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John Romano: Time to correct the voters' mistake



Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano writes about a desire to educate voters about a time they got it wrong in the polling booth:


Let's talk about the time Florida voters screwed up.

It was done with the best of intentions, and with the blessing of editorial boards and voter education groups. But it was a blunder, nonetheless.

This was back in 1998 when voters passed a constitutional amendment giving the governor more power by shrinking the size and scope of the state's Cabinet.

It made sense at the time. And much of the idea still has appeal. Instead of Florida being run by a virtual board of directors, the governor is responsible for calling the shots.

Unfortunately, one ramification of that amendment was seriously misunderstood.

The education commissioner went from an elected position in the Cabinet to an appointed job. The theory was that the commissioner would become less of a politician and more of an educator. The reality is the position became more partisan than ever.

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[Last modified: Monday, November 23, 2015 7:09pm]


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