As the upcoming municipal elections in Miami, Florida approach, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that new district lines which were approved by city commissioners will be used for voting eligibility and to determine who can run for seats on the city commission in districts 1, 2, and 4.
This ruling was a major blow to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which had filed an application against the map claiming it was an unconstitutional racial gerrymander that divided neighborhoods along racial lines.
In response to this news, Commissioner Alex Diaz de la Portilla expressed his relief saying “Our City Commission-approved maps meet constitutional standards and protect our City of Miami neighborhoods. End of story”.
He also pointed out that “political shenanigans by special interest groups will not be tolerated by an impartial Supreme Court” as they said enough is enough.
The ACLU attorney Carrie McNamara, however, felt disheartened by this decision as she believes it strips residents of their voice and ability to be adequately represented regardless of their race.
In light of this ruling coming at a time when the upcoming presidential election is heating up, a survey conducted by Harvard Harris Poll revealed some concerning findings about President Joe Biden’s mental fitness with only 32 percent believing he is fit enough to serve as commander-in-chief while 68 percent expressed doubts about it.
On the other hand Robert F Kennedy Jr trailed with 16 percent if Biden remains in the race but if he decides to drop out Vice President Kamala Harris takes over with 44 percent followed by RFK’s 22 percent support.
It seems Democrats must address these concerns if they wish to secure another term for Biden as Trump continues to dominate amongst Republican contenders.
According to 54 percent of respondents, they believe Trump he will win nomination come 2024 but should he fail DeSantis is expected take lead with 29 percentage points followed closely behind Vivek Ramaswamy at 19% and Mike Pence trailing at 13%.
Most importantly Trump maintains a 5 point lead over Biden and 9 point gap over Harris while DeSantis ties both candidates in direct match ups according poll results.