TALLAHASSEE — The Legislature and the League of Women Voters squared off Thursday before the Florida Supreme Court over the behind-the-scenes politics that led to the 2012 remapping of legislative districts by Republican lawmakers.
The Legislature argues that the Supreme Court should assert its "sole and exclusive jurisdiction" over redistricting and direct a lower court to dismiss a lawsuit by the League of Women Voters. That lawsuit challenges the validity of the House and Senate maps the Supreme Court blessed last year. read more »
Redistricting battle returns to Florida Supreme Court
Editorial: Email exchanges raise questions about Republican leaders and Florida's congressional redistricting
The musical chairs played out last year in the campaigns for Congress in South Florida and the Treasure Coast largely were in response to newly drawn state voting districts. Emails released this month raise questions about the openness and transparency of the process used in creating those districts. read more »
Florida Redistricting Scandal Proves Democracy Cannot be Trusted to Politicians
It appears that there is now clear evidence of what everyone who followed the once-in-a-decade state legislative redistricting process already knew: despite a new constitutional amendment forbidding legislators from basing boundaries on political calculations, that is exactly what they did. What's more, the audaciously brazen manner in which they disregarded the will of their constituents demonstrates a complete disregard for the democratic process that must be meaningfully corrected. read more »