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Gwen Graham “disappointed” by redistricting decision

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U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham said she is disappointed in Monday’s district to uphold redrawn U.S. House maps. Graham responded to news that a federal panel struck down objections to a 2015 redistricting decision filed by U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown who, like Graham, will now see radical changes to her congressional district. “I’m disappointed the Second Congressional District will be transformed from a fair, moderate district into two extreme partisan districts. Dividing Tallahassee hurts North Florida and our community,” said Graham. “Now that the…

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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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Matt Isbell: Looking at the Florida redistricting maps offered by the plaintiffs

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When Judge Terry Lewis convenes his redistricting trial later this month, there will be 7 different maps to examine — three from the Legislature and four from the plaintiffs. This article will cover some key differences in the maps being proposed. The specific focus is going to be on the maps submitted by the plaintiffs and how they compare to the Legislature’s proposals. Debate Between the House and Senate The differences between the House and Senate’s final maps are minimal.…

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The mother of all analyses of Florida’s proposed congressional ‘base’ maps

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The Florida Legislature released its base map heading into next week’s Special Session on redistricting. The map makes changes to 22 of the 27 districts. Some changes are small while others are very large. Many voters will find themselves in brand new districts if the base map becomes law. The map below shows areas that will change districts and those that will remain the same. As the map shows, many folks (those in the red) will find themselves in new…

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