Florida's Republican governor and GOP-led Legislature have mounted an unprecedented attack on civil liberties over the past two years, the American Civil Liberties Union said in a report Thursday.
The Florida Republican Party responded with a defense of Gov. Rick Scott and the Legislature against ACLU allegations that they've violated voting and free-speech rights, reproductive and religious freedoms and the U.S. Constitution's protections against unreasonable searches and seizures.
The state GOP issued a written response saying "the ACLU has largely failed Florida taxpayers, who voted for and support many of the initiatives that the ACLU opposes."
Those initiatives include a purge of non-citizens from voting rolls, drug testing of welfare applicants, restrictions on voter registration drives and a reduction in early voting days.
The ACLU has been involved in 11 lawsuits -- including 4 still-pending cases -- that have challenged Scott's executive orders and measures passed by the Legislature or defended Florida constitutional amendments against lawsuits by Democratic and Republican politicians.
Many of them have successfully resulted in injunctions or orders against the state; the state is currently appealing several of those...(click pic to continue reading)