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Today on Context Florida: Democratic mess, coverage gap, Panacea and undermining Obama

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Today on Context Florida:

The Florida Democratic Party is a mess, a complete mess, says James Call. The party and not Charlie Crist is why Marco Rubio is a U.S. Senator and Gov. Scott has a bright future. Democrats simply do know how to talk to people. Compared to Democrats in the Legislature, Charlie Crist is a straight talker.

More than a quarter of the way through the 60-day 2015 legislative session, and Daniel Tilson says the Florida Legislature remains deeply divided about whether to close the health insurance coverage gap that upwards of a million Floridians have fallen into, through no fault of their own.

Florence Snyder notes that small government Republicans such as state Rep. Halsey Beshears, who are seeking a Panacea, suddenly like taxes when it suits them. Beshears recently went before the House Local Government Affairs Subcommittee carrying water for Panacea Waterfront Partnership, a group of Wakulla County One Percenters who are making their third attempt to create a City of Panacea. They contend that a city would be eligible for state and federal grants that would otherwise be off limits.

For the 47-signature U.S. Senate letter to Iran, Marc Yacht talks of the 300,000 petition signatures sent to demand prosecution of those senators who would willfully undermine President Obama. They cite the Logan Act, which specifically forbids non-designated representatives from negotiating with foreign powers on behalf of the United States. Law experts suggest such prosecution would be unlikely.

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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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