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State House redistricting plans keep Sunshine Skyway-spanning district intact (Updated)

By | 12.06.11 | 1:06 pm

After months of public input and research, the Florida House’s redistricting committee today unveiled its first proposals for how to redraw the state’s congressional and state House district lines. At first glance, one detail stands out: The committee has chosen to maintain the controversial Tampa Bay district that spans the Sunshine Skyway bridge in order to group together the area’s minority voters.

Congressional candidate: ‘Senate Map Fails Equal Protection Test for 3rd District’

By | 12.02.11 | 2:08 pm

In a new email, District 3 candidate Mike Yost says that the state Senate’s proposal for Florida new congressional map fails to meet equal protection standards, specifically in the district for which he is campaigning. Even more, Yost writes that he is prepared to file suit should the Senate’s version be enacted into law.

Herald: Florida legislators ready to file casino bills this week

By | 10.17.11 | 10:45 am

According to The Miami Herald, state Rep. Erik Fresen, R-Miami, and state Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, are expected to file bills this week to allow resort casinos in Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

Yost on redistricting appeal: Brown ‘as predictable as they come’

By | 09.30.11 | 3:20 pm

In an email sent out to supporters this morning, Corrine Brown opponent Mike Yost lashes out at the Democratic congresswoman’s decision to continue her lawsuit against Fair Districts Amendment 6.

Florida House will continue to fight Fair Districts amendment in court

By | 09.30.11 | 8:26 am

Florida House Speaker Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park, told reporters yesterday that the House plans to join two members of Florida’s congressional delegation in appealing a judge’s decision to reject a lawsuit that sought to block one of Florida’s Fair Districts amendments from taking effect.

Progress Florida petition calls on House speaker to ‘drop’ legal action against Fair Districts

By | 09.28.11 | 11:49 am

Progress Florida has launched a new petition calling for Florida House Speaker Dean Cannon to “drop” his chamber’s participation in legal action targeting Amendment 6, one of the two popular Fair Districts measures passed by Florida voters last fall.

Judge throws out anti-Fair Districts lawsuit (Updated)

By | 09.09.11 | 12:02 pm

U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro this morning rejected the lawsuit challenging one of Florida’s “Fair Districts” amendments.

State Rep. Joseph Abruzzo, D-Wellington, looks over redistricting materials at a Tallahassee public hearing on the topic (Pic by Mark Foley)

First real test of anti-Fair Districts lawsuit comes tomorrow

By | 09.08.11 | 2:41 pm

The parties involved in the lawsuit to block one of Florida’s “Fair Districts” amendments from taking effect gather in a Miami courtroom at 10 a.m. tomorrow to present their arguments. At issue: Whether the U.S. Constitution forbids Florida voters from restricting how the state Legislature chooses to redraw congressional districts.

State lawmakers hear public testimony on redistricting in Sarasota (Pic by Cooper Levey-Baker)

Hundreds show up in Sarasota to talk redistricting, gerrymandering, ‘Fair Districts’

By | 08.30.11 | 9:25 pm

Hundreds of Sarasota and Manatee county residents turned out Tuesday evening for one of the state Legislature’s final public redistricting hearings. Many of the attendees criticized the Florida House for intervening in a lawsuit to stop one of…

Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Jacksonville (Pic by JAXPORT)

Congresswoman’s reelection bid unfolds amid intense debate over gerrymandering

By | 08.19.11 | 9:00 am

During a July redistricting hearing in Jacksonville, Fla., Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown called her district the “most popular” one in the country. Because of its size and shape, Brown’s district has taken center stage in Florida’s intense fight over gerrymandering.

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