redistricting

The Florida Senate
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A Republican lawmaker is trying to speed up legal challenges against the state’s redistricting process. The measure comes after a marathon of contentious court cases.

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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.

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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.

Jefferson County's map drafter Kurt Spitzer answering questions about one of the draft maps.
Nick Evans

Embattled Democratic Congresswoman Corinne Brown is holding her breath that a panel of federal judges will agree to throw out the newest iteration of Florida’s congressional map.  Recent rulings may not be helping her cause.

Nick Evans

The Florida Supreme Court has rejected a bid for attorney’s fees in the state’s long running redistricting case. 

Jefferson County Courthouse
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The Jefferson County Commission appears ready to revise its municipal borders rather than appeal a federal court ruling.  For the first time, a judge has ruled against a municipality including prisoners in its local districts.

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.

The final version of new Senate districts.
The Florida Senate

Florida’s senate borders are finalized but Tuesday legislative attorneys met to randomly assign them district numbers.  Those numbers—even or odd—will determine how long the next batch of senators can hold their seats.

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The Florida Senate will have district maps largely based on recommendations from a coalition of voting rights groups. Leon Circuit Judge George Reynolds has rejected a redrawn plan submitted by state lawmakers as part of a long-running redistricting case.

The Florida Senate.
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The question of what to do with Florida’s Senate map is now in a judge’s hands.  Arguments wrapped up Thursday in an ongoing dispute over district boundaries.

The Senate map is now in the hands of Circuit Judge George Reynolds.
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Arguments are wrapped up Thursday in the court case over the Senate’s district map.  The central issue has been minority access districts. 

The Senate redistricting trail moved into its second day.
Nick Evans

The second day in court hearings over Florida’s Senate map dug into the details of demographic performance.  The sides are still battling over what’s necessary for minority districts to perform.

The courts are weighing which Senate map is best.
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Arguments are underway in the Florida Senate’s redistricting case.  The Senate and a voting rights coalition are squaring off before a Leon County Circuit Judge.

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.

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.

Sen. Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton) found himself under siege Thursday as he attempted to gain passage for a new Senate map.
The Florida Channel

Senators from across the state revolted Thursday after leadership pitched a district map drawn in the house.  This is the second time this year the state Legislature has ended a special session without agreeing on a map.

Nick Evans

  The Florida Legislature has yet again failed to reach an agreement on a key political map.  Now the question of how to draw the state’s 40 Senate districts heads to court.

Rep. Jose Oliva (R-Hialeah)
The Florida Channel

The Florida House passed its own version of a Senate district map Tuesday.  Now the map heads back to the Senate for approval or the chambers will have to work out a compromise.

Rep. Jose Oliva (R-Hialeah)
The Florida Channel

House lawmakers approved a series of changes Monday for the Senate’s districting plan.  The new draft borrows ideas from the Legislature’s opponents.

The Florida Senate took its first step toward a new map this week, but lawmakers likely still have a long way to go.
Nick Evans

The tension was just too much in the halls of Florida’s Senate.  Relations finally ruptured this week, with lawmakers taking the floor to bash one another over past sins and misdeeds.  But they did get their map.  Now the only question is whether they can gain approval in the House and in the courts.

The Florida Channel

The Senate voted Wednesday to approve a new set of district lines.  But that narrow passage points to an ongoing feud that has marked the process from the very beginning.

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