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Supreme Court considers changes to Florida’s political map

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A long-running legal battle over Florida’s political landscape wound up back before the state Supreme Court on Tuesday where several justices sounded skeptical about the changes proposed by the Republican-controlled Legislature. The hope is that the court will soon end three years of lawsuits, court hearings and special sessions by finally endorsing a new map for the state’s 27 congressional districts ahead of the pivotal 2016 elections. But that map could also find itself under legal attack by current members…

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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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Jack Latvala blasts proposed Senate maps in committee testimony

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After his testimony in front of the Senate panel on redistricting Friday, a lot of Alachua, Pasco, Sarasota and Volusia voters probably wish Clearwater Republican Jack Latvala was their senator, too. Latvala doesn’t sit on the Senate Reapportionment Committee and instead had to sign up to speak during the panel’s public comment time. During his nine minutes in front of the microphone, the senator from Pinellas County offered a stern rebuke of the map — all while committee chair Bill Galvano stared ahead with…

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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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