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Lawmakers and Judge Turn to Supreme Court to Break Congressional Map Stalemate

| August 25, 2015

A Leon County judge will ask the Florida Supreme Court how to move forward with a redistricting lawsuit after the Legislature failed to draw new congressional lines in a special session that collapsed last week. Circuit Judge Terry Lewis told lawyers for the House and Senate at a conference Tuesday that he wants to hear […]

Lawmakers Can’t Get It Done: Redistricting Session Collapses, Leaving It Up to Courts

| August 21, 2015

The end of the session without agreement on the shape of Florida’s 27 congressional districts likely means the final decision will be made by the courts, though some lawmakers held out slim hopes for a resolution in the coming days that could avoid such an outcome.

House and Senate at Odds Over Congressional Map, But No Disagreement Over Flagler District

| August 20, 2015

The 6th Congressional District would be redrawn southward, losing most of St. Johns County and all of Putnam, and taking on all of Volusia and a segment of Lake, thus pushing the district more to the center than it’s been.

Clashing Again, Florida House and Senate Are on Collision Course Over Redistricting

| August 17, 2015

The House and Senate seemed unconcerned about whether they could reconcile their differences before the scheduled conclusion of the special session on Friday. They all but ruled out forming a joint House-Senate conference committee to hammer out a compromise.

House Committee Approves District Joining Flagler, Volusia, Drips of Lake and St. Johns

| August 13, 2015

The shift may be reflective of the weakness of the region’s legislative delegation: neither Sen. Travis Hutson nor Paul Renner, rookies both, has pull in his respective house, neither has bargaining chips to deal with.

New Congressional Maps Proposed in Face of Criticism, One Restoring Flagler’s Right Tilt

| August 12, 2015

Changes to a proposed map of Florida’s 27 congressional districts emerged Wednesday, a day before key hearings in the House and Senate about how to comply with a court order finding the current map violates the anti-gerrymandering “Fair Districts” requirements.

Sen. Travis Hutson Joins Chorus of Opposition to New Congressional Map, Objecting to Split

| August 12, 2015

Sen. Travis Hutson opposes changes to the congressional district that include Flagler because they would split St. Johns, Hutson’s base, while taking in all of Volusia.

GOP Opens Special Session With Complaints That Fair Districts Infringe on Free Speech

| August 10, 2015

Senators scolded the Florida Supreme Court for trampling on their First Amendment rights as lawmakers began a special session Monday aimed at redrawing congressional districts the court said were gerrymandered to help the Republican Party.

U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown Goes to Court
To Stop Her District From Heading West

| August 7, 2015

Brown is hoping to intervene in the lawsuit and get judges to order the Legislature not to reorient the district, which currently ambles from Jacksonville to Orlando.

Flagler’s Congressional District Would Lose Putnam and Most of St. Johns But Pick Up Volusia

| August 5, 2015

The change suggests that the district would tilt left somewhat, compared to its current makeup, which could favor Democrats. A special session of the Legislature will decide the final boundaries in accordance with a Supreme Court Order.

Supreme Court Declares Numerous Congressional Districts Corruptly Drawn, Forcing Another Special Session

| July 9, 2015

The court ruled the congressional map was corrupted by the efforts of Republican political consultants, violating an anti-gerrymandering constitutional amendment voters approved in 2010. The Legislature must draw new districts within 100 days.

Florida Legislature Tells Supreme Court That Fair District Amendment Is “Unenforceable”

| December 21, 2014

Lawyers for the Legislature told the Florida Supreme Court in a brief filed late Friday that part of a state ban on political gerrymandering violates the U.S. Constitution.

Florida Supreme Court Orders GOP Consultant to Release Redistricting Records

| November 13, 2014

The documents were requested by voting-rights organizations challenging the state’s congressional districts as Republican political consultant Pat Bainter refused to disclose them. Several media organizations also filed a “friend of the court” brief arguing for the documents’ release.

Weekly Roundup: Redistricting Fight Continues, Utility Customers Bilked Again, DCF’s Woes

| October 5, 2014

With Gov. Rick Scott, the entire Cabinet and many of the state’s 160 lawmakers out on the stump campaigning for re-election, the news about government in Florida has largely moved elsewhere.

Far From Over, Florida’s Redistricting Wrangles Now Focus on State Senate Boundaries

| September 8, 2014

The case on redistricting State Senate boundaries is continuing, and could eventually lead to new districts for the 40-member upper chamber, which, like the state House, is currently dominated by Republicans.

Flagler and St. Johns Untouched But District 6 Loses Much of Putnam in Redistricting

| August 12, 2014

Flagler County was unaffected, but District 6 had previously included most of Putnam County. It now includes only the southeastern quadrant of Putnam. The changes are not likely to change the ideological make-up of the district, which tilts Republican.

Judge Gives Legislature 2-Week Deadline to Redraw Districts, Upending Primary

| August 2, 2014

Circuit Judge Terry Lewis also the state and local elections supervisors to come up with a new voting schedule for any districts–likely to include Flagler’s–that lawmakers would have to redraw in the wake of his ruling last month that the current congressional map violates the Florida Constitution.

Judge Wary of Redrawing Area’s
Congressional Map Before November Election

| July 24, 2014

So far, the Legislature has declined to appeal Lewis’ ruling, and the state’s attorneys say lawmakers will redraw the map in time for the 2016 elections. But lawyers for the voting-rights groups and voters who sued to overturn the map under the Constitution’s anti-gerrymandering standards say that’s too late.

Judge Throws Out Two of Florida’s Redrawn Congressional Districts, Affecting Flagler

| July 11, 2014

District 5 wraps itself around much of the western flank of District 6, which includes all of Flagler County. If District 5 is re-drawn, it would likely affect District 6, which is currently represented by Republican Ron DeSantis.

Ordered to Unseal Secret Redistricting Papers, GOP Operative Seeks High Court Intervention

| May 29, 2014

Pat Bainter on Wednesday asked U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to issue an emergency stay blocking an order by the Florida Supreme Court less than 24 hours earlier that granted permission for the documents to be used in an ongoing trial challenging the constitutionality of the congressional map approved by the Florida Legislature in 2012.

Florida Supreme Court Green-Lights Trial Challenging Fairness of GOP Redistricting

| July 11, 2013

The 5-2 ruling, which fell along common ideological lines on the court, allows a coalition of voting-rights groups to continue trying to prove that the Senate maps drawn in 2012 violate the anti-gerrymandering “Fair Districts” standards added to the Florida Constitution two years earlier.

Bogus Democracy: How Dark Money Helped Republicans Hold the House and Hurt Voters

| December 23, 2012

A million more Americans voted for Democrats seeking election to the U.S. House of Representatives than Republicans. That advantage did not result in control of the chamber. Redistricting and secret money were key to the disparity.

In a Victory for State GOP, U.S. Justice Department and Florida Judge Approves Redistricting

| April 30, 2012

The approval from the federal government adds to the Florida Supreme Court’s approval of a Senate map on Friday, while a Leon County judge declined to set aside the state’s new congressional maps, saying opponents of the plans had not proven that the Legislature violated new anti-gerrymandering standards in the once-a-decade redistricting process.

Senate’s New Redistricting Map: Flagler District Whole Again, With St. Johns and Putnam

| March 17, 2012

The chairman of the Senate Reapportionment Committee unveiled a new proposal for legislative districts Saturday to answer criticisms from the Florida Supreme Court. The plan creates a much more cohesive district for Flagler.

Special Session of the Legislature Begins Wednesday to Fix Senate’s Gerrymandering

| March 11, 2012

Citing gerrymandering, the Florida Supreme Court threw out eight of the 40 Senate districts, including Flagler County’s District 6, along with the numbering system, which means that most districts have to be redrawn as a special session begins Wednesday.

Florida Redistricting War Changes Front,
From Legislature to Courtroom, as Suits Fly

| February 10, 2012

Within moments of the Senate approving the plan on a bipartisan, 32-5 margin, the Democratic Party announced that several voters working with the party had filed a lawsuit challenging the maps on the grounds that they violate the anti-gerrymandering Fair Districts amendments approved by voters last fall.

Big Opportunities, and Potential Losses, for Flagler Power in State and Federal Redistricting

| February 7, 2012

Between redistricting and term limits, Flagler County for the first time in years could have its biggest chances at direct representation in Tallahassee and Washington–depending on who runs. Some big names are counting themselves out.

House Close to Approving Redistricting Maps as Coalition Charges “One-Party State”

| January 30, 2012

The maps the House panels approved would change Flagler’s place in the congressional district, which would no longer include portions of Orange County, where John Mica is based. If Flagler loses Mica, it would mean losing Mica’s seniority and the benefits of his chairmanship of the powerful House Transportation Committee.

Florida Redistricting: More Transparent Than Fair

| January 20, 2012

Floridians truly have a meaningful voice in the actions taken by the Florida Senate? Paula Dockery, in her last term as a Republican Senator, thinks not, particularly when it comes to redistricting.

Florida House Releases Redistricting Lines Tuesday, Mapping Out Flagler’s Political Future

| December 5, 2011

The House of Representatives panel charged with redrawing the state’s political boundaries will unveil a slate of options for the state’s congressional and state House districts Tuesday, setting the stage for discussions that could affect the balance of power in Florida for a decade.



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