Hillsborough activist Michelle Willliams on battling racism in the county; also court ruling on 2011 Elections bill

05/31/12 Mitch Perry
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Michelle Williams has been battling local politicians for years in Hillsborough County, but her profile increased exponentially recently after a recording of her blasting George Zimmerman and "white people" made national news. Williams is a member of the New Black Panther Party, which has always been controversial and became more so after declaring a bounty on Zimmerman, who shot and killed 17-year-old unarmed black youth Trayvon Martin on February 26.

Also on the program was Deirdre Macnab, the president of the Florida League of Women Voters, with the League's first public comments just hours after a federal judge in Tallahassee ruled that a provision of a 2011 election slaw that made it much harder to register voters should be rejected.

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Clerk of the Circuit Court Pat Frank was not happy with our editorial last week opposing legislation allowing her agency, along with 21 others, to opt out of Civil Service Board Service. Our big worry is the return to patronage. Without checks and balances, we believe friends and family will be first in line for county jobs. Ms. Frank counters that she has an anti?nepotism policy that is stronger than Civil Service