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The order that state lawmakers redraw two Florida congressional districts ruled invalid because they were created to favor Republicans is wreaking havoc on the upcoming elections.

U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown

On Friday, Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis ordered lawmakers to fix two districts he had previously declared unconstitutional, including that of Jacksonville Congresswoman Corrine Brown.

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With the midterm election a little more than three months away, a legal battle in Florida has cast uncertainty over the state's upcoming congressional races.

A state judge ruled this month that maps for two of Florida's 27 congressional districts violated the state constitution. He ordered the Legislature to redraw the maps.

The question now is when.

Like most states, Florida redrew the maps for its congressional districts after the 2010 census. Some states appoint special commissions to do the job, but in Florida, redistricting is done by the state Legislature.

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Reaction is still pouring in after a Florida judge voided the state's congressional districts last week.

Politicos Ponder Fallout From Redistricting Ruling

Jul 14, 2014
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TALLAHASSEE (The News Service of Florida) — Members of Congress, candidates and political observers are grappling with the fallout of a judge's Thursday ruling that two of the state's congressional districts were illegally drawn for partisan reasons.

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A Leon County circuit judge has ruled that the Florida Legislature illegally redrew the state's congressional districts to primarily benefit the Republican Party.

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Legislature Makes Final Redistricting Argument

Jun 15, 2014

TALLAHASSEE (The News Service of Florida) — A coalition of voting-rights groups failed to prove during a recent trial that congressional districts drawn by lawmakers in 2012 violated constitutional standards for redistricting, according to a filing by attorneys for the Legislature.

The brief, released late Friday, amounts to a closing argument by the Legislature in the 12-day trial that ended last week. Opponents of the map filed arguments Wednesday and have an opportunity to respond next week to lawmakers' final brief.

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Closing Arguments Set In Redistricting Trial

Jun 4, 2014

TALLAHASSEE (The News Service of Florida) — Closing arguments are expected Wednesday in a high-stakes trial that could define the boundaries of the state's congressional districts and the effectiveness of the anti-gerrymandering Fair Districts constitutional amendments.

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TALLAHASSEE (The News Service of Florida) — A state Republican staffer, tagged as a "genius map drawer," denied discussing or sharing proposed new district lines in 2011 with national GOP officials, as the second week of a trial over the state's redrawn congressional maps concluded Friday.

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TALLAHASSEE (The News Service of Florida) — Overturning an appellate court ruling, the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered a Tallahassee judge to allow a GOP consultant's documents to be considered in a trial about the Legislature's 2012 redistricting effort, a move one justice called "unprecedented."

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A trial is underway right now in Florida that is a proxy for the fight over the balance of political power in the state.

U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown

TALLAHASSEE (The News Service of Florida) — Senate President Don Gaetz and an aide involved in the Senate's push for a larger number of African-American voters in U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown's sprawling district explained their logic Wednesday as testimony continued in a lawsuit challenging the state's political map.

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