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Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jun. 05, 2024 07:24 AM EDT

South Florida Sun Sentinel. June 4, 2024. Editorial: Veto these bills, Governor. Don’t make matters worse Florida’s 2024 legislative session ended three months ago, but Gov. Ron DeSantis has not yet decided the fate of dozens of bills, some of which would go into...

US Supreme Court sends Arkansas redistricting case back to judges after South Carolina ruling

Jun. 03, 2024 16:58 PM EDT

The Supreme Court on Monday sent a lawsuit challenging Arkansas' 2021 U.S. House map back to a three-judge panel, ordering it to review the suit in light of the high court's decision against similar claims of bias in a redistricting case from South Carolina. The ruling is a setback...

Groups claim South Florida districts are racially gerrymandered for Hispanics in lawsuit

May. 25, 2024 15:05 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Progressive civic groups have challenged how four congressional districts and seven state House districts in South Florida were drawn by the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature, claiming they were racially gerrymandered for Hispanics who are too diverse in Florida to be...

Supreme Court finds no bias against Black voters in a South Carolina congressional district

May. 23, 2024 21:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court 's conservative majority on Thursday preserved a Republican-held South Carolina congressional district, rejecting a lower-court ruling that said the district discriminated against Black voters. In dissent, liberal justices warned that the court...

Minnesota joins growing list of states counting inmates at home instead of prisons for redistricting

May. 23, 2024 12:08 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota has joined a growing list of states that plan to count prisoners at their home addresses instead of at the prisons they're located when drawing new political districts. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz last week signed legislation that says last known...

Critics question if longtime Democratic congressman from Georgia is too old for reelection

May. 02, 2024 01:10 AM EDT

CONYERS, Ga. (AP) — U.S. Rep. David Scott faces multiple Democratic primary opponents in his quest for a 12th congressional term in a sharply reconfigured suburban Atlanta district. But with early voting underway ahead of the May 21 primary elections, the 78-year-old is ignoring challengers and...

Louisiana won't immediately get a new majority-Black House district after judges reject it

May. 01, 2024 16:00 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A new congressional map giving Louisiana a second majority-Black House district was rejected Tuesday by a panel of three federal judges, fueling new uncertainty about district boundaries as the state prepares for fall congressional elections. The 2-1 ruling...

Lawsuits under New York's new voting rights law reveal racial disenfranchisement even in blue states

Apr. 20, 2024 00:12 AM EDT

FREEPORT, N.Y. (AP) — Weihua Yan had seen dramatic demographic changes since moving to Long Island's Nassau County. Its Asian American population alone had grown by 60% since the 2010 census. Why then, he wondered, did he not see anyone who looked like him on the county's local...

New Black congressional district in Louisiana bows to politics, not race, backers say

Apr. 18, 2024 00:25 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Politics and race are both factors in a pending court challenge of Louisiana's new congressional maps. How much weight each carries is a major question before three federal judges whose ruling could affect the balance of power in the next Congress. At issue is a...

North Carolina redistricting attorney who fell short in federal confirmation fight dies at 69

Apr. 02, 2024 14:49 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Thomas Farr, a longtime North Carolina redistricting and election law attorney who regularly defended Republican interests but whose 2018 federal judgeship nomination was scuttled by two GOP senators, has died, a legal colleague said Tuesday. He was 69. Farr...