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Oscar Braynon wants Senate to get head start on remedial redistricting

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Sen. Oscar Braynon penned a letter to Senate redistricting guru Jay Ferrin late last week requesting the creation of a redrawn Senate map similar to the congressional “base map” the Legislature used as a lodestar during Special Session B. Braynon said he hopes a proactive approach will avoid the time crunch that exacerbated lawmakers’ inability to come to an agreement on a plan to revise the eight U.S. House districts invalidated by the Florida Supreme Court in July. The Miami Gardens Democrat also expressed…

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Don’t go roping Will Weatherford into the Florida Senate’s mess, Andy Gardiner

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Thursday was a another wild day in the Florida Capitol, and particularly for the Senate, which seemed for a moment to have adopted a “not one damn” comma approach to its tweaks to the congressional “base map” drawn by staff earlier this month. Hours before, a story by the Miami Herald’s Mary Ellen Klas again stoked the fires of senatorial map-making malpractice. The article detailed new depositions and court documents related to the shadow redistricting process undertaken by the chamber, complete with inappropriate communications between…

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Report: Shadow process plagued Florida Senate redistricting

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Recently filed documents in Leon County Court as part of an ongoing legal challenge to the process unveiled a legislative underworld of lobbyists and consultants colluding with GOP lawmakers to help preserve the GOP’s 26-14 advantage and to protect incumbents. As recently reported by Mary Ellen Klas in the Miami Herald, and previous to the documents’ release, in Politico before that, the Senate’s redistricting process was mired in staged testimony, inappropriate communications between outside consultants and Senate staff, and supposedly neutral maps…

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