Orlando Fair Districts, Redistricting Session – Photos

Today, dozens of your state legislators gathered at the performing arts center here in Orlando, to hear the public’s opinion on Fair Districts. The legislation that passed last November, that would require lawmakers to draw reasonable, compact districts, based on census results for their constituents. Dozens of Orlando citizens stood before this panel of lawmakers and gave great, rousing speeches…speeches that quoted great peacemakers and historical figures. They gave strong statistics to support their arguments for, or against it. They used their time to bring up personal experiences that brought the crowd to it’s feet with applause.

and it probably didn’t change the minds of any of the politicians that sat up there.

Guys, this is about political self-preservation. If a lawmaker doesn’t feel threatened by Amendments 5 and 6, they’re not going to do anything about it.

If they feel like they might be out of a job, come election time then, they’re going to fight with everything they’ve got. In fact, no one on that panel cared about anything you had to say…

Except State Rep. Mike Horner…

No lie, he stayed like that the entire session!

The rest of them texted, held sidebars, took breaks, and even busted out the laptops. Why? Because, it’s about getting re-elected son (or daughter), political theater like this seldom matters.

Anyhow, the turnout was about 80/20 Democrat and it was a good opportunity to see almost all of your lawmakers (Absent Dean Cannon took a verbal beating the entire time) in one place.

One more thing. A lot of you were giving credit to Congresswoman Corrine Brown for Fair Districts. Guys, she is one of the lawmakers leading the charge to overturn these amendments.

Here are some photos for you and I know I’ve sounded a little cranky during this post but, that’s reality guys. Strong candidates and strong campaigns win elections.

That’s the only fair thing about politics, let’s hope that never changes.

These were taken during the evening session

It was a long day for everyone

Rep. Burgin and Senators Margolis and Siplin, who got props on droopy drawers

Reps Campbell and Julien

Rep. Eisnaugle listening to public comment

Reps. Dorworth, Randolph, and Soto

Reps. Horner, Plakon, and Brodeur

Rep. Williams and Sen. Storms

Rep. Nelson and Sen. Gaetz

and your host... Stephennnnnnn Precorrrrrt,

Politifact find Randolph's Speaker claim "False"

When you’re riding that media wave and slamming your political enemies, you’ve got to make sure your playing by the rules and talking the truth.

Politifact is always watching.

Last week, I wrote about Florida State Representative Scott Randolph’s he said/well ….he said adventures in Tallahassee, when he said that he had been warned about using the word “uterus” on the house floor.

I’ll never be against anyone defending their pro-life or pro-choice beliefs, but Randolph set bi-partisanship back a couple of more years in Tallahassee with his accusations of calling the Republican majority “Radical”.

Randolph and others came up with the idea of incorporatemyuterus.com and made the rounds on the talks shows, and it got him on Rachel Maddow.

Now, I thought he got a few things wrong, but the fact checking watchdogs at Politicfact put Randolph’s claim that the speaker of the house in 4 years had only been on the ballot once to their truth tests.

“We have a guy who is going to be speaker of the House in four years, and his name has been on the ballot one time.”

Politifact finds this claim : False

He got his time lines and names confused. Will Weatherford, Chris Dorworth, they’re all the same right? All Republican’s have to be evil, right? He would rather negotiate with a school of piranha in kiddie pool, while wearing pork chop pants, than work with any conservative on making Florida better.

Anyhow, Randolph has always spun facts like a DJ and hopefully he’ll be a little more careful next time, but I doubt it.

Politifact find Randolph’s Speaker claim “False”

When you’re riding that media wave and slamming your political enemies, you’ve got to make sure your playing by the rules and talking the truth.

Politifact is always watching.

Last week, I wrote about Florida State Representative Scott Randolph’s he said/well ….he said adventures in Tallahassee, when he said that he had been warned about using the word “uterus” on the house floor.

I’ll never be against anyone defending their pro-life or pro-choice beliefs, but Randolph set bi-partisanship back a couple of more years in Tallahassee with his accusations of calling the Republican majority “Radical”.

Randolph and others came up with the idea of incorporatemyuterus.com and made the rounds on the talks shows, and it got him on Rachel Maddow.

Now, I thought he got a few things wrong, but the fact checking watchdogs at Politicfact put Randolph’s claim that the speaker of the house in 4 years had only been on the ballot once to their truth tests.

“We have a guy who is going to be speaker of the House in four years, and his name has been on the ballot one time.”

Politifact finds this claim : False

He got his time lines and names confused. Will Weatherford, Chris Dorworth, they’re all the same right? All Republican’s have to be evil, right? He would rather negotiate with a school of piranha in kiddie pool, while wearing pork chop pants, than work with any conservative on making Florida better.

Anyhow, Randolph has always spun facts like a DJ and hopefully he’ll be a little more careful next time, but I doubt it.