Today on Context Florida: Yom Kippur blessing, plastic bags, black voters and gambling

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Today on Context Florida:

Rachel Patron offers a special Yom Kippur prayer for the pilot and crew who took pity on her and her stranded plane mates at D.C.’s Reagan National Airport. After experiencing a very contentious evening, the crew was able to fly all of them home to West Palm Beach.

California became the first state in the nation this week to ban disposable single-use plastic shopping bags. However, Florida cannot follow suit, says Bruce Ritchie, without changing a law adopted in 2008 intended to thwart such bag bans statewide or locally.

Charlie Crist’s campaign is ramping up efforts to motivate black voters to get to the polls on November 4. But Chris Timmons says the Crist campaign merely expects black voters to slavishly support him without a compensating policy effort. Because of Crist’s checkered political history, black voters should expect and demand something substantive, and not settle for the woefully inadequate and contradictory promises of his “Fair Shot Florida” plan.

Although some critics have cited Atlantic City in opposing limited additional gaming options, Tom Feeney notes that the Florida Legislature has studied the gaming issue quite deliberately and pointed out major differences between Atlantic City and anything that is being considered in Florida. At no point has the Legislature even discussed anything more than perhaps one or two integrated resorts in South Florida, where voters have already spoken and are supportive of limited additional gaming options.

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