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This is Part LV of My Stupid State where I document what happens when a state full of Democrats elect a veto-proof, right-wing legislature along with a teabag, CRIMINAL governor to lead us. (Once again, yes--an actual bona-fide criminal who literally stole from seniors, who subsequently elected him.) This is my documentation of my beloved but idiotic state's slow descent into chaos.

In 2011, the worst election law in modern history since the Jim Crow era was passed right here in Florida.  

Getting fined thousands of dollars for turning in voter registration forms late.  Early voting cut (which led to lines as long as 9 fucking hours in South Florida).  Provisional ballots for women who changed their names or college students (in other words, likely Democrats).  Voter caging.  Forbidding video to catch said caging, and so on and so on.

It was disgusting and rushed through the State Legislature.  Floridians called on Governor Scott to veto the bill.

Scott told the critics to go fuck themselves:

Ignoring the objections of critics, Gov. Rick Scott signed into law on Thursday a contentious elections bill almost certainly headed to court.
And it did head to Court.  And Rick Scott used OUR taxpayer money to vigorously defend this monstrosity.  His administration spent more than $500,000 in legal fees to defend these anti-voting measures.

Oh yeah... and we later learned from the former state GOP chairman Jim Greer that whole purpose of the law was in fact to discourage minority voters.

So Scott got the law he wanted.  Only, for 2012, it backfired.  Big time.

People were willing to stand in lines until the wee hours of the morning. Elections officials in South Florida were so overwhelmed they shut down leaving people screaming "LET US VOTE"!   (That still gets me that that happened right here in America.)

But ass-head Rick Scott STILL wouldn't allow one fucking hour of extension despite the pleas from election officials--prompting Dems to file an emergency lawsuit to circumvent him.

My point here is that this WAS Rick Scott's law.  He called for it. He signed it.  He defended it.  And even when it was clear that it was hurting Florida citizens, he STILL fought for it.  After the election, he said the law was "the right thing to do!"

Until last week.  Suddenly realizing that he has to win re-election to continue to be governor, and simultaneously thinking we are all fucking idiots, he tried something new.  

NO, he didn't apologize and promise to make it all right.  He now claims he had absolutely nothing to do with his signature law.  

Scott met with a group of black legislators last week.  (At least he managed to not insult them this time.)  They were furious with him for many reasons, but mostly for his infamous voter suppression law.

Scott, being the masterful diplomat, responded:

Scott agreed with black lawmakers that the 2011 election law contributed to the chaos at the polls in November, including long lines all over the state and up to seven-hour waits in Miami-Dade. But Scott, who is seeking re-election in 2014, said it was largely a decision of the Legislature.

"It was not my bill," Scott said. "We've got to make changes, I agree. … The Legislature passed it. I didn't have anything to do with passing it."

Yeah.  He said that.  He had nothing to do with passing it.  

I'm still trying to comprehend why stories like this don't make waves.   Try to imagine Obama telling a group of Republicans that he agrees with them that the Affordable Care Act is really bad and that he had absolutely nothing to do with passing it.

Would he still have any credibility left as a politician?   How is it that Rick Scott gets away with this crap!?

So OK.  Scott was just a helpless bystander to this travesty.  Nothing could have been done.  Got it.  So naturally, he is going to push to reverse it - right?

Nope.  He steadfastly REFUSES to restore the number of days for early voting.  In fact, he is now proposing a scheme to give "flexibility" to elections supervisors, meaning they would be allowed to limit early voting to EVEN LESS time than we have now!  

During the meeting he wouldn't even agree to revisit his harshest restrictions in the nation regarding the voting rights of citizens who have already served their time in prison:

Once you're out as a felon, you should spend time making sure you're doing the right thing before you get those rights back.
 Scott went on to say that restricting their voting rights is somehow why Florida's crime rate has dropped.

So everything is good, except for when everything isn't, and Rick Scott is blameless regardless.  I guess I should be happy for some measure of progress.  At least he didn't blame Obama this time.  

1:59 PM PT: Comment by Lenny Flank:

Rick Scott also claimed he "didn't have anything to do with" the massive Medicare fraud perpetrated by the company of which he was CEO.

So Rick Scott is either (1) a goddamn liar, or (2) the most hopelessly incompetent CEO and Governor in US history.

This video of Scott's deposition should have prepared us for this.

Originally posted to DKos Florida on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 09:25 AM PST.

Also republished by Your Government at Work.

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