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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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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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Senate committee supports bill to move up 2012 legislative session

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Florida’s Senate Reapportionment committee unanimously agreed Tuesday to support a bill (which I track with LobbyTools) by Sen. Joe Negron, to move up the start of the 2012 legislative session to accommodate the once-a-decade redistricting process. The reason to start the 60-day session in January rather than in March when the state lawmakers normally begin the session is to give state and federal officials time to review any changes made to the state and federal district lines, Negron said. “This…

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