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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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Tomorrow Night a Forum On Fair Districts

09/29/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tomorrow night (9/30; 6PM) at the University Area Community Development Center 914013 N 22nd St. Tampa) there will be a forum on proposed Amendments 5 and 6 to the Florida Constitution. The amendments are designed to take some of the politics out of the process of drawing congressional and legislative districts. The sponsors of the event include the Hillsborough chapter of the NAACP, the League of Women Voters, Democracia and the Florida Consumer Action Network. We're joined now by Mike Phenn...

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Redistricting workshop held in East Tampa listen

02/25/10 Rob Piccirillo
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Last night, the Hillsborough County Planning Commission held a public workshop on City Council redistricting in East Tampa. The purpose of the workshop was to give citizens the opportunity to analyze five newly proposed re-drawn city districts and engage public opinion.

Like so many other cities, Tampa’s population is ever-changing. People move in. Neighborhoods grow. People move out, leading to less people in a given area. This is why, under Florida Law, districts must be redrawn ...

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The Politics Of Drawing Congressional And Legislative Districts

07/28/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Welcome to WMNF’s Radioactivity program. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll hear from the leader of an effort to take the politics out of drawing legislative and Congressional districts here in Florida. But first one listener comment about last Thursday’s program on which we talked about the Canadian health insurance system and whether it should be a model for American health care insurance.

A group called Fair Districts Florida is leading a bi-partisan...

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