National Dems put bullseye on Sunshine State


For some of us, it feels as though the once-every-decade redistricting process in Florida only recently wrapped up.

But the drawing of new House, Senate and congressional maps will start all over again in just three years.

After getting their you-know-whats handed to them during the 2011 redistricting process, national Democrats are targeting a dozen states — including Florida — where the victors in November will be in office when the crafting of the new maps begins in 2021.

Of course, Florida — where the governor’s mansion and the state Legislature have been controlled by Republicans for more than two decades — is in the cross hairs this year.

The National Democratic Redistricting Committee has made the Sunshine State one of 12 targets in the 2018 elections, putting a bullseye on the governor’s race and the state Senate.

Among the likely races the NDRC will focus on is Senate District 40, where freshman Annette Taddeo, who defeated GOP fave Jose Felix Diaz in an upset this summer, could face off against former Sen. Frank Artiles. Artiles, a Miami Republican, was forced to resign during last year’s legislative session after a profanity-laced and racially charged outburst at the Governor’s Club.

Read the press release here.