Congressional Redistricting

The Florida Supreme Court.
Nick Evans / WFSU News

A bill aimed at clearing up confusion around redistricting court cases is ready for a vote on the Senate floor. But there are still concerns the plan challenges the independence of the judiciary.

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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.

Levy Park, neighborhood of the year.
Nick Evans

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.

Florida Supreme Court

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.

The Florida Senate
https://www.flsenate.gov/session/redistricting

Congressional redistricting is sending ripple effects across the state, including Leon County. Now local elections officials are educating voters about where the new lines fall.

The Florida Senate
https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Redistricting/MapStats

Congresswoman Corrine Brown is far out-raising her opponent former State Senator Al Lawson, in the Democratic race for Congressional District 5. But a local party leader says money isn’t everything.

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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.

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Four Republican hopefuls took to the debate stage Tuesday in the race for Florida’s 2nd Congressional District.

Congresswoman Gwen Graham says she'll file a bill to prevent government shutdowns.
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Federal court is considering a redistricting challenge launched by U.S. Representative Corrine Brown. The case’s outcome could impact Representative Gwen Graham’s decision to run for reelection. 

U.S. Courthouse Tallahassee, FL
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Friday, Florida’s district map will be back in court.  Congressional races are in full swing, but Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL) wants the new map thrown out.

Florida's Supreme Court has ruled on congressional maps.
Nick Evans

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.

Gillum Says No To Congressional Bid For Now

Dec 4, 2015
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According to an advisor of Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, some are calling for the mayor to run for Congress. But that may not be the case anytime soon.

The coalition map approved by the Florida Supreme Court Wednesday.
Florida Redistricting website

The Florida Supreme Court has signed off on a new Congressional district map. The court approved the new map in a 5-to-2 decision.

There are murmurs around the Capitol in support of a independent redistricting commission.  Would it fix reapportionment?
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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.

The Florida Supreme Court.
Nick Evans

Florida may have entered the home stretch in its multiyear effort to revise its congressional districts.  The case came before the state Supreme Court Tuesday for the second and likely last time.

The Florida Supreme Court is next up in the state's congressional redistricting case.
Nick Evans

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.

Senate mapmaker Jay Ferrin on the stand.
The Florida Channel

Florida’s congressional map is now in the hands of Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis.  Hearings concluded Monday in the long-running court case.

Judge Terry Lewis questioning Jason Poreda.
The Florida Channel

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.

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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.

Attorneys huddling ahead of Friday's hearing.
Nick Evans

The deadline for parties to submit their ideas for Florida’s congressional map will be Monday.

The so-called base map from the 2015 congressional redistricting special session.
FL Senate District Explorer

Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli extinguished any remaining flickers of hope that state lawmakers could come together and approve a congressional map ahead of a circuit court hearing.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) says it's time for Florida to have an independent redistricting commission.
Nick Evans

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.

Florida's Supreme Court is deliberating over how to proceed with the state's congressional map.
Nick Evans

Politicians and activists are taking the fight for Florida’s congressional borders to court.  Again.  The courts are weighing whether to take over or leave the next draft in the hands of lawmakers.

The unapproved "base map" from the Florida Legislature's third attempt at drawing constitutional congressional borders.
FL Senate District Explorer

Florida’s congressional redistricting melodrama moved to a courtroom Tuesday, but the path forward looks no clearer.

Florida's new congressional borders may be decided behind these walls.
Nick Evans

Florida’s congressional map remains in limbo after a two week special session.  That means the courts are next up to the plate.

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