Today on Context Florida: Ann Scott, pregnant women, phony gun rights and charter schools

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Today on Context Florida:

Extended media interviews are rare for Florida First Lady Ann Scott, writes Peter Schorsch, but she will make an exception for issues close to her heart. Scott sits down with Sachs Media Group’s Michelle Ubben to discuss her gradual transition into the public spotlight.

Florida Statutes provides vital protection against discrimination for individuals based on several categories, including sex, color, and religion, notes Mario Valle, chair of the Florida Commission on Human Relations. However, one category of individuals noticeably missing from such beneficial protection is pregnant women.

Martin Dyckman talks about the “national insanity” coming from a “phony” right to bear arms, saying that there has been nothing so irrational since the witchcraft craze in colonial New England. The pathological demands of the gun lobby have completely cowed and conquered Congress and nearly every legislature.

According to Kate Wallace, community engagement director for the Foundation for Florida’s Future, a growing number of Floridians see charter schools and private schools that serve voucher students, as they should see them, not as adversaries, but as partners in fulfilling the mission of providing a quality public education to all children.

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