Today on Context Florida: voting rights, judicial emergency, shakedown lawsuits and red-light rage

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Today on Context Florida: Nearly one million Floridians who thought they paid their debt to society remain banned from voting, says Martin Dyckman. Gov. Rick Scott and AG Pam Bondi only pay “unctuous hypocrisy to the virtues of civil-rights restoration.” Dyckman thinks U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder should draw them into court.

As the 2014 Florida Legislature getting underway, many unctuous voting rights laws from 2012 has made way to the courts, writes Mark Ferrulo. The problem is that many federal judiciary nominations remain unfilled, thanks to Congressional obstruction; leading to a backlog that is now a “judicial emergency.”

More than one in five ADA claims in the U.S. last year were filed in the Southern District of Florida, writes Tom Scott, and these shakedown lawsuits are having a detrimental impact on small businesses and job growth in Florida. Without meaningful legislative reform, the Sunshine State could become hostile to business.

Nothing irritates Mark Routhier more than watching a light turn yellow at the distance where it is unsafe to accelerate through it, because in Orlando, the lights stay red forever. He freely admits his road rage is comical.

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