Today on Context Florida: Closed door governing, public-school fight, health care coverage and Millennials

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Today on Context Florida: There is a disturbing pattern of the administration of Gov. Rick Scott acting behind closed doors and out of view of the public says Mark Ferrulo. Progress Florida’s Executive Accountability Project will strive to use freedom of information requests to provide the public a never-before-seen look at the inner workings of how their elected officials are conducting “the people’s” business behind closed doors.

Julie Delegal does not expect former Gov. Charlie Crist to fight the public-school fight during this gubernatorial campaign. But she does think he needs to know why education advocates are battling so hard for Florida’s public schools against some of the Jeb Bush-era reforms, such as high-stakes testing, school grades, and privatization.

While more Americans may be getting insurance under Obamacare, Steve Kurlander notes that they are paying more out of pocket for such coverage.  According to the Commerce Department, consumer spending has climbed $20.4 billion during the last year, and Obamacare accounted for $13 billion of that.

Responding to a recent New York Times article focusing on how relatively few “young people” who supported the Obama’s campaigns will go on to enter electoral politics, Ed Moore discovers that Millennials are not distracted and unfocused. On the contrary, it is better to offer guidance to community activists than to be one.

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