Where are the political grown-ups in Tallahassee? In 2010, Florida voters heavily supported a constitutional amendment that fair (i.e., non-gerrymandered) congressional districts be established in the state.
With much ballyhoo, Republicans produced their version of fair districts, but Florida courts declared much of the effort unconstitutional and told the Legislature to produce a revision.
Republican majorities in both the Florida House and Senate failed to reach agreement in a recent special session that cost taxpayers over a half million dollars. And note that these extremists and their positions needed virtually no Democratic involvement in either legislative house.
These are the same pols who could not handle the one requirement in any regular legislative session: passing a state annual budget. Republican House leaders, in a snit, picked up their childish marbles and left town early. An expensive special session on the budget had to be called in June.
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Any high school civics student could tell these immature Republican officials that significant political action is generally the result of compromise. Tantrums, finger-pointing, and posturing serve little purpose.
The great irony is that many of these same lawmakers bitterly opposed judicial involvement in the Legislature's original district maps. Now Florida courts will probably make the final decisions on the state's congressional districts. Adult legislators were absent.