Today on Context Florida: Supreme Court, Gotcha Obama, Orwell and Wansley Walters

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Today on Context Florida:

To eliminate any doubt why the right wing is desperate to take over the Florida Supreme Court, it is this — the court overturned what Martin Dyckman calls one of the most deplorable decisions in Florida’s history, that “trade secrets” of a Republican consultant trump the public’s constitutional right to fair representation in Washington.

Daniel Tilson sees the grandstanding of Gov. Rick Scott and other politicians around veterans’ health-care revelations leading up to Memorial Day weekend as “something to behold, and condemn.” It is the spectacle of politicians on both sides of the aisle jumping on the grandstanding bandwagon, trying to turn a grave national challenge into another “Gotcha Obama!” moment.

While Americans observed Memorial Day in a traditional way, Steve Kurlander notes that President Obama took the occasion to play new Orwellian semantics, redefining a sad chapter of the failed war making that characterized our defeat in Vietnam and promulgated since the attacks on 9/11.

Barney Bishop marks the impending departure of one of the first agency heads Gov. Rick Scott nominated — Wansley Walters, Secretary of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice — who he refers to as “a visionary leader in juvenile justice.”

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