On Thursday, Democratic lawmakers in Florida put on a show by conducting a sit-in of the Legislature while the state’s congressional redistricting map was being debated.
The claim from liberals in recent days is that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and GOP lawmakers are violating the U.S. Constitution, breaking the law, and returning Florida to the days of Jim Crow by supporting a map that could give 20 congressional seats to Republicans.
The story has gone national. “It does appear to be politically motivated, and it does not take seriously the hard-working Black people in the state,” state Sen. Rosalind Osgood of Broward County told The New York Times.
Suffice to say, given the proclivities of the DeSantis-fixated left-wing media, we likely won’t hear as much about what happened in New York.
According to the conservative Washington Examiner on Thursday, “The Democratic-controlled legislature [in New York] engaged in unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering in drawing congressional districts that would have likely seen Democrats retain control of 22 of the state’s 26 seats following the results of the 2020 census.”
A five-judge appellate-court panel voted 3-2 in favor of a Republican challenge to the Democrats’ congressional map.
The Examiner cited from the opinion of the three-judge majority:
“We conclude that evidence of the largely one-party process used to enact the 2022 congressional map, a comparison of the 2022 congressional map to the 2012 congressional map, and the expert opinion and supporting analysis” established that “the 2022 congressional map was drawn to discourage competition and favor Democrats.”
Democrats pledged to appeal, and took solace that the appellate court ruled that the lower court was wrong to say state lawmakers could not draw the map, as that was to be done by an independent commission.
Still, John Faso, a former Republican congressman and adviser to the plaintiffs, said, “It’s a victory for our contention that the Legislature violated the [state] Constitution when it drew the lines for Congress,” the New York Post reported.