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Mapmaker, Mapmaker, Make Me a Map
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 — Florence Snyder

Bring your sleeping bags, was Sen. Don Gaetz’ advice to his colleagues as he described plans for the redistricting do-over special session scheduled to begin today and, with any luck, end by March 28th.

Gaetz didn’t say if there would be campfires on the Senate floor, but if there are, here’s a tune suitable for a redistricting sing-along.

To the melody of “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” from Fiddler on the Roof. Original music and lyrics by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick.


Mapmaker mapmaker make me a map

Help us with our credibility gap

Meandering districts created a flap

Now we must re-do the map


Mapmaker mapmaker what a sad tale

We thought we were done

Our ship had set sail

Bring me a district

That’s meant just for me

It must have a money tree


For Don Gaetz, make it compact and be sure that

Bogdanoff’s cool

We hate those activist judges

They stomped on us five-to-two!


Mapmaker mapmaker make me a map

“Upside down alligator” got a bad rap

Now Charlotte County might be up for grabs

We’re bringing our sleeping bags


Supreme Court wont you be gentle?

Remember that we need jobs too

We shut down Pelham’s department

And we might de-fund you, too…..


Mapmaker mapmaker you know that we

Are pure of heart

Follow Canady

By March 28th all of Florida will see

Our Districts are Fair


Good government 

For you and me

And we’ll have a matchless map….

Florence Snyder is a Tallahassee-based corporate lawyer who has spent most of her career in and around newspapers. She can be reached at fsnyder@floridavoices.com

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