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

Thursday Morning Political Headlines: Dyer pushes for permanent housing for homeless downtown

Good Morning! Here we are sprinting towards the weekend. It’s been a busy couple of days, let’s go!

Earlier this year, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said during this State of the City address that he would address the city’s longtime problem with helping the homeless downtown, and yesterday he announced that he wants permanent apartments for the chronically homeless that can’t help themselves like the mentally disabled.

The report says that the move will save taxpayers dollars by cutting down on medical expenses the uninsured homeless accrue when visiting emergency rooms.

We’ve also got a clever incentives plan from Winter Park for Sunrail riders and budget talks in Brevard.

These stories lead your Thursday Morning Political Headlines. Have a great day!

WFTV 9 Eyewitness News: Orlando mayor wants permanent housing for some homeless

WKMG Local 6: SunRail ticket to earn commuters discounts on Park Avenue

WESH 2: All Aboard Florida: Train to connect Orlando-Miami by 2017

CF News 13: Brevard commissioners to assess proposed $1B budget at workshop

WOFL FOX 35: Cleveland tops Dallas in bid to host RNC in 2016

Orlando Sentinel: Scott Maxwell – After scandal, new X-way authority needs tough lobbying, ethics laws

Wednesday Morning Political Headlines: Osceola Toll Road, Batterson, HOAs

Happy Hump Day!

This morning we’ve got a few stories for you.

The Controversial Osceola Toll Road that is planned to run into Orange County and possibly disrupt neighborhoods and local ecosystems was discussed by the Orange County Commission yesterday, there was no resolution to stop the development made yesterday afternoon. They’re going to wait for more information on the project before deciding to do so.

There is also news that one of the charges against indicted former Expressway Authority Board Member Scott Batterson has dropped and a new law that gives HOAs more power over home repairs.

These stories lead your Wednesday Morning Political Headlines. Take Care.

WFTV 9 Eyewitness News: Double Play!

Prosecutors drop charge against former Expressway Authority member

Orange County Commission discusses controversial Osceola County toll road plans

Orlando Sentinel: Orange tax collector, appraiser offices likely to move

WOFL FOX 35: State now wants $33m for Osceola Pkwy

CF News 13: New Florida law gives HOAs more latitude with repair needs

WESH 2: Winter Park residents launch movement to stop growth

WKMG Local 6: Gov. Rick Scott signs law legalizing non-euphoric marijuana

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Thursday Morning Political Headlines: No decision in Gay Marriage Ban Overturn Hearing

Here we are. The day before the long weekend, are you ready?

I’ve got some morning headlines for you.

The big story yesterday, was the hearing regarding overturning the gay marriage ban in Florida. After two hours the Judge decided she would not be making a ruling, and now both sides will have to wait. Also, both sides have vowed to appeal the decision.

I’m going to have some cool features for you over the holiday weekend, if you can’t unplug from Central Florida’s political scene (like me), so check in from time to time.

If not, I’ll see you on Monday. Have a great weekend!

WFTV 9 Eyewitness News: Waiting game begins for ruling on Fla. same-sex marriage ban

WESH 2: Sides square off on Fla. gay marriage ban

WKMG Local 6: Sides square off on Florida gay marriage ban

CF News 13: Judge hears arguments in challenge to Fla. gay marriage ban

WOFL FOX 35: Hearing held on challenge to Fla. gay marriage ban

FOX 35 News Orlando

Orlando Sentinel: Grayson’s wife challenges annulment effort, insisting she was no bigamist.

Tuesday Morning Political Headlines: FLOTUS in Orlando this Morning

Happy Tuesday. Now, technically it should feel like a Wednesday because most of you will be off on Friday..

Not me I’ll be here writing for you.

Good content today.

We’ve got First Lady Michelle Obama addressing school counselors out in Disney World this morning. The first lady will continue to push the administrations policies with education, and with the school year recently wrapping up here in Central Florida, the visit is at the right time.

Winter Park says no to Minor League Baseball. Rollins agrees. Concerns from citizens about parking and noise defeated the initiative. Are there a more influential group of residents in the region besides Winter Park? Maybe Windermere?

Finally, the Osceola toll road that is threatening neighborhoods in Orange County is a battle that is ramping up between citizens and officials on that board. This is going to be a tough fight.

These stories lead your Tuesday Morning Political Headlines. Have a great day!

WESH 2: First lady Michelle Obama speaking at Disney

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: First lady Michelle Obama addressing school counselors at Disney World today

Orlando Sentinel: Rollins says no to baseball stadium after citizen complaints

WKMG Local 6: Double Play!

$77 billion budget, e-cigarette ban goes into effect July 1

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Candidate’s campaign sign defaced by vandals in Florida

WFTV 9 Eyewitness News: Homeowners meet to discuss Osceola Parkway extension plans

WOFL FOX 35: Congressional candidate’s sign vandalized