Today on Context Florida: There is an ominous dissent from the minority wing of the Florida Supreme Court when setting aside death penalty cases, writes Martin Dyckman, something that could mean more executions if Gov. Rick Scott gets to pack the court with conservatives.
Florida agency heads have been lying to reporters and withholding public records since the Chiles administration, says Tallahassee-based attorney Florence Snyder, but Secretary of State Ken Detzner breaks new ground with his prior restraint on journalist, author, and Florida State University professor Diane Roberts.
The Seminole Tribe of Florida believes that point-of-sale lotto transactions would violate the gambling Compact with the state, to cost as much as $172 million in revenue sharing, writes Peter Schorsch. The Tribe has a relative monopoly on gaming in Florida, but its turf is vulnerable to a far greater threat than gas-pump lotto sales.
Will the pause in Rick Scott’s voter roll purge help him with Hispanic voters, asks Andrew Skerritt. What Ken Detzner and Republicans were labeling a sanitation of voter rolls, others saw as voter intimidation and voter suppression, just another tool in the bag of voter suppression tricks.