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Friday, August 01, 2014

A Florida judge on Friday ordered state lawmakers to revise the state congressional map after he ruled that the original one benefited Republican candidates. In Friday's ruling, Judge Terry P. Lewis of Florida's Second Judicial Circuit said lawmakers must redraw the congressional districts by Aug. 15, after which he will consider the need for a special election. Judge Lewis ruled on July 10 that the lines drawn for Florida's Fifth and 10th Congressional districts "made a mockery" of a voter-approved anti-gerrymandering amendment to the state Constitution meant to inject fairness into a process that has long been politically tainted.

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Significant but the GOP will probably appeal and nothing will change until well after the election. All states should do something about gerrymandering, it's insane that we allow these crooked politicians from both parties to get away with it.

#1 | Posted by danni at 2014-08-01 08:06 PM | Reply | Flag:

Significant but the GOP will probably appeal and nothing will change until well after the election. All states should do something about gerrymandering, it's insane that we allow these crooked politicians from both parties to get away with it.

Posted by danni at 2014-08-01 08:06 PM | Reply

That's what we get sticking with that two party swill we keep drinking.

#2 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-08-01 08:15 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

The day after the last 4 elections, the TV news channel's videos, showed the world, the (6+ hour) long lines to vote in Florida's Black and Democrat districts. While folks voting in GOP districts were in-and out, in just a few minutes.

Be proud Republicans ! !

#3 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-08-01 08:31 PM | Reply | Flag:

Katherine Harris's purge of voters in Florida removed both ineligible and ELIGIBLE voters. Harris, used an inaccurate ineligible-voter list that eliminated a disproportionate number of ELIGIBLE African Americans from Florida voter rolls. The problem went uncorrected despite the warnings and complaints of elections supervisors

#4 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-08-01 08:53 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Larry you can hate the fact that politics is pretty much a two party game all you want but the system we have is mathematically guaranteed to always end up as a two party system. If you want to have more viable parties then we have to change the basic system itself or it will never change because whichever one of the two main party candidates who is the closest to a third party candidate will generally always lose to the party candidate that disagrees with the other two the most. It's not coincidence that we have genearlly always had a two party system, it's baked into our system because it is winner takes all.

#5 | Posted by danni at 2014-08-01 09:15 PM | Reply | Flag:

People are too worried about what brand of tire are on the bus. The brand of tires don't mean squat if the hoopty is junk.

#6 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-08-01 10:15 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

"it's baked into our system because it is winner takes all."

We need Instant-runoff voting or Cordocet Method elections. That would flip the results of many of these third party related elections. It would encourage people to vote for Third party candidates as their first choice without "throwing away" their votes.

#7 | Posted by LEgregius at 2014-08-02 01:13 AM | Reply | Flag:

Danni makes an important point.

#8 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-08-02 09:10 AM | Reply | Flag:

#5 | Posted by danni

Nope. Every country that has a multi-party system and a first past the post has viable 3rd parties. It simply (and this is the crappy part) people need to be willing to go several elections voting for folks with no chance. Then again, gerrymandering already creates that in many districts.

#9 | Posted by northguy3 at 2014-08-02 07:51 PM | Reply | Flag:

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