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May 2, 2024

State defends North Florida congressional map

Attorneys say a previous plan, creating a majority Black district, was illegally based on race.…

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This redistricting plan pushed by Gov. Ron DeSantis eliminated the old Congressional District 5, a Black-majority district that stretched from Jacksonville to west of Tallahassee.
April 25, 2024

Groups seek new review of North Florida redistricting

Voting rights groups say a plan pushed by Gov. Ron DeSantis was racially motivated.…

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April 24, 2024

Qualifying period begins for Florida congressional races

A lawsuit over a North Florida congressional district continues to work its way through the courts.…

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Then-General Counsel Jason Teal sets up proposed maps at a redistricting meeting after a federal court ordered the Jacksonville City Council to redraw its district maps. | Andrew Pantazi, The Tributary
March 4, 2024

Judge won’t order special election for gerrymandered Duval School Board

School Board members Darryl Willie and Charlotte Joyce will keep their positions without a new election this year.…

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January 25, 2024

Florida Supreme Court to take up North Florida redistricting

The court agreed to consider the case, but it appears it will not be resolved before a candidate-qualifying deadline for…

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December 4, 2023

North Florida redistricting fight heads to Supreme Court

Voting rights groups will appeal the elimination of Congressional District 5, a Black-majority district that included parts of Jacksonville.…

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December 1, 2023

Court backs DeSantis on North Florida redistricting

The 1st District Court of Appeal upheld the elimination of a majority-Black district stretching from Jacksonville to Tallahassee.…

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November 1, 2023

Appellate court considers North Florida redistricting

The court is expected to rule by Nov. 22 the elimination of a Black-majority district stretching from Jacksonville to Gadsden…

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Congressional District 5 looked like this from 2016 until 2022, when the Legislature accepted a new map drawn by Gov. Ron DeSantis' office.
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…

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Second Judicial Circuit Judge J. Lee Marsh questions Florida attorneys in the congressional redistricting hearing.
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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The Florida Capitol. | Andrew Pantazi. The Tributary
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 25, 2023

Jacksonville civil rights activist Ben Frazier dies at 73

Ben Frazier, once a trailblazing journalist who became an advocate for racial justice, has died.…

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The Florida Legislature passed this new congressional district map in April 2022 after Gov. DeSantis vetoed the previous attempt. | Florida Legislature
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,…

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Redistricting maps presented at a Jacksonville City Council meeting. | The Tributary
December 12, 2022

Jacksonville redistricting process raises questions of Sunshine Law violations

According to the version of events that Jacksonville’s city lawyers told a federal court, the City Council passed a redistricting…

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Gov. DeSantis vetoed a Congressional District 5 that would have been entirely in Duval County.
November 20, 2022

EXPLORE: How DeSantis’ congressional map affected Northeast Florida midterms

Republicans narrowly flipped the U.S. House this election cycle, gaining four seats in Florida  — including one in the newly…

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis | AP
July 17, 2022

OPINION | DeSantis shares blame for Aguilar fiasco

Former Florida Times-Union journalist Matt Dixon, now of POLITICO Florida, had a “scoop” the other day that illustrated tragedies throughout…

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Mayor Lenny Curry and Gov. Ron DeSantis in Jacksonville
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…

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The proposed Congressional District 5 would be entirely within Duval County | House of Representatives
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…

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Jacksonville's director of planning and development, Bill Killingsworth, and councilman Al Ferraro discussing proposed voting maps | Claire Heddles, WJCT News
February 21, 2022

OPINION | What are you so afraid of?

The definition of democracy is “government by the people.” It’s “a form of government in which the supreme power is…