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!

Your Social Media Sunday Political Round-Up for 3/23/14

Here are this week’s best social media offerings from your elected officials.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer had a special visitor to the City Beautiful. President Barack Obama spoke at Valencia College this week (story HERE). He posted this on Facebook.

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs joined the community at the Puerto Rican Parade and Festival Celebration this afternoon in Downtown Orlando. She posted this on FB.

Florida Speaker of the House Will Weatherford had a special announcement and took to Twitter. Congratulations to his family.

District 48 State Representative Victor Torres met with Planned Parenthood in Tallahassee this week.

State Representative David Santiago posted this photo on Facebook with State Senator Dorothy Hukill and Florida Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera.

Congressman Daniel Webster met with some School Children this week for a civic lesson. This was posted on FB.

Congresswoman Corrine Brown took to social media to slam Speaker of the House John Boehner and posted this on FB.

Florida Senator Bill Nelson paid tribute to former Florida Governor Reubin Askew on Twitter this week.

We end with Social Media from the President’s visit and we end with it as well. Governor Rick Scott’s words were not as friendly for the President Obama. He posted this on FB.

We’ll have more for you next week!

Brown joins Orange County Commission District 2 Derby

College Professor and former DOH and OCPS Official, Prince Brown filed to join an already crowded field for County Commission District 2. The Orlando Sentinel reported this afternoon (story HERE) that Brown will be the 6th candidate to join the contest to replace termed out incumbent Fred Brummer.

Brown has ran for office a few times in the past, as both a Democrat and Republican, challenging incumbents such as Corrine Brown in 2004 and Alan Grayson as a Tea Party option in 2010 (which was also a 6 person field when qualifying finally finished). He also challenged State Representative Geraldine Thompson on the state level as well.

All of that is mentioned in the report so let’s go a little deeper.

He hasn’t released an official statement or spoken to the media, so we’re not sure what his platform or position within the contest will be. It’s a non-partisan race so he can move quite a few things around with his position on the issues.

If he’s running as a Republican choice then he’ll have to wrestle some of those votes away from State Rep. Bryan Nelson, who’s already been unofficially selected as the choice of the local party and has been campaigning aggressively. He will have to go to session, so Prince will get a solo audience with local “R’s” if he wants it.

If he’s running as a Tea Party candidate and his connections at this time lead me to believe that, then he’ll have to be Anti-Sunrail, Anti-MLS Soccer Stadium, and oppose a host of other fiscal issues that might not be deemed necessary by the more conservative voters in the county.

His candidacy is only a day old. We’ll get the chance to hear from him soon and you’ll find it all here. Other candidates in the race besides Nelson include Eatonville City Councilman Alvin Moore, Corrections Official Patricia Rumph, Attorney Greg Jackson, and Bridget Sykes.

Prince Brown