Today on Context Florida: Dancing in the dark, Nan Rich, social workers and work hazards

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Today on Context Florida:

Daniel Tilson asks who has the most to gain from a majority of the state’s residents not knowing what legislation their government is advancing, enacting, or refusing to consider. It is the state’s biggest corporations and wealthiest private interests, stealthily seeking maximum gain and minimum exposure, who benefit most from doing business and dancing in the dark with our elected officials.

Author, analyst and forecaster Stephen L. Goldstein calls for Nan Rich to drop out of the race for Florida governor. Claiming to be a “real” Democrat because she has never compromised her core values, Rich is out to turn Dems against Crist for his political pragmatism.

After another disturbed student rampaged through a school, stabbing 20 students and a security guard with a pair of knives, Steve Kurlander believes that the best answer may lie in increasing the number of social workers in schools, people trained to deal with problem students.

Even though Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act four decades ago, promising every worker the right to a safe job, West Central Florida Federation of Labor President Lynn Webb says that many work hazards still exist. Some employers cut corners and violate the law, putting workers in serious danger and costing lives.

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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 HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, 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 phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.