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Ex-Miami mayor to lead Fair Districts campaign

Former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, fresh off a stint teaching at Harvard University, has been tapped to lead a campaign aimed at altering Florida's method of redistricting.

FairDistrictsFlorida.org, whose membership includes former Gov. Bob Graham and former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, is sponsoring a pair of legislative items to prohibit politicians from designing districts to favor themselves or their parties. The measures would also require that districts be compact and community based, and protect minority voting rights.

The campaign faces strong opposition from the Republican party, which argues the moves are calculated by Democrats to win back seats in the House and Senate. The public will vote the plan up or down Nov. 2.

Diaz, the campaign spokesperson, will help create campaign strategy and focus on fundraising. "Without these critical reforms, state politicians will continue to draw district lines that put their interests ahead of the people of Florida,'' said Diaz.

Diaz is a former Democrat who is currently not registered with either major party.

-- CHARLES RABIN  

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Bryan

Hmmmm. Is this campaign just being run by Democrats? I guess Fair Districts is nothing more than a Democrat power grab. Its funny redistricting wasnt broken until Democrats didnt get to draw the lines anymore.

whasup

Yep. But don't worry, it's being funded almost entirely by trial lawyers. Go figure.

David Young

I think Lawyers are suppose to fight for fairness. Whasup, when you need one of us--we will be there for you. REMEMBER THAT!

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