Today on Context Florida: voter purge, juvenile justice, shooting ranges and Medicaid expansion

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Today on Context Florida: Gov. Rick Scott’s latest effort to identify non-citizen voters is just as misguided as his first 2012 error-ridden voter purge, writes Mark Ferrulo.  The latest effort is through crosschecking data with the fee-based Security System Alien Verification for Entitlements Program (SAVE) database from the Department of Homeland, which must be an expensive endeavor for the state.

Good news does not sell, says Dan McCarthy. That is why not many have heard that there are fewer juveniles in the Florida justice system than in the last 30 years, saving the state (and taxpayers) millions.

A Big Pine Key couple built a shooting range in the middle of their property in Eden Pines subdivision, something not prohibited by Florida law. Through the “Stand Your Ground” law, the state has taken over all regulation of firearms, prohibiting municipalities from setting community gun rules. Linda Cunningham thinks it is time to put an end to this latest piece of Florida craziness.

Refusing to expand Medicaid, and the federal money that comes with it, continues to haunt Gov. Rick Scott and the GOP-controlled legislature, writes Mark Yacht. Without those funds, much of Florida, including the Tampa Bay area, will be extremely hard hit.

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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.