Today on Context Florida: Veteran paradise, CPAC takeaways, Rubio love and stonewalled Medicaid expansion

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Today on Context Florida: The state of Florida is attempting to use legislation to become the most attractive place for veterans to retire, says Barney Bishop. March 11 is Military Day in Tallahassee, where lawmakers will honor military members by passing a series of bills, which aim to relax restrictions on the necessary services for veterans both stationed and retired in Florida.

Daniel Tilson examines some “fascinating takeaways” from the just-completed 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Although Rand Paul’s winning the straw poll was not a surprise, Tilson notes that Paul’s libertarian positions “go way too far,” like abolishing the Federal Reserve and Department of Education.

Can’t anyone give Marco Rubio some love, asks Andrew Skerritt. Rubio placed a dismal seventh at the CPAC straw poll of likely GOP presidential hopefuls. And he definitely wasn’t getting it from League of the South protesters in Tallahassee on Saturday.

It looks like the Florida House will once again stonewall on Medicaid expansion, says Gary Stein. The key to start the discussion is on the shoulders of the chair of the Select Committee on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, State Rep. Richard Corcoran, and he says he is “100 percent” behind last year’s anti-expansion House bill.

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