Districts Drawn By Voting-Rights Groups Go To Supreme CourtIn a ruling that could reshape the state's political landscape, a Leon County judge recommended Friday that the Florida Supreme Court adopt congressional districts proposed by a coalition of voting-rights groups.
House Map-Drawers Defend Congressional DistrictsLegislative aides who drew a map of congressional districts backed by the state House defended the plan in court Thursday, even as they conceded that other alternatives might also be good maps or have positive qualities.
'Fair Districts' Supporters Consulted Democrats On MapsAfter successfully arguing that a congressional map drawn by the Legislature impermissibly favored Republicans, voting-rights groups and voters have offered four sets of proposed districts that were discussed with Democratic-leaning consultants, according to court papers filed Tuesday.
Justices Send Redistricting Battle To Lower CourtAfter lawmakers failed last month to agree on a congressional redistricting plan, the Florida Supreme Court on Friday sent the issue back to a circuit judge who will try to piece together a map that meets constitutional requirements.
Senate Unveils Last-Ditch Congressional MapA key state senator floated a last-ditch effort Thursday to strike a compromise with the House on new congressional districts, while voting-rights groups that challenged the current congressional map called for the Florida Supreme Court to take over the process.
Documents Show Private Discussions In Senate RedistrictingSenate leaders crafting new districts for the chamber in 2012 held confidential meetings to discuss maps with lawmakers before the maps were made public, while at the same time boasting about "the most open and transparent redistricting process in Florida's history," according to court documents.
Voting-Rights Groups Slam Proposed South Florida DistrictA pair of voting-rights groups whose lawsuit led to the state's current congressional districts being struck down by the Florida Supreme Court say that a new proposal appears to be tilted to favor a Republican congressman in South Florida.
Amendments To Redistricting Plan RevealedAmendments to a proposed map of Florida's congressional districts were revealed Wednesday, just a day before hearings in the House and Senate on the matter.
New Congressional Districts Taking FireMembers of Congress along with some Florida lawmakers blasted the first draft of a new set of Florida congressional districts.
Senators Raise Objections As Special Session StartsSenators scolded the Florida Supreme Court for trampling on their First Amendment rights as lawmakers began a special session Monday aimed at redrawing congressional districts the court said were gerrymandered to help the Republican Party.
New Congressional Map Sets Stage For Special SessionThe Florida Legislature released a new congressional map that could alter the futures of the state's U.S. House delegation.
Voting-Rights Groups Want Districts Drawn In PublicTwo voting-rights organizations that led the legal battle against congressional districts later found to be unconstitutional called Monday for a new map to be drawn in public --- a demand swiftly rejected by legislative leaders.
Redistricting Hearings Requested, Turned DownFacing political uncertainty after a Supreme Court ruling, 15 U.S. House members sent a letter this week to Florida legislative leaders calling for redistricting hearings across the state.
Supreme Court Strikes Down Congressional DistrictsA bitterly divided Florida Supreme Court threw out eight congressional districts Thursday in a long-awaited ruling, ordering the Legislature to redraw the lines within the next 100 days.
In Shadows Of Redistricting Ruling, Senate Case LoomsAmid the congressional redistricting lawsuit and its possible effect on elections, there is a similar fight over the state Senate's map.