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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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What really is ‘fair districting?’

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As someone who has testified many times in Florida reapportionment cases, the voters of Florida and then the state Supreme Court got most everything wrong when it comes to “Fair Districts.” I have been hired numerous times by the state or national NAACP to testify about the legacy of voter discrimination in Florida. When you face hundreds of years of discrimination, the state has some obligation to right that wrong. If someone robbed your house, you would like to be…

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