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Florida Democrats offer Supreme Court a Senate map

by John Kennedy | April 10th, 2012

With the Florida Supreme Court set to hear arguments this month on the Legislature’s second attempt at redrawing Senate boundaries, the state Democratic Party weighed in Tuesday with a proposal of its own.

Democrats are offering justices an alternative after concluding that what the Legislature has drawn “reveals an intent to favor incumbents and contains multiple districts that plainly and directly violate constitutional standards.”

Effectively, the Legislature’s round two includes many of the same flaws that led justices to reject its first attempt in a 5-2 decision last month, Democrats maintain. And while justices sent the rejected plan back to lawmakers to revise in a special session, a second turn-down will result in a court-drawn plan.

Democrats clearly are banking on justices seeking guidance with their map-making by reviewing alternative plans that have been put before them. 

The Democratic Party plan evenly divides the 40-member Senate along partisan lines — with a proposed 20 seats having a voting history that favors Democrats, and 20 Republican-leaning. The Legislature’s plan before justices includes a 23-17 GOP edge in voting performance, analysis shows.

While the latest legislative plan before justices also only puts two current incumbents in the same district — Senate Majority Leader Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, and Sen. David Simmons, R-Maitland — the Democratic plan makes three likely matchups, including Gardiner against neighboring Sen. Gary Siplin, D-Orlando.

In South Florida, Sens. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, and Eleanor Sobel, D-Hollywood, would be paired. So, too, would be Sens. Maria Sachs, D-Delray Beach, and Sen. Jeremy Ring, D-Margate.

In Palm Beach County, the Democratic proposal also would add a little more political uncertainty.

The Legislature’s proposed central county seat, with a majority black-Hispanic voting population, would be changed to span the upper half of Palm Beach County, from the coastline to the Glades. Reps. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, Mack Bernard, D-West Palm Beach, and former Rep.  Kevin Rader, a Delray Beach Democrat, have all been eyeing that seat.

A south county Senate district, already targeted by Rep. Joe Abruzzo, D-Wellington, looks like it stays largely intact, in the Senate plan.


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9 Responses to “Florida Democrats offer Supreme Court a Senate map”

  1. Carlos Says:

    We have someone running aganist Abruzzo and if she agrees…she will kick his ASS!

  2. LOL CARLOS Says:

    LOL HAHA Sharon will never beat Abruzzo in Palm Beach County!

  3. Really Says:

    Sharon as in Sharon Merchant? Why do these Republicans think they can win +10 Democrat districts? It showed inexperience and lack of intelegence. Party chairman & political consultants taking them for a ride.

  4. Chris Tuller Says:

    So the Democrats get to offer a map AFTER its all over and not go through the public comments? IS SOMEONE in the media going to call them out on this or just report it?

  5. Middle Class Champions! Says:

  6. Bogdanoff Must GO! Says:

    Ellyn Bogdanoff represents a moderate/swing district, and yet she has voted for the far-right Rick Scott Agenda literally 100% OF THE TIME.

    When you RUBBER STAMP the agenda of the worst governor in the country 100% of the time, there MUST be ramifications at the voting booth!

    We MUST reject this extremist from the Florida State Senate if we want growth and prosperity in the state of Florida.

  7. Voting in NOvember Says:

    Oh, and let’s guess, it would benefit the democrats!

    Games, games, games.

  8. Evil AND Inept Says:

    Hey NOvember,

    Aren’t you fascists supposedly anti-incumbent and pro-Constitution?

    The GOP plan was PRO-incumbent and ruled unconstitutional by the FL Supremes.

    You people would be hilarious for your total intellectual dishonesty if it weren’t for the fact that you have annihilated the middle class in Florida.





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