It was sloppy, it was slapdash and it was inaccurate. They were sending us names of people to remove because they were born in Puerto Rico. It was disgusting.
Polk County Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards, on Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s last attempt to “purge voter rolls” (trans.: deregister registered voters) in a transparent attempt to suppress the minority vote.
He’s going to give it another shot this year.
Zimmerman juror: ‘George Zimmerman got away with murder.’
ABC News: The only minority on the all-female jury that voted to acquit George Zimmerman said today that Zimmerman “got away with murder” for killing Trayvon Martin and feels she owes an apology Martin’s parents.
"You can’t put the man in jail even though in our hearts we felt he was guilty," said the woman who was identified only as Juror B29 during the trial. "But we had to grab our hearts and put it aside and look at the evidence."
She said the jury was following Florida law and the evidence, she said, did not prove murder.
"George Zimmerman got away with murder, but you can’t get away from God. And at the end of the day, he’s going to have a lot of questions and answers he has to deal with," she said. "[But] the law couldn’t prove it."
And that pretty much confirms what a lot of people have been saying: the trial didn’t clear Zimmerman’s name. It was merely a case of Florida prosecutors not doing a very bang up job of presenting the case against him. The juror, known only by her first name Maddy, says that Florida law tied her hands.
"As much as we were trying to find this man guilty…they give you a booklet that basically tells you the truth, and the truth is that there was nothing that we could do about it," she said. "I feel the verdict was already told."
The system clearly failed Trayvon Martin and his family. But no one’s going to address that failure, because the system is broken just the way the governor’s office likes it.
In which we learn FL Gov. Rick Scott is worse than we’d suspected.
Shortly after winning the GOP gubernatorial nomination in 2010, Rick Scott (R) announced that his family had rescued a Labrador Retriever and gave it a name: Reagan.
But when the Tampa Bay Times “asked last week what had happened to the dog, Scott’s current and former communications directors refused to answer… At one point an exasperated reporter asked Burgess if he had killed the dog, and Burgess denied ever killing a dog, but still wouldn’t say where Reagan was.”
Later a spokeswoman called to say Reagan had been returned about a year ago.
On voter roll purge, FL Gov. Rick Scott vows to neither put up nor shut up.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) insists the state’s voter rolls “must be scrubbed carefully to remove any non-U.S. citizens, but his administration is keeping secret a list of more than 180,000 voters whose citizenship may be in question,” the Tampa Bay Times reports.
“Scott’s elections agency is refusing numerous requests from voter advocacy groups and news outlets to release the list, months after the state released an initial list targeting 2,625 potential noncitizens. Many people on the first list turned out to be citizens.”
I think it’s been pretty well-established that Rick Scott is pure evil and is attempting a bloodless coup, so there’s no reason to belabor that point.
Let’s look at this as proof of a better-established point that’s not so common knowledge — that there are two words that are to Republicans what crosses are to vampires and those two words are “prove it.” They’re fine when they can just declare whatever the fuck they want to be true true, but when it comes time to prove something, suddenly everything’s a big secret and no one can see the evidence because shut up, that’s why.
Dear Rick Scott: If you oppose democracy, you oppose America.
Governor Rick Scott (R) has ordered the state to purge all “non-citizens” from the voting rolls prior to November’s election. But that list compiled by the Scott administration is so riddled with errors that, in Miami-Dade County alone, hundreds of U.S. citizens are being told they are ineligible to vote, ThinkProgress has learned exlusively.
According to data from the Miami-Dade County Supervisor of Elections obtained by ThinkProgress:
- 1638 people in Miami-Dade County were flagged by the state as “non-citizens” and sent letters informing them that they were ineligible to vote.
- Of that group, 359 people have subsquently provided the county with proof of citizenship.
- Another 26 people were identified as U.S. citizens directly by the county.
- The bulk of the remaining 1200 people have simply not responded yet to a letter sent to them by the Supervisor of Elections.
You can see a similar letter sent to alleged “non-citizens” by the Broward County Supervisor of Elections HERE. (“The Supervisor of Elections… has received information that you are not a citizen of the United States.”) If recipients of the letter do not respond within 30 days — a deadline that is mere days away — they will be summarily removed from the voting rolls. The voters purged from the list, election officials tell ThinkProgress, will inevitably include fully eligible Florida voters.
In short, an excess of 20 percent of the voters flagged as “non-citizens” in Miami-Dade are, in fact, citizens. And the actual number may be much higher.
Poetic justice would be a Dickensian nighttime visit by the Ghosts of Memorial Days Past, with veteran after veteran lining up to explain to Rick Scott that they didn’t die so some vampire freak of a would-be dictator could pick and choose the voters most likely to vote for his party.
Of course, that’s impossible. So I guess I’ll have to settle for Scott being dragged out of the Florida Governor’s Mansion in chains — preferably by his ankles — to the nearest courthouse to answer for treason in this attempted bloodless coup.
Wait, that’s unlikely too? What the fuck kind of country are we running here these days, anyway?
Today in Republican supervillainy: Rick Scott’s healthcare sabotage.
Gov. Rick Scott’s (R-FL) opposition to President Obama’s Affordable Care Act has cost the state $200 million in funding it could have used to enroll more children in health care insurance, Health News Florida reports. Under the law, states that “adopt at least five of eight measures that make it easier for eligible children to become and stay enrolled” qualify for bonuses that could be used to enroll more low-income children in the program. But Florida passed up those dollars, along with billions more in other health grants that could have assisted millions in the state. Currently, 687,300 or 16 percent of children are uninsured in Florida — six percentage points higher than the national average..
The problem Republicans face in opposing the Affordable Care Act is, of course, that it will do good things for people. It’s hard to argue that something won’t work when there are plenty of examples of it working just fine.
So what you want to do is break it. Make sure it doesn’t work by keeping it from people. Then you can ask voters, “What’s the ACA done for you lately?” and the voters will answer “Nothing!”
And if that means kids will have to do without healthcare? Well, you can’t make an omelet without breaking a few hundred thousand eggs.
Stories to Watch: 9/26/11
Finally. I needed to get some bandwidth issues taken care of and it took me a lot longer than I thought it would. I think I’ve got it squared away now, but I’ll run diagnostics later tonight to make sure. I’ll set them up to run overnight. For once, I’ll be productive even while I sleep. Now here’s the news…
Greg Sargent takes on the idea of a third party by pointing out that there isn’t exactly a third position on most issues for that party to take. Hence, it would be redundant. I’d go a bit farther and point to parliamentary systems where several parties exist; those tend to be narrowly focused parties (dealing almost exclusively with environmentalism, women’s rights, copyright reform, etc.) that wind up as part of one coalition or another along the conservative/liberal divide. All we do in the US is skip the coalition building part. You may agree, you may disagree, but it’s always nice to see a sound, logical argument. Paul Krugman also takes a stab at the issue.
The House and Senate continue to wrangle over disaster relief spending as the government faces a possible shutdown. David Dayden of Firedoglake makes an excellent case for Democrats sticking to their guns.
Allegations of the use of excessive force get awfully hard to deny in NYPD crowd control during the Occupy Wall Street protests. I want you to stop a moment and consider the political shitstorm that would ensue if police treated ‘bagger protesters this way. I guess it’s OK to abuse liberals.
Speaking of ‘baggers, how racist can they be? How’s this?
The DNC capitalizes on the bloodthirsty and hateful nature of the crowds at GOP debates.
Finally, Florida Gov. Rick Scott is just a clown.
Stories to Watch: 6/28/11
Had to do a clean install of my browser this morning, which means I lost almost everything. Ever come to rely on something, then can’t remember where you got it from when you want to replace it? Yeah, that’s fun. Now here’s the news…
Not only is Michele Bachmann dumb, but she also hasn’t accomplished a whole lot.
Also on the Bachmann front, if your “knowledge” of history is making you look like a fool, just change history. It’s not like it hasn’t been done before.
And, to top it all off, Shelly gets no love from a former top aide. And Tom Petty doesn’t like her, either.
President Obama caves to the GOP on Bush’s tax giveaway to the wealthy, leaving House dems wondering why they even bother to show up to work in the morning.
Pawlenty agrees with Obama on Libya, making him the most Bush-like neocon contender of the GOP field.
Florida’s Rick Scott is officially the most unpopular governor in America.
Finally, one of my senators is Ron Johnson. Fuck you, Ron Johnson.