In his prepared remarks, Cannon also blasted President Obama’s health-care reform law and singled out the Florida Supreme Court for tossing three of the Legislature’s proposed constitutional amendments off the ballot — including one that would have undercut successful citizen-backed efforts to constrain the way lawmakers draw their own districts. #

Gelber, who lost the A.G. race earlier this month to Republican Pam Bondi, claimed in his response that the amendments in question were poorly written and went so far as to say that those pertaining to redistricting were explicitly drafted in such a way to confuse voters. #

A threat to freedom? A threat to our liberties?  Yesterday Dean Cannon, the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, called the Florida Supreme Court a threat “to freedom” and to “our liberties.” He was apparently angry that the Court tossed a handful of legislatively crafted constitutional amendments because the amendments were misleading or confusing to voters.  I am personally fond of Dean, but believe his comments should not be dismissed as merely a childish tirade, but rather seen as a calculated effort to intimidate a coequal branch of government. #

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