Skip to comments.A Florida Judge Just Voided the State’s Congressional Districts. Here’s What You Need to Know
Posted on 07/12/2014 2:06:48 AM PDT by nickcarraway
Last night a circuit court judge in Florida voided the state's congressional map, citing a "secret, organized campaign" by Republican operatives that "made a mockery of the Legislature's transparent and open process of redistricting." The ruling concluded that District 5, held by Democrat Corrine Brown, and District 10, held by Republican Dan Webster, will need to be redrawn. From a purely practical standpoint, this means redrawing any surrounding districts as well, and possibly many of the state's 27 districts overall. "If one or more districts do not meet constitutional muster, then the entire act is unconstitutional," Judge Terry Lewis wrote.
The ruling is something of a barn-burner, and well worth a read. Lewis opens it up with a quote from George Washington warning of "cunning, ambitious and unprincipled men" who will "subvert the power of the people" and "usurp for themselves the reins of government." Below, three big takeaways.
1. Half-measures won't solve the gerrymandering problem
In 2010, Florida voters attempted to fix the issue of partisan gerrymandering by passing two amendments to the Florida Constitution that became known as the Fair District amendments. The amendments limit -- but do not eliminate -- the state legislature's discretion in drawing district boundaries, by forbidding districts drawn "with the intent to favor or disfavor a political party or incumbent."
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More DemoCrip schemes?
More than likely.
a hot one for you to ping out
Corrine Brown is the real mockery here.
Do we get Allen Wes back?
Should we feel outraged since the Fl GOP either helped or did nothing as Col Allen West was redistricted into a Dem district and lost as a result??!!
Oh hey same thought!
Feminazi welfare queen
Not at all. The whole redistricting process and boundaries were subverted by the Democrats and the Republicrats, or GOPe.
Two top tea party members, Allen West and Sandy Adams, that I know of were redistricted out of their seats because the GOPe wanted them gone. They also kept much of Brown’s district alone as well.
I was subscribed to the State’s redistricting site and everything seemed to be going well on true districts and then at the final draft everything went upside down and they rushed it through. I remember at the time that it looked like the Democrats took over the whole deal even though they were heavily in the minority.
This could very well have been the first salvo fired in the tea party vs. GOPe fight we are seeing exploding now. The GOPe of Charlie Crist and Jeb Bush mind you.
What are the odds this results in a net gain for the right?
I want Feminazi Corrinne Brown-turd gone
I’d like to see some judge finally order all lines to be made along actual countylines, and just dump this three-year-old kid line-drawing stuff. A district ought to consist of five lines maximum. This sixty-four line drawing stuff is totally bogus.
Reading the entire article, the writer’s assumptions are all upside down as well, especially on the analysis. It seems to me this writer wants Brown gone which shows she is even an embarrassment to him as well.
It is a very interesting read but the liberal bias of this reporter has him shooting off his feet in the process. He makes some typical assumptions that it was those Wascally Wepublicans who dreamed up this redistricting only because they are Republicans and still has to get a grasp on what the GOPe really is. But his biases will never let that shred of light enter into his pea-brain.
The bottom line is that we do need to have a do-over now that the GOPe persecution of conservatives and tea party inspired voters is in full view. Seems the Haley Barbour arrogance will cut off the rest of his nose to spite his face.
Allen West’s district was essentially taken away from him by essentially making him compete with another incumbent for the area he held for two years. Same thing happened to Sandy Adams, who would have been a star just as Trey Gowdy is now. She was fearless and very direct in committee hearings. She ended up being pitted against John Mica who is a long time incumbent as well.
For Florida, this has huge implications and i see no way they can have a redo before the mid-terms unless they fall back on one of the drafts that was far more logical. One thing for sure, it is going to royally screw up the GOPe, especially since so many other conservatives were voted into both houses of the Legislature in 2012. Maybe this whole GOPe debacle goes right along with trying to keep as many liberals around seeing the tidal wave coming from the Tea Party minded electorate at the time in 2011.
Such a district is a mockery. They always have been, always will be. It is shameful when the dems do it, shameful when the gop does it.
If I was the judge, I would tell these pieces of puke that if i don’t like the next map they bring, i will waffle-stamp the state, and they can only adjust lines on the grid to get the proper population. So each district will be a rectangle except for coastlines.
They would still try to weasel that as well. I hate politicians!
Yup. But they're getting so obvious and stupid that even DemoCrips are feeling embarrassed.
That’s (FL-5) a Voting Rights Act district in order to assure a Black Democrat wins the seat. It’s required by federal law.
“I’m shocked, shocked to find out gambling is going on at Rick’s”
You mean to tell me the party in charge organizes congressional districts to seek political advantage?
Why is it that Dems seem to always be able to get Voting ID statutes retrained so they don’t apply in an upcoming election but we couldn’t get THIS decision restrained so it doesn’t apply in the upcoming election?
Districts should be drawn based on geographical proximity and population clusters. A computer can do it in a few minutes.
There is no federal law that requires a black democrat is assured a seat.
Remember...the GOP In Florida redistricted Allen West into a more Democrat district...and cost him re-election.
Also....District 10...Orlando area rep Dan Webster....is mostly Hispanic and liberal. FL GOP redistricting made it easy for Alan Grayson to win back a House seat in another Orlando area district (formerly conservative one)
This court ruling may actually help conservatives in long run...as the GOPe in FL tried so hard to eliminate conservative districts
Corrine Brown is so crooked...she gets Nigerians to SEND HER money...no kidding
Lets see if we can get away with this
Now, if only we could get some judges who think that way to make a ruling on ObamaCare...
I’m surprised that the writer doesn’t drag out the fact that Judge Lewis was involved in the Bush-Gore recount.
Well, Rep. West wouldn’t toe the GOP party line! Don’t know about Adams and Webster.
Good points all. Districts should be legally defined to be encapsulated by straight lines, not squiggles. That would put a stop to a lot of this crap. Maybe. Politicians are really only clever when it comes to their survival, unfortunately.
NOW we find out its unconstitutional! You would think that someone would have figured this out 200 years ago.
Does this apply to the US as a whole, or are we just fixing republican Florida? Thought so...
Get rid of districts and go with counties. Takes gerrymandering out of the picture. Also from an electoral voting process it creates firewalls which prevent wide spread voter fraud.
As an example, let’s say Cuyahoga county get 125% of the people voting. Now that extra 25% can make a difference in a general election. If you go with a county system, with each county getting 1 point for being won and the most points in the state getting the electoral votes, two things happen.
1- who cares if Cuyahoga county gets 500% of the electorate? The firewall is put up which will give the winning candidate 1 point towards getting the states electoral votes.
2- All of this voter ID and picture ID is taken off the table because if you want to cheat, you only get 1 point.
It is apparent that he is aiding and abetting a misdirection campaign, a Democrat specialty, to accuse the opposition of what he knows full well his fellow travelers are themselves guilty of ten times over.
Same sh!t, different decade.
We live in that little thin squiggle that looks like an appendix between duval county and orange park. I so much want out of Corrine Browns District so anything that moves that boundry away from me suits me just fine.
On the plus side, maybe we’ll be removed from her district!
Laws made by judges and via executive orders.
Who needs a legislature elected by the people at large, representing their interests?
Oh, wait, Article I Section I.
That monstrosity must have an R of well over 300.
The judge should be removed from office, along with the rest of the Demagogic party members.
If the districts are out, what does this mean for the August primary? Cluster Flop in the batting circle.
Yep! One of Lawton’s boys! FSU grad to boot! And, now this decision? Three strikes!
Your proposal makes sense - except it still gives too much leeway to these pukes. They have proven, with this one district, that they are not to be trusted, and need to be SEVERELY restricted in what they can do.
Maybe give them a ratio of 16 - and let them sweat trying to make it work.
With your idea, there would have to be a coastline/natural boundary adjustment.
Also, Lewis overturned a 1999 law requiring that parents of minors be notified 48 hours before their daughters have an abortion."
Voting Rights Act. Check it out.
“In Miller v. Johnson (1995), the Court explained that a redistricting plan is constitutionally suspect if the jurisdiction used race as the “predominant factor” in determining how to draw district lines. For race to “predominate”, the jurisdiction must prioritize racial considerations over traditional redistricting principles, which include “compactness, contiguity, [and] respect for political subdivisions or communities defined by actual shared interests.”
This says the opposite of what you claim.
The original act stated that a state could not redistrict in such a way as to dilute a community’s vote. Nowhere does it say that there must be a safe minority district.
Exactly what do you think these districts are for ? They’re explicitly drawn for the purposes of electing a Black (or Hispanic, in some cases) member. Any attempt to substantially dilute or break up said districts is forbidden (as per the VRA, Justice Department, et al). Several states, including Florida, must have the maps submitted to Justice in order to assure they meet said requirements.
I’m not entirely clear on what you’re specifically arguing here. In the case of Corrine Brown’s seat, the FL legislature can’t simply “undraw” it. I thoroughly disagree with the so-called “fair districts” initiative, since it interferes with the right of the FL legislature to be able to exercise its duty to draw a partisan map that benefits the majority (as it is already partially hamstrung by the VRA/Justice requirements to draw the aforementioned Black (Dem) districts).
The Feds shouldn’t even have a say in approving/disapproving lines, unless there’s a gross violation of the number of individuals residing from one district to another (i.e. 500,000 in District A, 800,000 in District B, 400,000 in District C, etc). I personally oppose the VRA, since it explicitly favors the voting rights of one racial group at the expense of another. I live in a legislative district under the VRA, and as a non-Black Conservative, I have no representation whatsoever, and my vote is worthless.
I stated that there is no federal law requiring a safe district for - i.e. guaranteeing a win by - a minority.
There is no such law. This district in Florida violates the act, and specifically violates the ruling I mentioned.
Yes,not only can Florida undraw it -they must, according to the law.
That district was not drawn to assure the election of a black person, it was drawn to include as many blacks as possible in one district, thereby diluting their influence in other districts...which is expressly against the law.
This is shoddy, underhanded, despicable politics at its worst. This was drawn up by a rotten sack of scum buckets.
Your opinion of the duty of the legislature is skewed, and clearly displays what’s wrong in all this.
It is NOT their duty to draw districts to benefit the majority. It is their duty to draw reasonable, cohesive, and logical districts - they have misused that responsibility to benefit the majority.