| Aug 25, 2014
| 9:00 PM
All offices nonpartisan
My primary absentee ballot was restricted to judicial, school board and municipal offices. Those important public offices directly affect citizens. Nonetheless, I would also have preferred to vote for my choice for all offices,...
| Aug 22, 2014
| 2:38 PM
Elections, redistricting, lawsuits over redistricting, and judge's orders about redistricting theoretically are all about voters. But the people most immediately impacted by Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis's decision to not redraw Central Florida'...
| Aug 22, 2014
| 12:06 PM
UPdate 5:35 p.m. 4/22/14: Webster's office notes taht the legal defense fund becomes irrelevent now that Judge Terry Lewis has decided to not change the district boundaries until 2016.
While Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis considered how to rework...
| Aug 20, 2014
| 11:59 AM
As Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis decides the fate of virtually all the Congressional districts in Central Florida, some of the area's Democratic state lawmakers gathered in Kissimmee and Orlando to decry the possibility that Hispanics may lose...
| Aug 20, 2014
| 9:48 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- The authors and critics of Florida's re-drawn congressional map were back in a courtroom Wednesday haggling over the same seat that sparked their two year legal fight: the African-American-leaning district of Rep. Corrine Brown, D-...
| Aug 15, 2014
| 9:34 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner told a judge Friday that the state couldn't organize special elections to fill seven newly drawn congressional seats until March 2015 at the earliest.
But even that schedule "in all likelihood...
| Aug 18, 2014
| 9:57 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- The voting-rights groups that sued to block Florida's congressional maps in 2012 are once again arguing lawmakers thwarted the will of the people.
The League of Women Voters, Common Cause, and other plaintiffs in the ongoing legal...
| Aug 13, 2014
| 1:25 PM
TALLAHASSEE -- The groups that successfully sued to have Florida's congressional districts invalidated by a court are pledging to keep the legal fight going until lawmakers craft a radically different plan.
The Legislature on Monday passed a new version...
| Aug 7, 2014
| 9:02 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- Lawmakers released a re-drawn congressional map Thursday which would shift the contours of seven U.S. House districts spread throughout Central Florida.
On the first day of a court-ordered special session, House Speaker Will Weatherford,...
| Aug 11, 2014
| 1:45 PM
TALLAHASSEE -- Under court-order to redraw a partisan-tainted congressional map, the Florida Legislature passed a new plan Monday that tweaks seven seats in the hope of avoiding election chaos later this month.
Lawmakers were forced to re-draw the...
| Jul 11, 2014
| 1:16 PM
TALLAHASSEE -- Central Florida's political geography could be scrambled thanks to a court's ruling that the Legislature's congressional maps tilted too far to help elect Republicans.
The fallout could be felt for years as a precedent-setter for future...
| Jul 17, 2014
| 5:31 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- Florida's fight over "fair" congressional lines has left policymakers and the court in a paradox: should they require voters throughout Central Florida to cast ballots on illegal maps, or invalidate some votes already cast?