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.A recent column from Scott Maxwell of the Orlando Sentinel:
Attorneys for the groups that sued the Legislature said recently they would not rule out the possibility of an appeal.
Legislators were supposed to redraw the districts and make them more fair.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:
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.
(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.