Why am I not surprised this Confederate-loving state representative from Florida is a Tea Party Republican and former head of the state’s Christian Coalition?
A bill that adds a layer of government and takes away local control passed a House panel controlled by Republicans on Monday.
Yes, Republicans on the House’s Agriculture and Natural Resources committee seemed to contradict their own principles by narrowly passing HB 493 7-6 that would require Florida’s Cabinet to approve any changes to historic sites in the state park system if anyone objects. Currently, all changes are made by administrators working in the parks system or the Florida Department of Environmental Protection after considering local input.
It wasn’t a RINO who sponsored the bill, but Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, the House’s ultra-conservative behind the 2005 “stand your ground” law, among others. He filed the bill in reaction to a request by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War to erect a obelisk honoring the fallen Union soldiers in the Feb. 20, 1864 Battle of Olustee. …
“I think it’s appropriate for someone to come in and question if a competing monument will detract from that historical significance,” Baxley said. “There’s an expectation in historical monuments of permanency. If you’re going to change things, that’s a policy decision.
“It’s not Southern as much as it’s descendants and individuals who their families died there to avoid the strafing and burning of their state,” Baxley said. “They were defending Florida.”