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


Redistricting: Lift the Veil and Fix Districts

07/31/2014
A Leon County judge found that Republican lawmakers and consultants "made a mockery" out of a redistricting process that was supposed to be open and transparent.

The ruling in the redistricting case leads to two more critical decisions to be made - one involving a push for public records, another involving the districts.

First, the public records. Even though Judge Terry Lewis struck down two congressional districts with his decision earlier this month, the public is still being kept in the dark about the process in which those districts were drawn. One of the districts is the seat held by U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Winter Garden, who represents part of Polk County. read more »

Editorial: Open the records, it's the law

07/28/2014
A Leon County judge found that Republican lawmakers and consultants "made a mockery" out of a legislative redistricting process that was supposed to be open and transparent — as dictated by a constitutional amendment approved by voters.

Yet even though Judge Terry Lewis struck down two congressional districts with his decision this month, the public is still being kept in the dark about the process in which those districts were drawn. For a state that prides itself on its open government laws, this is inexplicable and smacks of dirty politics. read more »

Timing of decision not to appeal districts ruling was questionable

07/25/2014
Judge Terry Lewis' ruling invalidating the boundaries of two congressional districts was issued on July 10 — a Thursday. Lawmakers quietly "considered" whether to appeal on Friday.

They deliberated over the weekend, and thought some more on Monday. It turns out, as we'll see below, that their period of deliberation may have been, well, deliberate. read more »

On eve of redistricting hearing, group asks for new election dates; Legislature calls move ambush

07/25/2014
In a move the Legislature called an "ambush," a coalition of plaintiffs asked a judge Wednesday to change the 2014 election dates to ensure there is time to redraw the state's congressional districts.

After a two-week trial, Leon Circuit Judge Terry Lewis earlier this month ruled two of Florida's 27-congressional districts were at odds with a constitutional amendment passed in 2010 that aimed to take politics out of the redistricting process. read more »

Elections chiefs don't expect congressional redraw to affect Palm Beach, Martin counties

07/25/2014
The judge who declared Florida's congressional map illegal spoke Thursday of drawing new districts that would change "a half dozen" of the state's 27 U.S. House seats.

Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis this month singled out districts in north and central Florida (held by Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown and Republican Rep. Daniel Webster) as violating the voter-approved Fair Districts amendment to the state constitution. read more »

Elections Supervisor Says Redistricting Should Wait - But Not Until 2016

07/25/2014
This week voting rights groups presented their case for redrawing Florida's unconstitutional electoral map immediately rather than waiting until after this year's election. But officials charged with conducting elections are doubtful the plan could work. read more »