Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was booed and jeered when he walked into a public hearing Thursday on his plan to end affirmative action programs for women and people of color in state university admissions and contracts. The crowd's reaction was so loud it drowned out the hearing chairman's pounding gavel.
State Sen. Kendrick Meek was joined by his mother U.S. Representative Carrie Meek on stage to speak out against Bush's plan. "The pain the governor feels is a self-inflicted wound," said Carrie Meek.
The hearings were held in response to a sit-in staged last month by two legislators wherein Bush agreed to delay his order to end affirmative action for women and people of color until the matter was brought before the public. Opponents of Bush's plan argue that it will not encourage diversity nor would state lawmakers would approve the $20 million to $30 million in financial aid required to boost needy minority students' ability to attend college.
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This gives states an opportunity to deal with partisan gerrymandering by giving an independent commission power to draw federal congressional districts.
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