Perhaps you were, as a Republican voter, grudgingly in support of that earlier constitutional amendment pushed by the GOP that a 60 percent super-majority popular vote be mandatory in order to change the Florida constitution. The reason for that initiative was to raise the bar and to make it more difficult for citizens to impose their will over state legislators beholden to special interests. You were willing to raise the bar but also willing to vote for Fair Districts.
So if you are a Republican voter and just learned that a state court judge ruled against your party, the GOP, concluding that in fact the Republican leadership and top state political officials did indeed violate the law requiring fairly drawn Congressional districts, wouldn't you have a few questions to ask?
For example, wouldn't you -- as a Republican taxpayer -- want to know how many TENS OF MILLIONS in taxpayer money has been appropriated by the GOP state legislature to fight the Fair Districts lawsuit? Fair to say, the Republican Party of Florida has been spending a huge amount of money to fight against the interests of Republican voters.
If you are a thinking Republican, ask for a change in leadership of your state party. Demand an end to the obstructionism that characterizes not just the Republican political apparatus in Florida but in Congress, too. Ask how many more millions will be spent by your GOP party to fight the Superior Court ruling.
The 41-page order from Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis will almost certainly be appealed to the Florida Supreme Court. … In his ruling, Lewis quoted President George Washington's farewell address warning of associations of "cunning, ambitious and unprincipled men" who could subvert the will of voters.
So what is a Republican voter to do in the upcoming election cycle, including local elections beginning in August. For one, they could vote for Democrats. Or simply not vote as a protest against those cunning, ambitious and unprincipled men.