How far are Republicans and Florida Governor Rick Scott willing to go to thwart the will of Florida voters for fair voting in the state?
Far enough to file a petition in federal court to throw out parts of the Voting Rights Act.
At taxpayer expense.
Gov. Rick Scott and Secretary of State Kurt Browning filed a petition in federal court Tuesday asking the court to throw out a section of the Voting Rights Act, one of the vestiges of the Civil Rights movement that has provided an extra layer of protections to minorities voters for the past 45 years.
The federal law requires that all changes to voting and election law in five Florida counties -- Hendry, Collier, Hardee, Hillsborough and Monroe – be approved by the U.S. Department of Justice or a federal court because of their history of racial discrimination against voters. The lawsuit alleges that the pre-clearance requirement, first established in 1972, is antiquated and unconstitutional.
This is just the most recent blatant attempt to undercut the will of voters who won the Fair Districts they voted for.
Republicans tried, and failed to get another misleading Amendment on the ballot that could have fooled voters into undoing the previous Amendments.
When that didn't work and a judge ruled against them, they proposed changing the way the courts worked. They even proposed allowing Gov. Rick Scott to pick the Florida Supreme Court judges himself. (What could possibly go wrong there?)
They voted to rollback automatically restoring the civil rights of felons, namely the right to vote, and made several other changes to Florida's election laws like early voting and voter registration regulations.
Now they want to throw out parts of the Voting Rights Act that protect areas with a history of voter discrimination. All at taxpayers expense, joining the taxpayer funded health care lawsuit to block voters from the benefits of the Affordable Care Act.
Self-proclaimed "fiscal conservative" Rick Scott will apparently spare no taxpayer expense when it comes to blocking them from policies they're clearly in favor of. He also doesn't seem to be concerned at how much money is being spent to fight back against his policies in just the nine short months he's been in office.
Florida is well on its way to a deteriorating quality of life that residents soon won't easily be able to afford, thanks to an unpopular Governor they don't want.
Now Rick "Supreme Executive of Deleted Emails" Scott would also like to claim their right to vote him out of office in the next election.
Sunshine State? Welcome to the dark side.