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New gov, just like that old gov

Friend Ed brings this, from The Herald Tribune, to my attention this morning:

I want it my way.

Rick Scott, our interesting new Governor, was elected on the same ballot on which the people voted by 63% to approve two constitutional amendments that would force lawmakers to follow new standards for redrawing congressional and legislative districts.

But that doesn’t float Rick’s boat, so he has cavalierly thrown a wrench into the works. Under law, Florida is required to ask the US Justice Department to review the changes (because of past fraud here in cracker heaven). That request went in automatically, but Gov. Scott just withdrew it. For not a single proper reason.

“Florida’s top election office in December asked the federal government to review the two amendments. Former Gov. Charlie Crist supported both measures. But the Scott administration withdrew that request on Jan. 7, or three days after Scott became governor.”

I think the word is disdain – for the law and for the people. Scott was elected with 46% of the vote. The amendments were approved with 63% of the vote. Gives him a clear mandate dontcha see.

The legislature and the Florida Republicans are out to kill the amendments, and if the example set by former gov Jeb Bush is any guide, they may succeed.

(Jeb Bush was horrified when a high speed rail referendum passed overwhelmingly in the same election in which he won his second term.  Jeb got a bit red in the face, stamped his foot and said  “I don’t care what they voted for we just won’t do it in fact we’ll just delay it, force it back onto the next ballot and then hire lobbyists to make the stupid people vote against what they just voted for. Yeah, that’s the ticket!” He did. We did. )

Let the games begin.