Today on Context Florida: Tin Man Scott, the “Problem,” Hebrew and Steve Southerland

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Today on Context Florida:

The Tampa Bay Times, zinged Gov. Rick Scott with an editorial describing him as a man without a heart, an accompanying illustration put his face on the iconic image of the Tin Man in the “Wizard of Oz.” Martin Dyckman thinks that was too generous to Scott.

Daniel Tilson asks us to forget Democratic and Republican dogma for a bit. Or at least overlook it. Let’s agree to disagree about whose officials are “the problem.” Let’s also agree that when they come together and act collectively, with all the corporate money, lobbyists, media coverage and partisan pressure swirling around them, they mostly betray middle-class interests and do what’s best for big corporations, wealthy campaign donors and, of course, their own careers.

Now that it’s “quiet” in Israel, Rachel Patron is planning a trip there, accompanied by at least 20 other Floridians. So, as a public service, she offers a 10-word list of Hebrew words to make the visit pleasurable and worry-free.

On this week’s “Florida NewsMakers,” U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland talks with Trimmel Gomes about his efforts to limit the expansion of the federal government and discusses his bid for a third term in office. In one of the nation’s most closely watched congressional races, Southerland is in a heated battle against Democrat Gwen Graham across the large Panhandle district.

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