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Today on Context Florida: Richard Corcoran, Rick Scott, the RFRA and 9,071 years

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Today on Context Florida:

Jack Stevenson says that if there were any doubt House Appropriations Chairman and Speaker-In-Waiting Richard Corcoran is a conservative crusader whose commitment to his principles leaves him indifferent to comity, convention and the nuances of legislative diplomacy, that doubt was laid to rest last week when he went on a rampage through the legislative china shop.

Looks like Gov. Rick Scott wants to “keep working” past January 2018, writes Daniel Tilson. That is the inauguration of our next governor, but that does not mean the term-limited Scott wants to give us a break. Think you will need Scott-free psychic space to look back in anger and heal the wounds his administration inflicted on you and so many others for eight long years? Looks like you will have to move back to NYC, Chicago, Philly or wherever, bury your regrets under a snowdrift.

The original Religious Freedom Restoration Act – RFRA for short – was intended to protect faith-based practices from unnecessary government interference, says Martin Dyckman. That’s the opposite of trying to use it to justify faith-based discrimination against others. But of course irony and hypocrisy are hardly strangers to politics.

Shannon Nickinson notes 9,071 years is what Escambia County lost in a year based on the health outcomes reported in by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. That measure – years of potential life lost before the age of 75 – is the bottom line of the county health rankings released March 25.

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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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