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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.

Strings, Arts Openings, Christmas Parade and More Uniform Follies: This Week in Flagler

| December 4, 2011

A busy week of fun and follies all around. The fun: the Flagler Youth Orchestra’s Christmas concert, Palm Coast’s Christmas parade and new arts show openings. The follies: Another uniform forum, and the Florida House releases its redistricting maps.

County and School Board Agree to New District Lines That Mostly Affect Politicians

| September 21, 2011

The decennial redistricting exercise by the Flagler County Commission and School Board was virtually free of controversy and affects voters almost not at all–unlike legislative and congressional redistricting yet to come.

Judge Throws Out Challenge to Fair District Amendment, Panicking Motley Incumbents

| September 9, 2011

Federal District Judge Ursula Ungaro rejected the argument that the anti-gerrymandering amendment allows voters to meddle in legislative redistricting. Weird alliances between incumbent Democrats and Republicans have formed to keep fighting the voter-approved amendment.

Florida GOP’s Vague Redistricting Schedule Playing Havoc With Election-Year Politics

| August 23, 2011

Critics of the Legislature’s timeline say mass chaos could follow if lawmakers don’t approve maps soon enough to give the attorney general and the Supreme Court enough time to review the plans well in advance of the June 18 opening date for qualifying.

Flagler School Board and County Commission Narrow Redistricting Options to Three

| August 17, 2011

The Flagler School Board and the Flagler County Commission took less than an hour in a joint meeting Tuesday to eliminate three of six redistricting options. The public weighs in next, at two hearings in September. See all plans.

Election Primer: Amendments 5 and 6 Pit Power Against Voters in Redistricting

| October 13, 2010

Florida’s proposed Amendments 5 and 6 would diminish the power of incumbents and legislative majorities to pick their own voters when they draw up voting districts every 10 years.

Gerrymandering

| December 6, 2009

Gerrymandering’s origins had plenty to do with the wily efforts of Elbridge Gerry, governor of Massachusetts in 1812, whose redistricting scheme ensured that Democrats would clobber Federalists in elections.

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