Like I said yesterday, the Grand Jury that indicted former Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom (R-Corrupt) pretty much indicted the entire Florida Legislature as well -- certainly their secretive and awful budget process.
So you can imagine what the Republicans did in light of what happened to the man who was leading them just two short months ago: they continued to hammer out budget deals in secret, of course!
Well, I'm sorry to tell you that the crappy budget you will be funding with your tax dollars is actually not the worst of it.
If you want to know what might be the worst of it, try looking up SB 956. You need to give a look at what this bill -- simply called "Elections" -- would do. To say that it would disenfranchise voters in Florida is kind of like saying you might get a little wet standing on the beach in a hurricane. That this is done in the state whose claim to shame is Election 2000 is just rubbing salt in a wound that never really healed (it might have healed if we hadn't elected Katherine Harris to the U.S. House of Representatives).
Let's take a fair and balanced look at what they're saying about this bill in the media around the state:
2-time Pulitzer winners, the St. Petersburg Times: GOP power grab is an affront to voters
"...lost all sense of shame", Times gang? That would imply that had shame to begin with.
Kindra Muntz writing in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Bad for voters and democracy
Wayne Garcia, the Political Whore, in Creative Loafing: Charlie Crist might veto bad election bill being pushed by Republicans
Good grief -- even Charlie doesn't like it.
The Miami Herald: Fla. nonprofits, Dems angry about elections bill
The Palm Beach Post: Proposed Florida elections bill inspires furor among activists
WJHG TV: Election Bill Angers Voter Groups
WCTV TV: Voter Groups Protest Election Bill
The only thing driving me a little nuts here is it should be voter groups that are angry -- it should be voters!
The Democrats in the Legislature are rightly infuriated and are trying to stand up for your rights. From a press release sent out by Mark Hollis. The headline:
Sounds true to form so far.
They just don't care, do they?
In recent days, House Democrats and a wide array of public interest and advocacy groups have repeatedly requested that the proposal be analyzed thoroughly and transparently in House committees, including extensive public testimony.
Today, House Democratic members' request for the elections bill to be returned to committees for analysis and testimony was thwarted by Republicans on a party-line vote.
The 80-plus page proposed rewrite of the state election code surfaced in the Legislature for the first time last week and would drastically undo Florida's progress at improving public confidence in our election system.
Good job, Mark.
Let's show these guys it's not just elected Democrats and "public interest and advocacy groups" -- it's us, the voters. Call your State Representative and protest this legislation. Call your State Senator and tell them the same thing. If you are represented by a Democrat, encourage them to keep on fighting.
Don't let them get away with it. Don't let them steal your vote. Not again.