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September 5, 2023

Judge rejects North Florida congressional map

Circuit Judge J. Lee Marsh ruled that a map pushed by Gov. Ron DeSantis was unconstitutional because it diminished the voting power of Black residents.

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August 25, 2023

Judge expresses doubts over state’s redistricting arguments

A Florida judge pressed the state’s lawyers on whether they were asking him to contradict past precedent.

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August 23, 2023

Is Voting Rights Act on trial in Florida? Redistricting case could have broad impact

A redistricting battle over a North Florida congressional district could have national implications for Black voting rights.

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August 21, 2023

Hearing set this week on North Florida redistricting

A judge will decide whether state lawmakers must reinstate Congressional District 5, a Black majority district that included Jacksonville.

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June 11, 2023

OPINION | ‘DeSantismander’ deserves a legal challenge

Florida’s congressional district map is a fraud, and the most glaring example is my district.  No offense to Aaron Bean, but he should not be representing North and West Jacksonville in Congress. And in light of last week’s unexpected Supreme Court ruling against the gerrymandering that wiped out a Black-access seat in Alabama, there is a strong indication that Florida’s

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June 20, 2022

From Green Cove Springs to D.C.: Congressional Black Caucus executive director has local roots 

A Jax Today Q&A with Vince Evans Vince Evans stood against a wall, listening and nodding as Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee told a group of men, who’d traveled from all corners of the country to the Capitol, about the importance of legislation that would make a national apology for slavery and propose remedies for the centuries of racial and economic

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April 17, 2022

OPINION | Who wants to be a congressman?

There was no surprise, none at all, for readers of this column regarding what the Florida Legislature would do with the problem of the new congressional reapportionment map. We wrote it over two months ago: “Ron DeSantis isn’t bluffing about his map.” Lots of poetic justifications of the current Congressional District 5 followed, all sound and fury signifying nothing when

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February 27, 2022

OPINION | House redistricting map creates Jax-only CD5…lands with a thud

The intramural pissing match between Republicans in Tallahassee continues, and no clear resolution is at hand as they try to figure out if they can chop up Democratic districts, and if so, by how much. A third congressional redistricting map is moving forward in the process, with the House poised to offer a radically different map than the one the

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February 6, 2022

OPINION | Lawson for Lt. Gov?

Will Florida’s 5th Congressional District, which connects Jacksonville’s Urban Core to Gadsden County while hugging the Georgia border, become a thing of the past soon? That’s what Gov. Ron DeSantis wants. And he’s asking the Supreme Court to issue an advisory opinion on whether CD 5 can be blended out, replaced with a new district connecting Jacksonville’s Urban Core with

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January 23, 2022

OPINION | Corrine’s revenge? Ron DeSantis goes after Al Lawson

Is Gov. DeSantis trying to do what Jacksonville Democrats could not, in removing Al Lawson from Congress? That is one interpretation of the Year Zero-style Congressional redistricting map from the governor’s general counsel, a document that was dropped the night before MLK Day. The map lays waste to the concept of protected minority access districts, creating a map that puts

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