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Activist dissects Florida's congressional redistricting process listen

06/02/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: Progress Florida, Mark Ferrulo, redistricting, Florida Legislature, fair districts

The hearing to determine whether or not lawmakers violated the 2010 Fair Districts amendment in Florida when they re-drew congressional districts in 2012 continues this week.

The state is being sued by some individuals and the League of Women Voters. They allege lawmakers intentionally drew district lines to favor incumbents or political parties. If a judge rules in favor of the plaintiffs, lawmakers could have to go back to the drawing board.

WMNF's Janelle Irwin spoke with Progress ...

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Expert witness testifies Florida Congressional maps are gerrymandered listen

05/27/14 AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: redistricting, Florida Legislature

A statistics professor testified Tuesday that new political maps drawn by Florida legislators have a significant partisan bias.

Professor Jonathan Katz was questioned on the stand by attorney Abha Khanna during the trial to determine whether legislators broke the law when drawing up new maps for Congress.

"All we really need to do is to follow that simple recipe that I gave you about how to draw an efficient partisan gerrymander. In fact all this technique is doing is allowing us ex po...

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Florida congressional redistricting trial uncovers deleted emails listen

05/20/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Will Weatherford, redistricting, Florida Legislature, Congress, fair districts

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Challenges to the Florida’s most recent redistricting process are continuing for a second day as questions regarding secret emails and closed door meetings come to light. Outgoing House Speaker Will Weatherford took the stand Tuesday afternoon arguing that the House followed all of the rules laid out in the 2010 Fair Districts amendments.

"We have a rule in the Florida House that says if you're working on draft legislation that that draft is not a public record until it is filed. It's so...

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Florida Supreme Court hears arguments on redistricting listen

05/09/13 AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Florida Supreme Court justices are weighing whether to end a lengthy legal battle over new political districts.

Thursday lawyers for the Republican-led Legislature asked the high court to throw out a lawsuit that says legislators violated strict new standards when they drew up new districts for the state Senate. The maps were adopted last year.

Raoul Cantero, a former Supreme Court justice hired by the Senate, contends that the Supreme Court has already upheld the map once and that the ...

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Last Call with Dan Gelber, former Florida State Senator, candidate for Attorney General

04/18/13 Patricia Kemp
Last Call Thursday
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Pat Kemp interviews Dan Gelber, the former Florida Senator that the Wall Street Journal called “Jeb Bush’s chief nemesis,” and who Jeb said “would make a very well qualified Governor. “

On the Last Call, Gelber talks about the challenge to redistricting in which Dan Gelber is representing plaintiffs challenging the way redistricting was implemented and which is scheduled for trial in August, 2013.

He also discusses the state of education in Florida -- "testing is not teach...

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Creating a new district for a Latino commisioner in Hillsborough County, and Kathy Castor in Cuba

04/04/13 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Victor DiMaio is with the Hillsborough County Hispanic Caucus. They're supporting a plan that Commissioner Les Miller is proposing - it would move one of the at-large districts in Hillsborough into a 5th single member district, which he thinks could be one that elects a Latino member. Latinos make up over a quarter of the county (26%), but aren't represented on the board.

DiMaio also discussed Congresswoman [Kathy Castor's trip](http://www.wmnf.org/news_stories/us-rep-kathy-castor-is-in-cu...

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Florida Supreme Court rules new Senate redistricting maps are "constitutionally valid"

04/27/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This morning the Florida Supreme Court ruled that the new state Senate redistricting maps are "constitutionally valid." Here's their decision:

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Occupy the Roads and a Demand for Sunshine in the Redrawing State Senate Districts

03/15/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. On the first part of today's program we'll have two guests. Janet Wilson has a website Occupy the Roads. She is traveling across the country in an RV visiting having visited more than 60 Occupy sites from the Seattle to SoCal to NYC to Florida.

Later we'll hear from Deirdre Macnab, president of the Florida League of Women Voters. Today the League of Women Voters of Florida, National Council of La Raz...

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Florida Democratic Party chair suggests redistricting plan for Congressional seats also in jeopardy listen

03/13/12 wire services including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Florida Supreme Court has given the Republican-controlled Legislature some very specific guidelines for redrawing state Senate districts when the lawmakers try again.

The Legislature convenes a 15-day special session tomorrow.

The 5-2 ruling upheld the entire 120 district House map but invalidated the Senate's map.

It also struck down the Senate's district renumbering scheme that would have let more incumbents serve 10 years instead of just eight before being term-limited out of ...

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Latino voters look to Department of Justice for fair representation in Hillsborough listen

12/21/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Hillsborough County Commission doesn’t have a Latino board member and some people want that to change. Minority leaders are now asking the Department of Justice to intervene.

Hillsborough County is required to redraw its voting districts every ten years. Some leaders of the Latino community submitted a map they thought fairly represented their group. But in June commissioners voted to ado...

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