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Senate submits proposed redistricting map

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In the ongoing saga over state Senate redistricting, everything old is new again. The state Senate on Wednesday disclosed its proposed fix for its gerrymandered districts, a mash-up of two previous maps: One was passed by the Senate, another was drawn but not voted on in the recent Special Session. Because lawmakers couldn’t agree, it’s now up to Circuit Judge George Reynolds to recommend a map to the Florida Supreme Court for adoption. A trial is set for the week of Dec. 14.…

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Maps come in for congressional redistricting challenge

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Circuit Judge Terry Lewis will have at least seven proposed maps to sort out as he determines the best way to fix Florida’s congressional district boundaries. As of Tuesday, those maps include the House’s original “base map,” unchanged since last month’s Special Session, and two from the Senate, one of which puts the southern flank of eastern Hillsborough County back into the 16th Congressional District, now held by Republican U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan. Still others, including those submitted by the League of Women…

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Bill Day’s latest: Will Florida’s redistricting monster survive?

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On Tuesday, the Republican-controlled Florida House approved a “base map” of new congressional districts by a 76-35 vote – setting the stage for yet another battle royale with the Senate. For their part, senators can expect to vote this week on a version of the map that appears vastly different from the House proposal. And so it goes in the Florida Legislature, as documented by political cartoonist Bill Day. The Florida Supreme Court ordered lawmakers back to work after finding…

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Florida politicians react to today’s redistricting ruling

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Florida’s Supreme Court threw out the state’s congressional map on Thursday, in a ruling that found lawmakers illegally gerrymandered political districts. Justices then ordered the Republican-led Legislature to redraw eight congressional districts, with two that expect to be heavily contested in 2016. Incumbents directly affected by the ruling are Democratic Reps. Corrine Brown, Kathy Castor, Ted Deutch, and Lois Frankel, as well as Republican Reps. David Jolly, Mario Diaz-Balart, Carlos Curbelo, and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. At least 14 more will be…

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