Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Black Voters Should Be the Angriest

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Black Voters Should Be the Angriest

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Byline: Ron Littlepage

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The chicanery taking place to suppress votes in the races for state attorney and public defender on the Aug. 30 ballot has now been condemned by many.

As I wrote last week, everyone should take offense that supporters of incumbents Angela Corey and Matt Shirk employed a legal but devious scheme to close the election to Republican voters only.

But African-Americans should take the greatest offense.

A large percentage of the defendants prosecuted by Corey's office are African-Americans. The same is true of those defended by Shirk's office.

Yet as most African-Americans are registered Democrats, they won't have a voice in determining who will fill those critical jobs unless they switch their registration to Republican to be able to vote on Aug. 30.

Add this nefarious tactic to efforts by Gov. Rick Scott and his Republican allies in Tallahassee to reduce the number of minorities voting, is there any wonder African-Americans suspect a return to the days of Jim Crow?

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You won't believe what Scott and his Department of Environmental Protection are up to now.

The lead paragraph of a Tallahassee Democrat news story published last week says it all:

"The state of Florida wants to weaken its restrictions on roughly two dozen cancer-causing chemicals that can be discharged into its rivers, lakes, streams and coastal waters."

You read that correctly. The Democrat reported that the DEP is proposing increasing the discharge limits of about 24 of the 43 dangerous chemical compounds it now regulates.

Some benzene with your serving of fish? Allowable limits for the known carcinogen would increase nearly three-fold, the Democrat said.

Or how about a big gulp of dioxin with you swim? The Democrat said that even though the federal Environmental Protection Agency recommends limits for dioxin, the state plans for it to remain unregulated in Florida. …

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