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GOP use of strawmen to submit redistricting maps focus of unsealed testimony

Lawyers challenging the legality of Florida's congressional districts focused on the use of "strawmen" to submit proposed maps when they questioned GOP political consultant Pat Bainter about the Legislature's 2012 redistricting process, according to testimony in the case unsealed Tuesday.

The lawyers for groups challenging the redrawn congressional districts stressed the fact that third parties were recruited to submit maps drawn by GOP political consultants like Data Targeting, Bainter's company. read more »

Redistricting records GOP-led process was an illusion

TALLAHASSEE - Long before the first public maps were released, critics say Florida Republican political operatives were creating an illusion of non-partisanship over the once-a-decade redistricting process witha wink and a nudge toward their collaborators in the Legislature.

That illusion was outed Tuesday when the Florida Supreme Court released thousands of pages of emails, testimony and sealed court records related to the GOP political consulting firm Data Targeting, which was at the center of the two-year legal fight over lawmakers' attempts to implement anti-gerrymandering reforms passed by voters. read more »

Florida Supreme Court unseals documents on districts

TALLAHASSEE - The extent that Republican consultants went to influence Florida's redrawing of congressional and legislative districts was placed into public view on Tuesday by the Florida Supreme Court.

The high court officially unsealed hundreds of pages of emails and documents, as well as court testimony that had been given behind closed doors by one consultant from Gainesville. read more »