Note: This blog's templates will be updated this afternoon to a responsive design bringing it in line with

At that time, we will also change to the Facebook commenting system. You will need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment.

« Scott keeps his promise on state pensions, PolitiFact Florida finds | Main | Video of Democrats getting booted from Gov. Rick Scott's budget event »

Feds clear Fair Districts changes

The U.S. Department of Justice sent word today that it saw no problems with the so-called Fair Districts constitutional amendments, which reduce lawmakers' power to draw voting districts.

The ruling doesn't stop a lawsuit aimed at blocking the state from implementing the voter-approved amendment. But it does cut the legs out of a Republican talking point that the changes, Amendments 5 and 6 on the 2010 ballot, could be harmful to minority districts: That's an issue the DOJ is required to consider because of a history of racial discrimination in the state.

Read the DOJ letter here.