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Leon County (Florida)

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  • Val Demings sees her stock rising, and growing electoral options

    Val Demings sees her stock rising, and growing electoral options
    TALLAHASSEE -- It was noteworthy to some when former Orlando Police Chief Val Demings was making the rounds at Florida Democrats' annual fundraising conference in Westin last month. That's because her name is surfacing as a potential running mate for...
  • Ruling means blind trusts are likely here to stay

    Ruling means blind trusts are likely here to stay
    TALLAHASSEE – In 1976, Florida voters agreed that "a public office is a public trust," even though many of its politicians were treating it like a license to bribe. Floridians wrote the Sunshine Amendment into the Constitution thanks to the...
  • Judge orders new Central Florida congressional map by Aug. 15, and wants a special election to fill it

    Judge orders new Central Florida congressional map by Aug. 15, and wants a special election to fill it
    TALLAHASSEE -- A judge on Friday gave the Florida Legislature two weeks to design a new congressional map for Central Florida that doesn't conflict with the state's anti-gerrymandering requirements, potentially pushing back the election date for filling...
  • Nonprofits lead push for redistricting changes in Maryland

    After victories in Florida and California, some nonprofit organizations are turning up the heat to change the way redistricting is done in Maryland. Common Cause Maryland and the League of Women Voters, among other groups, held a rally in Annapolis...
  • Judge backs blind trusts for Gov. Rick Scott, other officials

    Judge backs blind trusts for Gov. Rick Scott, other officials
    TALLAHASSEE — A state law allowing elected officials to set up blind trusts does not violate the Florida Constitution's open-government requirements, a Leon County judge has ruled, clearing the way for Gov. Rick Scott to continue to shield his...
  • Judge 'skeptical' he can delay election with unconstitutional map

    Judge 'skeptical' he can delay election with unconstitutional map
    TALLAHASSEE -- Facing a looming electoral deadline, a judge said Thursday he was "extremely skeptical" he could delay elections this fall using Central Florida's illegally drawn congressional maps. Instead, Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis said...
  • Florida Legislature opts to re-draw Central Florida congressional map

    Florida Legislature opts to re-draw Central Florida congressional map
    TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Legislature's Republican leaders said Tuesday they would re-draw two unconstitutional Orlando-area congressional districts provided the courts allowed the new map to take effect in 2016 instead of in this year's midterm...
  • Legislature will resume map-drawing on Thursday

    Legislature will resume map-drawing on Thursday
    TALLAHASSEE -- After a court found its congressional map unconstitutional, the Florida Legislature will return for a special session Thursday to try to re-design a compliant plan for voters and avert a delay in this fall's elections. House Speaker...
  • Legislature convenes rushed redistricting special session

    Legislature convenes rushed redistricting special session
    TALLAHASSEE -- Lawmakers released a re-drawn congressional map Thursday which would shift the contours of seven U.S. House districts spread throughout Central Florida. On the first day of a court-ordered special session, House Speaker Will Weatherford,...
  • Florida Legislature's Rocket Redistricting Plan

    Florida Legislature's Rocket Redistricting Plan
    TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Legislature is preparing a quick-fix this week to remedy its gerrymandered congressional map which would shed the "finger-like appendages" from two Orlando-area districts that a judge found improperly favored Republicans.  And...
  • Only Dems will get absentee ballots in county D2

    Only Dems will get absentee ballots in county D2
     This just in: Despite a court order to open the Broward County District 2 primary election to voters of all parties, the Broward supervisor of elections will send ballots today to Democrats only. That's according  to this letter sent this morning by...
  • Judge rules Florida congressional map violates Fair Districts standards

    Judge rules Florida congressional map violates Fair Districts standards
    TALLAHASSEE -- Florida's re-drawn congressional map intentionally favors Republicans in violation of the anti-gerrymandering standards voters approved in 2010 and will have to be re-drawn, according to a ruling late Thursday from a Tallahassee judge....