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  • New Senate map doesn’t impact leadership contest, slightly erodes GOP advantage

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Interest groups anxious to make decisions about where to play in legislative elections have been expecting multiple head-to-head match-ups when the Senate unveiled new districts Saturday. They're bound to be disappointed/relieved...
  • Senate bogs down over racial makeup of redistricting map

     
    TALLAHASSEE — An attempt to adopt newly fashioned Senate district lines in response to a court order bogged down Tuesday as lawmakers clamored for political information on how the new lines would look and whether they provided enough protection...
  • Senate passes redistricting map amid complaints it benefits the GOP

     
    UPDATES w/ Florida Democratic Party response By Aaron Deslatte, Tallahassee Bureau Chief TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Senate voted 31-6 Thursday to pass its response to a high-court rebuke of its once-a-decade chore of redistricting, despite objections...
  • Florida House takes up re-drawn Senate districts

     
    TALLAHASSEE – A House panel on Monday put its stamp of approval on a new-look Senate map that would appear to provide less advantage to Republicans and incumbents. The Florida Supreme Court had ordered lawmakers to come back into a 15-day “...
  • Senate lawyers blast back at redistricting critics

     
    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Senate's legal team is shooting back at attacks on the chamber's latest attempt to re-draw its political districts, arguing the criticism from voting-rights groups and the Florida Democratic Party is an attempt to re-...
  • Scott names ’stand your ground’ task force

     
    Gov. Rick Scott today named 15 members of a task force to study possible changes in the state's “stand your ground” law in the wake of the killing of Trayvon Martin, the Miami teenager who was shot by Neighborhood Watch captain George...
  • Supremes take a more skeptical view of redistricting challenge the second time

     
    TALLAHASSEE – Critics arguing state lawmakers still didn’t get it right when they re-drew Senate districts for the second time ran into a tough crowd Friday:  the Florida Supreme Court, charged with reviewing legislators’ handiwork....
  • Dwight Bullard: Stand Your Ground panel too gun-friendly

     
    State Rep. Dwight Bullard, D-Miami, is calling on Gov. Rick Scott to change the composition of his Citizen Safety and Protection task force – which meets Tuesday for the first time – by removing a backer of the 2005 “Stand Your Ground&#...
  • Christy Martin on ‘Central Florida Spotlight’; ‘Flashpoint’ looks at stand your ground law

     
    "Political Connections" talks to Orlando City Commissioner Tony Ortiz. Central Florida News 13 moderator Ybeth Bruzual asks Ortiz about job development and economic growth. Ortiz also talks about construction projects downtown, renovations for the...
  • LG Carroll: ‘Mischaracterization’ to say task force is unbalanced

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Lieutenant Gov. Jennifer Carroll kicked off the first meeting of Gov. Rick Scott's public safety task force on the defense. “It is a mischaracterization for anyone to presume this task force is not balanced,” Carroll said....
  • Florida Chamber backs Siplin, Brooks, Pena in Central Florida legislative races

     
    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Chamber of Commerce, the most well-heeled business lobby in the Capitol, has issued its legislative endorsements, and the roster includes a few head-turners in Central Florida. The Chamber is endorsing Victoria Siplin,...