FLORIDA | FL-26 | FL-10

Redistricting Hearing Begins

The hearing is three days long.

Sept. 25, 2015, 10:23 a.m.

“Allegations were flying in a Tallahassee courtroom Thursday as a three-day hearing into the latest congressional redistricting map began with lawyers for the Republican-led Legislature accusing challengers of drawing maps ‘in the dark,’” Rep. Dan Webster (R-10) “tried and failed to ‘get a seat at the table’ and three black communities in Miami-Dade County emerged as ground zero for differences over the final map.”

“Although Republicans have been united in their defense of their maps until now, the arguments before the court revealed a broadening divide between Republicans in the two chambers — and a harbinger of the fight ahead over the redrawing of the Senate map in October. The House argues that its map, drawn by three Republican legislative staffers as a base for the discussion, is the purer one and devoid of any partisan intent.”

“The Senate argues that the map was 'a starting point' and was in need of improvements. It also raised questions about the base map cutting up Sarasota County without any direction from the Supreme Court and suggested that its proposal was the purer alternative.” (Tampa Bay Times)

“The lead map-drawer for the Florida House told a Leon County Circuit Court on Thursday that he did not know that they were moving black communities out of” Rep. Carlos Curbelo's (R-26) “district when they were drawing the Legislature's base map.” (Tampa Bay Times)

Leon County Circuit judge Terry Lewis "told lawyers he may opt to recommend a ‘combination' of all of the maps when he rules sometime in October." (SaintPetersBlog)

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