Today on Context Florida: Gerrymandering, Rubio regulation, budgets and in-state tuition fallacy

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Today on Context Florida: Turnout is the key to success in politics, says Martin Dyckman, and gerrymandering in Florida’s 13th Congressional District was drawn to establish a GOP victory. There were simply more Republicans to begin with, he writes, but even at that there were almost not enough.

Common sense needs to be enacted to regulate regulations, says Steven Kurlander. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio proposes a new way to assess the impact of regulations, by creating a National Regulatory Budget that would follow and limit the number and cost of federal regulations.

Obama’s $4 trillion budget is both “disarming and alarming,” according to former State Sen. John Grant. As he looks for ways to pay for massive domestic spending, the president decided to reduce the size of the Army to its lowest levels since before World War II.

A bipartisan push in the Florida Capitol to pass legislation granting in-state tuition to children of undocumented immigrants is wrong, in rationale, intent and ideology, according to State Rep. John Tobia. Those supporting the legislation argue that in-state tuition to “illegal immigrants” would increase access to higher education. That is a fallacy, Tobia writes.

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