As the Florida Senate's full redistricting committee prepares to give its stamp of approval to its Senate and Congressional reapportionment maps today, Senate Democratic Leader Nan Rich has offered up two options for them to consider, one for each map. See the Herald/Times analysis of the maps here.
Surprise: each of Rich's proposals reduce the Democratic packing in the Senate and Congressional seats proposed by Republicans, designs more competitive Republican seats, and create more Democrat-leaning districts. Download Senate_compare
Let's start with the Senate, since this map may be the closest to completion after today. The House subcommittee on Monday already rubber stamped the first proposed Senate drawn by Republican leaders and there is no indication they're prepared to tamper with it. The only question now is how many votes will the Senate map get from Democrats. Sen. Gwen Margolis, D-Miami, told the Herald/Times she likes the GOP-drawn map. She and six of the other Democrats on the committee voted for the GOP's proposal, but that was before Rich proposed the alternative.