Today on Context Florida: voting rights, DCF scandal, income inequality and social media vitriol

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Today on Context Florida:

In the Memorial Day tributes declaring Constitutional rights, Martin Dyckman noticed that few mention a “right to vote.” Of all the rights we take for granted, he says, voting is the most endangered. As we have been seeing, Republican governors like Rick Scott and ALEC-infested legislatures like Florida’s are ingenious at making it difficult and inconvenient to vote.

Gov. Rick Scott deserves some credit for being one of the loudest critics of the Obama administration’s handling of the scandal at the Veterans Administration, writes Peter Schorsch. However, one question remains: Will Scott be as vocal about the scandal at his Department of Children and Families (DCF) as he has been the scandal at the VA.

Gary Stein says that income inequality hovers over our economy like the mother ship from “Independence Day.” It affects millions of individual Americans, and the country as a whole. The problems may be systemic, but there are solutions.

Even with the anger and anonymity of blogs, online comments and Facebook posts, Ed Moore still believes the nation’s future is bright, especially if we move away from social media vitriol and embrace positive ideas.

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