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Today on Context Florida: Matt Gaetz, trains, healthcare clarity and tech & politics

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Even those who disagree with the arch conservative Rep. Matt Gaetz concede that the only place he is more brilliant than he is when delivering a speech on the floor of the Florida House is when he is at a keyboard or on his smart phone and broadcasting to his friends and followers. That is, says Peter Schorsch, until last week. Gaetz started a Twitter war after remarking that the Senate Democrats’ lawsuit filed to the Supreme Court read like it was “researched and drafted by Sen. Joyner and spell checked by Sen. Bullard.”

Just as House lawmakers were putting together their annual “trains” – cramming multiple, tangentially related bills into hundreds of pages of amendments so they could pass them all at the eleventh hour – a funny thing happened, says Julie Delegal. They upped and quit.

Daniel Tilson believes Floridians deserve clarity on healthcare reform. After years of confusion and consternation caused by opponents of the Affordable Care Act, it’s no wonder much of Main Street Florida is unfazed by or unaware of details of last week’s melodramatic work stoppage in the Florida Legislature.

When it comes to state politics, writes Joe Clements, co-founder and CEO of Strategic Digital Services, America’s largest technology companies are aloof and arrogant. He argues that tech and politics have much in common. Relationships, whether one or one million, are of critical importance in both spaces, and the tech industry should understand their intricate and delicate nature.

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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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