Friday, June 24, 2016

"GOP BOB" SMITH RECRUITED PHONY WRITE-INS?



Bogus write-in candidates -- closing what would have been our St. Johns County universal primary for Sheriff, Commissioner and Court Clerk -- were apparently recruited by ROBERT T. SMITH, a/k/a "GOP BOB," a St. Johns County Republican Executive Committee who may be reached at GOPBOB@att.net, or at 904-803-2170.


-----Original Message-----
From: Ed Slavin
To: GOPBOB
Cc: vanita.gupta ;
Sent: Fri, Jun 24, 2016 3:47 pm
Subject: Fwd: URGENT: Northeast Florida Voting Rights Violations -- Suppression of Minority Vote by Closing Universal Primaries on August 30, 2016

Dear Mr. Smith:
Please call me to discuss your efforts to recruit write-in candidates to close what would have been three universal primaries, violating civil and constitutional rights, and at an added cost to taxpayers of some $250,000.
Thank you.
With kindest regards, I am,
Sincerely yours,
Ed Slavin
904-377-4998
www.cleanupcityofstaugustine.blogspot.com
www.edslavin.com





USDOJ Complaint Challenges Closed Universal Primaries as Unconstitutional

Three important universal primaries, including Sheriff, have been closed in St. Johns County, and more in Duval County, including State's Attorney. Dilutes minority voting strength. Unconstitutional. Thus I have asked the United States Justice Department to investigate unconstitutional closing of universal primaries provided for in the voter-enacted 1998 amendment to Florida's Constitution through both parties' abuse of the legal fiction of write-in shills, who are not bona fide "opposition" Closing universal primaries using write-in shills diminishes minority voting strength: it is unconstitutional under the Fifteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, allowing one-party misrule in Northeast Florida.







-----Original Message-----
From: Ed Slavin
To: vanita.gupta
Sent: Fri, Jun 24, 2016 2:51 pm
Subject: URGENT: Northeast Florida Voting Rights Violations -- Suppression of Minority Vote by Closing Universal Primaries on August 30, 2016

Dear Assistant Attorney General Gupta:

A. Thank you again for promptly referring my March 22, 2016 civil rights complaint against Governor RICHARD LYNN SCOTT'S invidiously discriminatory veto of $200,000 in matching grant funds for West Augustine sewers to the office of the United States Attorney for the MIddle District of Florida (which promptly called and wrote me on the morning of March 31, 2016). I was interviewed by an EPA lawyer and investigator on June 23, 2016 (yesterday).

B. I write today about another critical civil rights issue, one affecting more than one million residents of St. Johns and Duval Counties in Northeast Florida, traditional KKK strongholds.

1. In 1998, Florida voters adopted by 64.1% vote (2,239,607 votes) Amendment 11, enacting Article VI, section 5(b) of our Florida Constitution, stating that:
SECTION 5. Primary, general, and special elections.—
(a) A general election shall be held in each county on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of each even-numbered year to choose a successor to each elective state and county officer whose term will expire before the next general election and, except as provided herein, to fill each vacancy in elective office for the unexpired portion of the term. A general election may be suspended or delayed due to a state of emergency or impending emergency pursuant to general law. Special elections and referenda shall be held as provided by law.
(b) If all candidates for an office have the same party affiliation and the winner will have no opposition in the general election, all qualified electors, regardless of party affiliation, may vote in the primary elections for that office. History.—Am. S.J.R. 162, 1992; adopted 1992; Am. proposed by Constitution Revision Commission, Revision No. 11, 1998, filed with the Secretary of State May 5, 1998; adopted 1998.

2. Florida Constitution Article VI, section 5(b) has been interpreted by our controversial former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris, her successors and our state courts in a manner inconsistent with the Fifteenth Amendment and the Voting Rights Act. "Opposition" does not mean theoretical: a "spoiler," an unknown, impecunious shill, an obscure apolitical person who may receive a few write-in votes on a blank line on a general election ballot is not "opposition" to a major party candidate. The argument by the Democratic and Republican parties to use fictive flimflam "write-in" flummery and dupery to keep their respective primaries closed to "universal primaries" as voters intended is, at best facetious -- so much argle-bargle -- to preserve one-party rule in North Florida and to preserve one-party rule in South Florida. This violates minorities' constitutional rights, at the behest of a few misguided Tallahassee power lawyers and political party leaders.
3. Florida Constitution Article VI, section 5(b) has been interpreted to provide that a shill write-in candidate -- represented by a blank line on the general election ballot, not paying fees, not campaigning, and not having any interest in running or any chance of winning -- is "opposition" and thus enough to disenfranchise people from voting in what would otherwise be universal primaries.
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fl-supreme-court-writeins-20160204-story.html http://folioweekly.com/LAWSUIT-CHALLENGES-CLOSED-PRIMARY,15359
4. This interpretation will result in August 30, 2016 universal primaries for St. Johns County Sheriff and County Commissioner being closed to minorities, mostly Democrats.
5. This interpretation will result in August 30, 2016 universal primary for Duval County (Jacksonville) State's Attorney being closed to minorities, mostly Democrats.
6. St. Johns and Duval Counties are historically segregated counties where racism and the KKK persist, with substantial influence in the Republican Party.
7. St. Augustine, Florida is where the first African-Americans lived, free and slave. This is where the Underground Railroad first ran, starting in 1671, with the Spanish freeing British slaves, leading to the British burning down our town. This is where the first American community founded by freed slaves was founded after the Civil War (Little Africa, now known as Lincolnville, 1866).
8. St. Augustine is where segregationist city and county law enforcement officers arrested Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1964, the only place where Dr. King was arrested in Florida and the very last place he was arrested before the 1964 Civil Rights Act was enacted. History teaches that President Lyndon Baines Johnson was able to break a formidable Senate filisbuster as a result of the KKK and law enforcement racist violence on our streets, seen on national and international news, with 180 accredited reporters here covering the events of June, 1964.
9. On June 11, 1964, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called this "the most lawless" place in America., writing Rabbi Israel Dressner about the segregationist bullies who ran this place, to include Sheriff LAWRENCE O. DAVIS, a KKK member who deputized KKK members and incarcerated Dr. King and other civil rights activists. On June 18, 1964, Rabbi Dressner and sixteen colleagues (15 other rabbis and an administrator) were arrested for praying, the largest mass arrest of rabbis in American history.
10. The current corrupt St. Johns County Sheriff, DAVID BERNERD SHOAR, f/k/a "HOAR, who is under FBI investigation, is the head of the local political machine. Sheriff DAVID SHOAR actually published a paen to Sheriff LAWRENCE O. DAViS on his website, inter alia falsely stating that Sheriff DAVIS was "exonerated" of corruption charges (he was removed by the Florida State Senate by vote of 44-2) and falsely stating that Sheriff DAVIS "held the town together" when in fact the KKK and law enforcement officers who were KKK members rioted, requiring relief from United States District Court Judge Bryan Simpson. Sheriff SHOAR's website even said that Dr. King was arrested by "federal agents," but that error was temporarily corrected after I wrote him on August 28, 1964, the anniversary of Dr. King's "I have a dream" speech.
11. There were 41 African-American owned businesses in Linoclnville in 1964. None survive. Two (2) of three (3) false statements remain on SHOAR's website, a white-sheeted badge of institutional racism:
One major development that his tenure as Sheriff saw was the civil rights movement, a challenging time for our nation, state and county. In 1963, the Reverend Martin Luther King and his associates came to St. Augustine, the oldest city in the nation. St. Augustine became the site of many demonstrations. During one of these, Dr. King was arrested by deputies and booked into the St. Johns County Jail. Shortly afterwards, Dr. King and others were released from jail.
The climate was stressful in those years, but with Sheriff Davis' leadership the community held together. This nation moved forward after the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Sheriff Davis was well respected in the community. Many citizens tell stories of his kindness; taking bags of groceries to those who were in need, or helping others get jobs.
Sheriff Davis had been a city police officer for approximately three years prior to taking the Office of Sheriff. He had a deep, abiding commitment to the youth of our county.
Also, he was one of the founders of the Florida Sheriffs Boys Ranch, which grew from a small camp on the banks of the Suwannee River to a working ranch system, serving thousands of Florida's children every year.
In 1970, then Governor Claude Kirk removed Sheriff Davis from office based on allegations made by several individuals. Subsequently, in a trial, Sheriff Davis was found innocent.
Later, at hearings in Tallahassee in front of the Senate, Sheriff Davis was exonerated. By this time, Governor Kirk had appointed Dudley Garrett, to take Sheriff Davis' place.
In the 1972 election, "L.O." Davis tried to regain the office, but lost to Sheriff Garrett.
http://www.sjso.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/20th-Century.pdf 12. African-American Florida Memorial University was run out of St. Augustine by the KKK by 1968 because it was a center of desegregation activism.
13. Meanwhile, the then-racist St. Augustine City government here annexed land, resulting in intentional diminution of African-American voting strength in St. Augustine from 25% to 12.5%, 1964-2005, in probable violation of the Fifteenth Amendment.
14. When I first publicly objected to this pattern of 15th Amendment violating annexations at a St. Augustine City Commission meeting on April 9, 2005, then-City Manager WILLIAM B. HARRISS threatened me with "arrest" for "disorderly conduct." This was the first time I had ever attended or spoken at a City Commission meeting. I later presented an affidavit from Ms. Sue Neely, who heard his threats -- the members of the City Commission did nothing about it. HARRISS left office in 2010, going to work for Sheriff SHOAR.
15. Intentionally diminishing minority voting strength and disenfranchising African-Americans who had elected Commissioner Moses "Coach" Floyd, our St. Johns County Commission redistricted itself in 1998, eliminating single member districts, changing from seven elected from districts to five elected by all voters but required to live in districts. Tellingly, the County Commission redistricted itself in this manner -- in probable violation of the Fifteenth Amendment --- without a consultant, without a decennial census and outside the ordinary course of business. Again, it did so for the purpose of eliminating single member districts, which had resulted in election of an African-American.
16. After the very unexpected election of an African-American to County Commission in 2008, Sheriff DAVID BERNARD SHOAR and his henchmen campaigned against him. SHOAR succeeded in defeating County Commission J. Kenneth Bryan, an African-American Justice Department retiree, who was our County Commission Chairman, using developer funding and TV advertisements on Fox News in running a 24 year old ingenue, defeating Commissioner Bryan in 2012.
17. Sheriff SHOAR and his henchmen also campaigned against Benjamin Rich, Sr., a retired federal agent, whom they defeated in 2008.
18. Sheriff SHOAR and his allies campaigned against both of these ethical, honorable retired federal employees, in 2008 and 2012, at least in part as retaliation for their First Amendment rights and their support of Fifteenth Amendment rights.
19. The result is that African-Americans here still live in fear, in a a milieu where voting is discouraged and disempowered, including closing of universal primaries guaranteed by Florida and U.S. Constitutions.
20. Please investigate the closing of:
A. the August 30, 2016 Duval County State's Attorney universal primary,
B. St. Johns County Sheriff's universal primary, District 3 County Commission universal primary and Clerk of Courts primary by shill-write-ins in violation of the 14th and 15th Amendments, the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871, 18 U.S.C. 241 and 243, 42 U.S.C. 1983 and 1985, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI).
21. Please investigate Florida closed-primary electoral machinations and the developer-driven political machine headed by St. Johns County Sheriff DAVID BERNARD SHOAR. For more on SHOAR and his record of violating citizens' constitutional rights, please consult the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision in the Gennusa v. Canova case: http://www.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/ops/201213871.pdf , and the 14,000 word New York Times investigation and the PBS Frontline and NBC Dateline investigations at:
http://www.nytimes.com/projects/2013/two-gunshots/ "Two Gunshots on a Summer Night," by Walt Bogdanich and Glenn Silber
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/death-in-st-augustine/ 

PBS Frontline documentary, "A Death in St. Augustine"
http://www.nbcnews.com/dateline/full-episode-two-shots-fired-n84816 NBC News Dateline documentary, "Two Shots Fired"
22. Please empower the DoJ Community Relations Service (CRS) to help.
23. Let every vote count.
24. The qualification deadline for the universal primary was Noon today, June 24, 2016.
25. The St. Johns County Supervisor of Elections currently plans to send the ballots to the printer on Tuesday, June 27, 2016.
Thank you for all that you do.
And thank you in advance for helping solve this statewide violation of civil and constitutional rights.
With kindest regards, I am,
Sincerely yours,
Ed Slavin
Box 3084
St. Augustine, Florida 32085-3084
904-377-4998
www.cleanupcityofstaugustine.blogspot.com 

www.edslavin.com

Thursday, June 23, 2016

EPA Probing Governor's $200k West Augustine Veto for Sewer Construction



A Headquarters EPA civil rights investigator and an EPA civil rights lawyer interviewed me by telephone last this afternoon about my March 22, 2016 complaint against Florida Governor RICK SCOTT for vetoing the $200,000 appropriation for West Augustine sewers while leaving alone the $2,820,000 for Summer Haven River dredging of sand deposited after a hurricane.

My complaint triggering the investigation by the EPA Office of Civil Rights was filed pursuant to Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the Fourteenth Amendment. . A

Yes, that 1964 Civil Rights Act, which was enacted thanks to the courage of our friends and neighbors here in St. Augustine, Florida in 1964.
President Lyndon B. Johnson broke the filibuster of Senate segregationists based upon events here in St. Augustine -- international news.

Yes, so I invoked the 1964 Civil Rights Act when I filed a March 22, 2016 complaint against Florida Governor RICK SCOTT with the Justice Department over his unseemly, unconstitutional ukase -- his veto of a mere $200,000 for West Augustine sewers.

Here it is:

-----Original Message-----
From: easlavin
To: vanita.gupta
Sent: Tue, Mar 22, 2016 3:18 pm
Subject: Re: Civil Rights Investigation of Florida Governor RICK SCOTT's Veto of $200,000 West Augustine Sewer Matching Grant (and Governor's Chief IG's Refusal to Investigate EOG staff)

-----Original Message-----
From: easlavin
To: vanita.gupta
Sent: Tue, Mar 22, 2016 3:15 pm
Subject: Civil Rights Investigation of Florida Governor RICK SCOTT's Veto of $200,000 West Augustine Sewer Matching Grant (and Governor's Chief IG's Refusal to Investigate EOG staff)

Dear General Gupta:
Thank you for your wise years of government and private bono practice in advancement of civil rights.

Will you direct your Civil Rights Division staff to please help us remedy decades of civil rights wrongs here in St. Augustine, Florida, today?:
A. Pursuant to Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, please direct the Civil Rights Division and the FBI to investigate Florida Governor RICHARD LYNN SCOTT's veto of $200,000 for West Augustine sewers for a struggling low-income African-American neighborhood, while not vetoing a project in the same county (St. Johns) to spend $2.8 million appropriation to dredge Summer Haven River, which a storm filled with sand (benefitting a few wealthy vacation home owners)(attached).
B. I requested an investigation by the Florida Chief Inspector General's office on March 19, 2016. I received a maladroit response March 21, 2016 (attached), inter alia investigating nothing and ducking jurisdiction of my "concerns" -- illegal invidious discrimination against black people by the Executive Office of the Governor, RICHARD LYNN SCOTT in violation of Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the Fourteenth Amendment
C. The facts are irrefragable, as documented in my unrebutted March 18, 2016 letter to Ms. Melinda Miguel the Florida Chief Inspector General (response attached):

1. Please investigate Florida Governor RICK SCOTT's outgoing Chief of Staff (Ms. MELISSA SELLERS), his Deputy Chief of Staff (Mr. KARL RASMUSSEN), and others on the Executive Office of the Governor (EOG) staff and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) staff for procuring and recommending the Governor's March 17, 2016 8 PM line item veto of a $200,000 legislative matching grant appropriation for engineering work for West Augustine, Florida sewer service. Their actions violate the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Fourteenth Amendment, and thus constitute waste, fraud and abuse under CIG jurisdiction.
2. This $200,000 matching grant legislative appropriation was passed by our State of Florida 2016 legislature. Why? To promote public health and economic development for West Augustine -- a long-neglected low-income African American neighborhood in wealthy St. Johns County -- a struggling, poor black community that was historically the victim of environmental institutional racism by both St. Johns County and the City of St. Augustine, Florida, which Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called "the most lawless city in America."
3. E coli. from leaking West Augustine septic tanks contaminates sanitary drinking water wells, risking disease and death -- it is an imminent life safety hazard and a clear and present danger to public health. West Augustine was long denied annexation into the City of St. Augustine and it was denied sewers by both the City and the County. Why? Due to decades of institutional racism on the part of City and County officials. Our louche local governments were insouciant, intolerant and insolent -- until very recently -- toward environmental justice, civil rights and the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. During 2005-2006, our then St. Augustine City Manager (WILLIAM BARRY HARRISS) actually dumped a landfill in a lake in West Augustine. HARRISS perpetrated other environmental crimes in low-income communities including sewage pollution of our saltwater marsh at the south end of Lincolnville, founded by freed slaves in 1866. The City and HARRISS were never being prosecuted by Florida or federal officials. This desuetude of law enforcement does not give people a sense of confidence in our state and federal environmental regulators. [HARRISS now works for Sheriff DAVID SHOAR. Governor SCOTT unlawfully named HARRISS on or about August 2, 2013, as the lone "public" member of the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (FCSTC). There can be only one person per employing agency (except the state prison system) F.S. 943.11(1)(b), and the "citizen" member cannot be a law enforcement officer eligible for appointment as such, F.S. 943.11(1)(a).]
4. Malign governmental neglect of the low-income African-American community of West Augustine, Florida has been well documented by local newspapers, by my blog and in television documentaries by Flagler College graduate Jeremy Dean ("Dare Not Walk Alone") and by former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young ("Crossing in St. Augustine"), et al. Enough discrimination.
5. Florida Governor RICHARD LYNN SCOTT's veto of a small line item of only $200,000 is blatant environmental racism and a violation of Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution: the same EOG staff did not recommend a line item veto of $2,885,005 appropriation in the very same county for river dredging for Summer Haven vacation homes.
6. Respondents MELLISSA SELLERS and KARL RASMUSSEN are unjust stewards who procured an unjust veto; it potentially puts at risk all federal grants for violation of Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
7. This line item veto is without business or public policy basis. It is freighted with prejudice, animus, waste, fraud and abuse of the legislative veto process -- outrageous, intentional invidious discrimination against African-Americans in violation of the United States Constitution, which RASMUSSEN and SELLERS swore to uphold as a condition of their oath of office.
8. This line item veto evidences environmental racism, discrimination against a low-income community. Yet rich people in Summer Haven got a $2.9 million legislative grant for river dredging benefitting vacation homes, where there is no imminent life safety hazard. Why?
9. Both the West Augustine African-America community and our City and County Commissioners are now united in resolving the problem, yet the Governor's maladroit, staff recommended a line veto, which now potentially subjects our State of Florida to a federal funds cutoff under Title VI.
10. On what theory did Respondent top EOG staffers MELISSA SELLERS and KARL RASMUSSEN procure this wrongfully racist veto by the Governor?
11. We still don't know why Governor SCOTT vetoed the $200,000 appropriation. My efforts to obtain EOG documents have been unavailing to date. See my four pending Open Records Requests Nos. 2016-106 through 2016-109 (below).
12. I respectfully request that you commence an investigation immediately: please secure, preserve and protect all evidence relevant to your civil, criminal and administrative investigation, to prevent deletion, spoliation, or material alteration of documents.
13. I am today alerting the U.S. Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency.
14. By copy of this e-mail, I am advising Respondents MELISSA SELLERS, KARL RASMUSSEN, et al. in EOG that any document destruction, any e-mail deletion, any material alteration of documents, any post hoc creation of documents, any spoliation of evidence, any witness tampering or any other sort of obstruction of justice could be prosecuted as federal crimes (and be subject to federal grand jury and Congressional investigation).
Fiat justitia ruat caelum. (Let justice be done though the heavens fall.)

The only response was the maladroit March 21, 2016 form letter (attached), signed by Erin Romeiser, Investigations Manager, Florida Governor's Chief Inspector General who has not returned my call and whose staff states that this IG curiously has "no special agents."

Thank you, General Gupta, in advance, for directing the Civil Rights Division and FBI to investigate Governor Scott's veto of a mere $200,000 for West Augustine sewers.

With kindest regards, I am,
Sincerely yours,
Ed Slavin
www.edslavin.com
904-377-4998


-----Original Message-----
From: easlavin
To: cig
Sent: Sat, Mar 19, 2016 3:48 pm
Subject: Investigation by Florida Chief Inspector General Melinda Miguel of EOG Staff Procuring Governor Scott's Veto of $200,000 West Augustine Sewer Matching Grant

Dear Chief Inspector General Miguel:
1. Please investigate Florida Governor RICK SCOTT's outgoing Chief of Staff (Ms. MELISSA SELLERS), his Deputy Chief of Staff (Mr. KARL RASMUSSEN), and others on the Executive Office of the Governor (EOG) staff and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) staff for procuring and recommending the Governor's March 17, 2016 8 PM line item veto of a $200,000 legislative matching grant appropriation for engineering work for West Augustine, Florida sewer service. Their actions violate the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Fourteenth Amendment, and thus constitute waste, fraud and abuse under CIG jurisdiction.
2. This $200,000 matching grant legislative appropriation was passed by our State of Florida 2016 legislature. Why? To promote public health and economic development for West Augustine -- a long-neglected low-income African American neighborhood in wealthy St. Johns County -- a struggling, poor black community that was historically the victim of environmental institutional racism by both St. Johns County and the City of St. Augustine, Florida, which Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called "the most lawless city in America."
3. E coli. from leaking West Augustine septic tanks contaminates sanitary drinking water wells, risking disease and death -- it is an imminent life safety hazard and a clear and present danger to public health. West Augustine was long denied annexation into the City of St. Augustine and it was denied sewers by both the City and the County. Why? Due to decades of institutional racism on the part of City and County officials. Our louche local governments were insouciant, intolerant and insolent -- until very recently -- toward environmental justice, civil rights and the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. During 2005-2006, our then St. Augustine City Manager (WILLIAM BARRY HARRISS) actually dumped a landfill in a lake in West Augustine. HARRISS perpetrated other environmental crimes in low-income communities including sewage pollution of our saltwater marsh at the south end of Lincolnville, founded by freed slaves in 1866. The City and HARRISS were never being prosecuted by Florida or federal officials. This desuetude of law enforcement does not give people a sense of confidence in our state and federal environmental regulators. [HARRISS now works for Sheriff DAVID SHOAR. Governor SCOTT unlawfully named HARRISS on or about August 2, 2013, as the lone "public" member of the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (FCSTC). There can be only one person per employing agency (except the state prison system) F.S. 943.11(1)(b), and the "citizen" member cannot be a law enforcement officer eligible for appointment as such, F.S. 943.11(1)(a).]
4. Malign governmental neglect of the low-income African-American community of West Augustine, Florida has been well documented by local newspapers, by my blog and in television documentaries by Flagler College graduate Jeremy Dean ("Dare Not Walk Alone") and by former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young ("Crossing in St. Augustine"), et al. Enough discrimination.
5. Florida Governor RICHARD LYNN SCOTT's veto of a small line item of only $200,000 is blatant environmental racism and a violation of Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution: the same EOG staff did not recommend a line item veto of $2,885,005 appropriation in the very same county for river dredging for Summer Haven vacation homes.
6. Respondents MELLISSA SELLERS and KARL RASMUSSEN are unjust stewards who procured an unjust veto; it potentially puts at risk all federal grants for violation of Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
7. This line item veto is without business or public policy basis. It is freighted with prejudice, animus, waste, fraud and abuse of the legislative veto process -- outrageous, intentional invidious discrimination against African-Americans in violation of the United States Constitution, which RASMUSSEN and SELLERS swore to uphold as a condition of their oath of office.
8. This line item veto evidences environmental racism, discrimination against a low-income community. Yet rich people in Summer Haven got a $2.9 million legislative grant for river dredging benefitting vacation homes, where there is no imminent life safety hazard. Why?
9. Both the West Augustine African-America community and our City and County Commissioners are now united in resolving the problem, yet the Governor's maladroit, staff recommended a line veto, which now potentially subjects our State of Florida to a federal funds cutoff under Title VI.
10. On what theory did Respondent top EOG staffers MELISSA SELLERS and KARL RASMUSSEN procure this wrongfully racist veto by the Governor?
11. We still don't know why Governor SCOTT vetoed the $200,000 appropriation. My efforts to obtain EOG documents have been unavailing to date. See my four pending Open Records Requests Nos. 2016-106 through 2016-109 (below).
12. I respectfully request that you commence an investigation immediately: please secure, preserve and protect all evidence relevant to your civil, criminal and administrative investigation, to prevent deletion, spoliation, or material alteration of documents.
13. I am today alerting the U.S. Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency.
14. By copy of this e-mail, I am advising Respondents MELISSA SELLERS, KARL RASMUSSEN, et al. in EOG that any document destruction, any e-mail deletion, any material alteration of documents, any post hoc creation of documents, any spoliation of evidence, any witness tampering or any other sort of obstruction of justice could be prosecuted as federal crimes (and be subject to federal grand jury and Congressional investigation).
Fiat justitia ruat caelum. (Let justice be done though the heavens fall.)
Thank you.
With kindest regards, I am,
Sincerely yours,
Ed Slavin
www.edslavin.com
904-377-4998


Billion Dollar Jaxport Dredging May Not Make $ense

Read The New York Times investigation of the new Panama Canal by Walt Bogdanich. I question whether the proposed $1.1 billion Jaxport dredging project makes economic sense. IF post-Panamax vessels cannot get through the canal fully loaded (due to lack of sufficient water), will shipowners send them to Jacksonville? Before spending any more money on this boondoggle, the Army Corps of Engineers must revise its data analysis.

The $1 billion dredging of the St. Johns River to accommodate Panamax ships may be halted, after all.

It may no longer make economic sense.

Walt Bogdanich and colleagues report in The New York Times that the success of the $3.1 billion Panama Canal expansion is in peril, particularly due to a lack of sufficient water to float the enormous cargo ships. In recent months, shipowners have been advised not to load their extra-large cargo ships fully, lest they scrape the bottom of the Panama Canal.

If shipowners cannot fully load their container ships, why would they pay extra money to ship cargo to Eastern ports like Jacksonville?

The Times reports:

The consequences will be wide-ranging if the canal does not deliver as promised. American grain and soybean farmers and producers of liquefied natural gas, for example, may find it harder to sell to Asian customers. Asian manufacturers may forsake the struggling ports on America’s East Coast for those in the West. Or they, and ultimately consumers, will shoulder the added cost of going the long way around, through the Suez Canal.

Shipowners can continue shipping to West Coast ports on the Pacific Ocean, saving money by transporting containers from fully-loaded vessels by rail.

Hence,the City of Jacksonville and Army Corps of Engineers cost-benefit analysis may need to be revised.






Not "bedlam," but sanity and strength

bed·lam
ˈbedləm/Submit
noun
a scene of uproar and confusion.
"there was bedlam in the courtroom"
synonyms: uproar, pandemonium, commotion, mayhem, confusion, disorder, chaos, anarchy, lawlessness; More
antonyms: calm
archaic
an institution for the care of mentally ill people.
plural noun: bedlams


Some headline writer at the New York Times mucked up last night, referring to the House of Representatives sit-in led by Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia) as "bedlam." Unfortunate choice of words -- "bedlam" was originally used as a term for a British insane asylum.

Thanks to Rep. Lewis et al., the issue is being discussed, with sanity and strength. Finally.

And the Democrats used technology -- smart phones -- to share live streaming video, the same way We, the People did May 18-20, 2016 when dull Republican St. Johns County Administrator MICHAEL DAVID WANCHICK, a/k/a "MIKEY THE WEASEL," refused to televise "his" budget hearings, which were televised by activist-videographer Jeffrey Marcus Gray, allowing citizens to watch what WANCHICK wanted to do in secret, during the daytime, inaccessible to most people. (Perhaps they were inspired by what we did here in St. Johns County.)

The dirty, devious, dastardly, divisive, dull Republicans running the show in the U.S. House of Representatives won't allow a vote on measures to keep automatic weapons out of the hands of terrorists and insane people.

Time for them to go.

IF you see U.S. Rep. RONALD DION DeSANTIS during his latest paid vacation a/k/a "District Work Period," tell the smarmy snooty selfish sibilant phony what you think of him and his ilk -- silk-stocking Republicans who claim to be "tough on crime" but are owned by NRA.


Rep. RONALD DION DeSANTIS (R-FL6/KOCH INDUSTRIES)


William Hogarth, "The Rake's Progress -- The Rake in Bedlam"

Hateful political machine rule crumbling here?

Defeating corruption and KKK-supported oligarchs here in St. Augustine, St. Augustine Beach and St. Johns County is not unlike the process involved in a cat eating a grindstone -- one lick at a time.

Yes we can!




Looking at the Supervisor of Elections website this morning (June 23) is encouraging, to say the least.

Once upon a time, hateful, corrupt, racist KKK-supported political bosses like Sheriffs DAVID SHOAR f/k/a "HOAR," NEIL PERRY and LAWRENCE O. DAVIS ran the store in St. Johns County, like the Feudal Lords of All They Survey.

St. Johns County, unlike much of the South, did not go Republican until all Democratic officeholders became Republican in 1989, ordered to do so by corrupt Sheriff NEIL PERRY, all standing in line at the same time at the Supervisor of Elections office (then located in what is now the Casa Monica Hotel).

Once there were uncontested races for local officials -- as still occurs in Miami-Dade, where three of seven Commissioners were re-elected without opposition.

Today, entrenched incumbents in St. Johns County, St. Augustine and St. Augustine Beach ALL have opponents, giving We, the People more of a choice.  To corruption, bribery, chicanery, clear-cutting, wetland-filling, no-bid contracts, criminal coverups, we say: ENOUGH.

Qualifying for local election races ends at noon tomorrow (June 24th).

Yes we can!