Today on Context Florida: Scott & Hispanics, Bush & the ACA, self-financed candidates and ethanol

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Today on Context Florida: Gov. Rick Scott’s attempts to attract Hispanics is overtly transparent, says Daniel Tilson. To illustrate the point, Tilson employs a theoretical conversation between Scott and two “intrepid” reporters.

Jeb Bush has earned more than $2-million for serving on the board of Tenet Health Care, a hospital company that strongly supported Obamacare, Martin Dyckman writes. The impression that he had anything to do with the program the GOP loves to hate will hound the former Florida governor if he decides to run for president.

Curt Clawson became, essentially, the newest member of the U.S. House in Southwest Florida’s 19th District on Tuesday, which Jamie Miller says demonstrates the power of self-financed campaigns. Look for more self-financed candidates to come forward to run in deep red and deep blue seats throughout Florida and the U.S. with a clear formula for victory.

If U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor wants to show support for drivers and small businesses in the 14th District, Ned Bowman, Executive Director of the Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenient Store Association, suggests she take a stand on the nation’s outdated ethanol mandate, which continues to put drivers and businesses in harm’s way.

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