Florida’s new Governor blocking redistricting reforms approved by voters




Florida’s new Governor, Rick Scott, didn’t follow the law when he ran an insurance company. Why would anyone expect him to comport with a silly constitutional amendment passed by the voters of his state. Rick Scott does what Rick Scott wants:

Two voter-approved constitutional amendments requiring the Legislature to draw political districts along nonpartisan standards could be jeopardized by one of Gov. Rick Scott’s first acts.

Three days after Scott took office, the state quietly withdrew its request that the U.S. Justice Department approve Amendments 5 and 6 as required under the Voting Rights Act of 1965, effectively stalling their implementation just as a Republican-led lawsuit challenges their constitutionality.

At the time, Scott was recruiting as his top elections adviser Kurt Browning, who actively campaigned against the two ballot measures last year while not working for the state. Browning’s spokesman said he had no role in the decision.

At least someone in Florida is paying attention:

“More than 3.1 million Floridians voted for these reforms in November, and your actions seem calculated to obstruct their implementation,” said former state Sen. Dan Gelber, the Democratic candidate for attorney general in November and counsel to Fair Districts Now. “Further, Floridians have a right to know why their secretary of state and their governor are engaging in a course of conduct so clearly intended to frustrate their will as expressed at the polls.”

Seems like Rick Scott is just being Rick Scott. He can’t be bothered with annoying laws and constitutional amendments.


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