Today on Context Florida: Buying Election 2014, water policy, charter schools and marathon training

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Today on Context Florida: Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida GOP seem to think they can buy Election 2014 votes with a $25 auto fee refund and a few sales tax holidays, writes Daniel Tilson. They will not mention what the Republican budget lets Florida’s biggest business interests keep in their own pockets.

Few issues bring together interests from all across the state during a legislative session, according to Associated Industries of Florida VP Brewster Bevis, is water policy. Dispersed water storage programs are “turnkey” ready, waiting on an approved list by the South Florida Water Management District for funding.

Duval County School Board members insist they can’t say “no” to opening new charter schools in Jacksonville, unless there is evidence of mismanagement, says Julie Delegal. But can we afford not to challenge the system that is draining already scarce dollars from the public schools?

Catherine Durkin Robinson outlines some of the unconventional ways she is preparing for the Boston Marathon, which include thinking happy thoughts, picking a strong support group and slowing down.

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