Florida GOP "Made a Mockery" of Fair Redistricting Amendments, Judge Rules

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Trouble in Tallahassee.
"Gerrymandering" is a big, strange word, but in Florida it describes a simple enough problem: The state's legislative districts are so artificially drawn that one of the nation's most purple electorates has a lockstep Republican state house that will never face a serious challenge. Four years ago, voters backed change. More than 60 percent, in fact, passed the two "Fair Districts" amendments, which demanded that districts not be politically drawn.

Take a wild guess how that played out when legislators drew up a new voting map. Actually, just take it from Florida Judge Terry P. Lewis, who threw out the maps last night and blistered the state GOP for "making a mockery" of the voters demands.

In his scathing opinion, Lewis says that the state GOP mounted a "secret, organized campaign" to draw up congressional districts in a "shadow redistricting process" with just one aim: ensuring a Republican statehouse.

"Republican political consultants or operatives did, in fact, conspire to manipulate and influence the redistricting process," Lewis writes in his 41-page opinion.

That's exactly what voters demanded an end to with the two Fair Districts amendments, which required un-politicized districting in both state and congressional seats. They both passed in 2010 despite the Republican Party spending more than $2.6 million to try to sink the initiative at the polls.

When the GOP met in 2012 and essentially did what they've always done -- creating unnatural, gerrymandered districts -- the League of Women Voters sued.

Lewis' ruling is a major victory for the challengers. He ruled that at minimum two districts would have to be redrawn -- Republican Rep. Daniel Webster's 10th District and Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown's Fifth District. That move would have ripple effects on a number of other seats as well.

Lewis' ruling is likely to be appealed and could end up being decided by the Florida Supreme Court.

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sugapea5
sugapea5

What's with today's Republicans? 

The GOP are doing this all over our nation...very strange!

The Pubs can't seem to win without breaking the Law and Totally Cheating. 

Watch-out for 2016!

Who wants that kind of Leadership running/ruining America?

labman57
labman57

The two most powerful players in the GOP's strategic planning for state and national elections continue to be ... Gerry Mander and Jim Crow II.

Eddie Salgado
Eddie Salgado

And the democrats had the Panther Party in voting booths, plus the targeting of conservatives in the IRS, which is federal and not just at state levels.

Alex Rivas
Alex Rivas

Both parties from every state do this. This is nothing new. Move on...

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

.........................what the real solution is would be to have a third and maybe four and fifth party alternative this way it's not always just a choice between COKE and PEPSI (i mean KOCH brothers and PUSSY liberals)

Deborah Bolden
Deborah Bolden

"Win by cheating". That should be the motto for the republican party

Carlos Rosario
Carlos Rosario

Really, I didn't know that, in Florida I can't believe that happing here

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

Really?

And the Dems didn't do the same thing.....if not worse with their racist "Black" districts?

Phillip Morris
Phillip Morris

And people still believe that one party is better than the other.lol

Andrew Foster
Andrew Foster

That's the only way republicans can win, by Gerrymandering.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

.................yawn............the good olde boyz of the KKK have taken off their sheets long ago, and now carry around brief cases and attache bags, BUT they still rule FLORIDA = period = yesterday today and tomorrow

esco1782
esco1782

I wish I was more informed about this but this is the reason why they can get away with it. They understand it while the majority of is toil I. Our everyday lives we don't care

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

@frankd4 

You do realize that the KKK was started and run by Democrats don't ya?

 

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

...............actually KKK was started and run by the WHITE SUPREMACIST mentality which IF you extrapolate from its true origin is federalist republican but AMISH WASPs and LUTHERANs are ALL ELIGIBLE based on their GENETICs

party theory is quite simple - NO BLACKs - no matter the political "label"

hitler was a card carrying member of the German Workers Party a theoretical socialist nationalist organization

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