A prolonged battle over district maps between Florida lawmakers and the state Supreme Court came to an end earlier this year. Now a South Florida legislator wants to put independent citizens in charge of redistricting.
When Florida voters head to the polls on Tuesday and again in November, many will be voting in a new congressional district. Nick Evans and Kate Payne look at what redistricting means for one Tallahassee neighborhood.
A Republican candidate for Congressional District Two is focused on taking down terrorism, while a Democratic candidate wants to work across the aisle. The new Congressional District Two runs from Bay County down to Levy. It includes the southeast to central part of Leon County.
It appears likely Florida’s congressional elections will proceed with the map the state Supreme Court approved late last year. A three judge federal appeals panel rejected a challenge from Jacksonville Democrat Corinne Brown.
The Florida Supreme Court has released its opinion, upholding a congressional map drawn by a coalition of voting rights organizations. But while the justices may be looking for finality, there’s plenty of uncertainty ahead.
The bitter fight over Florida’s political boundaries has brought some legislative leaders to the conclusion the state needs a new system for drawing maps. But the independent commission that many on the left have spent years clamoring for isn’t a silver bullet.
In a big win for the League of Women Voters, Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis recommended their version of the state’s congressional borders to the Florida Supreme Court. The Justices asked him to review a number of different proposals and send them the most constitutional draft.
A series of court hearings began Thursday to determine which congressional map will go before the Supreme Court for approval. Up to this point, arguments have primarily focused on districts in North and Central Florida. But now the arguments center on two south Florida districts.
The Republican Party has committed an unforced error on the eve of two pivotal court hearings in Florida’s congressional district revision. A state lawmaker was caught on tape touting the importance of prisons in unseating a Democratic incumbent.
The mutual recriminations over Florida’s congressional borders are hardly finished echoing in the halls of the state Capitol. But a group of Florida lawmakers want to put an end to the argument—permanently.