Thursday Morning Political Headlines: Who is the wealthiest member of Congress from Central Florida?

One day closer to the weekend! Not that it matters much, we’ll all probably be working!

Who is the richest Washington lawmaker from Central Florida. A report from the Orlando Sentinel tells us that the controversial Democratic Congressman from Orlando Alan Grayson comes in at the top and ranks 17th in all of Congress with a net worth of 26.2 million

Others according to the report include….

“U.S. Rep. John Mica, R-Winter Park, ranked 80th with a net worth of $3.3 million. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson ranked 265th, with a net worth of about $500,000. U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Winter Garden, ranked 277th, with a net worth of $420,000. U.S. Rep. Bill Posey, R-Rockledge, ranked 291st, with a net worth of $320,000. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio ranked 456th, with a negative net worth of $140,000. U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown ranked 511th, with a negative networth of $460,000.”

This story leads your Thursday Morning Political Headlines:

Orlando Sentinel: Report: Grayson now 17th richest congressman

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Mica #2 most effective Congressman in UVA/Vanderbilt Study

Congressman John Mica was named the 2nd most effective member of Congress in a recent study conducted by the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt.

Here is an explanation of the study from

A team of political scientists from the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University have launched a new website called “The Lawmakers” that provides a database of information on the effectiveness of members of Congress who served from 1973 to 2012. The data will be periodically updated every two years to include future Congresses, too, making it one comprehensive resource for all who are skeptical of how impactful lawmakers really are on U.S. policy.

The group used five measurements to assess each Congressmen, focusing primarily on the bills introduced, bills that received action in committee, bills that received action beyond committee, bills that passed the House and bills that became laws. They also weighted each bill based on how significant it is to better determine who is making a positive difference on the Hill.

The result is a legislative effectiveness score. Mica scored 14.36 LES. Other local lawmakers included Bill Posey (R-Rockledge) with a .55 LES. Corrine Brown (D-Jacksonville) with a .25 LES, and Daniel Webster with (R-Winter Garden) .03.

Lamar Smith, a Republican from Texas was number 1. The study was done for 2011 and 2012, so Alan Grayson is not present in the rankings.

Mica has the longest tenure of the Central Florida delegation. Expected to win his 12th term, he’s been the Chairman of the Transportation Committee, and has worked across the aisle on legislation with bi-partisan appeal. In an interview with OPO earlier this year he told us… I think what it boils down to is that people are concerned about what effects their lives and who makes a difference. And they hear a lot of politicians talk, and I think I get things done and improve lives.

Mica's initiatives in transportation and elimination of waste has made him one of the most effective legislators in Washington according to a recent study

Mica’s initiatives in transportation and elimination of waste has made him one of the most effective legislators in Washington according to a recent study

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

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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

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WKMG Local 6: Kerry in Afghanistan for talks on election