Judge orders legislature to draw new congressional maps by August 15th, election dates in question

This morning Judge Terry Lewis ruled in a Leon County Court, that state legislators would have to redraw new congressional districts by August 15, just days before primaries are scheduled to take place on the 26th of the month.

Last month, Judge Lewis ruled that the current maps violated the state’s fair district amendment that require that districts are “compact”, two districts that were mentioned specifically were District 10 and District 5, held by Congressman Daniel Webster (R-Winter Garden) and Corrine Brown (D-Jacksonville).

The conditions of the ruling are as follows

1. The Legislature shall submit or a remedial or revised map by no later than noon on August 15, 2014.

2. The Secretary of State and Supervisor of Elections shall collaborate no later than noon on August 15th, 2014, a supposed special election schedule and comments or suggestions regarding the conduct of such an election assuming a revised map will be in place no later than Aug 21

3. By noon, August 18th, the parties shall submit objections, if any to the revised map and election schedule.

4. Oral Argument, if appropriate will be hear on objections to the map and or proposed election schedule on August 20th at 900am in a courtroom to be announced by the Leon County Courthouse, Tallahassee, Florida

DONE and ORDERED in Chambers at Tallahassee, Leon County, Florida, this day August 1st 2014..

The possibility of special elections to fill seats created by these new districts, this year, throws the entire elections picture in the state into chaos. Thousands of absentee ballots have already been sent out to voters. It could also effect State Lawmakers as well, who would have to go to Tallahassee for a special session to draw the maps.

This is a breaking story, I’ll have more for you as it develops

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Orlando Sentinel: Growth, transportation key in Orange District 4 race

Always great to do analysis for the Hometown Newspaper. I grew up reading the Sentinel and had it sent to me when I was in the Army, and those guys “get it” because they work specific bodies of government, and know more than any other news source in town. It’s more like talking shop than doing an interview.

I had a chance to talk about the Orange County District 4 Race..visit their site and check it out!

***READ THE FULL STORY HERE***

For his first race, Cerrud has corralled traditional Democratic supporters. But he and Cordero, a fellow Puerto Rican Democrat and first-time challenger, could end up splitting any anti-incumbent or pro-Hispanic sentiment. That makes Thompson “the easy favorite at this point,” said GOP analyst and blogger Frank Torres.

***READ THE FULL STORY HERE***

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West Orange Chamber of Commerce 2014 Hob Nob Pictures and Results

Hundreds of voters filled the Bella Room in Winter Garden this evening, to talk to dozens of candidates hoping to represent them in office next year. The West Orange County Chamber hosted it’s 2014 Hob Nob, which featured plenty of political discussion, food, and a straw poll that indicated how the races were shaping up in West Orange County before heading into the August primaries.

The event was hosted by News 13′s Ybeth Bruzal, who did a wonderful job running the ceremonies. The straw poll was conducted by Orange County Supervisor of Election Bill Cowles who’s team also delivered it’s regular excellent service.

Let’s review some of the straw poll results…

In the Governor’s race, Rick Scott took the win, and the rest of his cabinet were on top this evening as well, with Attorney General Pam Bondi, CFO Jeff Atwater, and Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam (celebrating his 40th Birthday) all gaining the most votes in the straw poll.

In the races for Congress, Incumbent Daniel Webster in District 10, Glo Smith in District 5, and Carol Platt in District 9 were all winners on Thursday night. I had a chance to speak with Platt after she heard the straw poll results…

“I’m ecstatic. I have a long background in entrepreneurial business, and this room is full of local business people and small businesses that want to see a change. I’m absolutely honored. This is a classic political hob nob, people talking to one another and trading information, it’s been wonderful. Very exciting”

In the race for State Senate District 12, Edward DeAguilera won his contest, and in State House District 44 Eric Eisnaugle had the highest number of votes at the end of the evening. Here is what DeAguilera had to say about the event and his straw poll win..

“The West Orange Chamber is an amazing organization, I’m proud I won today. This is my home. This is my backyard. These are areas that are being under represented by our current legislator, so that is why they came out today and voted for me and I’m extremely proud of their support.”

On the county level, Bryan Nelson running for County Commission District 2, and Orange County Clerk Eddie Fernandez both won their respective elections. Despite being unopposed, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs stopped in to talk with voters and participate in the parade of candidates.

The event was a big success and the Chamber did a fine job. You can find out more about the West Orange Chamber HERE

Below are some photos I took during the festivities….

The event was hosted by News 13's Ybeth Bruzal

The event was hosted by News 13′s Ybeth Bruzal

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs

State Rep. Eric Eisnaugle before his win

State Rep. Eric Eisnaugle before his win

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Friday Morning Political Headlines: Winter Park makes residents cut city’s grass, Winter Park doesn’t want more traffic on 17-92

TGIF!!! Are you ready for the weekend?

A lot of drama in one of Orange County’s nicest areas. The City of Winter park issued notices to it’s residents telling them that they had to cut their grass located on the shoulders next to streets on their properties.

The problem is that is city property.

This left citizens understandably angry and drama follows.

We stay in the “W-P” and move to 17-92 where business is booming. The Trader Joe’s and Shake Shack that have recently opened in a news shopping center are wildly successful. The problem is the traffic that has built up on 17-92. A street that along with Fairbanks already has some of the most congested traffic in Central Florida. Now there is talk of another shopping center just across the street.

Winter Park Residents get their way. Just a month ago, they killed plans for a minor league baseball team near Rollins College for the same reason…

These stories lead your Friday Morning Political Headlines. Have a great weekend!

WESH 2: Residents mistakenly given orders to mow grass on city property

WFTV 9 Eyewitness News: Winter Park residents speak out against more development on U.S. 17-92

WOFL FOX 35: Court clerk wants to be prepared, should same-sex marriage ban be lifted

FOX 35 News Orlando

CF News 13: Plenty of friction between candidates for State House seat

WKMG Local 6: Immigration vote halted

Orlando Sentinel: Scott, Crist trade economic blame in governor’s race

Glisson releases TV Ad in House 31 Contest

Health Clinic Executive Dr. Randy Glisson has begun running a television in his bid to be the next Representative from State House District 31.

The spot titled the “Glisson Remedy” has him pledging to balance the budget, cut taxes, and continue the fight against Obamacare. It reviews his family’s history of small business experience and public service in the region, a legacy he took over from his father and his commitment to being a leader the community can trust. It closes with Glisson saying “I know what it takes to protect Central Florida’s Conservative Values”

Take a watch below…

And Conservative values will play a major role in this race as it heads down the homestretch. Glisson is one of the five candidates in the all-Republican field hoping to replace termed out incumbent Bryan Nelson in the right leaning district that consists of parts of Orange and Lake counties. Other candidates include Businesswoman Terri Seefeldt, Youth Development Leader Jennifer Sullivan, former teacher union rep and nurse B. Grassel, and Fraud Investigator Joseph Stephens.

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