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Kam and Lantigua report: "Former GOP chair, governor - both on outs with party - say voter fraud wasn't a concern, but reducing Democratic votes was."

Former Florida Governor, Charlie Crist. (photo: Getty Images)
Former Florida Governor, Charlie Crist. (photo: Getty Images)

Former GOP Leaders in Florida Admit to Voter Suppression

By Dara Kam and John Lantigua, Palm Beach Post

27 November 12


new Florida law that contributed to long voter lines and caused some to abandon voting altogether was intentionally designed by Florida GOP staff and consultants to inhibit Democratic voters, former GOP officials and current GOP consultants have told The Palm Beach Post.

Republican leaders said in proposing the law that it was meant to save money and fight voter fraud. But a former GOP chairman and former Gov. Charlie Crist, both of whom have been ousted from the party, now say that fraud concerns were advanced only as subterfuge for the law's main purpose: GOP victory.

Former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer says he attended various meetings, beginning in 2009, at which party staffers and consultants pushed for reductions in early voting days and hours.

"The Republican Party, the strategists, the consultants, they firmly believe that early voting is bad for Republican Party candidates," Greer told The Post. "It's done for one reason and one reason only. … 'We've got to cut down on early voting because early voting is not good for us,' " Greer said he was told by those staffers and consultants.

"They never came in to see me and tell me we had a (voter) fraud issue," Greer said. "It's all a marketing ploy."

Greer is now under indictment, accused of stealing $200,000 from the party through a phony campaign fundraising operation. He, in turn, has sued the party, saying GOP leaders knew what he was doing and voiced no objection.

"Jim Greer has been accused of criminal acts against this organization and anything he says has to be considered in that light," says Brian Burgess, Florida GOP spokesman since September.

But Greer's statements about the motivations for the party's legislative efforts, implemented by a GOP-majority House and Senate in Tallahassee in 2011, are backed by Crist - also now on the outs with the party - and two veteran GOP campaign consultants.

Wayne Bertsch, who handles local and legislative races for Republicans, said he knew targeting Democrats was the goal.

"In the races I was involved in in 2008, when we started seeing the increase of turnout and the turnout operations that the Democrats were doing in early voting, it certainly sent a chill down our spines. And in 2008, it didn't have the impact that we were afraid of. It got close, but it wasn't the impact that they had this election cycle," Bertsch said, referring to the fact that Democrats picked up seven legislative seats in Florida in 2012 despite the early voting limitations.

Another GOP consultant, who did not want to be named, also confirmed that influential consultants to the Republican Party of Florida were intent on beating back Democratic turnout in early voting after 2008.

In 2008 Democrats, especially African-Americans, turned out in unprecedented numbers for President Barack Obama, many of them casting ballots during 14 early voting days. In Palm Beach County, 61.2 percent of all early voting ballots were cast by Democrats that year, compared with 18.7 percent by Republicans.

In 2011 Republicans, who had super majorities in both chambers of the legislature, passed HB 1355, which curtailed early voting days from 14 to eight; greatly proscribed the activities of voter registration organizations like the League of Women Voters; and made it harder for voters who had changed counties since the last election to cast ballots, a move that affected minorities proportionately more than whites. The League and others challenged the law in court, and a federal judge threw out most of the provisions related to voter registration organizations.

Various voter registration organizations, minority coalitions and Democratic office holders are now demanding investigations either by state or federal officials.

On Oct. 26, The Post published a story citing a deposition by Florida GOP General Counsel Emmett "Bucky" Mitchell IV in litigation between Florida and the U.S. Justice Department over HB 1355. Mitchell described a meeting near New Year's Day 2011, in which he was approached by GOP staffers and consultants to write the bill that would become HB 1355.

He said the meeting had followed other conversations with those same GOP officials and consultants since the fall of 2010.

Crist said he was asked

to curb early voting

Crist said party leaders approached him during his 2007-2011 gubernatorial term about changing early voting, in an effort to suppress Democrat turnout. Crist is now at odds with the GOP, since abandoning the party to run for U.S. Senate as an independent in 2010. He is rumored to be planning another run for governor, as a Democrat.

Crist said in a telephone interview this month that he did not recall conversations about early voting specifically targeting black voters "but it looked to me like that was what was being suggested. And I didn't want them to go there at all."

About inhibiting minority voters, Greer said:

"The sad thing about that is yes, there is prejudice and racism in the party but the real prevailing thought is that they don't think minorities will ever vote Republican," he said. "It's not really a broad-based racist issue. It's simply that the Republican Party gave up a long time ago ever believing that anything they did would get minorities to vote for them."

But a GOP consultant who asked to remain anonymous out of fear of retribution said black voters were a concern.

"I know that the cutting out of the Sunday before Election Day was one of their targets only because that's a big day when the black churches organize themselves," he said.

GOP spokesman Burgess discounted Crist's statement to The Post.

"Charlie Crist speaks out of both sides of his mouth," he said.

Former Florida Secretary of State Kurt Browning, a Republican, has spoken favorably about HB 1355, because he believes its 12-hour early voting days - the law previously limited them to eight hours a day - give voters more flexibility to vote before or after work.

"But reducing early voting days does not attack voter fraud and given the longer days, it certainly does not save money," Browning has said.

In a 2011 deposition in the litigation over HB 1355, Browning said that while he was always concerned with voter fraud, he did not see it as a large problem in the state and that was why he did not include any mention of it in his legislative goals for 2011.

"It wasn't an issue that rose to the level to place it in our package," Browning said.

Greer told The Post that people who attended the GOP's behind-the-scenes meetings on early voting included: Andy Palmer, former state GOP executive director, now a Tallahassee political consultant; Bret Prater, head of party development; Randy Enwright of Enwright Consulting, a veteran Tallahassee political consultant; Jim Rimes, former state GOP executive director and now a consultant with Enwright; Kirk Pepper, a former top aide to House Speaker Dean Cannon; and Rich Heffley, a former top aide to Crist.

The Post contacted all of them. GOP spokesman Burgess responded for Palmer and Prater and also for Frank Terraferma, director of state House campaigns, who had been named in the Bucky Mitchell deposition as attending the meeting about the drafting of 1355.

"If what Greer said had happened, that would be wrong and he should have fired those men," Burgess said. "Why didn't he fire them? They said they were never in any meeting with Jim Greer of that kind. They never had meetings of that kind."

The other four did not respond.

Ex-House speaker:

Law meant to curb fraud

Cannon, who took over as House speaker in 2010, said he had no conversations about early voting with GOP strategists and that he believed HB 1355 was aimed at voter fraud.

"I don't recall anybody talking about some tactical advantage or need to curtail early voting," said Cannon, who has launched a lobbying business in Tallahassee since his term as a state representative ended this month.

But Crist, who extended early voting hours in 2008 by executive order to address long lines during that presidential election, said he was approached about early voting but told the GOP consultants and staffers that he would veto any proposed legislative changes that would reduce early voting.

"The people that worked in Tallahassee felt that early voting was bad, " Crist said. "And I heard about it after I signed the executive order expanding it. I heard from Republicans around the state who were bold enough to share it with me that, 'You just gave the election to Barack Obama.'"

It wasn't until Gov. Rick Scott took office in January 2011 that the idea went anywhere. It passed the legislature that session and Scott signed it into law.

"I assume they decided, 'It's 2011, Crist is gone, let's give it a shot,'" Crist said. "And that's exactly what they did. And it is exactly what it turned out to be."

Before signing the law, Scott said he wanted to make voting easier and to eliminate voter fraud. Recently, he asked Secretary of State Ken Detzner to look into problems with the November election and to recommend changes if necessary.

Purging of non-citizens

off voter rolls discussed

Besides early voting, Greer said other issues discussed at the behind-the-scenes meetings were voter registration organizations, attempts to have Florida Supreme Court judges defeated at the polls and the purging of voters on the rolls who might not be U.S. citizens.

"There is absolutely nothing with their absolute obsession with retaining power that they wouldn't do - changing the election laws to reduce early voting, to keep organizations like the League of Women Voters from registering people, going after the Supreme Court justices," Greer said of his former colleagues.

HB 1355 greatly reduced the time voter registration organizations had to hand in registration applications and imposed hefty fines for any violation of the time guidelines, which forced the largest voter registration organizations to suspend activities, afraid they might incur fines they couldn't afford. The League of Women Voters suspended its activities in Florida for the first time in nine decades.

A federal judge subsequently struck down those parts of 1355 and registration organizations resumed their activities over the summer of 2012.

The Division of Elections under Scott also issued purge lists for non-citizen voters, which several county elections supervisors have criticized as being filled with errors. The attempted voter purge resulted in several lawsuits against Scott's administration, and nearly all of the state's elections supervisors abandoned the effort in the months leading up to the presidential election.

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+138 # Barbara K 2012-11-27 09:42
Another reason to Nationalize the Vote. The crooks in these states cannot be trusted. They started this with Bush and it is a national disgrace. The rules should be nationalized to be the same for every state, the Gerrymandering should be rolled back to the year 2000. They should not be allowed to make such a sham of our election process. Jail time is a must. I hope the Justice Dept puts a stop to these tactics being done by the R states, and am so glad that it didn't work. What a bunch of Liars, Crooks and Thieves the Republicon/Tbag gers are. We need to rid ourselves of them completely and let a new 2nd party rise up to replace them, who actually care about people and are not in it for the bribes and self-interests.
+85 # AndreM5 2012-11-27 12:11
Why is the Jutice Dept not ALL OVER this? State's do NOT have the right to suppress the vote. I don't care WHAT the RNC says.
+42 # WestWinds 2012-11-27 14:18
Especially in FEDERAL elections!!! Somebody needs to go to jail and Eric Holder needs to get off the dime.
+6 # AMLLLLL 2012-11-28 12:05
This is what I hear: it is not illegal to suppress voting if one particular party or a particular group is not disparately affected. So I guess it comes down to who has the burden of proof.
+27 # WestWinds 2012-11-27 14:16
I live in Floriduh, and how correct you are, Barbara K!!!
+3 # pegasus4508 2012-11-27 21:30
Since you live in Florida you can contact the justice department directly to find out what has or is being done. While others outside your state can sign petitions, we are not directly involved. YOU are in a great position to Make a CHANGE! Thanks in advance for your time and efforts.
+7 # WestWinds 2012-11-27 14:18
If RSN doesn't want us re-publishing articles they need to (1) tell us when an article is restricted, and (2) provide a means for us to contact the author for permission. This flying blind is BS and you are not being responsible to either your readers or your authors. PLEASE correct this.
+10 # katieOR 2012-11-27 17:04
This is WHY the Supreme Court is hearing a case relative to the Civil Right Voting Act of 1968...the southern states 7 I think, don't feel the need to continue with the original law! The far right better do the RIGHT thing here or we are screwed as a country and the R's win
+15 # doneasley 2012-11-27 20:01
Quoting Barbara K:
Another reason to Nationalize the Vote. The crooks in these states cannot be trusted. They started this with Bush and it is a national disgrace... We need to rid ourselves of them completely and let a new 2nd party rise up to replace them, who actually care about people and are not in it for the bribes and self-interests.

You tell 'em Barb. This "Culture of Corruption" didn't just start with "W" Bush. Every GOP administration starting with "Tricky Dick" Nixon (Watergate); The God Reagan (Iran-Contra) - and YES HE DID KNOW; Daddy Bush (Iran-Contra and S&L Scandal); and Little Georgie (Iraq War, Valerie Plame, and you name it).

And now it's a conspiracy in GOP-controlled states to suppress the vote in order to win an election, along with a conspiracy (starting on Day 1) to destroy the Obama Presidency even though it would damage the American economy and hurt poor and middle income families. CRIMINALS ALL!

Sure both parties have individuals who get involved in scandals, but the Regressives have had ONE OR MORE CONSPIRACIES IN EVERY ADMINISTRATION! !!
+6 # Nell H 2012-11-27 20:16
Elections should be managed by non-partisan professionals, not by partisan politicians. Please sign the petition at
+3 # Thirdeye 2012-11-27 23:00
2000 was a horrible year of gerrymandering! Especially the Florida House boundary, which snaked through Cocoa, walling off the entire black population for a specific district. The term "Gerrymandering " was coined in 1812, look:
+33 # 2012-11-27 09:43
"I am shocked, I tell you.Shocked." Another Miami moment.
+24 # FactsFirst 2012-11-27 09:46
I am shocked these criminals would do this!
+12 # Michael_K 2012-11-27 12:14
Quoting FactsFirst:
I am shocked these criminals would do this!

By "this" I take it you mean to confess their crimes?
+4 # bingers 2012-11-29 10:23
Quoting Michael_K:
Quoting FactsFirst:
I am shocked these criminals would do this!

By "this" I take it you mean to confess their crimes?

Well, you can see why Charlie Crist was kicked out by the Republicans, he was pretty honest, and that's not allowed in that party.
+16 # Scott479 2012-11-27 10:03
Why not own it-you'll never face charges for it under any administration from here forward.
+49 # LeeBlack 2012-11-27 10:18
It's time to take the election out of the hands of political holders in office.
+54 # MJnevetS 2012-11-27 10:31
I read this the other day, but NOT in any mainstream publication. The sad thing is that NOTHING will ever happen as a result. To the extent it ever gets reported, the mainstream news would highlight the criminal theft charges against Greer (filed by the Florida GOP, for misappropriatio n of funds, which Greer claims he obtained and used as directed by the GOP) and suggest that this is a criminal attempted to spread blame. Nonetheless, even if true, criminals willing to 'rat out' their criminal cohorts have always been a tool used in law enforcement to net the 'bigger fish'. Methinks an investigation is in order, as an admission to improper purpose in Florida displays points to an endemic Republican problem nationwide which is of Constitutional proportion. While people who speak of such things (i.e. - ME) are often labeled left wing conspiracy theorists, the scary fact is that voter disenfranchisem ent has been a political reality for over 100 years. Yet if can be shown to be part of the party platform of the GOP, it proves the need to revamp our system, have national voting standards for all states and GET THE MONEY OUT OF POLITICS, which allows private citizens to finance such improper behavior through lobbyists and direct contributions!
+22 # Michael_K 2012-11-27 12:15
This is a Nation of Laws.. except when it's inconvenient!
+15 # WestWinds 2012-11-27 14:22
The first thing is to lose the accepting mentality. We have millions of people to their millions of dollars. We need to come together, organize, Occupy and DEMAND change. They are running all their favorite schemes on OUR MONEY. We have the right to demand they spend it as we want it spent. Stop thinking they win when you haven't even lifted a finger to oppose the baloney; get out there and fight. (And my suggestion is to join the Green Party so when they see their numbers dwindling, they will listen up!)
+6 # katieOR 2012-11-27 17:06
YES, Get the Money out of Politics!!!!!!
+47 # USA2012??? 2012-11-27 10:35
We know there are improprieties in political organizations, but the GOP acts as if it can break the law with impunity. There has to be a price paid for this subterfuge, and if not, it will happen again and again. We simply cannot afford to let those impositions of power deliberately undermine the democratic process that we're trying to shove down other countries' throats while violating our own rules:

Simply put: we have to lead by example not words!
+14 # Michael_K 2012-11-27 12:18
Quoting USA2012???:
We know there are improprieties in political organizations, but the GOP acts as if it can break the law with impunity....!

That's because they can. There is no accountability. Anyone proposing any sort of accountability with teeth, is immediately faced with hand-wringing and shrieks of "chilling effect"!
+35 # tswhiskers 2012-11-27 11:02
If anyone is shocked that the GOP would cheat in order to win an election, then they were truly born in a cabbage patch. The GOP has been winning elections dishonestly since 2000. The simplest reason for this is that about 25% of the electorate are registered Reps. The best single source I know of for this kind of info is Greg Palast. He works for the British press but is American. He says that American papers won't print his stuff. Read his books and go to his website You'll read things there that never see daylight in the U.S. press. I can only guess that the corporations that own papers these days have strong Rep. sympathies and so editors constantly self-censor themselves. Do not think that we have a free press in this country. We don't. Too many journalists are well paid and don't want to lose their cushy salaries. Dan Rather is one of a few honest reporters these days, but he wasn't so honest when he worked for CBS News; after all he had a salary in excess of $7 million. In order to stop the excesses of the GOP we need honest and real reporting. This article is an exception to the general rule of reporting and it shouldn't be.
+7 # mim 2012-11-27 13:52
I'm not shocked, but I am relieved that it's being publicly acknowledged (by some).
+3 # MJnevetS 2012-11-28 00:41
Waaay longer than that whiskers. Without mentioning the 19th century and poll taxes/Jim Crow laws, consider the fall of 1968. USA in turmoil protests in the streets calling for an end to the Vietnam war. President Johnson was organizing peace talks with South Vietnam’s President Nguyen van Thieu. But Nixon’s campaign began urging the South Vietnamese to boycott Johnson’s peace talks in the crucial days before the Nov. 5, 1968, election, according to The Palace File, published in 1986. Nixon’s chief emissary to Thieu, Anna Chennault made admissions in her memoir, The Education of Anna, in 1980 that this had occurred. Upset by LBJ’s efforts to negotiate an end to the Vietnam war, Thieu followed the Republican advice and just days before the election balked at the Paris peace talks, denying Democrat Hubert Humphrey a last-minute boost that might have cost Nixon his narrow victory. Nixon then continued the war for four more years. This was "Nixon's Treason". (By the way, South Vietnam’s Ambassador to the United States Bui Diem met with H.W.Bush, a freshman senator, after which Diem wrote to Thieu and advised that “many Republican friends” argued that Thieu “stand firm” against Johnson’s pressure.) (Bush was later implicated in a similar scheme in 1980 as Reagan’s running mate when he took part in secret Republican efforts to sabotage President Jimmy Carter’s talks with Iran to free 52 American hostages.) So much for a president's oath to uphold the constitution!
+1 # bingers 2012-11-29 10:25
Much longer than that. They've been under court order since Reagan to stop caging, but they still do it wholesale and brag about it on occasion.
+44 # jack406 2012-11-27 11:04
Shouldn't voter suppression and rigging the election be a Felony?
If some of these politicians started going to jail for this, we might not have this problem!
+16 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2012-11-27 11:23
Where the law seems to not enter the picture. "Good faith." The Republi(cons) tried to convince the public that they did what they did in "good faith."
+19 # The Ice Maiden 2012-11-27 11:11
Unfortunately, this confession will change the minds of NONE of the Republicans I know. It's hard not to lose heart and continue to believe our voting system can be made fair.
+5 # WestWinds 2012-11-27 14:36
It can if we REFUSE to accept the way things are being done now, put in the time and effort to organize and make a difference. Having a problem is not the problem; not doing anything about it, THAT'S the problem! Get out there and fight!!!
+10 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2012-11-27 11:11
The flesh eaters vs. the grass eaters. And the flesh eaters lost. The flesh eaters found out they were shooting themselves in the foot.
+36 # jmac9 2012-11-27 11:19
Republicans destroyed America.

Republicans are a criminal enterprise masquerading as a political party.
+20 # chicagoflygirls 2012-11-27 11:27
Somebody, somewhere needs to go to JaIL!!
+4 # katieOR 2012-11-27 17:09
+27 # Ray Kondrasuk 2012-11-27 11:37
Here in Cheeseland, Governor Walker is suggesting limiting same-day registration because of the burden it puts on poll workers.

Touching, his new-found concern for public employees...
+4 # katieOR 2012-11-27 17:11
Born as raised in Cheese Land I'm abhored you Wisconsites elected this Parasite!!! I'm in OR now, not far enough away from WI but with like kin here and wouldn't EVER move back home.
+2 # Ray Kondrasuk 2012-11-27 19:32
Not only elected him, Katie... (sigh...) but had him survive the recall. Of course, setting the recall for AFTER college students departed the campuses for the summer helped, as well as the on-again, off-again photo ID requirement.

Then, though Obama and Tammy Baldwin won, Republicans still regained majorities in both state houses November 6. Of course, some earlier serious gerrymandering helped,

Katie, come back. We need your vote!
+9 # cordleycoit 2012-11-27 11:49
Strane how these corrupt states own the vote rather than the people being free to vote.Remember these Republicans are ruled by CEO's and banker far off shore from the land of the orange.
+21 # reiverpacific 2012-11-27 12:02
Well, "Duh" (again)!
The good news is that in spite of this and other shenanigans, they lost even Florida after a prolonged "lame duck" count long after the national verdict was in, as most RSN readers will know.
The bad n', is that it's going to keep happening as until major campaigners for one side or t'other are legislated out of being Secretaries of ANY State, with overwhelming powers to jiggle with votes and abuse the whole process -and still be unaccountable for discrepancies.
The Rethugs seem to be especially susceptible to such -shall we say- "temptations" to abuse power when confronted with the built-in frailties of an alleged (but heavily flawed and undoubtedly heavily tilted towards the already powerful) system; remember Ken Blackwell and Katherine Harris?
And of course the shadowy but almost omnipresent "Curdled" Rove and "Grooved" Norquist, who are not about to just go away in their quest for a one-party Corporate State.
It's back to the voters for action, if they want to continue to be voters per se'.
+4 # mim 2012-11-27 13:45
Excellent comment, reiverpacific! If I could give you two thumbs up, I would.

But that would be like having two votes, wouldn't it?
+21 # Janice 2012-11-27 12:06
I can't believe this happened in our country and nothing is being done about it. Bill Clinton got impeached for a personal mistake (nothing to do with his management of his office) but that didn't stop the republicans from spending millions to go after him. Get these people prosecuted and above all GET THEM OUT OF OFFICE.
+10 # ABen 2012-11-27 12:16
It is time for the rational Repubs (yes there are still some out there) to take the party apparatus out of the hands of the baggers. I have several Repub friends who voted for Obama simply because they can't stand what is going on with the GOP.
+5 # WestWinds 2012-11-27 14:31
Too bad the Democrats are part of the corporate system and the Left wing of the Corporate Party. If your friends really wanted to make a change, they should have voted Green Party which doesn't take corporate "donations" and has a citizen and planet friendly platform. We need to take over the Green Party, Occupy it, and then run for office on the Green ticket to make any kind of REAL improvements.
+4 # katieOR 2012-11-27 17:13
Brother, if we all thought like this, Obama wouldn't have been re-elected. Green Party not withstanding, we need to work to make sure the law of the land is followed, while buildling a new party. AND we need to start now with that building process. Permits anyone?
+6 # rlhollow 2012-11-27 12:36
I thought all the Republicans, particularly at the state level, took their orders from ALEC.
+8 # MainStreetMentor 2012-11-27 12:38
If the GOP was looking for reasons why they lost the recent national elections, this article lifts the veil off a portion of the reason why. These criminals (no, there's no other word for them!) I dare say are located in EVERY "Red" state, especially those who passed Voter ID laws! The public KNOWS that to be true - and the non-"T"-party public did NOT vote for their candidates. REPEAL EVERY VOTER PHOTO ID LAW WHEREVER IT MAY BE LOCATED, and use THIS article as authorization!
+7 # Archie1954 2012-11-27 13:18
Rick Scott? Yuch! How many perverse candidates can the degenerate Republican Party find under the rocks the overturn?
+9 # cafetomo 2012-11-27 13:25
The Republican agenda is antithetical to itself. The more it succeeds, the more it creates an unfortunate class of have-nots. As their creed becomes less egalitarian, more exclusive than inclusive, the cancerous definition of success they hold demands ever more of what they already possess. Oddly enough, by the hands of those they have taken it from. How Profit and Oppression became so inextricably sold as Freedom, I don't want to know.

As overreaching acquisition continues to remove the tools allowing dissent a voice or hand in things, we see Orwell for the optimist he was. Knowing our voice and rights are being systematically removed makes the Occupy movement look like not only a reasonable recourse, but the sole means of it. Which is plenty obvious to all parties. Why you think Sleepytown USA just had Homeland Security buy them their very own Urban Assault Vehicle? If you can't vote with your feet, vote with your wallet. If they got your wallet, you can always find a rock. They may do their business behind closed doors, but they live in glass houses, too.
+8 # fredboy 2012-11-27 13:54
Lying, cheating and selfishness are the foundation of Florida, our nation's most corrupt state. I have detected zero patriotism or love of country since moving to the Sunshine State, only selfishness. If America wishes to pinpoint its true enemies, it will find them in this loveless, scorched peninsula.
+5 # bbaldwin 2012-11-27 14:32
I lived in Floriday from 1971 until 1980. At that time I was amazed at how progressive this state govenment as well as our country goverment. What in the world has happen to this state? Well, for one putting in Rick Scott as Governor would be my first turn off. Secondly, the swamp nuts who have come out of their habitats are mainly non-educated, low income, and are definitely anti-black. So, I am sorry for the good honest citizens of Florida, but they are the ones who are going to get this state back on the right path. The whole country is laughing at the state of Florida.
+5 # HerbR 2012-11-27 14:44
May a belated confession of lawlessness become the basis for a law suit or even an indictment, and why not ?
+6 # Linda Miklowitz 2012-11-27 15:34
How long will it be until the DOJ subpoenas Jim Greer and Charlie Crist to testify before a fed grand jury? We need some indictments v
+4 # David Starr 2012-11-27 15:35
It's official regarding GOP voting suppression: A foregone conclusion is now the final conclusion.
+5 # rjz7 2012-11-27 16:28
One can only wonder why the Democrats do not come up with a strong 'guarantee your right to vote law that includes national standards for all Federal elections. History has taught us that the States governments are too politicized to be entrusted with this national issue. Chris Coons bill is not even close to what is needed.
+4 # Nell H 2012-11-27 20:12
Partisan politicians should not control federal elections. Please sign this petition that asks that elections be managed by non-partisan professionals.
+2 # Douglas Jack 2012-11-27 22:21
While leading Republicans don't believe in politics, they do organize economically to control politics through $ advantage. What democrats don't get is that even though Obama won the presidency, Democrats don't control the House. The political system is broken & can't be repaired entirely through elections. Repugs are able to hire politicians & have a significant control of media so the truth is hidden. All this obsession with politics distracts us from our primary obligation to implement mutual-aid wherever we are. Economic-Democr acy of humanity's worldwide 'indigenous' (Latin 'self-generatin g') ancestors is based in joining together for participatory multi-stakehold er investment in the essential services businesses we rely upon. With everyone empowered, joined together with critical mass in each economic specialty & community, then we can implement real change from the 'tree-roots', concerted, penetrating, deep, strong & effective.
+2 # natalierosen 2012-11-27 23:06
I WANT PROSECUTION for this subversion of democracy. How come things get exposed and the punishment goes nowhere. Obviously this is illegal and is true voter fraud!Prosecute , prosecute, prosecute. It is the ONLY way we can rid this country of the Republican plague on our democracy!
+3 # engelbach 2012-11-28 04:49
Cannon, who took over as House speaker in 2010, said he had no conversations about early voting with GOP strategists and that he believed HB 1355 was aimed at voter fraud.


Still sticking to the lie about voter fraud. Makes him look as stupid as he is dishonest.
+2 # kalpal 2012-11-28 05:25
The probability that a politician in office will truthful is about as close to zero as is humanly possible to get. The GOP will never a large enough base to win elections without fiddling with the process. The first revealed instance of voter caging was in Florida and the guys who broke the law doing it were promoted by the Bush administration because the more criminal your behavior, the more the GOP loves you and appredciates your efforts on its behalf.
+1 # lhelfand 2012-11-28 15:57
The Republican Party should be held accountable but an even bigger issue is that the majority of Americans voted for a Democratic house and yet because of gerrymandering the House remains in Republican control. What can we do about this??
+1 # Douglas Jack 2012-11-29 01:41
lhelfand, Political control & manipulations of the system such as gerrymandering are the last stage of a chain of strategic planned events set years ago. Republicans understand this chain as being determined by economic investment-cont rol & thereby business revenues needed for control.

I suggest that Democrats rather than spending so much time working to operate a broken political system which Repugs are doing everything in their power to destroy, we use our significant resources to create systems of mutual-aid among ourselves economically. Multihome housing, good organic food, clothing, energy efficient & ecological design, shared services & peace can go a long way to eliminate the slums, shoddy-built, fast-foods, slave-labour, oil-nuclear dependancy, biosphere destruction, hopelessness & war upon which the right wing thrives & finances itself.

Of course the Democrats are as well involved in much of this, so getting it right will set the stage for a political system which works for everyone around the world.
0 # mim 2012-11-29 13:51
I admit that I dreaded election night this year, because I thought the Republican election-riggin g machine was invincible.

So imagine my delight when, except for Indiana, every state that was notorious for vote-suppressio n tactics went to Obama.

But that's no cause for complacency. The Republicans will continue to fine-tune their vote-suppressio n machine until either they're our undisputed masters or we stop them.

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