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League Meetings

Appointed School Superintendent August 15, 2015, at Tryon Library, 10:15 am. Robert de Varona and Attorney Lou Ray will discuss the issue of elected versus appointed school superintendent.

Panel discussion of the Schools to Prison Pipeline, August 31, 2015 at Franco's Restaurant, 523 E. Gregory St.. Reservations by August 26th. Dinner is $15 at the restaurant. A panel made up of members of he judiciary, law enforcement, penal and school communities will discuss how we can help to put a stop to the incarceration and consequent loss of potential of so many of our young people. The panel moderator will be Pensacola News Journal Executive Editor Lisa Nellessen-Lara.

League in the News

League Scores Historic Redistricting Victory - Senate admits it violated constitution, gerrymandered districts to be redrawn in time for 2016 elections. Read more...

League Applauds Florida Supreme Court Fair Districts Ruling "It has been a long hard battle against devious, political scheming, but today the Florida Supreme Court handed the people of Florida a total victory, forcing the redrawing of every one of the eight districts that we contested in the lawsuit," said Pamela Goodman, president of the League of Women Voters of Florida, part of the coalition that filed suit to have the districts redrawn because of gerrymandering. Read more...

Stopping Partisan Gerrymandering and Protecting Independent Redistricting Commissions - Blog by Stephanie Drahan 06/30/2015

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a big victory for citizen-led democracy. In a 5-4 decision in Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, the Court found that voters can st up independent redistricting commissions. Read more...

Supreme Court Upholds Key Provision of Affordable Care Act. Federal Tax - 06/25/2015 by Kelly Ceballos. Fedral Tax Subsidies Upheld in King v. Burwell Decision. Read more...

Florida Supreme Court oral argument on the League’s lawsuit on the Congressional Redistricting maps March 4, 2015. The League of Women Voters of Florida,etc., et al.v. Ken Detzner,et al. View video portal here...

Press Release LWV Florida - February 5, 2015 - Battle Over Voucher Program Back in Court Read more ...

Emails show GOP consultants 'almost paranoid' mission to circumvent Fla's gerrymendering ban - Miami Hearld November 23, 2014 Hearld/Times staff writers Read more...

GOP opreatives had outsized role in new maps - Orlando Sentinel Aaron Deslatte November 26, 2014 Read more...

Supreme Court: Redistricting document should be made public Miami Hearld Blog, November 12, 2014 Kathleen McGrary

Courts says Legislature won't have to pay victor's attorney's fees in redistricting case. "Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis gave [plaintiffs] a consolution prize: the Legislature, via taxpayers, would pay most of their costs... also gave the plaintiffs the comfort of knowing they were the victors." Miami Hearld Blog, October 9, 2014, Mary Ellen Klas.

Supreme Court to decide the fate of congressional redistricting plan, again. Miami Hearald Blog, October 1, 2014, Mary Ellen Klas

September 10, 2014: "Far from Over, Florida's Redistricting Wrangles Now Focus on State Senate Boundaries" posted by Rick Hasen in the Election Law Blog. Read more....

August 22, 2014 - Tallahassa, Fla -- LWV Florida Responds to Judge Lewis' Decision About New Congressional Map. In response to today's ruling by Judge Terry Lewis, which upheld the congressional map recently passed by the Florida Legislature, League of Women Voters of Florida counsel David King issued the following statement: "We are disappointed and plan to ask the appellate courts to review Judge Lewis' ruling."

Press Release: Sept 2, 2014 - League joins two lawsuits to protect Florida's public educational system. Read More...

League and Common Cause respond to the Legislature's New Congressional Map. Read their response here.

Florida Judge Orders New Congressional Map New York Times August 2, 2014

Florida to begin redrawing unconstitutional congressional maps on Thursday Reuters August 4, 2014 8:16 am EDT

2nd Judicial Circuit Court Hearing on Congressional Redistricting Video Library The Florida Channel.org July 24, 2014

Legislature will not appeal judge's decision in redistricting case. SaintPetersBlog July 15, 2014

Florida judge throws out 2012 congressional redistricting plan by Bill Cotterell, Reuters Chicago Tribune July 10, 2014

Judge rules Florida congressional map violates Fair Districts standards by Aaron Deslatte, Tallahassee Burieau Chief, Orlando Sentinel July 10, 2014

Judge throws out Forida's congressional map by Mary Ellen Klas Hearald/Times Tallahassee Bureau Miami Hearld July 10, 2014

Florida Supreme Court won't take up blind trust case. The Supreme Court ruled to transfer lawsuit to a lower court. SaintPetersblog.com May 22, 2014

First District Appeals Court will decide whether to release redistricting documents. A last-minute stay came in a trial pitting the League of Women Voters Florida against the Republican-controlled Legislature and which could change the current makeup of the state's congressional delegation. The League wants to look at e-mails and planning documents but a private consultant says the documents contain "trade secrets." See The Florida Current May 16, 2014 update

Supreme Court Petition challenges political candidates use of blind trusts. LWVF announced support of the lawsuit filed in the Florida Supreme Court. The League joined six news media organization with a friend-of-the-court brief challenging a 2013 law that allowed statewide elected officials to place personal financial assets in qualified blind trusts. May 14, 2014 - The Florida Current and Tampa Bay Times

Charter Schools Have Little Visibility - May 2, 2014 - The Florida Times-Union.

We did it! After many months of hard work by League members and volunteers throughout the state, the Florida Water & Legacy Amendment has officially qualified to appear on the Noverber 2014 ballot. Huge kudos to all who worked so hard. Vote YES for Amendment 1 in 2014!

LWV Pensacola Bay Area comments on the Florida Gulf Coast Marine Fisheries Hatchery/Enhancement Center aka Fish Hatchery to the Natural Resouce Damage Assessment (NRDA).

Comments on the Santa Rosa Shores Navigational Dredging Permit Application.




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