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Florida Democrats question Bondi’s delay in sending Senate redistricting plan to justices

TALLAHASSEE — A week after the Florida House approved the Legislature’s second attempt to draw new Senate districts, the plan Tuesday still had not been forwarded by Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi to the state Supreme Court. Read more: http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/state/florida-democrats-question-bondis-delay-in-sending-senate-2281365.html  

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Florida Senate flubbed its top priority

The Legislature is back in session, at additional taxpayer expense, to try again at redistricting. The Senate’s plan failed to meet a state constitutional mandate voters issued last year to avoid gerrymandering to benefit incumbents, the Florida Supreme Court ruled. Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/opinion/editorials/2012-03-16/story/florida-senate-flubbed-its-top-priority

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Open-door redistricting

After the Florida Supreme Court cast a dark cloud over the state Senate’s redistricting map, it behooves the Legislature to let some sunshine in. The court last week ruled that eight of the 40 new districts the Senate drew violated the Florida Constitution’s Fair Districts amendments. Among the disqualified were the proposed Panhandle Districts 1 and 3, which are almost identical to the current districts currently represented by Sens. Don Gaetz and Greg Evers. Read … Continue reading

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Florida Senate’s brazen redistricting trickery fails

Upon deeper review of the Florida Supreme Court decision on Friday invalidating the state Senate’s redistricting plan, a startling fact came to light: the Republican-dominated chamber’s brazen and arrogant attempt at protecting incumbents through the district numbering system. While justices cited constitutionally improper boundaries in eight of the 40 Senate districts, the court’s 234-page majority opinion also condemned trickery with numbers that improperly protects incumbents. Read more: http://www.bradenton.com/2012/03/15/3938742/florida-senates-brazen-redistricting.html Read more here:

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Florida Senate back at work, on court demand to redraw districts without political bias

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Legislature reconvened in a 15-day special session Wednesday to redraw Senate district boundaries rejected by the state Supreme Court, which ruled a first attempt was aimed chiefly at protecting ruling Republicans. Senate Reapportionment Chairman Don Gaetz sounded a conciliatory tone. Read more: http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/state/florida-senate-back-at-work-on-court-demand-2238194.html

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Senate doesn’t want new Cong. maps until after elections; wasn’t Don Gaetz calling this a “conspiracy theory” in Sept.?

Mary Ellen Klas reportstonight that the Florida Senate is asking the courts to wait until after the November elections to hear a challenge to the congressional redistricting maps that were built using the same principles the high court has already rejected. “…under a reasonable schedule, it is practically impossible to resolve this case in time for any remedy to be implemented for the impending elections,” wrote lawyers for the Florida Senate in a scheduling brief filed Monday … Continue reading

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Redistricting Retry May Bring Major Effects

Florida Senate leaders hope a few tweaks can fix their state Supreme Court-­invalidated redistricting plan, but any changes could have a domino effect on local and statewide politics. Among the impacts as the Senate convenes Wednesday for a 15-day special legislative session on redistricting: Whether Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, will be eligible for another six years in office rather than the typical four-year term and the shape of the two main Senate districts that cover … Continue reading

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Florida Supreme Court upholds will of the people

Good for the Florida Supreme Court for disregarding demands that it take a timid approach to interpreting the state constitution, and to respecting the will of the voters. Read more: http://www.news-press.com/article/20120313/OPINION/303130013/1075/Florida-Supreme-Court-upholds-will-people

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Sen. Pres. Mike Haridopolos Blasts Judge, Talks Redistricting (VIDEO)

[Tallahassee, FL] As the 2012 Legislative Session winds down and a few court battles are heating up. Senate President Mike Haridopolos (R-26/Merritt Island) weighs in on both, letting the judge have it, in one, and predicting the Florida Supreme Court‘s decision, in another. Read m0re: http://www.sunshineslate.com/2012/03/06/mike-haridopolos-blasts-judge-redistricting-video/

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Court ruling will affect maps, future redistricting

In the next few days, the Florida Supreme Court may be making one of its most important decisions in recent history when it rules on the constitutionality of redistricting maps recently approved by the Legislature. Read more: http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/columns/court-ruling-will-affect-maps-future-redistricting/1218480

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Florida Senate president predicts special session on redistricting

Senate President Mike Haridopolos all but admitted defeat Monday in the first round of court reviews over the legislature’s redistricting map and predicted lawmakers would be back in a special session to revamp their maps. “We’re going to be here for extraordinary session, my guess, I think, given the give and take last week in the Supreme Court,” Haridopolos told reporters Monday. Read more: http://www.bradenton.com/2012/03/05/3919131/florida-senate-president-predicts.html

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Justices’ decision should ease fears

Nothing is more fundamental to our society than faith in the honesty of the political system. Without that trust — the belief that elections are run honestly — our whole society is shaken because the exercise of political power determines how we, as a society, operate: How much taxes each of us pays and how many services the government provides, and who has access to those services. Read more: http://www.newschief.com/article/20120303/NEWS/203035004

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Supreme Court hears redistricting arguments

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a landmark redistricting case that could shape the political future of Florida for at least a decade. At issue: How far justices could go in enforcing the anti-gerrymandering Fair Districts amendments approved by the voters in a November 2010 referendum. Read more: http://www.flcourier.com/flflorida/7744-supreme-court-hears-redistricting-arguments-

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Justices hear Florida redistricting arguments

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Republican-controlled Legislature drew its redistricting plan “in the dark” and the House and Senate maps should be sent back so lawmakers can try again after receiving some guidance from the Florida Supreme Court, a Democratic lawyer told the justices Wednesday. Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/02/29/2666870/justices-hearing-florida-redistricting.html

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Justices seek input on how to handle new redistricting rules

TALLAHASSEE — Faced with writing a precedent-setting ruling that could shape the state’s political lines for decades, the Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday aggressively grilled lawyers representing Democrats and Republicans, asking them how to interpret the state’s new redistricting rules. Read more: http://www.tampabay.com/news/courts/florida-supreme-court-hears-arguments-on-redistricting-ask-how-far-they/1217663

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Redistricting maps divide Florida Supreme Court

TALLAHASSEE — In a legal showdown that could reverberate for decades, a conflicted Florida Supreme Court grilled the authors and critics of new legislative-district maps Wednesday over whether lawmakers have followed new voter-adopted anti-gerrymandering reforms. Read more: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/os-supreme-court-redistricting-20120229,0,7089603.story

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Florida High Court Hears Redistricting Case; Lakeland Greatly Impacted

TALLAHASSEE | Lakeland played a key role Wednesday as a divided Florida Supreme Court heard arguments in the challenges to the results of the Florida Legislature’s once-a-decade redistricting process — the first under voter-imposed anti-gerrymandering rules. Read more: http://www.theledger.com/article/20120229/NEWS/120229171?Title=Florida-High-Court-Hears-Redistricting-Case-Lakeland-Greatly-Impacted-

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Florida High Court to Hear Redistricting Case Wednesday

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. Justices are preparing to hear a redistricting case for the first time since voters adopted the anti-gerrymandering Fair Districts amendments in November 2010. So far, the court has seemed divided on when and whether to accept motions beyond an initial filing deadline — and … Continue reading

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Supreme Court divides 4-3 for second day in redistricting question

Florida’s redistricting battle has predictably divided the partisans of the Legislature. Now, it appears it has divided the non-partisan ranks of the state’s highest court. In a second divided opinion in two days, the Florida Supreme Court denied a request of the coalition of voters to file an amended proposed redistricting map as part of its brief. The court ruled on a 4-3 vote that the coalition of the League of Women Voters, the National Council … Continue reading

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Redrawing Florida

2012 marks Florida’s constitutionally mandated reapportionment of congressional and state legislative districts — a process always fraught with political tension. This year, lawmakers had a new challenge: two constitutional amendments, known as the “Fair District” amendments, that require districts to be compact and to make use of existing city and county boundaries as much as possible. Lines must provide for minority representation, and can’t favor political parties or incumbents. Earlier this month, the Legislature approved … Continue reading

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Lawsuits flying over Florida’s redistricting

NPR – Audio Clip Monday, February 20, 2012 Florida’s legislature has released its new legislative and congressional maps as part of the once-every-decade redistricting process, and the lawsuits are already flying. Democrats and watchdog groups say the new maps violate constitutional amendments that require districts to be drawn without regard to political parties or incumbents. The process is likely to be tied up in the courts for months, but the proposed maps are already having … Continue reading

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Florida redistricting plans get final passage

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Democrats filed a lawsuit against a congressional redistricting map immediately after that plan and a second one redrawing Florida House and Senate districts received final approval Thursday from the Republican-controlled Legislature. The Senate sent the congressional map (HB 1174) to Gov. Rick Scott and the legislative plan (SJR 1176) to the Florida Supreme Court. Both passed in the House last week. The Democrats contend the maps violate anti-gerrymandering standards in the two … Continue reading

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