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Architect of felon voter purge behind Florida’s new limits

Emmett “Bucky” Mitchell IV*, former senior attorney for the Florida Division of Elections, now in private practice in Tallahassee and serving as general counsel for the Florida GOP, testified in April in a federal voting rights lawsuit that he wrote the first draft of 1355. The Palm Beach Post uncovered the deposition while researching the origins of the law.

Dierdre Macnab, president of the Florida League of Women Voters, reacted angrily when learning from The Post of Mitchell’s involvement in writing 1355, which took effect in 2011.

“I’d be deeply concerned to think that members of a political party who are not elected officials, nor staff to legislators, are drawing up voter-suppression laws in back rooms,” Macnab said. “It should be deeply troubling to the public.”

Emmett “Bucky” Mitchell IV - This sounds like the swarmy, chubby, cigar smoking, mint julip sipping lawyer's name in a John Grisham novel!

It is now time for Congress (if we can EVER get a bullet proof majority again) to clean up the election disruption being perpetrated nationally by the GOP.

We need prison sentences for the present laws that are being broken!

The world, we are told, looks to the USA as the MODEL OF DEMOCRACY.

Screwing with our votes is not democratic.  


There is nothing the GOP won't do to steal the vote.

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  •  Tip Jar (15+ / 0-)

    It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

    by War on Error on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 04:07:20 PM PST

  •  Our democracy has always been an aspiration, (3+ / 0-)
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    DvCM, a2nite, War on Error

    not a reality. We are making progress and knowing how we are being targeted for disenfranchisement is evidence.
    Universal suffrage, like the principle of equality, are not appreciated by people wedded to hierarchy. Since they consider the hierarchy and the impetus to rise through the ranks to be necessities, if people are to improve themselves, rights (entitlements) and universal participation in the act of governing strike them as downright evil. If hierarchy is good, then democracy must be bad because the two are antithetical.
    Moreover, if democracy is bad, then fighting it with every tool available is good.
    If you presume that humans are evil and governments are instituted to force them to be good, then the use of force is good. Which means that whatever lack of talent or intellectual accumen some people suffer from, the use of force to sustain themselves is justified because other humans are bad. The cons' ideology is entirely consistent. Their only asset is physical force and they've invented a justification to employ it.

    We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 04:30:07 PM PST

    •  I love your writing, hannah (0+ / 0-)

      I will ponder your statement.

      I will say that the word lilly-livered comes to mind, in reference to content you wrote, not you dear.

      Little changes throughout history, but a few manage to make big changes from time to time.

      It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

      by War on Error on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 07:54:08 PM PST

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