Florida's electoral map in flux after court ruling

By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) – Florida’s Republicans, stung by a judge’s decision to throw out the state’s 2012 congressional redistricting plan, remained silent on Friday on whether they will appeal the ruling that found they conspired to rig the boundaries to protect the party’s majority in Washington. Republican leaders “would like to exercise all due diligence to review the order and discuss it with our attorneys before making any public statements,” said Katie Betta, an aide to Republican state Senate President Don Gaetz, who chaired the chamber’s redistricting committees from 2010 to 2012. In his ruling on Thursday, Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis ordered that two of the state’s 27 districts be redrawn because they violated a standard approved by voters in 2010 to ban legislators from favoring or protecting incumbents. “This is a major, major milestone for the process and for progress in Florida,” said Deirdre Macnab, state president of the League of Woman Voters, one of the groups that challenged the redistricting plan under which 17 Republicans and 10 Democrats were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

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