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Wed Feb 6, 2013, 10:22 AM

E-mails show plotting by lawmakers, GOP on Florida redistricting [View all]

Source: Tampa Tribune

TALLAHASSEE Florida legislative leaders appear to have authorized staff members to use private email accounts and had "brainstorming meetings" with Republican Party consultants to attempt to draw favorable political districts, despite a constitutional ban on such coordination.

The allegations arise from a lawsuit challenging the Senate and congressional redistricting that include emails showing how top aides to House Speaker Will Weatherford, Senate President Don Gaetz and several Gaetz consultants were in frequent contact with operatives who drafted and analyzed maps.

Redistricting takes place every decade to redraw legislative and congressional district boundaries to ensure equal representation.

The emails show that a month after voters in 2010 approved an amendment banning coordination between the party and lawmakers, GOP consultant and Gaetz adviser Rich Heffley called a redistricting "brainstorming" meeting at the chairman's conference room at party headquarters in Tallahassee.



Read more: http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/elections/e-mails-show-plotting-by-lawmakers-gop-on-florida-redistricting/1273743



Pretty clear they broke the law

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