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Redistricting ruling: George Washington, appendages and detective work

Judge Terry Lewis took less than a month to write his opinion invalidating Florida's congressional map after receiving the final, written briefs from the parties but it is chock full of analysis, including some of his own detective work that led to him raise questions about the behavior of legislators and political operatives that we hadn't seen raised at trial.

Parts of it read as if he's piecing together a spy novel. (Lewis is, after all author of a few of those.)

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Hmmmm...

"Including some of his own detective work that led to him raise questions about the behavior of legislators and political operatives that we hadn't seen raised at trial."

1. Confirmation that Lewis is an activist judge
2. Political organizations like the LWV can submit, but political parties cannot (either directly or via proxy) - think it will raise first amendment issues (not speaking to the shadowy nature of how it happened)
3. Stop with the sensationalized headlines - it was two districts
4. Ruling likely contrary to minority access districts laws

MarvinM

I think an important outcome of properly redrawing even just those 2 districts, because of course that will change the districts around it, might be to change the sorry condition we have that about one third of our state legislature candidates ran this year unopposed.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/elections/one-third-of-florida-legislature-faces-no-opposition-at-polls/2185371

Most but not all were Republican, almost insuring no matter who gets voted into the Big Chair, Reps will most likely still be calling the shots.

I'd have run, but I live in Big Blue Broward County.

MarvinM

Oopsie, my bad on previous post. I was mixing my state elections with my federal elections but now I am wondering whether the judge looked at ALL the maps and said everything looked peachy except the two fed. rep districts (5 & 10) or did the LWV only bring suit against the fed. rep. map and none of the others?

I think I need to go do s'more reading ...

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