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'Fair Districts' approved for ballot

The liberal-leaning Fair Districts initiative that would diminish the Legislature's power to draw political districts will be on the 2010 ballot, according to the Florida Division of Elections, which gathered the requisite 676,811 signatures to get the measure before voters.

The selling point of the initiative: The state is largely Democratic, yet the Legislature is largely Republican due to crafty legislative line-drawing. Republican retort: We have better candidates. Etc.

Future Senate President Mike Haridopolos is holding hearings and is seeking some way to scuttle or defeat the proposed constitutional amendment, which needs 60 percent voter approval to pass.