5:36 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

League Of Women Voters: New Districts Don't Go Far Enough

League attorney David King arguing Wednesday.
Credit Nick Evans

The League of Women Voters is not impressed with the revised congressional map passed by the Florida Legislature just over a week ago.  The voting rights group argued against the changes Wednesday in court. 

League attorney David King says the Legislature’s redistricting effort did as little as possible to address the court’s order to fix the so-called “appendages” and the compactness of Districts 5 and 10 – something the judge says indicated an intent to favor the incumbent.  King says the Legislature didn’t do enough, especially in District 5.

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10:44 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Feathers Fly As Crist Opponents Crash Education Event

Crist's "Restore the Cuts" kickoff event brought supporters and opponents
Credit Nick Evans

Charlie Crist is touring the state in a school bus touting his stance on education. His kickoff event got hijacked by opponents on the right and the left.

Charlie Crist is attacking Gov. Rick Scott’s record on education, notably targeting budget cuts of more than $1 billion under Scott’s watch.  Crist says this policy has crippled Florida’s schools.

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6:11 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Voting Rights Groups Prepare To Fight Florida's Districts In Court – Again

The League says congressional districts passed Monday don't do enough.
Credit Florida Senate

Florida’s Legislature may have approved new congressional districts Monday, but critics say the question is far from settled.  The League of Women Voters claims the revision does not address the issues that sent the old map to court in the first place.

After Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis ordered Florida lawmakers to redraw the congressional district map, the Florida League of Women Voters was ecstatic.  But League President Deirdre McNabb says the Legislature’s special session was a farce.

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7:00 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Special Session Concludes After Three Days

Lawmakers passed new congressional borders Monday along mostly party lines.
Credit Jenn Greiving via Wikimedia Commons

Florida’s Republican-controlled Legislature has passed new congressional maps largely along party lines.    If Gov. Rick Scott approves them, the new districts will then return to the court where the originals were found unconstitutional.

In just three days, Florida’s special legislative session has come to an end. The Legislature voted Monday to revise the state’s congressional map; the new borders will change seven of the state’s districts.  Leon County circuit judge Terry Lewis ruled two of the previous districts unconstitutional. 

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5:49 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Everything Old Is New Again: Little Changed Congressional Map Passes First Hurdle

Before and After: The image on the left depicts congressional district 5 before the proposed changes. The small yellow circles indicate the changes in Marion county.
Credit Select Committee on Redistricting

Less than 24 hours into Florida’s special legislative session, revised congressional district maps are heading to the floor.   But the proposed changes don’t look very different from the recently invalidated map.

The committees charged with proposing new congressional districts to the Florida Legislature passed their first drafts today.  But the revisions focus on tweaking at the edges rather than creating broad changes.  Legislative analyst Jason Poreda describes one of the changes that will have little effect on voting.

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