Tag: 2015 Congressional redistricting
Protesers outside the Supreme Court. Image via AP.

Jim RosicaJanuary 29, 2016

First-term Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum took his name out of contention for the new 5th Congressional District that now includes part of Leon County, a Friday news release states. The state’s congressional seats were redrawn after a court challenge, with the 5th District now being east-west, from Jacksonville into the Big Bend region. Gillum had suggested he […]

Jim RosicaJanuary 8, 2016

The Florida Legislature is continuing to oppose an effort by the plaintiffs’ attorneys to get their fees paid by state government now that the congressional redistricting case has been closed. Lawyers for House and Senate filed more legal authority with the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday to support their position that the opposing lawyers are “not entitled to […]

Jim RosicaDecember 15, 2015

Former state Sen. Al Lawson on Tuesday said he will run for the state’s reconfigured 5th Congressional District that now stretches east-west from Jacksonville through Tallahassee to rural Gadsden County. The former state lawmaker said he “will officially announce and file for Congress in January,” according to a news release. “North Florida needs a strong, progressive […]

Jim RosicaDecember 4, 2015

Days after the state Supreme Court ordered a redrawing of Florida’s congressional districts, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum now is exploring a primary challenge to Democratic U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, whose seat was redirected toward the Panhandle and Big Bend. A longtime Democratic Party official, though, says Gillum has a tough slog if he thinks he […]

Jim RosicaDecember 2, 2015

Democratic U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham of Tallahassee on Wednesday said she was “disappointed” by the state Supreme Court’s decision in a redistricting case that could spell the end of her nascent congressional career. But Graham, elected in 2014, said she hadn’t decided which direction her public service will next take. The court approved a map that redraws […]

Jim RosicaNovember 10, 2015

Despite questions on many parts of the map, the Florida Supreme Court Tuesday focused on South Florida during the final scheduled oral argument in an ongoing congressional redistricting challenge. That inflamed Democratic U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, whose north-south district had been ordered changed by the court to an east-west configuration. That district didn’t get a mention. Brown, wearing […]

Jim RosicaNovember 10, 2015

The outside lawyer for the Florida House of Representatives argued in a legal brief against a set of suggested congressional district boundaries in part by saying there’s no legal requirement “to create the ‘best’ possible districts.” George Meros, a Tallahassee attorney who also represented then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush in the 2000 presidential recount, says the court […]

Jim RosicaOctober 16, 2015

The Florida Supreme Court has reset oral argument in the congressional redistricting case for Nov. 10, according to an order released Friday. Arguments will begin at 2 p.m. Lawyers for the Florida House of Representatives on Thursday had asked the court to postpone argument, originally set for Nov. 2, because it conflicted with the upcoming Special Session […]

Jim RosicaOctober 15, 2015

Lawyers for the Florida House of Representatives are asking the state Supreme Court to postpone the Nov. 2 oral argument in the congressional redistricting case because it conflicts with the upcoming Special Session to redraw the state Senate districts. Attorneys for the House, including former Supreme Court Justice Charles T. Wells, George Meros and Jason Unger of […]


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