State legislature passes new congressional district maps

The Orlando Sentinel is reporting this evening, that the Florida Legislature has passed new congressional maps that will now go back to Judge Terry Lewis, who last month ruled that the previous maps did not adhere to the Fair District Amendments of 2010 (Sentinel story HERE).

The next step will be a hearing with oral arguments from both parties before Judge Lewis. Supervisors of Elections from all over the state have been instructed to develop a plan of action in case the dates of the Congressional primaries are changed and special elections are need. Over 1.2 million ballots have already been sent out.

According to the Sentinel report here is how the new maps would shape out..

The legislative re-write would slightly modify (Corrine) Brown’s seat by removing an “appendage” which reached into Sanford — and drops the black voting-age population from 50 percent to 47.1 percent. The seat would also shift from voting 70.9 percent for President Barack Obama‘s re-election in 2012 to 68.7 percent.

U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster‘s district would shift from voting 45.7 percent for Obama in 2012 to 47.1 percent. That would be accomplished by giving up College Park, Thornton Park, downtown Orlando and Belle Isle to the District 9 seat held by Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, while Webster would gain areas of Polk County including Davenport and Haines City.

I’ll feature more of this tomorrow in your morning headlines.

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Saturday Morning Political Headlines: New congressional maps on the move, more recess in schools

Saturday morning in Central Florida. Big plans?

The state legislature has big plans. A committee approved new congressional maps yesterday that will head towards a floor vote, and possibly end the special session that was court ordered, after a Judge ruled existing maps were not in accordance with the Fair District amendments that passed in 2010. The most noticeable change is the removal of Sanford from Corrine Brown‘s (D-Jacksonville) 5th district.

We’ve also got parents in Lake county pushing for recess in schools, and the reopening of Downtown Orlando’s busiest street.

These stories lead your Saturday Morning Political Headlines. Have an awesome day!

WFTV 9 Eyewitness News: Parents push Lake County school officials to make sure all schools have recess

CF News 13: Closed portion of Orange Avenue in Orlando reopens Monday

WKMG Local 6: Fla. legislative committees approve new districts

WESH 2: Fla. AG Pam Bondi seeks to put same-sex marriage appeals on hold

WOFL FOX 35: Romney insists he won’t be a candidate in 2016

FOX 35 News Orlando

Orlando Sentinel: Martos takes on Horan in Seminole Commission race

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Friday Morning Political Headlines: Congressional District Drama, Expressway Authority Controversies

TGIF! Excited for the weekend?!

Some very interesting content!

Yesterday, a Judge ruled that the Congressional District map drew up by State Legislatures violated the Fair District laws that require those districts be drawn in a compact fashion with no party favoritism. It was the opinion of the court that, this was not the case with these maps. Locally, if affects districts 5 and 10, held by Corrine Brown (D-Jacksonville) and Daniel Webster (R-Winter Garden). There will be an appeal and it won’t affect this year’s races.

We’ve also got more Expressway Board Drama. Former Orlando Orange County Expressway Board Authority Member Scott Batterson has decided to go to trial. Batterson was indicted on bribery and public records violations. One the charges was thrown out this week. Also, one of the reports questions a conflict of interests with the Osceola Expressway Authority’s Attorney who also lobbies for a principal with major projects planned that would have to go through that board.

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

Orlando Sentinel: Judge rules Florida congressional map violates Fair Districts standards

WFTV 9 Eyewitness News: Conflict of interest questions arise over Osceola County Expressway Authority attorney

WESH 2: Former Expressway Board member will go to trial on bribery-related charges

Orlando Sentinel: Judge rules Florida congressional map violates Fair Districts standards

CF News 13: Complaint filed over Gov. Scott’s Tampa ‘campaign’ stop

WOFL FOX 35: New regional toll agency holds first meeting

FOX 35 News Orlando

WKMG Local 6: Kerry in Afghanistan for talks on election

Your Social Media Sunday Political Round-Up for 4/20/14

Our first entry in this weeks best offerings from your elected official, isn’t an elected official. But, I think it’s important. I might be a little biased.

FB retirement announcement

Seriously though. I’m so happy for the support I’ve received and it hasn’t made the choice easier! Thanks Guys.

Okay, here we go!

Florida Governor Rick Scott actually held a FB Q&A, now these things are so closely monitored, it’s hard to tell how much involvement the Guv actually has, but he did take time to shoot this short vid.

Florida Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio stood together this week against the oppression of the Venezuelan people and pushing for sanctions against that Government.

Congressman John Mica pushed to keep the VA Medical Center in Baldwin Park open this week. The Department of Veterans Affairs has had a poor track record in Orlando. The new VA Hospital is still not close to completion, after setback after setback.

Congresswoman Corrine Brown took to FB to remember an American Hero.

Here we have Congressman Daniel Webster with a couple of other elected officials in a meeting about faith and government.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer took a moment to congratulate participants in the IOA 5K.

Finally, we have Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs touring the construction site and future home of the new Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center. Developers have said it will be the finest of it’s kind in the world.

We’ll have more for you next week!

Your Social Media Sunday Political Round-Up for 3-30-14

Happy Sunday! Here are this week’s best Social Media offerings from your Elected Officials.

Florida Governor Rick Scott won the week this Selfie with Soccer great David Beckham. Also pictured Florida First Lady Ann Scott and Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera.

The Governor wasn’t the only one to get in on the Selfie Action. Here is a RT from House Speaker Will Weatherford featuring a few of Florida Legislature’s Mover and Shakers.

Florida Congresswoman and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was one of many Gators celebrating the team’s return to the Final Four last night.

Congressman John Mica is seen here dedicating a Sunrail station in Debary. The commuter rail system that runs from Volusia to Osceola county starts running in just a few weeks.

Here is Congresswoman Corrine Brown meeting with some constituents.

Here is an epic Throw Back Thursday Pic from State Representative Jason Brodeur.

Here are State Representatives Victor Torres and Linda Stewart meeting with hard workings doing work in the community.

Stewart Torres

Here is Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer celebrating the first game for the Orlando City Lions. The Lions will be joining MLS next year.

Finally, we’ve got Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs on Guitar in this picture taken with the band “Something Special”.

We’ll have more for you next week!