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Today on Context Florida: Consumer protections, private e-mails, Medicaid and Anne Hathaway

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Florida ticket-buyers need consumer protection, says Peter Schorsch. They deserve a transparent purchasing process. Would you buy a car without knowing the identity of the seller and the vehicle’s exact make and model and mileage? Of course not. Laws protect consumers by mandating disclosure of information during the purchasing process for many items. Why should tickets, some of which sell for hundreds and thousands of dollars, be any different?

Steve Kurlander believes public officials, whether they be Hillary Clinton or the local dogcatcher, should be able to conduct official business within a framework that allows for some private discussion and communications, and the lack of recordkeeping too. Like any interaction between fellow individuals, whether it be at work, in a social setting, or at home, there’s a place for private talk, correspondence – and acrimony too – which in turn makes for better learning and understanding without the constraints of public oversight.

Florida needs better alternative to Medicaid expansion, says Chris Hudson, Florida’s state director for Americans for Prosperity. After decades of failed reforms, this $450 billion federal healthcare system remains woefully insufficient to address the healthcare needs of the state’s poor. It is unaffordable, limits access to healthcare and delivers poor results for patients, he adds.

Can it matter that a famous actress will play a drone pilot on stage in New York and play it as a troubled murderer with an updated effort to wash out the damn spot of blood on her famous hands, asks David Swanson. April 7 to May 17, Anne Hathaway stars in Grounded, and Swanson believes this could make the necessary difference in the permanent war declared the norm and entirely acceptable.

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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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