Today on Context Florida: The VA, Port Tampa Bay, Drinking Liberally and the OOCEA

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Today on Context Florida:

The scandal over health care involving the Veterans Administration started in Phoenix, but is now spreading to other VA facilities. Bob Sparks writes that Florida joined the story when three mental health administrators were placed on leave from the Gainesville VA medical center after officials found a “secret” waiting list of more than 200 patients.

Since every resident and visitor in West and Central Florida will use some product shipped into Port Tampa Bay in Tampa, A. Paul Anderson, the port’s CEO, says the importance of maintaining and improving the infrastructure for the movement of cargos cannot be overstated.

According to Linda Cunningham, Drinking Liberally — part of a loosely connected group called Living Liberally – is dedicated to building communities around progressive politics, promoting political engagement and facilitate collaboration among progressive organizations. However, at the latest Key West meeting, many of the subjects were certainly not as lofty.

Peter Schorsch says one thing is clear about the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority, the group is sinking beneath the surface, from the ripple of violations of Sunshine Laws, coordinated removals of organizational leadership and general mismanagement, and it will continue to rock the lives of the people central to its demise.

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