Florida redistricting plans include a surprise – praise from Democrats

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TALLAHASSEE – With Florida’s political future riding in the balance, lawmakers and analysts predicted a bitter, partisan clash over the state’s unfolding attempt to redraw state House, Senate and congressional boundaries.

But the first redistricting plans emerging from the Republican-controlled Legislature have been greeted calmly, maybe even welcomed by the outnumbered Democrats.

“I just think you’ve done a terrific job,” Sen. Linda Stewart, D-Orlando, told Jay Ferrin, staff director of the Senate Reapportionment Committee, after eyeing four congressional plans released this month, along with four versions of Senate maps.

“I have heard no negative feedback on any of these to date,” she added.

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