Today on Context Florida: Pam Bondi & the EPA, Crist & Cuba, 21st Century politics and the Boston Marathon

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Today on Context Florida: Federal overreach is why Attorney General Pam Bondi joined 21 other states in the lawsuit against the EPA over the Chesapeake Bay Blueprint. Signing the friend-of-the-court brief led by Kansas was to defend individual states’ authority in setting environmental regulation, Bondi writes. Contrary to reports, the effort cost no taxpayer money.

What happens in Cuba is extremely important to Florida, says former state Sen. John Grant. Charlie Crist, who changed his position on Cuba so he “can always say he agreed with everyone’s position at one time or another,” is currently right on this issue, Grant adds.

Protesting Democratic candidate Charlie Crist at a book signing in Jacksonville, Julie Delegal spotted several high-profile state and county GOP leaders. Is this what 21st Century politics will look like? You’d think they had better things to do.

Catherine Durkin Robinson talks of motivations and training for the upcoming Boston Marathon, as well as thoughts on the terror of last year’s event, and how Marathon Strides Against MS gave her one more reason to “conquer something important.”

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