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Today on Context Florida: Sen. Jeb Bush, Rick Scott & hospital regulations and academic librarians

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Today on Context Florida:

As the prospects for President Jeb Bush fade, Jac VerSteeg says his fans should consider a fallback plan: U.S. Sen. Jeb Bush, R-Florida. That goal has many advantages. It allows Jeb to concentrate on a single state, and a state that knows him better than Iowa or New Hampshire. He has higher name recognition in Florida than any of the potential Republican or Democratic candidates, even though he has not stood for election in Florida since 2002.

If you believe that smoking cures cancer and rainfall is a fix for flooding, then Sarah Maricle Ayers says Gov. Rick Scott has some health care proposals for you. Scott wants to foist a battery of new regulations onto about 129 hospitals across Florida in 2016 as a means of improving health care. He has proposed requiring them to publicize IRS reports, information regarding pricing and average payments received for products and services, and performance on quality measures, all in accordance with strict deadlines. Additionally, Scott has launched an online forum for patients to directly air complaints about medical bills and hospital experiences, which can, in turn, trigger third-party reviews by the state.

Ten years, eight months. That’s how long Yolanda Hood has been an academic librarian. And, still, she loves what she does. Hood manages the branch library of the University of Central Florida libraries called the Curriculum Materials Center. UCF’s libraries and librarians are vibrant, energy-filled macrocosms of collaboration, learning and innovation. Not only do they dig technology, but they make technology.

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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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