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Too many legislative seats picked without a contest

You may have missed it, but last week Dwayne Taylor, D-Daytona Beach, was again returned to the Florida Legislature without the fuss and bother of anyone having to vote for him. When the qualifying deadline passed Friday, he was one of 30 candidates for the Florida House of Representatives who had no opposition. Read more here: http://www.news-journalonline.com/columns/footnote/2012/06/13/too-many-legislative-seats-picked-without-a-contest.html.

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FL’s Fair Districts improves redistricting process, but state can go further

Friday’s Florida Supreme Court ruling that affirms the state Senate’s redistricting boundaries also points out the flaws in the system and the need for additional constitutional changes. One justice called for the establishment of an independent apportionment commission to take the process out of the hands of lawmakers who exert political influence over boundaries. That would lend greater credibility to redistricting. Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/2012/05/02/4021338/fls-fair-districts-improves-redistricting.html#storylink=cpy.

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Redistricting — legal, but flawed

In a matter of days two hurdles to holding an orderly election in November in Florida disappeared, clearing the way for candidates for 27 congressional districts, 40 state Senate seats and 120 state House seats to fire up their campaigns. Both hurdles involved the Legislature’s redistricting process, which for the first time was guided by two anti-gerrymandering constitutional amendments overwhelmingly approved by Florida voters in 2010. Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/05/01/2778049/redistricting-legal-but-flawed.html.

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Florida redistricting discussions shift from state Capitol to nearby courtrooms this week

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The state’s redistricting discussions shift this week from the Florida Capitol to a pair of courtrooms in Tallahassee. On Wednesday, Circuit Judge Terry Lewis will begin a hearing on challenges to the Republican-led Legislature’s redistricting map for Florida’s 27 congressional seats. Read more: http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/f12fc0f8b578452088a282b90a2f1990/FL–Florida-Redistricting/

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Legal filings pan Florida redistricting do-over

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Democrats and groups that backed the Florida Constitution’s new anti-gerrymandering standards took aim at lawmakers’ revised Senate redistricting map in filings Tuesday with the state Supreme Court. All say the Republican-controlled Legislature’s do-over still violates the Fair Districts standards that the justices cited in kicking back the original map. They differ, though, on some of details including how minority districts should be drawn. Preserving minority voting rights is one of the Fair … Continue reading

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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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Highlights of the Supreme Court ruling on redistricting

Highlights from the redistricting opinion summarized by the Miami Herald:  http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2012/03/highlights-of-the-supreme-court-ruling-on-redistricting.html

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A victory to preserve voters’ will

The Florida Supreme Court on Friday followed the will of the voters who demanded more reasonably drawn legislative districts. The court’s landmark redistricting opinion thoughtfully defined the constitutional amendment approved in 2010 and invalidated new state Senate districts for clearly failing to meet those requirements. This is a victory for Floridians who want fair elections and a sound defeat for drawing maps that rig the outcomes and protect incumbents. http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/article1219285.ece

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Alex Villalobos: Florida served well by ruling on districts

By Alex VillalobosMarch 10, 2012   Fair and impartial administration of justice is a difficult and delicate balancing act — and it is one that I believe all seven members of the Florida Supreme Court perform admirably day in and day out. Floridians are well served when tough questions are met with thorough debate and analysis and decided based on each individual Justices careful consideration of what they believe to be mandated by our state … Continue reading

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Editorial: The new rules

The Florida Legislature has pretty much always undertaken its once-every-decade redistricting chore with two paramount objectives: To protect incumbents and to keep the ruling party in power. That was true when the Democrats ran the Legislature, and it is true now that the Republicans are in charge. But now there are a whole new set of rules in place, complements of Florida voters who approved two “Fair Districts” amendments to the state Constitution. http://www.gainesville.com/article/20120310/OPINION01/120309596/1109/sports?Title=Editorial-The-new-rules&tc=ar

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Statement on redistricting ruling from Democracy at Stake

Following is a statement issued by former Senator Alex Villalobos on behalf of Democracy at Stake:  “Fair and impartial administration of justice is a difficult and delicate balancing act.    And it is one that the seven members of the Florida Supreme Court perform admirably day in and day out.    “The politically charged debate over redistricting has focused public attention on a deliberative process that is business as usual for our state’s high court.  The … Continue reading

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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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State Supreme Court justices hearing oral arguments on Florida legislative redistricting maps

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The state Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments over redistricting maps the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature has drawn for itself. Read more here: http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/fa0a5036ae0c48c79ce9134fa5c534e2/FL–Florida-Redistricting/

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Redistricting is creating rifts in the state’s non-partisan high court

Several normally tepid procedural rulings have sparked a flurry of divided opinions as the Florida Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments over redistricting maps. By Mary Ellen Klas Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau TALLAHASSEE — As the Florida Supreme Court opens redistricting arguments Wednesday over the Legislature’s proposed redistricting maps, recent deliberations of the normally subdued court have signaled an internal feud over how to handle the issue. Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/02/28/2666325/redistricting-is-creating-rifts.html

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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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Redistricting fight moves from Capitol to state Supreme Court

TALLAHASSEE — Attorneys for opposing sides in Florida’s redistricting fight submitted briefs to the Florida Supreme Court on Friday, with each urging the high court to take drastically different approaches in reviewing maps that redraw the state’s political boundaries. Attorney General Pam Bondi, along with the lawyers for the Republican-led House and Senate, want the court to give deference to the Legislature, avoid getting into the facts behind the maps and sign off on the … Continue reading

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