Posts Tagged ‘ Fair Districts ’

2012 Redistricting Hearings: What Concerned Floridians Should Know

July 23, 2011
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I. The Legislature’s timeline for drawing districts is unfair to Florida voters. QUESTION:  Why won’t the Legislature prepare the maps earlier, debate them in the Fall and pass them during the first week of session? THE PROBLEM:  Legislators plan to wait to finalize district maps until at least the end of session in March, 2012. By law, the courts and the Department of Justice have more than 90 days after passage to review the maps. Under the present timeline, it is highly unlikely that districts will be finally approved before the June 8, 2012 deadline for candidates to file...

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Aug. 17: Florida Redistricting Public Hearings: Tell Your Story!

July 16, 2011
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In the summer of 2011, lawmakers from across the state will begin the critical process of taking public input regarding the redrawing of Florida’s political boundary lines. This historic occurrence happens only once every ten years. Its impact shapes how Florida’s diverse communities are represented in Tallahassee and Washington, D.C. for the next decade. Look for opportunities to participate in public meetings on redistricting by visiting www.floridaredistricting.org today! Redistricting hearings in Miami will be held on Wednesday August 17th. There are two hearings taking place that day in Miami: one on MDC Wolfson Campus and the other is at...

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Thurston Getting the Redistricting Back-Bench Treatment

April 27, 2011
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SunSentinel.com/Florida Politics blog/April 26, 2011: http://weblogs.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/dcblog/2011/04/thurston_getting_the_redistric.html  By Aaron Deslatte April 26, 2011 06:06 PM TALLAHASSEE — State Rep. Perry Thurston, the House Democrats’ incoming leader, was at another redistricting committee meeting Tuesday morning and wants everyone to get used to seeing him there. That said, House Speaker Dean Cannon made it clear to him last week he won’t get appointed to the influential panel. Ever. Thurston, D-Plantation, went public this week about how Cannon had tried to get him to deliver 12 to 15 votes from his caucus for the House speaker’s judicial reform bill, and suggested “the budget...

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Rick Scott Secretly Attempts to Halt Fair Districting

January 28, 2011
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This past November, 3.1 million Floridians voted to amend the Florida Constitution to include new non-partisan redistricting standards, also known as Fair Districts, which requires that legislative districts do not favor or disfavor an incumbent or political party, nor deny racial or language minorities the equal opportunity to participate in the political process. However, The Miami Herald and the Orlando Sentinel are both reporting that Gov. Rick Scott instructed the Department of State to ask the federal government to halt its approval of these amendments. Federal approval of our state’s elections law affecting minority voting rights is required under...

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House Republicans Go On Record Against Fairness

January 24, 2011
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NEWS FROM THE FLORIDA DEMOCRATIC PARTY, For Immediate Release: January 24, 2011, Contact: Eric Jotkoff, (850) 222-3411    Chairman Smith: House Republicans Go On Record Against Fairness Florida Democratic Party Chairman Rod Smith released the following statement reacting to House Speaker Dean Cannon and the House Republicans move to intervene in the lawsuits against the Fair Districts Constitutional amendments:   “Today, Speaker Dean Cannon and House Republicans went on the record opposing fairness as they seek to overturn the will of the people, who enshrined in Florida’s Constitution standards of fairness for the redistricting process.   “With over one million Floridians...

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Young Dems August General Meeting

September 1, 2010
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Young Dems August General Meeting

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MDYD Fair Districts House Party

August 25, 2010
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MDYD Fair Districts House Party

The Miami-Dade Young Democrats joined together for a House Party in support of Fair Districts Amendments 5 & 6 on Saturday, August 28th, to share information about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fix a broken system. For more information, please visit www.fairdistrictsflorida.org.   

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