Broward County FL Dems' video eviscerates FL GOP
by DuvalDem, Sat May 17, 2008 at 07:49:34 PM EDT
Don't look now, but the Broward County Democrats down here in the Sunshine state has just fired the first broadside of the general election and saying they scored a direct hit is an understatement. Led by their fiery Chair Mitch Ceasar, they have put together a video that crystallizes the issues of state GOP voter suppression and irregularities that defines their brand and takes advantage of the new election law mandating statewide ballot paper trails.
This video has to be seen to be believed as its simplicity and directness makes it impossible for the states dominant party to ignore:
If you live in Florida or you simply like the message please head on over and make a donation. I've already made a modest one and hope to contribute to their efforts helping them make statewide media buys and define the state GOP brand before they have time to figure out what hit them. I feel this video is so important because it addresses several issues that continue to make voter disenfranchisement such a raw, open wound here in Florida where the state GOP continues to stand in the afterglow of the 2000 election debacle. One of those issues indirectly concerns the seating of the Florida delegation at the 2008 DNC convention.
What bothers me the most about this issue is how the MSM and yes, the liberal blogosphere [even this blog], has ignored the other side of this story which has been well covered in this state by most media outlets. I posted about this issue on my blog earlier today, but even then the whole story does not do justice exposing what the state GOP has done to make sure voter disenfranchisement remains a core element of their ruling philosophy.
To understand how much the GOP dominates the state legislature here one has to see how both houses, led by Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, break down by party lines. The state house has a ratio of 77 Republicans to 43 Democrats. The state senate has a ratio of 26 Republicans to 14 Democrats. Early in 2007 the state GOP introduced a bill that would move up the Florida primary from March, to January 29th violating DNC Rule 20.C.1(a) & Rule 11.A. The majority of the elected Democrats and state party officials objected. The Democrats in the state legislature of both houses introduced two of their own bills moving the date up to and not before Feb. 5 to comply with the DNC. The state GOP overwhelmingly defeated both bills. They then turned around and made their original bill an omnibus bill that included a provision to mandate statewide paper trials for all ballots regardless of how they are cast. A couple of other provisions were thrown in to make it politically impossible for the Democrats to vote against and that was that. The Dems overwhelmingly voted for the bill and were subsequently stripped of their seats at the 2008 convention. The GOP knew this would happen. They wanted to make the state would be wide open for one sided media coverage of their Presidential candidates as they knew the Democratic Presidential candidates had already pledged to honor the no campaigning rule as outlined in Rule 20.C.1(a) & Rule 11.A.
It bothers me that Florida's delegate problem is lumped in with Michigan's. Their state is led by Democratic Gov., Jeanne Granholm and a Democratic majority in their state house. Though the Michigan state senate has a thin GOP majority, Michigan could have avoided this problem had they wished.
That's why this video is so important. I hope others here agree and head over to take a look. I'll be interested in what you think.