The Malarkey Meter takes on the spending of your money to try to overturn your Fair Districts vote

Scott Maxwell | Orlando Sentinel | 07/01/2011

The Malarkey Meter takes on the spending of your money to try to overturn your Fair Districts vote
Political Insider — posted by scottmaxwell


9 Investigates: High cost of Florida redistricting lawsuits

11/10/2014
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. —The Florida Legislature has spent more than $6 million on outside legal counsel fighting congressional redistricting.

According to records obtained from the Florida House of Representatives and Florida Senate, the two chambers have spent a combined $6,222,655.93 in its lawsuits with groups including the League of Women Voters.


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In Congress, it's sweet to be an incumbent

11/05/2014
Ask the Average Joe or Josephine what they think about Washington — and they will tell you that Congress is full of hacks who need to be thrown out of office.

Yet, do you know how many incumbents Central Florida booted this week?

Zero.

That's right, not a one. read more »

Congressional redistricting heads to state's high court just as lawmakers return to Capitol

10/23/2014
Following a 12-day trial that ended in June, Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis threw out district boundaries approved in 2012 by the Legislature, specifically finding that the districts held by U.S. Reps. Daniel Webster, R-Orlando and Corrine Brown, D-Jacksonville were drawn to help Republicans maintain overwhelming control of the state's 27-member congressional delegation. read more »

Supreme Court questions need for documents secrecy

09/19/2014
A lawyer for a Republican political consultant trying to keep out of public view documents at the center of a redistricting lawsuit ran into resistance from Florida Supreme Court justices across the ideological spectrum Friday.

The lawyer's client, Pat Bainter —- whose firm Data Targeting, Inc., has battled for months to keep the documents private —- appeared to be bracing for defeat Friday afternoon, issuing a blistering statement denouncing his perceived enemies. read more »

GOP consultant says 'integrity' of court is at stake over redistricting

09/19/2014
TALLAHASSEE - One of Florida's top Republican political consultants stopped short of accusing the state Supreme Court of lacking "integrity" Friday if it rules that he must disclose emails in a case brought under the state's new anti-gerrymandering laws.

Pat Bainter, whose firm Data Targeting has battled for two years to keep the documents private in a lengthy legal battle over the state's redistricting maps, argued on Friday that the release of his emails violates his First Amendment right to anonymous political speech. read more »

Florida Supreme Court holds testy hearing on secret evidence used in redistricting trial

09/18/2014
TALLAHASSEE, Florida — A bitter dispute pitting Republican political consultants against groups who challenged Florida's congressional map spilled out in front of the state's highest court on Friday.

The Supreme Court has been asked to decide whether or not secret evidence should have been used during a landmark redistricting trial. The evidence, which included 31 pages of emails and documents, was reviewed by the judge but has not been made public. read more »