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Tampa and Largo voters fed up at state redistricting hearings listen

08/30/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Hundreds of people turned out for two hearings held locally on the topic of redistricting. Many in the audience were angry as they confronted a panel of about 40 state legislators in Tampa Monday night. And on Tuesday in Largo was another hearing which gave Floridians a chance to speak out about upcoming changes in voting district lines. While politicians came out to hear fresh ideas, they mostly got a hearty helping of voter anger. In Tampa, Boris Vateri said Democratic member of Congress Ka...

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Three new maps considered for Hillsborough School Board member redistricting listen

08/29/11 Atecia Robinson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A summer-long series of redistricting public hearings across Florida concludes this week. Lawmakers will redraw districts for Congressional and state legislative districts.

Redistricting is also happening in Hillsborough County Schools, where they are redrawing lines for School Board member districts. There's a public meeting last Thursday at Riverview High School.

After each census Hillsborough Co...

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In Tarpon Springs, activists criticize redistricting process during meeting with House Redistricting Committee Chair Peter Nehr listen

08/26/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Next year Florida will redraw its political boundary lines, and last night Tarpon Springs residents voiced their opinions about the process at a public meeting. Republican State Representative Peter Nehr gave his constituents a chance to learn more about how their district lines could change.

Every 10 years, the US takes a census of the population, and the...

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Florida redistricting committee gets an earful from Pasco County residents listen

07/27/11 Sarah Curran
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Lawmakers are holding a series of meetings across Florida to establish what residents hope to see as Legislative and Congressional districts are-re-drawn early next year. One Pasco County resident called last night’s redistricting meeting in Wesley Chapel a dog and pony show. State legislators from Bradenton to Miami-Dade County heard an earful from residents like J Porter, who said Pasco County can’t be overlooked any longer.

“During the growth boom Pasco was the 2nd fastest growin...

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Callers weigh in on Florida's redistricting process

07/27/11 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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This week there were two redistricting hearings in WMNF's listening area. On Monday in Lakeland and on Tuesday in Wesley Chapel. Last Call listeners had their say about the hearings and the redistricting process.

You can find out more about redistricting and try your hand at dra...

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Florida redistricting committee hits Lakeland; Wesley Chapel is next listen

07/26/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A group of state legislators charged with mapping out Florida’s voting districts is facing criticism and praise as they make their way across the state. A public hearing in Polk County drew out voters of every stripe to weigh in on the state’s politically-charged redistricting process.

More than one hundred people attended the hearing at Polk State College’s Lakeland campus, and dozens addressed the redistricting committee directly. Some praise...

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Live report from redistricting meeting in Lakeland listen

07/25/11 Seán Kinane and Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Every ten years, based on the latest census data, states re-draw Congressional and Legislative districts. Meetings are going on around Florida between citizens and state Legislators to hash out the redistricting process. An additional element this time around is the pair of so-called Fair Districts amendments passed by voters last November. Today, the Florida Redistricting Public Meeting is in Lakeland, and WMNF’s Kate Bradshaw is there live.

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Bipartisanship on both sides of Florida's redistricting process listen

05/18/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Progressives may not be happy with many of the outcomes of the 2010 midterm elections, but many see the two Fair Districts amendments voters adopted as a victory. But Not everyone is happy that they passed, and there’s even a bipartisan effort to challenge the law, which changes the way legislative districts are drawn.

Some say Florida voters overwhelmingly elected Republicans to the state legislature because the GOP’s election year strategy bro...

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Fair Districts Florida amendments 5 and 6 seek to stop gerrymandering listen

10/21/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Florida voters are deciding on two proposed amendments to the state Constitution that establish new rules for redistricting. Some say the current system is unfair and point to the statistics: over the last six years, only three incumbents have been defeated out of more than 420 races for the Florida Legislature. But opponents say minorities could lose seats.

If passed, Amendments 5 and 6 would establish more guidelines for the Legislature to follow when districts are realigned. They call ...

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Will the Fair Districts Amendments improve representation for Florida's citizens?

10/12/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Every 10 years, after the U.S. Census count, lawmakers in Tallahassee battle over how Florida's legislative and congressional districts should be redrawn.

But before districts are redrawn, there’s an effort to take the politics out of redistricting.

Two proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution on the Nov. 2 ballot would set new standards for how the districts are sketched. Amendment 5 deals with legislative districts, while Amendment 6 addresses U.S. congressional districts. L...

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