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Legislature gives final approval to redistricting maps; Democrats file suit

By | 02.10.12 | 8:01 am

The Florida Senate passed redrawn congressional, state House and state Senate district maps Thursday. The congressional map will now head to Gov. Rick Scott’s desk, while the legislative maps will be reviewed by the Florida Supreme Court.

Democratic chair: New redistricting proposals ‘worsen’ Florida’s ‘malapportioned’ map

By | 11.28.11 | 5:38 pm

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Florida Democratic Party chairman Rod Smith is already blasting the state Senate’s proposals for how to redraw Florida’s congressional and state Senate districts.

Florida Democratic Party chairman Rod Smith, with 2010 gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink (Pic via Facebook)

Six in the Morning: A six-pack of infobits you might have missed

By | 08.16.11 | 8:18 am

Republicans are calling out state Democratic Party chair Rod Smith for having voted for the congressional and legislative district maps he now derides as among the most “malapportioned” in the country. Plus: five more important items!

2012 Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman (Pic by calon)

Jon Huntsman, Florida candidate?

By | 06.22.11 | 1:10 pm

After announcing his candidacy from New Jersy, former Utah governor and ambassador to China Jon Huntsman is coming to Florida tomorrow, where he will announce the opening of his national campaign headquarters in Orlando (tour details after the jump).

State Rep. Joe Gibbons, D-Pembroke Park (Pic by Mark Foley)

Democratic legislators move to defend ‘Fair Districts’ amendment in court

By | 03.02.11 | 11:31 am

In a motion filed yesterday, state Sen. Arthenia Joyner and state Reps. Janet Cruz, Luis Garcia, Joe Gibbons and Perry Thurston (all Democrats) have asked to join the lawsuit challenging Amendment 6 — one of the two “Fair Districts” amendments that limit the legislature’s power to gerrymander districts — in order to defend it.

The congressional district of Rep. Allen West, R-Fort Lauderdale (Pic via

Cook: ‘Fair Districts’ amendments make Florida more competitive for Democrats

By | 02.14.11 | 10:34 am

Veteran political analyst Charlie Cook surveys redistricting across the country, and sees large potential gains for Democrats in Florida’s congressional delegation with the implementation of the “Fair Districts” amendments.

Florida Democratic Party chairman Rod Smith, with 2010 gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink (Pic via Facebook)

Democrats blast GOP leaders for intervention in suit targeting ‘Fair Districts’

By | 01.24.11 | 5:09 pm

Florida Democrats are sharply criticizing Republican state House leaders after a report by The Florida Independent this morning revealed that the House is moving to assist in a lawsuit seeking the removal of one of the state’s two popular anti-gerrymandering amendments.

Florida Democratic Party chairman Rod Smith, with 2010 gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink (Pic via Facebook)

Democrats’ new chair plans to turn party’s fortunes in ‘the most malapportioned state in the South’

By | 01.11.11 | 4:53 pm

Newly elected Florida Democratic Party chairman Rod Smith outlined some unsurprising priorities for his party’s shrunken state House delegation Tuesday: rebuilding the party infrastructure at the local level, making sure Florida breaks for Barack Obama in 2012 and keeping Bill Nelson as Florida’s senior senator.

Gillum backs out of running for Florida Democratic Party chair, throws support behind Smith

By | 12.02.10 | 4:34 pm

Only 10 days after announcing his intention to become the next chairman of the Florida Democratic Party, Tallahassee City Commissioner Andrew Gillum is taking himself out of the race and backing Gainesville attorney Rod Smith, who this morning had clinched…

Tallahassee commissioner Gillum enters race for Democratic Party chair

By | 11.23.10 | 7:44 pm

31 year-old Tallahassee City Commissioner Andrew Gillum announced Monday that he is seeking to replace outgoing Florida Democratic Party chairwoman Karen Thurman, who decided to step down from the post earlier this month just days after her party suffered major defeats at the polls.

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