In fact, the richest part, as discovered by an intrepid reporter at our sister paper, the Sun Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, is that some of the very legislators who want to block those without college degrees don't have college degrees themselves … other than perhaps a master's in hypocrisy.
Stacking the deck
It comes from politihacks who want to preserve their right to gerrymander.
Both parties have done it — drawing snake-like districts that slither through dozens of communities, sometimes splitting neighborhoods in two, so that politicians can get precisely the districts they want.
The result: Corrine Brown gets lots of black Democrats in her district. John Mica gets lots of white Republicans in his. And neither one of them has to worry about competition.
It's why incumbents rarely lose in this state. In fact, we've had years when not a single legislator or member of Congress was ousted.
That's why the Fair Districts amendment will be on your November ballot. It will force legislators to draw geographically sensible districts that are more compact and politically balanced — just like our state.
But legislators don't like fair.
So they're trying to pass another amendment that would basically neutralize the Fair District one. It would essentially allow them to continue using race and demographics in certain instances.
It would be like passing a law to ban drunk driving — except for when legislators really want to drive drunk.
This time it's mostly the Republicans such as Dean Cannon and Mike Haridopolos who are trying to prevent you from having fair elections, because they like the status quo. But there are some Democrats, including Brown and Gary Siplin, involved as well … proving that hackery knows no party lines.
If you want to tell your representative how you feel, you can get their contact information at leg.state.fl.us or call the legislative switchboard during work hours at 850-488-4371.
Scott Maxwell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 407-420-6141.
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