Re-Draw the Lines- by The Laughing Stock, Florida's Musically Twisted Political Cabaret

08/11/2014
One of the things that will dominate the 2012 Florida Legislative Session is re-districting. Assigned to oversee that Herculean task is Niceville Senator, Don Gaetz. He's been upbeat about it in public but in private, he seems to be harboring a few misgivings. It's not red, white or blue for him. This year, he's the man in black. read more »

Lawmakers grapple with Fla. redistricting

08/05/2014
Florida legislators have been called into a special session to deal with a judge's ruling that they must redraw districts, a decision that could throw this fall's elections into chaos.

A judge ordered lawmakers last Friday to redraw the districts of Reps. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) and Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) before Aug. 15, though it's unclear whether they and any others that are altered near them could be redrawn for the 2014 elections, or whether there would be a special election at some point for them. read more »

Legislative Leaders Officially Call Special Session for Redistricting

08/04/2014
On Monday, Florida Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, and Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, officially called a special session to redraw congressional districts after a Leon County circuit judge ruled their previous efforts failed to pass constitutional muster. read more »

Florida Legislature's Rocket Redistricting Plan

08/04/2014
TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Legislature is preparing a quick-fix this week to remedy its gerrymandered congressional map which would shed the "finger-like appendages" from two Orlando-area districts that a judge found improperly favored Republicans.

And the GOP-led Legislature is also preparing to fight any attempt to move the primary and general election dates, a move which could plunge election officials into a legal quagmire over thousands of already cast absentee ballots. read more »

Florida Legislature plans quick fix for districts

08/04/2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—The Republican-controlled Florida Legislature laid out plans Monday to move ahead quickly and make minimal changes to congressional districts declared illegal by a state judge.

Florida legislators will hold a nine-day special session starting on Thursday to redraw the state's 27 congressional districts. Circuit Judge Terry Lewis had given legislators until Aug. 15 to draw up a new map that may be used for a special election later this year. read more »

Florida Legislature to meet Thursday to pass new map

08/04/2014
TALLAHASSEE | Confronted with a judge's ruling to swiftly redraw the state's congressional districts, Florida's House speaker disclosed extraordinary plans late Sunday to convene a rare summer special session to devise a new map.

The speaker, Will Weatherford, sent out an email to legislators advising that they will hold a special session starting Thursday to address the "limited concerns" raised by a Florida judge over the state's current congressional boundaries. The special session is expected to last up to a week.... read more »

Legislature being called back to Tallahassee in emergency session

08/04/2014
In a move one lawmaker is calling unprecedented, the Florida Legislature is being called back to Tallahassee Thursday to deal with drawing new congressional district maps.

The week-long special session was confirmed earlier Sunday evening by Sen.Jack Latvala.

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Legislature will resume map-drawing on Thursday

08/04/2014
TALLAHASSEE—After a court found its congressional map unconstitutional, the Florida Legislature will return for a special session Thursday to try to re-design a compliant plan for voters and avert a delay in this fall's elections.

House Speaker Will Weatherford said Sunday night that lawmakers would prefer to address Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis's "limited concerns" quickly rather than appealing the decision and risking further disruption to an already uncertain election calendar. read more »