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Matthew Isbell: New coalition maps, DLP’S amendment, Oliva’s plan, and where things currently stand in redistricting

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A good deal has happened with the ongoing redistricting saga during the past several days. The state Senate passed its proposed districts with a controversial amendment attached. The House redistricting committee passed their own amended version of the map, and the coalition plaintiffs now have put forward three proposals. We’ll now look over each development. Coalition maps Last week, the coalition plaintiffs, who are suing the state Legislature over its state Senate district lines, released its first proposal for the…

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Matthew Isbell: A deep dive into proposed Tampa Bay Senate maps

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One major point of contention during the first week of the Special Session to redraw the Florida Senate seats has been the Tampa Bay area. Many spectators expected the Florida Senate to abandon efforts to cross the Tampa Bay from Pinellas to Hillsborough County, which they did in two districts in 2012. You can see this in the map below. The 19th district was used to create an African-American seat in the Tampa Bay region. Meanwhile, the 22nd district combined…

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The ultimate guide to the six state Senate base maps

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On October 14th, just a few days before special session begins, the state legislature released six proposed base maps for its state Senate lines. Each map is different in some areas and similar in others.  From these six proposals the Legislature must try to come to an agreement on one final map; something they failed to do with the congressional districts during the summer. Due to the large number of changes across the six distinct maps, only one Senate district is…

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Matt Isbell: Looking at the Florida redistricting maps offered by the plaintiffs

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When Judge Terry Lewis convenes his redistricting trial later this month, there will be 7 different maps to examine — three from the Legislature and four from the plaintiffs. This article will cover some key differences in the maps being proposed. The specific focus is going to be on the maps submitted by the plaintiffs and how they compare to the Legislature’s proposals. Debate Between the House and Senate The differences between the House and Senate’s final maps are minimal.…

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The mother of all analyses of Florida’s proposed congressional ‘base’ maps

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The Florida Legislature released its base map heading into next week’s Special Session on redistricting. The map makes changes to 22 of the 27 districts. Some changes are small while others are very large. Many voters will find themselves in brand new districts if the base map becomes law. The map below shows areas that will change districts and those that will remain the same. As the map shows, many folks (those in the red) will find themselves in new…

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In wake of historic redistricting decision, here are maps! maps! maps! detailing the possible changes

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Florida’s Supreme Court delivered a bombshell yesterday, striking down 8 of the 27 congressional districts in Florida. The court ruled in a 5-2 decision that the Legislature drew the congressional boundaries with partisan intent. The Court ordered districts 5, 13, 14, 21, 22, 25, 26, and 27 be redrawn. The redrawing of these districts will not just affect those listed, but almost every surrounding district. There are many potential changes that can take place with the districts. Because of the…

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Family matters: Excitement builds for western Panhandle Senate primary

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Florida’s western Panhandle has not been exactly known as a hotbed of electoral campaigns during recent election cycles. The region stretching from Pensacola to Panama City is steadfastly Republican in registration and in electoral dominance. GOP primaries decide most fights in the region, and incumbency has ensured few contentious primaries outside of local offices. The region is made up of Congressional District 1, part of Congressional District 2, Senate District 1 and Senate District 2. Several State House districts dot the landscape,…

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