires people to come out and vote. You have more power when you vote as a church and as a community, so make a day of it.

In the years following the 2010 elections, after Florida had elected Rick Scott as its governor, Rachel Patron was forced to field some tough comments from friends and family in Connecticut, New York and California. The most common was: Your governor looks SO weird.  Again and again: weird, strange, confused and puzzled.

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