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John Romano column: Ugly rush by powerful lawmakers to privatize prisons



Usually, our mistrust of lawmakers is a little fuzzy. Just a vague sense that something's happening, and we're not quite sure what that something is.

That's why this prison privatization saga has arrived at such a perfect time for those Floridians whose paranoia had atrophied.

Behold the hanky-panky!

It's obfuscation. It's secrecy. It's circumvention of laws, vindictive plots and some smelly conflicts of interest. Also hypocrisy. Lots and lots of hypocrisy.

With almost no help from anyone else, Senate President Mike Haridopolos and Senate budget chief JD Alexander have renewed our faith in deceit.

Column here.

[Last modified: Saturday, February 4, 2012 9:26pm]


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