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15 members of Florida U.S. House delegation ask Legislature to hold hearings on redistricting

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More than half of Florida’s 27 members of the U.S. House of Representatives called on leaders in the state Legislature to “conduct redistricting hearings across our great state” in a letter dated Thursday. In a missive addressed to Senate President Andy Gardiner and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, the bipartisan group of congressmen — including Democratic Senate candidate Alan Grayson and DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz as well as Republican U.S. Reps. Carlos Curbelo and Ileana Ros Lehtinen — particularly stressed the impact that the forthcoming changes to district boundaries…

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The irony of how redistricting has resurrected Charlie Crist

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While thinning files last week, I came across one labeled “Crist” and wondered whether to dump it. After successive losses for the U.S. Senate and for governor again, hadn’t Charlie reached the end of the line? No, I thought, something will happen to bring him back. The next day, something did. It was the Florida Supreme Court’s dramatic decision to order major changes in eight of Florida’s gerrymandered congressional districts. Among them are the 13th, lying exclusively within Pinellas County,…

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Email insights: Nothing speaks louder than success for the LWVF and redistricting

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Nothing speaks louder than success, and few things are more favorable to a group than a “total victory.” Celebrating its success is the League of Women Voters of Florida, which is reveling over Thursday’s ruling by the Florida Supreme Court that took a red pen to the state’s congressional maps. It was —  in the words of the LWVF — no less than a “Victory for Democracy.” It capped a long-running dispute going as far back as the Florida Fair Districts amendment battle in…

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Senate committee supports bill to move up 2012 legislative session

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Florida’s Senate Reapportionment committee unanimously agreed Tuesday to support a bill (which I track with LobbyTools) by Sen. Joe Negron, to move up the start of the 2012 legislative session to accommodate the once-a-decade redistricting process. The reason to start the 60-day session in January rather than in March when the state lawmakers normally begin the session is to give state and federal officials time to review any changes made to the state and federal district lines, Negron said. “This…

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