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House OK’s new district maps in partyline vote

by John Kennedy | February 3rd, 2012

In partyline votes, the House on Friday approved redrawn boundaries for legislative and congressional districts — sending the maps back to the Senate, which is expected to sign-off on the proposal next week.

The move came with few fireworks. But it did include efforts by ruling Republicans and outnumbered Democrats to set some legal standards for redistricting’s upcoming course through the courts.

Spanning seven hours of debate over two days, Democrats basically charged the proposed maps again pack minority voters into select districts, “bleaching” surrounding seats to make them more likely to elect Republican lawmakers. Democrats say maps were flawed early, when Republicans sought to maintain current minority access districts.

House Redistricting Committee Chairman Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, denied the allegation.

“The last thing we would ever want to do is pack, and there is none of that in any way, shape or form,” Weatherford said.

Weatherford also blistered Democrats for listening more to legal advice than judging the merits of the maps.

“If a decision is based on politics, and if you’re pushing the red button because an attorney told you to, I can’t respect that,” Weatherford said.

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8 Responses to “House OK’s new district maps in partyline vote”

  1. ALLEN WEST MUST GO Says:

    “”"“bleaching” surrounding seats to make them more likely to elect Republican lawmakers”"”

    Republicans are racist bigoted fascists.

    It is obvious. And anyone who cries about it is ALSO a racist bigoted fascist.

    VOTE THEM ALL OUT.

    EVERY LAST REPUBLICAN.

    STATE LEVEL AND FEDERAL.

    DEMOCRATS IN.

  2. Same Ole, Same Ole Says:

    WOW!

    It appears the first Democrat poster is already deeply into the sauce or coping-crutch-of-his-choice early today.

    I love it!

    No logical arguments or anything else intelligent; just what you see above.

  3. Business Man Says:

    #1 guy “ALLEN WEST…” is actually Perry Carnes.

    Perry Carnes and his FB Friends are bigoted racist and a totalitarian fascist.

    Totalitarianism is a political system where the state recognizes no limits to its authority and strives to regulate every aspect of public and private life wherever feasible. Totalitarian regimes stay in political power through an all-encompassing propaganda campaign, which is disseminated through the state-controlled mass media, a single party that is often marked by personality cultism, control over the economy, regulation and restriction of speech, mass surveillance, and widespread use of terror.

    Sound familiar?

  4. #1 guy hurts Dems Says:

    #1 guy is the reason the hating, racist far-left democrats manage to lose re-elections. We get a sensible centrist or moderate democrat elected and the far left socialists alienate everyone in the center from the party. The Dems just managed to alienate catholics that historically support the Democrat party. This venemous hatred will result in pushing the middle to the right and causing the President to lose

  5. Debunker Says:

    When both sides are angry that’s a pretty good indication that redistricting is close to being right. Of course this article would have been more informative if there was a link to the actual map of the new districts…..

  6. Allenhip Says:

    This is NOT about Republican vs. Democrats. It’s about weather or not the maps are in compliance with Amendments 5 & 6, and how it was integrated with federal laws. These amendments were supposed to end gerrymandering by either party. It was passed in the last election by a whopping 63% of the voters. In my view it failed and now its up to the courts to fix the problem. This is far from over and there could be major changes made by the courts. Now it moves to the next stage.

  7. Dee Says:

    Republican’s YOU LIE!

  8. ALLEN WEST MUST GO Says:

    LOL!!!!!!!!

    “Business Man” who is obviously a FASCIST RIGHT WING NUTJOB is another lying piece of trash. My name is not Perry anything.

    “#1 guy hurts Dems” calls me a “far left socialist” LOL! This guy is a really trustworthy opinion! LOL!

    Want more proof that the Republican fascists are racists and bigots? Just look at the Republican candidate running in Michigan who just aired a blatantly bigoted ad against Asian-Americans.

    This is what Republicans are saying about the racist ad:

    “shame on [him] for that appalling new advertisement”

    “really, really dumb. I mean really.”

    That’s how you Republican fascists like your politics. Dumb and racist. Just like what you see when you look in the mirror.

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