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A Florida judge is giving his approval to a new congressional map that was redrawn by state legislators. But Circuit Judge Terry Lewis on Friday also said that this year's elections will not use the new boundaries.

Attorneys for the groups that sued the Legislature said recently they would not rule out the possibility of an appeal.

A recent column from Scott Maxwell of the Orlando Sentinel:
Legislators were supposed to redraw the districts and make them more fair.

Did they?

No way. They claim they did. But if the old maps scored a 9.9 on the Malarkey Meter, the new ones score a 9.1.

Do the 'fixed' maps look much different?

Nope. Brown's is still a mess. So is Republican Dan Webster's. It wanders from near Orlando to Winter Haven and then way up to Umatilla. It's about as natural as Dolly Parton's breasts.

This column includes a partial map of the changes in the Orlando area. http://www.news4jax.com/... shows the changes to Corrine Brown's district. Somehow I don't see that as "compact" as required by the 2010 amendment passed by voters:
(b) Unless compliance with the standards in this subsection conflicts with the standards in subsection 1(a) or with federal law, districts shall be as nearly equal in population as is practicable; districts shall be compact; and districts shall, where feasible, utilize existing political and geographical boundaries.

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    reality based, not really biased

    by NE2 on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 07:14:11 AM PDT

  •  Yep. (3+ / 0-)
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    MartyM, psnyder, NE2

    The Republican election rigging continues unabated.

    I'm promoting multi-member districts* with Single Transferable Vote.  Not a twiddle of the SOP gerrymandering, but a knife to its heart.

    * 4 members per district where possible.

    I am become Man, the destroyer of worlds

    by tle on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 07:26:51 AM PDT

    •  Gerymandering (0+ / 0-)

      It happens everywhere and the party in control does it. Nothing new under the sun.

      I don't know how I'm meant to act with all of you lot. Sometimes I don't try, I just na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na

      by Zornorph on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 10:13:17 AM PDT

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      •  You might want to read (2+ / 0-)
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        Just Bob, hbk

        this; Gerrymandering: Busting the both-sides-do-it myth.  Or maybe this one.

        Spreading the "both sides do it" claim makes light of the long Republican campaign to destroy your vote through gerrymandering.

        I am become Man, the destroyer of worlds

        by tle on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 02:55:21 PM PDT

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        •  That's ridiculous (0+ / 0-)

          I read the articles - both seem to be working hard to find math to 'prove' their idea that the Democrats do not gerrymander as much as the GOP. It's simply not true and anybody who looks at things honestly must know that. Look at the maps of Maryland and Illinois and then try and suggest that the primary thought behind those maps was not the maximization of Democratic seats. IIRC, the Dems were even the first to use a computer program to maximize the advantage they could get in gerrymandering (CA in 1980). The GOP has a big advantage in that they can often work hand in hand with black democrats to create minority-majority seats - the Democratic party might want to work on rebuilding trust with the black politicians in the south if they'd like to break up that alliance in the future.
          If they really want to stop it, the best tack is to do like was done in CA (over the objections of the party, btw) to simply take the responsibility of drawing the maps out of the hands of the stage legislature.
          But, yes, both sides Gerrymander to the best of their ability. It's as clear as the ringing of a bell.

          I don't know how I'm meant to act with all of you lot. Sometimes I don't try, I just na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na

          by Zornorph on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 04:04:37 PM PDT

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  •  You shouldn't (0+ / 0-)

    You shouldn't have reposed that slam by Scott Maxwell on Dolly Parton's breasts. In fact, they are natural - the idea that she has had them enlarged is a myth.
    I always felt that going after Brown's district was a mistake. This map will now stand until 2020 and the GOP will likely be in control of the map drawing again and will have a better idea what they can and cannot get away with.

    I don't know how I'm meant to act with all of you lot. Sometimes I don't try, I just na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na

    by Zornorph on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 10:12:36 AM PDT

    •  In that case it's a better analogy than you think. (1+ / 0-)
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      Zornorph

      A purely random districting process will sometimes produce gerrymandering, just as the random course of natural selection sometimes produces Dolly Parton.

      Analogy retconning is fun.

      reality based, not really biased

      by NE2 on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 10:26:11 AM PDT

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  •  Since when ... (0+ / 0-)

    ... has the GOP followed the Constitution or any laws that did not benefit them?

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