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Elspeth
08-15-2013, 09:09 PM
http://www.wesh.com/trayvon-martin-extended-coverage/no-special-session-after-legislators-vote-it-down/-/14266478/21477430/-/vdoka9z/-/index.html?utm_campaign=zimmermancase&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=dlvr.it

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. —Florida's Republican-controlled Legislature is coming out solidly against a special session to repeal the state's "stand your ground" law.

House Speaker Will Weatherford said that the Republican-controlled Legislature will vote no when it comes to holding a special session to deal with the state's "stand your ground" law.

The Department of State on Wednesday released a list that showed more than half of the state's 160-member Legislature has already voted against the idea.

The vote was triggered earlier after 33 legislators asked for a special session in writing. They were urged to do so by the Dream Defenders group*, which is upset with the July verdict in the George Zimmerman case.

Under an obscure state law, the written requests required an official poll. A yes vote by three-fifths of the Legislature would have resulted in a special session.

Three days after Zimmerman was acquitted, protesters arrived at the Capitol. They have been spending the night near Gov. Rick Scott's offices since then.


*Note: The Dream Defenders are the Eric Holder's DOJ activists who agitated for a Zimmerman arrest. They are NOT happy:

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/trayvon-martin/os-zimmerman-trayvon-dream-defenders-20130815,0,6451009.story

Dream Defenders end Capitol sit-in over Zimmerman verdict

TALLAHASSEE — After sitting in at the Florida Capitol for 31 days — since just after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin — the group called the Dream Defenders ended its protest Thursday with the help of civil-rights icon Julian Bond.

Leaders said they'll carry their campaign against the "stand your ground" self-defense law and what they consider other forms of racial bias to the polls, trying to defeat the elected officials who opposed their demands.

That includes Gov. Rick Scott, who is up for re-election next year. The Dream Defenders announced a voter-registration drive, with a goal of 61,550 new voters — Scott's margin of victory in 2010.

"Our work and our power have grown too big for these walls," said Phillip Agnew, leader of the Dream Defenders.

The group marched to the Capitol on July 16 and demanded a special session on "stand your ground," which they didn't get. But they got a national hearing, and Bond, founder of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and a longtime Georgia lawmaker, declared their nonviolent action a success in the tradition of the 1960s civil-rights movement....

Janice
08-16-2013, 02:03 AM
'Dream defenders'? Hm... more like Nightmare defenders.

But I guess it doesnt matter. As long as the left gives it a 'nice' sounding name... it must be a-oh-tay.

SarasotaRepub
08-16-2013, 09:07 AM
Sounds like another ObamaSham group. Roll out the Water Cannon...:biggrin-new:

noonwitch
08-16-2013, 09:40 AM
SYG didn't even apply in the Zimmerman case. It was self-defense.