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  • Redistricting foes clash in Supreme Court briefs

    Redistricting foes clash in Supreme Court briefs

    | February 18, 2012 | Comments (0)

    Supporters and opponents of the state’s new legislative districts took their battle to court Friday, filing a series of briefs with the Florida Supreme Court spelling out the cases for and against the House and Senate maps, reports Brandon Larrabee of the News Service of Florida. In all, seven briefs totaling more than 300 pages [...]

  • Governor signs Congressional redistricting plan

    Governor signs Congressional redistricting plan

    | February 16, 2012 | Comments (0)

    Gov. Rick Scott signed the Legislature’s plan to redraw the state’s congressional districts Thursday, likely paving the way for more lawsuits surrounding the once-a-decade redistricting process, reports Brandon Larrabee of the News Service of Florida. Scott’s office quietly announced the move in the afternoon without comment. A letter from Scott to Secretary of State Kurt [...]

  • Haridopolos: Redistricting schedule may mean special session

    Haridopolos: Redistricting schedule may mean special session

    | February 15, 2012 | Comments (0)

    The schedule set out for the courts to look at the redistricting plan passed by the Legislature may mean lawmakers will have to give the plan another look after the regular session has ended, if the courts don ‘t like it, Senate President Mike Haridopolos said via The News Service of Florida. Speaking with reporters [...]

  • Lawsuits fly after Senate approves redistricting maps

    Lawsuits fly after Senate approves redistricting maps

    | February 9, 2012 | Comments (0)

    The war over the state’s political boundaries entered its next stage Thursday, as final passage of the Legislature’s redistricting plan for the state’s congressional delegation was met with a lawsuit backed by the Florida Democratic Party and the threat of more to come, reports Brandon Larrabee of the News Service of Florida. Within moments of [...]

  • Why redistricting doesn’t matter…

    Why redistricting doesn’t matter…

    | February 4, 2012 | Comments (0)

    From a new research paper in PS: Political Science & Politics: “Many reformers continue to argue for a de-politicization of the redistricting process, claiming that partisan redistricting is responsible for declining electoral competition and increasing legislative polarization. Our analysis of evidence from state legislatures during the last decade suggests that the effects of partisan redistricting on [...]

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Redistricting case heads to Supreme Court amid shifting coalitions

Redistricting case heads to Supreme Court amid shifting coalitions

February 29, 2012 | Comments (0)

The Florida Supreme Court hears oral arguments Wednesday morning in what could be a landmark redistricting case, after a series of shifting coalitions triggered a week and half of topsy-turvy decisions, reports Brandon Larrabee of the News Service of Florida. Justices are preparing to hear a redistricting case for the first time since voters adopted [...]

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Ruling suggests broad redistricting case

Ruling suggests broad redistricting case

February 21, 2012 | Comments (0)

With about a week to go until oral arguments before the Florida Supreme Court over the state’s plan for legislative redistricting, justices are already fighting about how far the court can go in reviewing the new maps, reports Brandon Larrabee of the News Service of Florida. In what could amount to a victory for opponents [...]

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Redistricting foes clash in Supreme Court briefs

Redistricting foes clash in Supreme Court briefs

February 18, 2012 | Comments (0)

Supporters and opponents of the state’s new legislative districts took their battle to court Friday, filing a series of briefs with the Florida Supreme Court spelling out the cases for and against the House and Senate maps, reports Brandon Larrabee of the News Service of Florida. In all, seven briefs totaling more than 300 pages [...]

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House judiciary approves immunity bill

House judiciary approves immunity bill

February 16, 2012 | Comments (0)

Over complaints that it was an attempt to undermine legal challenges to the Legislature’s redistricting proposals, the House Judiciary Committee approved a measure Thursday giving lawmakers complete immunity from civil cases dealing with their legislative duties, reports Brandon Larrabee of the News Service of Florida. The panel approved the measure on a 13-5 vote, with [...]

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Governor signs Congressional redistricting plan

Governor signs Congressional redistricting plan

February 16, 2012 | Comments (0)

Gov. Rick Scott signed the Legislature’s plan to redraw the state’s congressional districts Thursday, likely paving the way for more lawsuits surrounding the once-a-decade redistricting process, reports Brandon Larrabee of the News Service of Florida. Scott’s office quietly announced the move in the afternoon without comment. A letter from Scott to Secretary of State Kurt [...]

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Haridopolos: Redistricting schedule may mean special session

Haridopolos: Redistricting schedule may mean special session

February 15, 2012 | Comments (0)

The schedule set out for the courts to look at the redistricting plan passed by the Legislature may mean lawmakers will have to give the plan another look after the regular session has ended, if the courts don ‘t like it, Senate President Mike Haridopolos said via The News Service of Florida. Speaking with reporters [...]

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Bondi files legislative map with Florida Supreme Court

Bondi files legislative map with Florida Supreme Court

February 10, 2012 | Comments (0)

Attorney General Pam Bondi filed the legislative redistricting proposals with the Florida Supreme Court on Friday, starting the justices’ review of the once-a-decade redrawing of the boundaries for the House and Senate. The filing, which was expected, means the court now has 30 days to review the maps and decide whether or not they meet [...]

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Will Weatherford statement on the passage of Redistricting Maps by the Florida Senate

Will Weatherford statement on the passage of Redistricting Maps by the Florida Senate

February 9, 2012 | Comments (0)

House Redistricting Chairman Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel) today released the following statement regarding the passage of State House Map SJR1176, Congressional Map SB 1174 and State Senate Map SJR 1176. “Today marks the completion of the Legislature’s work on the redistricting maps after receiving thousands of suggestions from the public over many months. I appreciate [...]

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Lawsuits fly after Senate approves redistricting maps

Lawsuits fly after Senate approves redistricting maps

February 9, 2012 | Comments (0)

The war over the state’s political boundaries entered its next stage Thursday, as final passage of the Legislature’s redistricting plan for the state’s congressional delegation was met with a lawsuit backed by the Florida Democratic Party and the threat of more to come, reports Brandon Larrabee of the News Service of Florida. Within moments of [...]

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Compromise plan keeps Sarasota, Manatee in same district

Compromise plan keeps Sarasota, Manatee in same district

February 5, 2012 | Comments (0)

The new compromise map outlining Florida’s congressional district boundaries could complicate U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan’s re-election, with thousands of voters from Republican strongholds removed from his district and replaced by those in more Democratic areas, reorts Jeremy Wallace of the Herald-Tribune. … In shifting to the new boundaries, the Legislature backed away from another proposal outlined [...]

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Why redistricting doesn’t matter…

Why redistricting doesn’t matter…

February 4, 2012 | Comments (0)

From a new research paper in PS: Political Science & Politics: “Many reformers continue to argue for a de-politicization of the redistricting process, claiming that partisan redistricting is responsible for declining electoral competition and increasing legislative polarization. Our analysis of evidence from state legislatures during the last decade suggests that the effects of partisan redistricting on [...]

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House approves redistricting maps; process now moves to Senate, then courts

House approves redistricting maps; process now moves to Senate, then courts

February 4, 2012 | Comments (0)

New districts for the House, Senate and the Florida congressional delegation passed the House on party-line votes Friday, all but clearing the way for looming legal battles over whether the plans follow state anti-gerrymandering standards and federal civil rights laws, reports Brandon Larrabee of the News Service of Florida. The maps for the Legislature (SJR [...]

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About that new Congressional seat for Pasco County…

About that new Congressional seat for Pasco County…

February 2, 2012 | Comments (0)

About that proposed open congressional seat in Pasco County? It lasted about a week. Florida’s House Redistricting Committee switched gears Friday, approving a new congressional map that shifts the state’s 12th District farther west. “This map has big political ramifications for Pasco County,” Rep. John Legg said. “To my disappointment, the map includes north Pinellas [...]

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House set to approve redistricting maps on Friday

House set to approve redistricting maps on Friday

February 2, 2012 | Comments (0)

Brandon Larrabee of the News Service of Florida reports that the House opened a two-day debate on a GOP-drawn redistricting proposal Thursday as the Legislature drew closer to the end of the first act of the once-a-decade drama. Operating under the anti-gerrymandering Fair Districts standards for the first time, lawmakers said they had followed the [...]

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Florida House beginning floor debate on redistricting

Florida House beginning floor debate on redistricting

February 2, 2012 | Comments (0)

Redistricting is headed for final action in the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature. But critics say the maps violate two new state constitutional amendments. The House is beginning floor debate on Thursday with a final vote expected Friday. The plans then return to the Senate, which already has passed its own set of congressional and legislative maps. [...]

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House panel passes maps, blasts redistricting proposals by outside groups

House panel passes maps, blasts redistricting proposals by outside groups

January 27, 2012 | Comments (0)

The House Redistricting Committee approved blueprints for Florida’s political future Friday, but not before taking aim at a set of amendments offered by a coalition of voting-rights groups including the League of Women Voters, reports Brandon Larrabee of the News Service of Florida. Measures redefining the boundaries for the Legislature (HJR 6001, 6011) and Florida’s [...]

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Fascinating analysis from Contribution Link of how Florida’s redistricting process intersects with political donations

Fascinating analysis from Contribution Link of how Florida’s redistricting process intersects with political donations

January 27, 2012 | Comments (0)

As Florida’s once a decade redistricting process nears its hopeful completion, Contribution Link took a look at what the state’s proposed legislative and Congressional boundaries may mean for those involved in the political process. This is a must-read.

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House panel moves towards approving maps

House panel moves towards approving maps

January 20, 2012 | Comments (0)

The House Redistricting Committee began narrowing its options for redrawing the state’s political boundaries, even as the chairman of the panel indicated it was unlikely that the full House would take up the politically volatile issue before the end of the month, reports Brandon Larrabee of the News Service of Florida. At a meeting Friday, [...]

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