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Monday, 11 February 2013 04:07

Fair District Foes In Charge

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One day after being sworn in on Jan. 5th, Gov. Rick Scott wasted no time announcing his appointment of Kurt Browning as Florida’s Secretary of State. Browning oversaw Florida’s 2012 elections. Prior to his appointment, Browning led "Protect Your Vote", a political committee largely bankrolled by the Republican Party of Florida and created to defeat Florida’s “Fair Districts” amendments 5 and 6. 

Former State House Speaker Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park named State Rep. Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, to head up the committee overseeing the redistricting process. 

Former Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island named State Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Destin to oversee the redrawing of Florida's district lines in the Senate. 

Both Weatherford and Gaetz were vocal opponents of Amendments 5 and 6 and also supporters of the Republican bankrolled PAC "Protect Your Vote". 

The two legislators most responsible for making sure that the legislature followed the redistricting rules laid out in the overwhelmingly voter approved Amendments 5 and 6 were both members of a group explicitly created to defeat those rules. 

The principles of open government are embodied in Florida statutes and are guaranteed in the state Constitution. Floridians have the right of access to governmental meetings and records EXCEPT to those by our Florida Legislators who exempted themselves from the Sunshine Laws. 

Good luck to the AP and group requests for documents forcing legislators and staff to turn over information currently before an appeals court. 

Our Legislators should be working to uphold the constitution and the will of the voters, not spending our money to manipulate the system protecting their own interests and seats while they cut funding for critical services that benefit millions of Floridians. 

Politics as usual in Tallahassee. No accountability, fairness, honesty or transparency. 

 

 

Last modified on Monday, 11 February 2013 04:12
Vicki Impoco

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