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Today on Context Florida: Surprise FDLE visit, Medicaid, Florida Forever and presidential primary

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Today on Context Florida: 

Daniel Tilson recounts a surprise visit from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which claimed they received an anonymous tip on an alleged threatening Facebook comment about Gov. Scott. Tilson posted a link to an earlier Context Florida column about Scott’s tax-cutting propaganda gimmick this week, playfully (mockingly) titled Rick Scott’s Magical Mystery Tax Cut Calculator.

The uncertain future of Medicaid financing has received much attention during the past few weeks of the legislative session, says State Sen. Rene Garcia. Adding to that uncertainty is an unhealthy dose of speculation and misinformation about the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and federal reliability.

Words matter, or they should – at least for journalists. But not necessarily for politicians, according to Bruce Ritchie. Case in point: the Florida House leadership saying that it has $205 million in the proposed 2015-16 state budget for Florida Forever, the state’s land-buying program. Nope, not true, says Ritchie.

The first Florida presidential primary that ever mattered was intended to enhance Sen. Edmund Muskie’s campaign for the Democratic nomination. It dealt him a staggering defeat instead, notes Martin Dyckman. Florida Republican leaders might want to consider that winner-take-all example before structuring next year’s primary as a winner-take-all clincher for former Gov. Jeb Bush or Sen. Marco Rubio.

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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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