Florida circuit judge invalidates legislative redistricting by Republicans

July 11, 2014

Friday, July 11, 2014

Good morning:

We start today with an interesting story out of Tallahassee, Florida where a state circuit court judge has issued a 41-page decision invalidating legislative redistricting to favor Republican candidates for political office (i.e., gerrymandering) by the Republican controlled legislature.

Judge Terry Lewis ruled that Republican political operatives engaged in a conspiracy to secretly influence others to gerrymander the legislative map in violation of state law. He specifically found that two districts violated the law, including one that manages to somehow include both Jacksonville and Orlando, even though they are 141 miles apart.

His ruling is not expected to affect the national election in November because the legislature is expected to appeal his decision.

This kind of intentional subversion of democracy to control the outcome of elections is standard operating procedure for Republicans who would not stand a chance to win if they do not cheat.

Persistent allegations of voter fraud, despite little or no supporting evidence, and laws requiring photo identification in order to vote is another Republican tactic to deny the right to vote to millions of poor and minority voters who traditionally vote Democratic.

I am sick and tired of this crap.

For more on this story, go here.

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