Experts warn of election ‘havoc’ across the U.S. if North Carolina case succeeds

BY: - July 29, 2022

WASHINGTON —  Legal experts are warning lawmakers on the U.S. House Administration Committee that if the U.S. Supreme Court upholds a North Carolina case that embraces a fringe election theory, it would undermine future elections across the country. “To be blunt, it would be extraordinary destabilizing,” Carolyn Shapiro, a law professor at the Chicago-Kent College […]

New court ruling appears to favor DeSantis’ plan to abolish Black-access district in North FL

BY: - May 27, 2022

A Florida appellate court ruled Friday that a trial judge abused his authority in ordering state government to retain a Black-access congressional district in North Florida before holding a full trial on whether the state’s Fair District amendment required doing so. The 20-page opinion (docket here) from the First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee […]

Appeals court won’t send congressional redistricting challenge to FL Supreme Court

BY: - May 24, 2022

A state appellate court has refused to transfer litigation over Gov. Ron DeSantis’ plan to erase a Black-access congressional District to the Florida Supreme Court, increasing the likelihood the governor’s plan will apply during this year’s primary and general elections. The First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee said No to the request by voting-rights […]

Sen. Powell asked to put experts ‘under oath’ in special session; ‘let’s make sure it’s true’

BY: - May 23, 2022

Amid questions Monday on the first piece of legislation related to Florida’s property insurance crisis that has roiled insurers, homeowners and taxpayers, South Florida Democrat Sen. Bobby Powell asked if experts in the insurance industry would testify under oath before senators. He was denied. That kind of request had come up before. “I can tell […]

Appeals court sides with DeSantis on elimination of Black-access North FL congressional district

BY: - May 20, 2022

A court order issued Friday means that Gov. Ron DeSantis’ congressional redistricting plan, which dismantles a North Florida district likely to elect a Black candidate, will be used for this year’s primary and general elections, at least for now. The unsigned order from Florida’s First District Court of Appeal dissolved Circuit Judge Layne Smith’s injunction […]

Florida’s courts moving quickly in fight over Gov. DeSantis’ congressional map

BY: - May 19, 2022

The state’s courts are moving toward a quick decision about whether to allow Gov. Ron DeSantis to dismember Congressional District 5, a North Florida seat designed to allow Black people in Florida’s old plantation and sharecropping belt to send one of their own to Congress. In a brief filed Thursday with the Florida First District […]

For a second time, judge blocks state from using DeSantis’ congressional districts

BY: - May 17, 2022

A state trial judge has forbidden the state from running this year’s midterm elections using the congressional redistricting map that Gov. Ron DeSantis forced the Legislature to enact, citing the prospect of “irreparable harm” to voters, especially North Florida Blacks. Circuit Judge Layne Smith, sitting in Leon County, insisted Monday that the state stick to […]

State judge reinstates sprawling Black-oriented congressional district in North FL

BY: - May 13, 2022

A state trial judge has rejected Gov. Ron DeSantis’ demand to dismantle Congressional District 5, a sprawling, Black-access congressional district in North Florida, citing language in the state Constitution forbidding diminishment of minority voting strength. Instead, Circuit Judge Layne Smith, sitting in Leon County, ordered adoption of a version of an existing congressional district that […]

Revised complaint: DeSantis congressional redistricting plan targeted Black voters

BY: - May 12, 2022

Fresh arguments filed in a federal legal challenge to Florida’s new congressional redistricting plan accuse Gov. Ron DeSantis of blatant racism in diminishing Black voters’ ability to elect candidates of their choice in North and Central Florida. In an amended complaint filed Wednesday in Common Cause of Florida v. Lee, civil rights groups allege the […]

Judge rules FL’s congressional district plan is unconstitutional, biased against Blacks

BY: - May 11, 2022

A state trial court judge has decided that Florida’s new congressional redistricting plan is unconstitutional to the extent it eliminates prospects that Blacks in North Florida will be able to elect a candidate of their choice. “I am finding that the enacted map is unconstitutional under the Fair District Amendment … because it diminishes African […]

DeSantis congressional map draws lawsuit as governor quietly signs it into law

BY: - April 22, 2022

One day after the Florida Legislature approved Gov. Ron DeSantis’ highly contested congressional redistricting plan, a legal challenge has landed in state trial court in Tallahassee. Meanwhile, DeSantis said during a news conference in Hialeah Gardens that he had signed the plan into law, although there was no public announcement or bill-signing ceremony. “We also […]

‘I’ve had enough of being kicked around’: Black delegation in FL House is on the offense

BY: - April 22, 2022

In an extraordinary display this week in the state House chamber, Black Democrats loudly chanted, wore t-shirts that read “Stop the Black Attack,” and staged a sit-in protest that shut down debate over African-American representation in the redistricting process. “When Black votes are under attack, we stand up and fight back,” the crowd of Black […]