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Textgate fizzles to a close with gentle slaps on the wrist

State Attorney Jeff Ashton bumbled his way through a press conference that showed just how little officials care about county commission’s brazen acts

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And it’s not even over. As if on schedule, on Aug. 26, former state representative and Winter Park Mayor (and chamber guy) Allen Trovillion filed a lawsuit to have the now-mooted sick-time referendum removed from the 2014 ballot, even though a panel of three circuit judges mandated earlier this year that it be placed on said ballot. The suit calls the ballot question a waste of money and time, seeing as a new state law passed this year forbids counties from passing sick-time laws. Only, a single ballot question doesn’t cost any time or money, unless, that is, you have to get 50,000 petitions certified in order to be on that ballot. Which has already happened.

But we all know that doesn’t count. Well, at least we do now.

“Today, the state attorney reaffirmed what the courts and the citizens already knew – these commissioners colluded with corporate special interests like Disney, Olive Garden and Red Lobster to thwart the will of voters by refusing to put an earned sick-time referendum on the ballot. Commissioners tried to conceal their collusion but they got caught,” Organize Now director Stephanie Porta said in a statement after the Wednesday ruling. “These politicians are supposed to work for us, not their campaign contributors. When they don’t there should be consequences. Sadly, these politicians will hardly get a slap on the wrist for violating the public trust. When elected officials have a get out of jail free card nothing will ever change.”

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