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February 2016

Florida

A Trip Through History on the Florida Republicans who voted to keep a Confederate General Statue in the Capital

On February 23rd, the Florida House voted to remove a statue of Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith.   The vote was pushed by Democrats and African-American lawmakers as part of a growing movement in southern states to remove old symbols of the Confederacy.  The Senate passed the removal 33-7 and the House concurred 83-32.  The map below shows the House vote.  All no votes came from Republicans. Continue Reading

Florida, Municipal, Redistricting

Jefferson County Commission and School Board Districts Disenfranchise African-Americans

Jefferson County, Florida, a small Democratic-leaning county just to the east of Tallahassee, is currently being sued by the ACLU over its 5 single-member commission districts, which are used for both County Commission and School Board elections.  The suing parties say that the districts use prison gerrymandering to inflate the minority population of one district specifically, District 3.  The issue stems from Jefferson County Correctional Institution, a jail with over 1,100 inmates.   Prison populations are counted by the census for the location they are incarcerated in, not where they initially lived.   Continue Reading