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Romano: The moral corruption of Florida politicians

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Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R- Land O' Lakes and Florida Senate President Joe Negron, R- Stuart, talk on the floor of the House during a joint session of the Florida Legislature in January. [Scott Keeler | Tampa Bay (FL) Times]

  • A lot of it has to do with districts that are drawn in a way that favors one party over another. A lot of it has to do with voters who do not pay attention and give elected officials a free pass.
  • It’s ugly. It’s corrupt. It’s Florida.
  • Related: America’s Descent Into Madness

 

John Romano, Tampa Bay (FL) Times 

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March 1, 2018 | In times like these, you often hear Florida’s Legislature described as tone-deaf. I’m sorry, but that’s a sadly charitable portrayal.

Calling lawmakers tone-deaf implies they don’t understand the current mood surrounding them. I think they fully understand it. They just choose to ignore it.

Take a moment to consider what’s happened in recent days.

John Romano, Tampa Bay (FL) Times  Columnist

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America’s Descent Into Madness, Henry Giroux, Counterpunch

  • America has entered one of its periods of historical madness, but this is the worst I can remember: worse than McCarthyism, worse than the Bay of Pigs and in the long term potentially more disastrous than the Vietnam War. – John le Carré
  • The Politics of Cruelty
  • The Corporation as Psychopath

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'Anti-Trump Rhetoric Not Enough': Bold, Progressive Agenda Demanded for 2018

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"Empty platitudes and anti-Trump rhetoric is not enough to win seats in Congress," said Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.). (Photo: Molly Adams/Flickr/cc)

  • "We must act together. And we must act strategically. 2018 is the year the people fight back like never before."
  • Related: We Need More Than a 'Not Trump' Strategy for Real Change

Jake Johnson, Common Dreams

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"Here is a New Year's resolution I hope you will share with me," Sanders wrote on Twitter just before midnight on Sunday. "In 2018, we will not only intensify the struggle against Trumpism, we will increase our efforts to spread the progressive vision in every corner of the land."

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We Need More Than a 'Not Trump' Strategy for Real Change, Paul Street, Truthdig

From the cover of "US Politics in an Age of Uncertainty: Essays on a New Reality." (Haymarket Books)

A new book of essays by leading political analysts delves into the social and historical forces that produced our 45th presidency.
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Broad Coalition of National Election Reform Groups Unite to Challenge Two-Party Duopoly

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Institutional political barriers including closed primaries, partisan gerrymandering, a contrived “two-sided” media, and party-friendly campaign finance rules are just the tip of the institutional iceberg that props up the failing duopoly …

Jim Jonas, Independent Voter Network

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Jan 22, 2018 | To focus the combined strengths, skills, and experience of some of the nation’s leading election reform organizations toward increasing voter participation and electoral competition, a prominent group of nonpartisan political reform leaders have formed the National Association of Nonpartisan Reformers.

Founding members include representatives from the Bridge Alliance, Independent Voter Project, the Chamberlain Project, FairVote Action, Open Primaries, the Centrist Project, California Forward, and Let Colorado Vote.

Jim Jonas, interim executive director of the National Association of Nonpartisan Reformers

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Series | 1968 Reduxed and Revisited: Look How Far We’ve Come (That Was Sarcasm) — Part 2 of 5

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  • The Series: As the country approaches the 50th anniversary of one of the most controversial, volatile, and important years in our country’s history, We the People of the United States of America find ourselves facing many of the same issues that led us to the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel, the bloodiest year of the Vietnam War, screams of “the whole world is watching” at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, the floor of the Ambassador Hotel, and Black fists being raised in the air at the Mexico Summer Olympics. So much has changed, true. We’ve come so far, but in a lot of ways, we’re right back where we started and even further behind.
  • Part 2: There will continue to be a vilification of certain demographics of U.S. and world citizens, but a new and surprising bad guy — excuse me, girl — and battleground may be making its appearance on the political stage.

John Fisher, Medium

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Dec 19, 2017 | The year 1968 marks a decisive moment in history when the American people were split apart — maybe irreparably — along stratified political lines.

Enemies were created on both sides, and the war rages to this day. One person, however, played a major part in creating this political, cultural conflict, and a new battle may have already begun.
Political protest marred his first term in office. Police brutality was a major issue, as was gun control. Rallies on state university campuses turned violent, even deadly. Protests by athletes brought attention — unwelcome attention, in the minds of some — to the oppression and discrimination that still corrupted the United States even after a revolutionary period of hope and change.

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Previously in This Series:

Series | 1968 Reduxed and Revisited: Look How Far We’ve Come (That Was Sarcasm) — Part 1 of 5
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