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5 Florida pols screwed by the redistricting ruling

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In a decision that could signal the end of Republican domination of the Florida Legislature, a circuit judge last week approved a new map for 40 state Senate districts. Judge George Reynolds‘ ruling rejected boundaries for Senate districts drawn up by a top Republican. Reynolds instead signed off on a map drawn by a coalition of voting rights groups that could shift control away from the GOP. Reynolds’ ruling cannot come as a surprise to anyone who has paid a sliver…

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Judge approves new map for state Senate districts

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A Florida circuit judge has approved a new map for the state’s 40 Senate districts that could shift control away from Republicans. Judge George Reynolds on Wednesday rejected boundaries for the Florida Senate drawn by Sen. Bill Galvano. Instead, Reynolds sided with a map drawn by a coalition of voting rights groups, including the League of Women Voters of Florida, who contend the current districts violate the state constitution. “We’re confident these are better maps than the previously gerrymandered maps,”…

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House, Senate seek to bridge differences on Senate districts

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The Florida House and Senate are trying to work out their differences on political boundaries for state Senate districts. The Senate decided Wednesday to go to conference with the House after the two chambers approved different maps for the 40 Senate districts. During a meeting Wednesday night, Senate Chair Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, brought up concerns raised during Wednesday’s Senate session about how the House-approved map has certain districts drawn in Lake, Duval and Miami-Dade counties. After brief discussions, Galvano and…

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Florida Senate will pay legal bills for 19 senators

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Florida Senate President Andy Gardiner is telling state senators that taxpayers will pay their legal bills as part of an ongoing lawsuit over state senate districts. The top lawyer in the Senate this month told 19 senators that Gardiner has approved a $5,000 stipend for them to hire their own attorneys. The groups challenging state senate districts in April subpoenaed records from both Republican and Democratic senators. The trial over the senate districts is scheduled for September. The groups contend…

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