Several years and millions of wasted taxpayer dollars later, Florida Republicans have finally, and reluctantly, given in to voter's wishes for fairer elections.
The Florida Legislature is giving up the fight and will not contest a court ruling that redraws all of the state’s 40 state senate districts for the 2016 election cycle.
The decision leaves the state with a new map that will recast Florida's political landscape, giving millions of people new representation and bolstering Democratic chances in 2016. Voters in South Tampa, East Hillsborough, and large portions of Pasco County will get new state senators, as a result of the map. In Miami-Dade in [sic] casts incumbents against one another in potential new districts in a presidential election cycle.
Democratic party analysts say the new maps are fairer and gives them a better chance of winning additional seats in a Florida Senate that has been dominated by the Republican Party for most of the last two decades.
The decision not to appeal also ends a tumultuous process that cost taxpayers over $11 million, led to four trials, three special sessions and eight rulings from the Florida Supreme Court.
Knowing Florida Republicans as we do, losing this one battle will free up their time for getting back to a larger war. After all, it's a Presidential election year, the stakes are high, and, well, this is Florida. Time to find new ways to suppress the vote in another election that probably won't favor their party.
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