Best Of 2005

BEST POLITICAL MOVEMENT: Political redistricting reform in Florida

Yes, it is a supposedly nonpartisan effort that was in reality started by the Democrats, and it includes relatively minor players from the Republican Party while featuring Democratic heavy-hitters Betty Castor and Bob Graham. And yes, the Committee For Fair Elections screwed up and can’t count, exceeding by six words the limit allowed in ballot language for one of its three constitutional amendments aimed at establishing an independent commission that would be in charge of drawing Florida’s voting districts. Despite all that, the Common Cause-led effort to end the Legislature’s gerrymandering free-for-all is still our favorite political movement. It’s crucial, aimed at reintroducing true choice in political elections; it’s hard for voters to grasp and — probably — doomed to failure.