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Lois Frankel

Florida House panel OKs congressional map despite criticism

Despite sharp criticism from a Florida congresswoman that it would disenfranchise black voters, the Florida House is moving ahead with a substantial overhaul of the state's 27 congressional districts. A House panel split largely along party lines on Thursday and approved a proposed map that would substantially alter the state's political landscape and which could lead to the defeat of several incumbents now in office. The Legislature is holding a rare August special session because the state Supreme Court ruled lawmakers violated the state constitution while drawing up the current districts. House Republicans in charge of the drawing of the new maps asserted that their proposal...