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Elections supervisors to court: Decide Senate redistricting by March 15, please

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Florida’s election supervisors are asking the courts to resolve the state Senate redistricting saga by March 15 to protect the “quality and integrity of the (voting) process.” The Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections filed its notice Wednesday with Circuit Judge George Reynolds, who is in the process of deciding how to redraw the state’s 40 senatorial districts. Reynolds, who sits in Tallahassee, held a trial on the matter last week. His recommendation goes to the Florida Supreme Court, which has…

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State Senate redistricting trial set to begin Monday

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Circuit Judge George Reynolds is scheduled to begin on Monday a five-day trial to determine the makeup of the state’s 40 senatorial districts. After listening to lawmakers, staff members, expert witnesses and other who will testify, Reynolds will have to pick one of five suggested maps submitted by the plaintiffs and the Legislature. One of those maps theoretically could break the GOP’s hold on the chamber, with redrawn districts that could result in a 50-50 split of Democrats and Republicans…

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Judge in redistricting case says he may just “pick a map”

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Mindful of time constraints, the judge in charge of the state Senate redistricting case said he’ll likely have to just pick one of the many proposed new maps rather than, say, combining elements of different ones. Circuit Judge George Reynolds held a pretrial hearing in the case on Tuesday, with trial set to begin 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 14. But Reynolds also brought up a point that sent chills through several reporters’ spines: What if he eventually finds that all…

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Senate redistricting plaintiffs come in with six new maps

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The plaintiffs in the state Senate redistricting litigation filed six versions of a redrawn district map late Wednesday night, according to an email from their spokeswoman. Despite previous directions against drawing districts that cross Tampa Bay in a congressional redistricting case, their plans include areas that ‘jump the Bay.’ The plaintiffs and the Legislature have now filed proposals for consideration by Circuit Judge George Reynolds, charged with coming up with the best plan to recommend to the state Supreme Court. They had a midnight deadline.…

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Judge holds to dates for state Senate redistricting trial

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Circuit Judge George Reynolds stuck to his guns Tuesday, saying that pre-trial conference and trial dates for a state Senate redistricting challenge were “carved in stone.” Reynolds held a brief case management conference at the Leon County Courthouse, reiterating that Dec. 1 and Dec. 10 would be reserved for pre-trial, with trial remaining on Dec. 14-18. As he sat on the bench, Reynolds asked the attorneys “what news” they had. Florida Senate attorney Raoul Cantero rose to say lawmakers had failed to agree…

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House panel clears Jose Oliva map for state Senate districts

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The House redistricting panel on Monday OK’d along party lines a map filed by its chair to redraw the state Senate districts. The Select Committee on Redistricting voted out the map that chair Jose Oliva, a Miami Lakes Republican, had said borrows from the plaintiffs’ proposal. The full House will next take up that map in its Tuesday floor session, scheduled for 3 p.m. But committee Democrats still complained about voting data used for map-making not being updated and about map-drawing…

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House files its own Senate district map

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State Rep. Jose Oliva, chairman of the House of Representatives redistricting panel, on Friday filed a plan to redraw the state Senate districts that he said borrows from the plaintiffs’ proposal. That map now will be considered as an amendment to the map sent over by the Senate on Wednesday. Oliva’s Select Committee on Redistricting meets noon to 4 p.m. Monday, the House website shows. State Sen. Bill Galvano, who leads redistricting efforts in that chamber, said his staff is reviewing the House…

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