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Today on Context Florida: Adoptions, what you think, Hillary Clinton and real estate law

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More than 600 children woke up without a permanent home to call their own, says Jason Brodeur, who himself is a child of adoptive parents. That is why he authored legislation to make Florida the best state for adoptions – particularly adoptions benefiting foster children. When it comes to helping children, he adds, let us check rigid ideologies at the door – all of them.

The poor? The hell with them. Education? Don’t make me laugh. The environment? Screw it. Diane Roberts points out that the 2015 Session is more than half way through, and elected representatives have made it clear they really, truly, do not care what you think. They care about NRA gorgon Marion Hammer, Tom Feeney of Associated Industries and, of course, US Sugar. It does not do to offend the paymaster.

Daniel Tilson is a longtime liberal political activist, a Florida Democrat proud of his pragmatically progressive pedigree. That’s why he endorses Hillary Clinton for president and Patrick Murphy for the U.S. Senate in 2016.

Two bills speeding through the legislature, CS/SB 736 and CS/CS/HB 611 are set to change complex and nuanced areas of real estate law, says CPA Barry Berkowitz, Managing Director of Mayer Hoffman McCann. They deal with such arcane things as estoppel certificates and who pays what at real estate closings. Those concepts may be complex to the average reader, so I’d like to frame it in terms everyone can understand: If these bills pass, homeowners’ association dues will go up.

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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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