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House lawyer: Congressional districts don’t need to be perfect

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The outside lawyer for the Florida House of Representatives argued in a legal brief against a set of suggested congressional district boundaries in part by saying there’s no legal requirement “to create the ‘best’ possible districts.” George Meros, a Tallahassee attorney who also represented then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush in the 2000 presidential recount, says the court “should adopt the House Map.” Briefs were filed in advance for Tuesday afternoon’s oral arguments before the Florida Supreme Court in the congressional redistricting challenge. Meros’ brief criticizes…

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Whoops: Rosh Hashanah means no maps in redistricting case

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A Jewish holiday is causing a delay in the filing of replacement maps in the ongoing congressional redistricting court challenge. Last week, Circuit Judge Terry Lewis gave parties in the suit until Monday to turn in their proposed versions of how to draw boundary lines for Florida’s 27 congressional districts. But Monday also is Rosh Hashanah, which began at sundown Sunday. Plaintiffs’ spokeswoman Lisa Hall reminded reporters covering the case in an email: “For those anticipating court filings today in the redistricting case — since today is a holiday observed…

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