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    Florida Republicans seek to shield Allen West redistricting documents

    Florida Republicans seek to shield Allen West redistricting documents

    I posted in late January about the redistricting of Allen West by the Republican controlled Florida legislature, including reports from the Florida blog The Shark Tank (which won Best State-Level Blog at CPAC this year) that West specifically was targeted.

    Republicans in control of the process denied targeting West, asserting that changes were mandated by state and federal law, something West denied.  West ended up switching districts to avoid the consequences of the redistricting.

    Whether and to what extent West was targeted now may never be known.

    As The Shark Tank points out today, the Republican controlled legislature is in the process of passing legislation not only insulating legislators from suit personally (something which is common in most states) but also shielding documents relating to the redistricting even in lawsuits challenging the redistricting:

    The legislature once heralded as the “most conservative legislature” is now trying its best to re-brand itself as the “bi-partisan” Florida legislature as it has collectively drafted legislation that shields all legislators, staffers and pertinent documentation from being subpoenaed in any potential litigation that may challenge the legislature’s redistricting of legislative and congressional districts.

    Via The Miami Herald the proposal reads in pertinent as follows (emphasis mine):

    “A member or former member of the legislature has an absolute privilege in any civil action, judicial administrative proceeding or executive branch administrative proceeding against compelled testimony or the compelled production of any document or record in connection with any action taken or function performed in a legislative capacity.”

    The legislation is not limited to redistricting disputes, and is not specific to West, but the timing is curious.  The Miami Herald article suggests that “the prospect of a protracted fight over whether or not the staff drew  maps to protect incumbents, legislators want to pass a law that  clarifies that opponents should keep their distance.”

    In the Sunshine State, sunshine as to the redistricting of Allen West will not be not permitted.

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    So much for law in the “sunshine” in the Florida constitution.

    Florida names. I would start with Jeb Bush and family and work out from there, all political connections and old favors. Then go through Cuban, old citrus and the cocktail circuits. The governor and his cabinet. Also Romney has been “here” effectively for years campaigning. Things are interrelated, not necessarily all clear alliances. That’s politics.

    Allen West has to concentrate on just getting re-elected and doing his job. He still has to work with these people (to the extent of federal issues, such as money for the Everglades.) Choose his battles. I trust his judgment.

    As George Patton once said: “A man that eloquent has to be saved.

    I am not surprised at all considering Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is a Romney Backer is featured in one of Romnneys radio ads
    http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/content/romneys-new-florida-radio-ad-features-pam-bondi

    AND

    Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, a Romney supporter, went on The Recordand told Greta Van Susteren that Mitt wants Romneycare in every state.
    She also said she would be on Romney’s Health Care Advisory Team when he’s president.
    http://youtu.be/SF2YB4pGrjk

    These are the very same people, who if in congress, would continue to elect “weak sister” Boehner as Speaker and “go along to get along” McConnell as minority leader. Flush them out and flush them down the drain.


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