Bill Day’s take on redistricting, the GOP and Data Targeting

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Bill Day’s newest editorial cartoon weighs in on the trial over whether Florida legislators broke the law by using a “shadow” process during the 2012 redrawing of new Congressional maps that were held behind closed doors.

On the eighth day of the trial, Circuit Judge Terry Lewis closed the courtroom. Originally, Lewis said he would not close the courtroom during the legal challenge by the League of Women Voters, Common Cause and a group of voters to the process of drawing Florida’s congressional districts.

However, Terry was given little choice once the Florida Supreme Court ruled that as many as 538 pages of data — such as emails and maps — could not be revealed in open court. Court acted after an appeals court had blocked the use of the evidence completely.

Lawyers for Data Targeting, the political consulting firm based in Gainesville, argued that the documents are “trade secrets” and that revealing the documents would be a violation of First Amendment rights.

Here is Day’s latest:

Bill Day May 29

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