Here's your map: The stalwart fighters for truth and justice in the Florida Press Corps had a late night last night as state Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, turned in a proposed state Senate district map around 6 p.m. There followed a great deal of number crunching and line reading, with reporters from across the state telling readers what the map means for their area of Florida. And, hey, here's what the map means for South Florida, as written by me.
What I left out of that story: That map is probably not the final word on the subject. Senators have all day today to amend that map, and the redistricting committee will meet tomorrow to officially pass a map to the Senate floor. And before the floor vote, senators will have another chance to amend the map. It's possible though unlikely that the map the full Senate votes on will look nothing like the map Galvano has proposed.
And then the map goes to the House, which may further tinker with it.
Bottom line: The redistricting special session ends Nov. 6. This thing is far from over.
Elections? We don't need no stinking elections: There's a fight brewing in the state Senate over whether every senator will have to run for re-election in 2016.
Changing the district lines generally means they have to. But Galvano, (I know. His name comes up a lot these days.) and several other senators have proposed that senators who aren't already up for re-election in 2016 don't have to run as long as their new districts contain much of their old districts' populations and have the same number.
It's a sort of odd theory, one the House, the judiciary, and some other senators all say is bunk. What's more, the Department of State, which runs elections in Florida, has said it's staying out of this mess.
In a nod to Back to the Future Day, the Orlando Sentinel's Gray Rohrer led his story with: "The future is too heavy for the Florida Department of State."