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Take your meds, ed. You're late.
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@ ed j-why do you continue to read this "poor quality product" if it distresses you so?The majority of all other citizens are extremely pleased with both the product and the article writers.These citizens would be relieved not to be automatically forced to look for and skip all content submitted by a certain most horrible poster.
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I would hazard a guess that poor ed j failed to notice the sheer amount of support from the citizens in favor of medical marijuana. Had he paid attention, he would know that that particular bill garnered more votes than did the horrid Scott.Most of those who voted FOR Amendment 2 are the very ones-'family friendly' of whom ed seems to be ignorant. THEY were the ones trying to not merely be family "friendly"; they were begging the politicians- like DWS- for medication to keep their children alive. The Republicans' efforts to thwart support-by hurriedly passing the ridiculous Charlotte's Web-which remains in bureaucratic limbo even now-has helped not one child. The sheer amount of hubristic hypocrisy in the current Republican-dominated Legislative body is sickening. When politicians such as she transform any medical issue into a political football, especially in light of the facts now coming out that she offered to swap her opposition stance in exchange for financial support (from John Morgan), the citizens, no matter Party affiliation, would be well advised to vote all such as Shultz out of office.As a "representative" of the people, she fails. And I am a stalwart Democrat...also one who has more than 2 functional brain cells. I urge all who supported Amendment 2 in the last election to again download the petition from the United for Care site-and to rebut all those who have financial reasons for spreading mis/dis information, not to mention outright lies. The bill barely missed the 60% passage needed last November-it must not and will not fail again.
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The citizens are outraged that the most power-hungry Scott , aided by his like-minded members of the Legislature,not only attempted to disenfranchise certain groups of voters in the State via nefarious and unconstitutional means but also peered quietly and approvingly from behind the curtains when the Republican "leaders" sought to (further) gerrymander the redistricting maps in their favor. These citizens are grateful and owe much to the League of Women Voters (and many others) who prevailed in exposing this sham of "voter fraud" and many other perfidious acts of the criminal Scott and his band of Republican malefactors. The citizens also appreciate the actions of certain individuals and the many media organizations,including the journalists and writers of this award-winning, hometown paper, who by filing charges accusing the Governor and his confederates of willful and deliberate violation of the Sunshine Laws, are publicizing yet another of the many transgressions of the despicable Scott. Further,the citizens hope that with the veil of secrecy being lifted from some of the more disreputable back-room shenanigans of the Florida Legislature, the national arbiters-and especially the Democratic voters in the State- will take note and instigate action that will remove the stench of corruption surrounding Rick Scott which is the shameful hallmark of Florida's political infrastructure.
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@ Bill T-I almost had a heart attack when I read the first couple of sentences-I thought I was going to have to agree with the erstwhile nutjob ed jenkins! I agree with you. The State officials who SHOULD be upholding their oaths to protect the Florida Constitution have not only shirked their responsibilities, but they have joined Scott in his sleazy rise to power. In so doing, I'm certain many-if not all-of our "representatives" have enriched themselves as well.When the top tier of State officials are complicit in the corruption, the only recourse is that which thankfully has been undertaken by the media outlets. Scott and his mice will emerged unscathed, of course, but I hope that their latest blatant criminal act will at least alert some of the citizens of the State to the lengths to which our elected "leaders" will go in pursuit of their goals. So many wrongfully think this issue is about Bailey's firing.The issue is that Scott and his Cabinet members willfully broke the law. In my estimation, and as defined by any dictionary, one who breaks the law is a criminal.
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willie Meggs already stated that until and unless Mr. Bailey filed a formal complaint that he was not prepared to go any further. Since so many entities have now filed charges that Scott and his band of thieves did indeed violate the Sunshine Laws, I hope he-or another will be forced to hear the case. Unfortunately, no matter how this is played, the exercise will culminate in nothing more than a slap on the hand(s); Scott and the others have achieved their goals. Bailey was fired and Swearingen hired . The Governor and his Cabinet members broke the law. Were an ordinary citizen to do so, he/she would be treated more harshly-they would most likely be looking at jail time. All this suit will gain is the promise they won't do such again. Scott should be removed at the least;at best, he and the others deserve the full penalties of breaking the law. Scott and members of the Legislature have repeatedly flaunted the Sunshine Law with impunity. Nothing will change. Perhaps if the media actually covers this throughout the State, at least the people in Florida-and those who voted for the current cabal-will see exactly what their Governor and their "Representatives" are doing.
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While I have nightmares about Jeb or ANY of the current crop of wannabepres Republicans actually making it to the White House, I don't think I've ever read such irrational drivel about anyone as that posted by "Varoujan Tourian ". Bill T. is correct; this person is either off his/her prescribed meds or just plain insane. Possibly (probably) both. I think Jebbie is dragging far too much baggage to prevail even in the Repub primary. Like it or not, he has his brother's and his father's history that will taint him in addition to his own pecadillos ,despite the huge amounts of monies flowing into his campaign chest . Like the rest of the Bush clan, Jeb believes he has god-like powers and doesn't believe his pearls of wisdom on any subject could possibly be open to interpretation. Rinse and repeat..seems to be the mantra of both the right-wing conservatives and the so-called "middle ground" repubs. They'll say anything to garner the vote, but their platform hasn't changed an iota in the last 10 years. While they earnestly spout platitudes about their "support" for women and minorities from one side of their mouths, the other side is busily attempting to deport thousands of Dreamers and rapidly eroding women's health choices. Jeb is no different; he is yet another mainstream Repub who will adhere to their tenets. His illegal and immoral meddling in the Shiavo case when he was Gov. of Fl.shows how far he's willing to go when his personal religious beliefs-not the law-are questioned. A nation ruled by any religious ideology-whether Christian, Muslim or any other-is called a theocracy. A long, long way from either democracy or federalism. The US now is closer to being an oligarchy than a "democratic" Republic. Don't believe Jeb has the answers or the will to turn that around-he's a member of the 1%.
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Ah, ed, merely avert your eyes. If you're so easily offended, stop reading this "formerly family-friendly hometown newspaper".There.Problem solved.
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However Mr. Bailey's "resignation" was handled, either Scott and/or the Cabinet members have clearly violated the sunshine laws. Given that all of these not-quite-estimable people have consistently shown a total disregard of the laws of this State, does anyone truly believe that any of this band of thieves will suffer any consequences of their actions? Scott erected a high wall of defense-built from bribes and money-which has and will defend him and his cohorts. The defense position is now ,as always, one of denial . Those who voted for either the man or the Party have themselves to blame for Scott's increasingly royal actions; he deems himself above the law. Rick Scott was a criminal, before he was elected the first time. His refusal to answer questions by invoking the 5th Amendment against self-incrimination provided a clear portrait of his lack of personal and business ethics.He remains a criminal, albeit much wealthier and as Governor, more powerful. The lawsuit against these unconstitutional actions will perhaps have more clout since many of the State's major newspapers have joined. The very fact that none of the parties involved in this debacle evinced no interest in "discussing the manner in which Bailey 'lost' his job" is a clear indication of their own complicity; they have circled their wagons in an attempt to insulate themselves from all backlash and anger from the citizens and the media. One would think Scott et al would welcome all investigations about the abrupt dismissal of Bailey since all procedure(s) -according to Scott-were legally followed. Yet the sole explanation/excuse from the Governor has been "I could handled it better..". Denial of all allegations of malfeasance has been and remains the hallmark of Rick Scott's reign as self-crowned 'Regent'. In the next election, I hope the voters remember the words/deeds of the others in this shameful exploit of power-the triumvirate of Bondi, Putnam, and Atwater-all harbour further political ambitions and have shown themselves as made of the "same stuff" as Scott.
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Hastings is indeed, insane. Whether certifiable or no, I have no idea. What's more insane than Hastings' comments, though, are the actions of the Texas politicians. They ALMOST, but not quite, make Floriduh appear less backward. I'm certain Fl. has many such archaic laws on the books-just waiting for some enterprising politician to discover it and find an application for its use today.Sometimes, it takes a nut like Hastings to uncover some of our more idiotic laws . I certainly was not aware that Texas still had a law regulating the number and size ? of dildoes...Informative and Fascinating. Poor ed-he just can't see the humor in the headline or the sheer inanity of both Hastings and the crazy Texans. ed has anointed himself as the Supreme Arbiter of what should-and should not-appear in the newspaper(s). Were it left to him, none of us lower beings would have the opportunity to read or learn anything other than that which he personally vetted. I would suggest that since he considers so many of the " most horrible article writers" as the instrument responsible for the downfall of his beloved 'family-friendly' newspaper, that perhaps he should not peruse this journal ever again. I'm certain ed could, without difficulty, find another source of "news" that would meet his downward expectations-thus allowing him peace of mind. And, simultaneously, relieve those of us who DO appreciate this publication from averting our eyes from the identical comments he posts on a daily basis. Copy and paste, much, ed?
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As a Florida citizen and taxpayer, I am extremely " disgusted " and angered by these (and many other) horrible acts by Scott and his ever-widening band of thieves who continue to rid the State of the shrinking pool of honest men and women who exhibit integrity. For Willie Meggs to refuse to investigate this most obvious flaunting of the Sunshine Laws is an indication that he (Meggs) knows exactly on which side HIS bread is buttered. (to use a hackneyed cliche). All who have followed the sordid unfolding details of the firing of Mr. Bailey are aware of the mis/dis information and outright lies that have been disseminated by not only Scott himself, but by his "advisors". Bondi, Atwater, and Putnam have all put out conflicting statements designed to insulate their boss. None of their tactics have succeeded in deceiving the concerned citizens of this family-friendly State. We all know that Mr. Bailey was fired-he did NOT resign-because he refused to follow Scott's illegal directives that, had he acted as ordered, would have placed him and his office in violation of the law. Scott and his henchmen/woman attempts to place (questionable ) blame on their respective staff is reprehensible, but sadly, not unexpected. Par for this Administration's actions since Rick Scott first assumed/bought office. Since these illegally-ordered directives have come to public notice,with the ensuing demands for transparency by both Republican and Democrats in the Legislature,Willie Meggs has a duty to the people of this State that supersedes any loyalties to Rick Scott. Contrary to the Governor's stance, he is not immune to the laws of Florida. With allegations of Scott's blatant wrongdoing coming from several quarters, Meggs ,having proved where his loyalties lie, should recuse himself and order an independent investigation of these charges. @ ed j-these claims are most certainly not mere administrivia. Just asking-since you obviously believe the quality of this "formerly ...family-friendly newspaper.." with its.." lazy article writers" has deteriorated so greatly, WHY do you continue to read it-and the articles written by all the "lazy" columnists? Your digestion would, no doubt, be better served by perusing other newspapers/ news sites, or online blogs; I'm certain you could discover at least one that measured down to your questionable standards .
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Even those who voted for Scott must be ashamed of their "leader" I'm not sure why, though; if nothing else, Scott has been consistent in his nefarious dealings with all aspects of both private business and government. The man is a liar-plain and simple.He is one who will, and has, said and done whatever he deemed would enrich HIM at the time. The Floriduh Legislature, with Scott at the helm,is one of the most corrupt administrations in any state in decades. In the past 4+ years, the citizens have witnessed scandal after scandal-from Scott's brazen attempts to subvert the transparency laws to the redistricting process. Now, merely 2 weeks into his second term, Scott is embroiled in yet another series of disgraceful incidents. This time, however, the Members of his own Party are on the attack. Gonna be fun watching this play out-the Repubs are eating their own.. How delicious. Yet those who DID vote-mostly Repubs-got exactly what they deserved. Perhaps the Dems will learn from this.. I'm not sure just why edjenkins continues to read this blog, much less post on this forum-he obviously dislikes intensely the writers since he never wavers in calling for their dismissal. A glutton for punishment is ol'ed.Or perhaps he just enjoys seeing his 'name' in print ?
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As a spouse of one of these very "hard-working State employees", I can speak for all of those who aren't fortunate enough to grace the halls in Tally. We would rather be adequately and fairly compensated for the hard work the rank and file workers contribute. The State has not granted ANY meaningful raises in more than 7 years-State of Florida employees are paid less and have fewer benefits than any other state in the nation. Of course, our Legislators and their staff members are well paid for their part-time employment-and receive health benefits that cost less than a fourth of the lowly state worker. A day off? Why bother, Scott? You won the election, sadly. One day the voters in this State will realize that the Rethugs have beggared more than they know.
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@ Repubtallygirl-Are YOU INSANE?? The manner of shootings matters less than the horror of the acts themselves! "Fake" school shootings? What in the name of all that is unholy can you not understand with that simple sentence? A shooting is an absolute-not open to interpretation.Pay attention to the words of "Sense" above! Floriduh is a Repub-controlled/gerrymandered State; that, however, is the reason-not excuse-for the high number of deaths-whether by suicide or murder. The numbers themselves don't lie. This State has been identified as 2nd in the nation for the NUMBER of school shootings-regardless of the intent of the shooter. I suggest you take the time to avail yourself of reputable sources. The Repub legislators are bought and owned not only by the special interest groups, but also by the ever-more militarized law enforcement agencies/"public incarceration facilities" who have a vested interest in putting as many guns on the streets and in as many hands as possible. Using the 2nd Amendment as the excuse for the "right" for every citizen,no matter his competence, to own-and use- a weapon is ludicrous in the extreme. Arming teachers? What a nightmarish thought. How many should be carrying? I seem to recall that you, in an earlier comment, advocated for even less gun controls than we currently have.You also refuted the fact that, after the Sandy Hook tragedy,our "representatives" listened to the "people" who did NOT want any more gun controls-whether commonsense or no.More than 90% of the American people expressed their wishes-and were summarily dismissed and ignored after the headlines and the so-called news-TV and print- people went on to other happenings. Of course, each and every 'representative' of the people decried this horrific act and vowed such would never be allowed to occur again. But it did-AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN ! What short memories they-and we- now have. Legitimacy?? Educate yourself-if you can. Read a few more accurate articles by reputable journalists instead of right-wing blogs. These postings are akin to the drivel constantly written by edjenkins.
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It's called "Creative Accounting". Scott bought the office the first time and he's -sadly-going to purchase another term. All the folks who voted or will vote for Wylie are, in essence, voting for Scott. Might make them FEEL better, but it's a useless gesture. I wish Mr. Wylie had a chance, but the truth is he doesn't.
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@ Rwolf-Your comments are enlightening. since I am not a scientist, could you please point me towards the articles you mentioned? I am not trolling; I would like permission to use your information as a rebuttal to several of the more ignorant people posting outlandish, fear-driven nonsense. I can and have performed web searches on the efficacy of cannabinoids in different cancer models and neuroprotective abilities; however, without a dictionary at hand and a medical reference book I find this hard to understand. I know the benefits in the aggregate-but not in and of itself. If possible, I'd like to know what-in layman terms-these studies show. Thanks in advance for any help.
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Well, these ARE our "Representatives" who are behind these appointments. Wonder just who they "represent" other than themselves? One would think the judiciary would, at the least, be fairly representative of the population; apparently, the Repubs in the Fl. Legislature don't agree.
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We citizens can hope that 'this Christie's standings' do indeed influence those of 'this Scott'. Scott's standing in the State is highly overrated-I believe he's a legend in his own mind. another trait he and Christie share. this citizen hopes those who are sorely displeased with king Scott will act instead of complain; since Florida has more registered Democrats than Repubs, hopefully they will go to the pols and vote for Crist. Wylie is a good choice, but I fear he'll be a spoiler in this election-all those who cast a vote for him are helping Scott.
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Sep 3, 2014
THIS citizen heartily agrees with Keith Stegath. Kudos to you for your thoughtful and witty comment on the ever-changing attitudes of deniers edj and DavidJ ; I, too, now have a semblance of hope that other deniers-specifically, Gov.Scott and his Repub cohorts (all non-scientists, by their own admissions)- in this family-friendly State will also come to their 'senses' and loudly denounce The Lush. I add Steve Southerland and his 'job creators' who wish to demolish the EPA recommendations to this august assembly. Let the church bells peal these joyful tidings to ALL in this family- friendly, abysmally ignorant State! May they ring loudly enough to dislodge the grasping claws of Scott, et al from the high perches upon which they now crouch! I've always been partial to sweaters, however-I will miss being able to wear them. But-a small price for this citizen to pay; 'tis of no consequence, however, since all in the family-friendly State will either be under water if they haven't decamped elsewhere to higher ground..Sigh. Tornados, anyone? What WILL one wear?? A true sartorial dilemma, that. To ebay I go-to list leather jackets, exquisite silk blouses, my much-loved cashmere, and other such niceties of dress. Great deals are a'coming !
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ed jenkins-I (and everyone else who has the great misfortune to be forced to either wade through or scroll down and therefore ignore your ignorant comments) am taken aback by your obvious and appalling lack of both empathy and basic human emotion. For ANYONE to pen such a comment on such a horrendous act of violence , but especially when a child is killed,is absolutely atrocious. I have no idea which "charities" to which you refer would have either the resources or the legal responsibility to immerse themselves in such a situation; however, the government bureaucrats you seem to believe are heartless, do indeed have a thankless and far-underpaid job to do-with little or no help from the legislators in this State. Perhaps you, with your moral certainty in all affairs of government, should donate YOUR expertise (?)and YOUR dollars to properly fund the government agencies that exist to try to ameliorate just these sort of problems. Would you prefer that the agencies and other government entities- which protect YOU from contaminated meat, poultry, drugs, etc.-become the purview of 'charities'? I assume you do not and will never take advantage of or accept ANY sort of government assistance-Social Security, Medicare, etc. I hope you are also an expert at healing yourself since you wish charities to assume all such roles. Insurance, highways, police, firemen, emergency technicians ? You have no need of THESE government entities who employ only heartless bureaucrats. Do you? This must be the most inane, insane comment you have ever written. THIS citizen dearly hopes that you NEVER have any occasion to cross THIS citizen's path. Whereas I have never before personally castigated or attacked anyone in a forum such as this, I do so now- after reading your "comment". You, ed jenkins, are an embarrassment not only to the 'citizens' of this State, but also to humanity. You obviously do not possess the traits of the majority of right-thinking humans who actually care about their fellow man. I remind you that you do not, and never will, speak for the "citizens" of Florida. You, ed jenkins, speak ONLY for yourself.
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Oh, Gaetz, Weatherford, and Cannon REALLY don't want to appeal this. If they did, who knows what other deviousness we would find? I sure hope Judge Lewis looks long and hard at the new, "revised" maps. As chairman Corcoran stated, "Legislators claimed they had no knowledge, even as an aide to then-House Speaker Dean Cannon, R-WinterPark, gave advance copies of maps to a Republican consultant who also worked for Cannon. The new rules this time are intended to avoid the appearance of undue influence. House Redistricting Chairman Richard Corcoran, R-Trinity, for example, told members in a memo on Tuesday.." They want to avoid the APPEARANCE of deceit?? Every one of the Republicans who had a hand in this disgraceful affair should either resign or be fired. They are criminals.
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@ Christopher Kennard-I completely agree with you on all points, except one. I truly think that Nan Rich is the best candidate -however, as you stated, the closed primaries stifle more than half the registered voters in the State. I wish she or Wylie had a better chance of winning the election, but I also recognize that those who DO vote for either are probably giving this election to Scott. The Repub Party-both in Fl. and national-have given a ton of $$ to Scott. I doubt that either Rich or Wylie would be able to overcome that. As other Democrats-I too switched from Independent-I will cast my vote for Crist, although I think it's choosing the lesser of two evils. This State and its people cannot survive another term with Scott; the only ones who will do well are the wealthy and the "almost-wealthy". Certainly the average citizen will see any increase in their standard of living. This recent scandal involving of the top "leaders" -Gaetz, Weatherford, and others- in the Repub legislature is indicative of the manner they work; they obviously feel no remorse for being caught at their map-drawing scheme-they now wish for the people to vote in districts already judged as illegally drawn in a deliberate effort to deceive the citizens, protect Republican incumbents, and in direct and purposeful violation of the Fair Districting laws that the voters in Florida approved. These Legislators went to great lengths to hide the methods and those firms used in the process. Back room politics doesn't come close to an apt description to the machinations that Gaetz and Weatherford employed. We cannot continue to have these types of criminals in the Legislature. Every voter in this State-whether Republican, Democrat, or Independent, should be outraged at the flaunting of the law. And Christopher, you are certainly correct in your suggestion that every voter bring at least one other, who may have no way to get to a polling place, would and could make a huge difference in the outcomes of elections. with the voter suppression laws Scott initiated, far too many will be disenfranchised-unless those of us who CAN-actually DO.
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Bill Thompson, I agree. If they decide not to comply, I can't wait for the decisions/comments the Federal court will render. Frankly, since we know they already defied several laws, they should be arrested now;were an ordinary business/person to do likewise, arrest would occur immediately. "D"-the least YOU could do is avail yourself of a dictionary. For one who harbors such animosity towards another, your obvious lack of writing/spelling/grammar skills reveal you to be extremely ignorant,to be kind. I suspect most merely ignore your rants and skip to the next.
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As Rep. Thurston commented, "Let’s all remember, the reason we’re here is because the leadership who’s in charge of this process did not abide by the rules of the Fair Districts process,’’ he said. That just about says everything that needs to be said. The Fl. Repubs committed an illegal act in the redistricting process, and now that they've been called on it, they want the citizens to vote in their illegally-drawn maps?? They act as though THEY were wrongfully accused !! The fact that incumbents won't be able to access funding plays a large part-if not THE part-in this scandal. Not to mention protecting the Repub majority. The only way they can manage THAT is by illegal and nefarious means-which is exactly what they have done. How DARE they?? Gaetz and Weatherford act like they are above the law. I hope they DO attempt to hold elections in the counties as drawn; I hope this appeal DOES make it to the federal courts. If so, I can't imagine other judges (if they cannot be bought) will rule as did judge Lewis. Bad PR, that. Lynn Miller speaks for the "citizens of the family-friendly State of Florida" when she stated ,"The judge ruled that it is UNCONSTITUTIONAL and I want it fixed ,NOW." I concur-this needs to be fixed now-NOT later. Every Legislator who had a finger on the maps should be summarily fired-NOW. Their actions have made FloriDUH a national example of corruption; last night, CNN and other national media outlets-print and TV-reported the gerrymandering of districts and read the crucial "conspiring to deceive..." portion of Judge Lewis' decision on air. I find the fact that my hometown newspaper, in the Fl. Panhandle ,which is home to Senate President Gaetz, reported on the "doings in Tallahassee" but failed to name and/or castigate- by name-any Legislators involved-namely, Gaetz. The hometown altar boy can do no wrong. I certainly cannot call the mullet wrapper a great source of news-other than the stories of local traffic accidents and blurbs clipped from the AP about the "events" in other parts of the State, but I would expect at least a bit of coverage of this scandal AND those involved in the deception/back-door deals. The entire process, as the Judge stated, was a deliberate effort to circumvent the law and the legislators involved "conspired to..". This (redistricting) is yet another disgraceful example of the political stranglehold that Republicans in the Legislature wield in this State. Gerrymandering, loopholes and suppression of voting privileges are merely the tip of the Republican iceberg that allows them to gain and maintain control. Transparency ? Ethics ? The "representatives" of the people of Florida don't know, follow, or care about the definitions of these words. In their view,they are immune to and innocent of charges of any kind.
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