Tuesday, August 15, 2023

ANNALS OF DeSANTISTAN: Donna Deegan ‘hopeful’ that Black-performing congressional district returns to North Florida (Florida Politics, August 14, 2023)

I agree with Jacksonville Mayor Donna Hazzouri Deegan and civil rights groups: Governor DeSANTIS violated voting rights when he and his haughty henchmen eliminated two Black Congressional Districts. After a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, I reckon federal courts will get this one right.  

I agree with Mayor Deegan. Governor DeSANTIS and the Florida legislature violated the 15th Amendment and the Voting Rights Act. Enough electoral Trumpery, flummery, dupery and nincompoopery from DeSANTIS and his KKK-adjacent arachnid apparatchiks.

Ever since he was St. Johns County's Congressman, 2013-2018, we've seen this juvenile jerk disgrace his public office.  Help is on the way.  Lawsuits pending look promising.  Our elected officials need to join with Donna Deegan in condemning DeSANTIS, and all of his works and pomps. 

"Short war," in the words of the WWII era toast my parents taught me.

DeSANTIS, TRUMP and other fascists will not destroy our democracy. 

Let freedom ring.

From Florida Politics:

From Florida Politics: 

Donna Deegan ‘hopeful’ that Black-performing congressional district returns to North Florida

Florida Politics

August 14, 2023

The Jacksonville Mayor isn't endorsing a candidate yet, however.

Jacksonville’s Mayor is weighing in on legal developments that could see a path toward a Democratic congressional seat in North Florida.

Democrat Donna Deegan says she is “hopeful this lawsuit will be successful and give Black voters in Jacksonville the ability to elect the candidate of their choice.”

Parties in Black Voters Matter Capacity Building Institute v. Byrd agreed to a joint stipulation agreement in the legal challenge against what plaintiffs call “unconstitutional congressional maps.”

The case focuses on the former boundaries of Florida’s 5th Congressional District that ran from the Tallahassee area to downtown Jacksonville. The challenge to the maps passed in 2022 by the Legislature could restore that district, thus giving Black voters in North Florida a chance at representation.

Jacksonville is currently divided between two safe Republican congressional seats, with Duval County’s North and West sides yoked to Nassau and Clay County since 2022 to create a seat represented by Fernandina Beach’s U.S. Rep. Aaron Bean.

Previously, much of that area was represented by former U.S. Reps. Al Lawson (CD 5) and Corrine Brown, but a redistricting map insisted upon by Gov. Ron DeSantis ended Duval’s tradition of having at least one Democrat-controlled seat in Congress.

Lawson has already suggested he might want to run again for the seat should it be reinstated. The former Congressman endorsed Deegan for Mayor this year, but Deegan’s not offering a preemptive endorsement for him or anyone else, saying she doesn’t “want to make predictions about a hypothetical district or field of candidates.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at AG@FloridaPolitics.com or on Twitter: @AGGancarski

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Another reason why they (GOP) don't like so called race based politics or "diversity hire candidates" is because they view that as giving someone power, who is in opposition to them, who normally wouldn't have a chance. So it's a slightly narcissistic viewpoint from a party who feels that only WHITE, religious, or monied people's with "established roots" should hold power. This is part of their so called merit equation. Anyone or anything that flies in the face of that they don't like. Candidates must meet their standards especially ideologically in some way. Not to say that some in the Democratic Party aren't like this but it has got less to do with race, sexual orientation, and religion on that side of the isle. In the GOP you gotta fit a more rigid social image. It's from this position of "as perfect as can be" that they try to wield their standards onto others. All this while they talk about "woke."