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HPUBS0092 – Weinbaum, Michael

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Summary:

  • State Senate Redistricting Plan
  • 40 Districts
  • Complete: YES
  • Contiguous: YES
  • Direct Impacts: Statewide
  • Submitted to the Florida House of Representatives
  • Submitted by Michael Weinbaum of Hillsborough County

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5 Responses - Comments are closed.

  1. Staff note that the plan author provided the following comments:

    “State Senate, 40 districts.
    Racial/ethnic composition of 1, 29, 33, 36, 38, 40 is preserved from 2002 district set. New majority Hispanic district 23 Poinciana-Kissimmee-St Cloud-Union Park.
    All other districts drawn as compactly as possible, judged by perimeter.”

  2. The population deviations here are a bit higher than other plans. Only small adjustments are needed to correct this. I do not know if the perimeter of my districts is smaller than the perimeter of others. If it is substantially smaller than others which are being considered, then the Senate or Congress should take steps to refine this plan down to population deviation of 1.

  3. I was just watching the recording of the October 18th meeting of the Senate Reapportionment committee. I was horrified to watch one by one each Senator agree that the ‘or to diminish…’ phrase locks the state into maintaining, possibly adding to, but never subtracting from, the % concentration of a minority population in a district that is currently electing a minority. Finally Senator Braynon (whom I probably disagree with on any other issue) spoke up and said, that if 30% black voters are sufficient for Jacksonville to have a black mayor, why does Senate District 1 have to remain at or above 46%? He could have added, “Why is 33% the magic number for Mr. Siplin’s district but District 1 must be 46% or more?”

    The fact of the matter is that your connection of the phrase “(n)or diminish their ability to elect representatives of their choice” to the logical formula “%BlackVAP2012 >= %BlackVAP2002” is just as tenuous, if not more so, than my connection of the word “compact” to the logical formula “lowest sum of perimeters”.

    Yes, the foremost requirement of Amendments 5 and 6 is non-division of racial and language minorities. However, where those minorities are already divided by 150 miles of river and swamp, and where they enjoy no regular commerce or communication (TV or radio) with each other, I am confident that any court of law will take a view closer to that of Senator Braynon than that of the majority expressed in this October 18th meeting; that their ability to elect representatives of their choice is not enhanced by artificially connecting them across TV markets (perhaps black East Palatkans would prefer a white representative based in Putnam county, did anyone ask?), nor is it diminished by choosing not to do so in the name of compactness.

    To conclude, to answer what Mr. Gaetz said to me on August 29th, you may- but I really don’t want to go. Don’t make me.

  4. To be more succinct, if I were a resident of Pine Hills, I would probably think the fact that my US Rep’s main office is 150 miles away in Jacksonville did a lot to “deny or abridge” my “equal opportunity to participate in the political process.” Even if the representative opens an Orlando office (as Corrine Brown has done), she can only spend a fraction of her time there compared to the time that any other representative is available in their one, central office. I would probably be more ‘participatory’ with a rep who was within 40 miles of my home during 100% of their district days than one who was only there for less than half of their district days. Wouldn’t you?

  5. It has come to my attention that my interpretation of the amendments I voted for is in conflict with the interpretation offered by the author of these amendments in testimony given in February 2010. I am not a lawyer. I am just a college educated guy in his late 20s who likes reading about politics and drawing pictures on the computer, and I have never cast a vote in a competitive election for any of the three bodies currently under consideration.

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