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December 2015

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Florida, Redistricting

‘Twas the Night Before the Redistricting Trial…

‘Twas the night before trial, and all through the house,

Not a creature was stirring, save the click of my mouse;

The maps were all mounted by the desk with care,

In hopes that an end of the redistricting saga would soon be there;

The analysts were nestled all snug in their beds,

While visions of convex hull scores danced in their heads; Continue Reading

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Congressional, Elections, Florida, Redistricting

The New Florida 5th: There’s a feeling I get as I look to the West

Now that Florida’s Supreme Court has signed off on a Congressional map, the voters of Florida can finally know what districts they live in.  For voters in North Florida, this means dramatic changes to their current political situation.  Many voters west of Walton County will find themselves either in a safe Republican seat that stretches from Bay to Marion, the Florida 2nd; or a safe Democratic seat that goes from Gadsden to Jacksonville, the Florida 5th.  The new 5th district is designed to be an African-American district, replacing the Jacksonville to Orlando configuration of the past. Continue Reading

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Elections, Florida, Redistricting

Florida Redistricting: The Process is Broken and it is Time for a Change

If you were waiting for more evidence that an independent or bipartisan redistricting commission is needed in Florida, the last several months have proved it.  Florida continues to have no finalized Congressional or State Senate maps, leaving local election officials hamstrung as they gear up for a Presidential Primary just around the corner.  The Congressional Maps were just approved by the Supreme Court last week, however, a federal lawsuit from some parties may be brewing.  Meanwhile the trial on the Senate maps has yet to even begin.   Continue Reading