Redistricting email: “Try to carve dem districts that honor the statutes" https://t.co/ZfpH0p5rnl— Matt Dixon (@Mdixon55) December 10, 2015
Deposition questions partisan emails of redistricting plaintiffs
TALLAHASSEE — During an eight-hour deposition, attorneys grilled a map-drawer for a coalition of plaintiffs challenging the state Senate lines, questioning his process, his personal politics, and emails that indicate the challengers were looking to “draw additional dem seats.”
“Try to carve dem districts that honor the statutes,” read a Nov. 21, 2011 email from Brad Wieneke, an employee with a company then called Strategic Telemetry, a Washington-based Democratic consulting firm.
And, predictably, being exposed for being the hypocrites they were all along, even when people like me were asking frank questions of their leaders via emails about seeming inconsistencies and NOT getting anything resembling the sort of reasonable response you'd expect from someone if they were being square with you.
Some of you will recall the silence with which my requests for information from the local Broward and Miami-Dade chapters of the League of Women Voters was met, as well as the Florida HQ.
Especially in the days and weeks before the Florida Senate had their meetings around the state, which they actually advertised far in advance and provided doucmentation for, unlike LWV.
So, that article of Dixon's and my own frustrated history of following this issue leads me to ask this today to you readers:
Perhaps, even be represented by 1 person in the #FL state House, 1 person in the FL state Senate, 1 person on the Broward County Commission and 1 person in the U.S. Congress?
This effort to keep this community of under 40,000 people here permanently divided, has one practical effect: to prevent it from effectively being able to make its desires and wishes known to candidates in advance of elections in meaningful numbers.
Instead, Hallandale Beach is kept sliced and diced for the benefit of pols who need and want only certain kinds of voters. It's the very same reason that residents of the City of Aventura in Miami-Dade County are represented by a Congressional District based in Pembroke Pines in western Broward County, while the people of western Hallandale Beach, who live less than five miles from the Atlantic Ocean, are made part of a CD that is centered just north of downtown Miami and west of 1-95.
The reasons for this? #ambition #greed
Could it be because a cheapskate with a sense of entitlement like Eleanor Sobel, who, before asking Hollywood taxpayers to pay for it, consciously chose NOT to locate her own district office in one of the many empty storefronts in downtown Hollywood that she could have chosen from, can't afford to be choosy?
Sara and I were alone in South Florida in publicly questioning Sobel's efforts and motives, and chiding her publicly for setting a bad example of the sort that we do NOT need to see more of in these parts, given how very entitled so many pols from this area already are when it comes to public largesse and accommodations.
We hardly need any more evidence of that than the caving-in the other day on Broward ethics rules due to Broward Comm. Lois Wexler's desire to be kept nourished at someone else's expense, such as when doing work re Broward's Election Canvassing Board.
Yes, God forbid that her her $92k-plus govt. salary prevents her from picking something up at Starbucks or McDonalds or even making a sandwich at home on the way to the meeting like you and me!
Go ahead and give that free bottle of water to local pols. Ethics code watered down https://t.co/ruB49F3sc3 / Britt— Broward Politics (@browardpolitics) December 8, 2015
And remind me again, now that Eleanor Sobel is running for Mayor of Hollywood, why would anyone in the area who genuinely believes in meaningful financial accountability, responsibility and oversight of government -which she chose to personally prevent when it came time over two years ago to have the JLAC audit and examine the longstanding unethical and incompetent history of the Hallandale Beach CRA and its many inexplicably missing documents- be rewarded for engaging in that behavior year-after-year?
Broward Bulldog wrote this,
More coverups by Hallandale and Eleanor Sobel is to blame! http://t.co/X2DZcLDXEk
Who wrote about that? Me.
Why do you suppose that is?