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Judge: Florida redistricting a "mockery," illegally favors GOP

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Florida (aka Flori-duh) Republicans just got a major smackdown from a circuit judge who ruled that their congressional redistricting map was illegal. North Carolina, are you paying attention?

The map is now invalid because it "violates constitutional provisions that require fair districts," per the Los Angeles Times. Or to put it another way, the GOP hoped to pull a fast one on Democratic voters and failed miserably. The plan is "invalid."

In Florida, the GOP controls the Legislature, and the judge said that they did that with "improper partisan intent" in 2012.

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gerrymandering via Doonesbury

Oh, but it gets worse. Judge Lewis also said that those (ir)responsible tried to keep the whole thing a big secret. And you know what they say about cover-ups...

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cover up worse than crime

In a scathing opinion, Leon County Circuit Judge Terry P. Lewis ruled in Tallahassee that the Legislature's Republican political consultants had "made a mockery" of the redistricting process, tainting it with "partisan intent."

Lewis said that the districts, drawn by the Republican-controlled Legislature after the 2010 census, flouted voter-passed constitutional amendments intended to eliminate gerrymandering - that is, often-bizarre and irregular lines that make a district safe for one party or the other. [...]

Lewis noted that legislative leaders and political operatives had deleted emails and other documents outlining their redistricting efforts.

As the League of Women Voters of Florida president said, the ruling "exposed the conspiracy to influence and manipulate the Legislature into violating its constitutional duties."

Of course, Republicans will blame those pesky activist judges. Like the ones on the Supreme Court, GOP?

nice try no cigar

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President Obama: We need reforms "from campaign finance to how a filibuster works."

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Our government badly needs to advance all kinds of reforms, says you, says I, says President Obama. Major overhauls that would cut through the insanity that is the U.S. Congress are in order.

As most people know by now, the GOP has obstructed virtually every piece of legislation that President Obama and/or the Democrats have proposed, because that was their Big Plan on Inauguration Night 2009. I wrote about that here: GOP plot to obstruct- Obama aide in bed with GOP lover: "How do we get a stimulus deal?" Reply: "Baby, there’s no deal!"

Remember this?

And this?

Republicans set all kinds of records to make their corrupt little dreams come true:

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As a result of all their blockage (and some really bad voting choices by some very anti-Democratic voters), we are stuck with the do-nothingest Congress ever:

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As a result, Senate Democrats pushed through a controversial rules change known as the "nuclear option":

But that rule change wasn't enough, because it only applied to Senate approval of executive and judicial nominees. The GOP is still standing in the way of legislation that would help create jobs, give women equal pay, rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, eliminate voter suppression, pave the way for immigration reform, raise the minimum wage, provide the poor with life-saving programs, you name it.

In other words, Republicans are cutting off democracy and progress at the knees at the expense of the health and welfare of American citizens. They don't care about us, they care about their own agenda based on their usual greed, re-election goals, power, and money.

Here's what President Obama said at a fundraiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in New York. Via Roll Call:

“So my main message is one of hope. We’ve got all the ingredients to make this the American Century, just like the last one. To achieve it, though, we’ve got to make sure our political system works better. And, yes, there are all kinds of reforms that we need to do, from campaign finance to how a filibuster works, to going after Republicans hard when their main political agenda when it comes to — or main election strategy is preventing people from voting — we’ve got to push back on all that stuff. But ultimately, there are enough voters out there to deliver if we can turn them out.

And that’s what the DSCC is all about. That’s their priority. That’s my priority. And I hope it becomes yours as well. Thanks.”

That's right, President Obama said that the Senate needs to change campaign finance and "how a filibuster works."

And the GOP needs to change, period.

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Christie's Either Naive Or A Liar. Neither Makes Him Presidential

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Political payback? A scandal. A Conspiracy?

Well, it all depends on who you ask. But GW Bridgegate has become open field for speculation. And depending on who you ask, some office deputy in Chris Christie's Trenton office staff concocted this plan to shut a number of lanes to the world's busiest bridge, or maybe it's all been made up... it was just the fallout of a traffic study.

It's interesting to hear the many spins on this from both sides of the political aisle. But one that stands out is actually a denial of a conspiracy theory that Rachel Maddow put forth last night. She acknowledges that it's speculation at this point - but all conspiracy theories start out that way until they're debunked or proven right. Take Watergate. The My Lai massacre. The WMD's that we went to the Iraq War over. The Reagan Iran Contra Hearings. The fake Benghazi claims. The bogus IRS targeted scandal. Face it. There are things that are kismet, some even proved wrong, and others that are planned.

But who turns out to be the Governor of New Jersey's biggest apologist? The current New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney. A Democrat. Well, in name only when it comes to being under the thumbnail of Chris Christie. During the last gubernatorial election where Christie faced off against Barbara Buono, (the Democratic candidate and former New Jersey Senate President), the current office holder Sweeney refused to back his own party's candidate and a predecessor to his office. Was this a bullying tactic or fear tactic by Christie. Sweeney refuses to comment but when he found out about Rachel Maddow's supposition that there's another alternative reason that Christie had the bridge lanes closes, he didn't bother to go watch it. He chose instead to poo-poo this idea. He said that would be a conspiracy. And that just couldn't happen in his state.

You listen to the argument and decide for yourself whether a turncoat democrat like Sweeney is in any position to comment or whether Rachel Maddow makes some very logical sense. Pay attention to her dates and times in her proposition here. DINO and party turncoat Sweeney might be right. But I'd put my money on Maddow.

Added by Laffy:

Lawrence O'Donnell also had a thing or two to add regarding the Christie scandal. He was splendid:

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CIA Attempt To Kill Fmr. Spy Chief And Defense Secretary Gates Foiled

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It's actually quite easy to start rumors. Both major political parties do it all the time. They take minuscule facts -- it's always good to start with a little verifiable foundation -- then spin it in fantastical ways.

Take the case of Robert Gates, the 26 year spy veteran, former CIA chief as well as Bush US Defense Secretary. He's the guy with all the secrets and knows literally where all the bodies are buried. He's been retired for a few years now, so chances are he doesn't pose too much of a risk. Or does he?

He's got a new book coming out, a tell-all memoir, later this month. That's got a lot of politicians and spies jumpy. What if he does a Snowden or Chelsea Bradley job. His publisher, Knopf has described "DUTY: Memoirs of a Secretary At War" as an eye-opening exposé . Biographile.com:

In his new book, Gates notes his story will be "principally about" Iraq and Afghanistan. Our gains in both countries were "squandered," Gates says, "by mistakes, shortsightedness, and conflict in the field as well as in Washington, leading to long, brutal campaigns to avert strategic defeat.

Something as potentially explosive as this sent shivers through Washington and especially the 'Company.' Those spies don't like having their secrets revealed and they might have taken steps to silence their former darling and Republican operative.

Just a few days ago, New Years Day, the top secrets keeper took a suspicious fall in his home, fracturing his first vertebrae.

This injury is not expected to curtail his book promotion. Then again, Gen. George S. Patton sustained a a similar 3rd vertebrae injury, not unlike the one Gates suffered, and he was dead within two days of a hospital stay. Controversy and conspiracy theories continue today as to how Patton, who Eisenhower despised, was recovering enough to be readied to leave the German hospital for a return to the US, then suddenly died. And in his case, there was no autopsy and no formal investigation into the "accident" driver responsible.

Will this happen to Gates?

Taking the facts and spinning them just a little, here's the story as a rumor monger or conspiracy theorist might analyze it.

Early New Year's Day, two operatives secretly entered the home of Robert Gates who's in his bedroom on the second floor in his two story home. He's just gotten dressed and hears a noise downstairs. He goes to investigate. At the top of the landing he sees operative number one. Gates turns to retrieve his gun from his bedside nightstand. That's when he's surprised by operative number two who pushes Gates down the stairs, tumbling toward his death. While operative number two hurries down the stairs, operative number one checks for vital signs, to see if the "accidental fall" permanently took out the former Director. When they see he's still alive, they're about to inject him with a lethal dose of meds that will make it look like he's had a heart attack -- to make the fall look accidental.

But suddenly the two "spooks" hear someone coming from upstairs, responding to the thuds of Gates fall. The approaching footsteps scare away the two agents before they can finish their job.

Gates, who's book was going to reveal some very shameful and illegal activities by the Bush administration during the Iraq war survives. He decides its safer to keep the details of the botched assassination attempt on his life quiet for now, hoping once the book is released he won't be harmed. Now, with 24 hour security covering him like stink on fresh dog poop, the next CIA assassination attempt will have to wait or be called off.

Of course the Republican spin machine is torn on whether to blame the Democrats or keep silent, as the condemning material in the Gates book might get some unwanted attention, embarrassing the GOP demagogues and setting the more liberal or progressive tongues wagging. Only time will tell.

Watch for Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity to grab this story and run with it.

Okay, this is just speculation. But take the facts. Put a little GOP conservative fairy dust on them and you have this story. Will this be tomorrow's headlines? I'm just sayin'!

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