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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-04-12 10:13 AM
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1. Rick Scott's beer lobbyist appointment as Secretary of State in charge of elections: EPIC FAILURE
But, then again, maybe it is epic success at stealing more elections in Florida....

Beer lobbyist knows little about voting

By Fred Grimm
May 2, 2012


Ken Detzner, best known as a beer-industry lobbyist before Gov. Rick Scott picked him to take over as secretary of state in February, admitted Thursday that his offices ability to validate a persons legal status as up-to-date was limited. ..... Detzners office also forgot about the states obligations under the 1965 Voting Rights Act and the 1993 National Voter Registration Act, before going ahead willy-nilly with his voter purge, particularly a voter purge based on a list that was 58 percent Hispanic.


.... on the very same day that the letter from the Justice Department showed up in Tallahassee, a federal judge across town issued an injunction against another bit of state meddling with the voter rolls. He said aspects of the states controversial 2011 law aimed at voter-registration groups were harsh and impractical.

U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkles order said the provision of the law (among other restrictions) that requires registration groups to turn in new voter registration forms within 48 hours of getting them or face up to $1,000 in fines amounted to a virtually impossible burden.


During the hearing, the judge heard a telling statement from one of the sponsors of the new voting legislation. I want the people in the state of Florida to want to vote as badly as that person in Africa who is willing to walk 200 miles for that opportunity hes never had before in his life. This should not be easy, Sen. Michael Bennett, a Republican from Bradenton, had said during the 2011 legislative session.

Judge Hinkle responded that Florida doesnt have an interest in making it hard to vote. Thats not a permissible goal.


Michael Bennett, Republican from Bradenton.... Now, where have we heard THAT name before..... oh, that's right. He was the 'family values' Republican caught viewing pornography on his Legislative floor computer.

This is what the Republican conspiracy to steal voting rights looked like last year, as it was crafted in the Republican-dominated legislature:

Update: Eleventh lawmaker subpoenaed in Florida election law controversy, November 29, 2011

Not so fast, boys.

With a voter purge based on outdated data, with the U.S. Justice Department intervening to stop Florida from flouting voter-rights laws, with a federal judge knocking down segments of a law that seemed designed, as he put it, to discourage voter-registration drives and thus also to make it harder for new voters to register, theres plenty of material to bolster talk of a voter-suppression conspiracy in Florida.


And it has been going on since Jeb Bush and Katherine Harris trotted out their "felon lists" in 2000, that had the deliberate effect of purging tens of thousands of non-felons with similar names off the voting rolls. Jeb Bush pulled this stunt again in 2002, and yet again in 2004:

St. Petersburg Times (now Tampa Bay Times), July 11, 2004:

Nine days after making the names of more than 47,000 potential felon voters public, state officials have scrapped the entire list, saying it was too flawed to be trusted.


The state had tried to keep the list a secret. It fought a lawsuit aimed at opening the records to the public. A series of errors emerged once a Tallahassee judge rejected the state's arguments and released the records on July 1.

The error that proved final - and garnered national attention - was that Hispanics were largely overlooked because of glitches in how the state records information about race and ethnicity.


Many Hispanic voters vote Republican. That they were largely omitted from a list disproportionately weighted with Democratic-leaning blacks has fueled theories that voter rolls were being manipulated for political motives. State officials said it was data errors, not politics, that excluded Hispanics from the list.

"Not including Hispanic felons that may be voters on the list . . . was an oversight and a mistake. . . . And we accept responsibility and that's why we're pulling it back," said Gov. Jeb Bush, who was in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday at an "African-Americans for Bush" rally in support of his brother's re-election as president.


Florida List for Purge of Voters Proves Flawed, July 10, 2004, NYTimes:


Of nearly 48,000 Florida residents on the felon list, only 61 are Hispanic. By contrast, more than 22,000 are African-American.

About 8 percent of Florida voters describe themselves as Hispanic, and about 11 percent as black.

In a presidential-election battleground state that decided the 2000 race by giving George W. Bush a margin of only 537 votes, the effect could be significant: black voters are overwhelmingly Democratic, while Hispanics in Florida tend to vote Republican.

Elections officials of Florida's Republican administration denied any partisan motive in use of the method they adopted, and noted that it had been approved as part of a settlement of a civil rights lawsuit.

"This was absolutely unintentional," said Nicole de Lara, spokeswoman for the Florida secretary of state, Glenda E. Hood, an appointee of Gov. Jeb Bush, the president's brother. "The matching criteria were approved by several interested parties in the lawsuit, and the court. I don't know how it got by all those people without anyone noticing."

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Oh, WE KNOW how it all "got by" in 2000, 2002 and 2004.

Jeb Bush

All we ever need to know about Jeb Bush came freely from his own mouth in 1994, when he lost the governor's race against Governor Lawton Chiles:

During the campaign Bush was asked by reporters what his administration might do for Black Floridians. He made a tactical blunder. He gave an honest answer.

He said, "Probably nothing."

And this is merely the latest Florida Republican version of stolen elections, 2012:

Rick Scott (Getty Images)

Florida is due for a complete housecleaning in November, and with continuous vigilance.

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