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Edward James says his HD 72 July fundraising is No. 1 among all House candidates

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Democrat Edward James says he not only out-raised his opponent, incumbent state Rep. Ray Pilon, last month, but he also raised more than all other candidates for the Florida House. According to an analysis conducted by James’ finance chairman and campaign treasurer, James’ July campaign finance haul — $26,388, on top of $10,100 that came into a political committee, New Direction Florida, which supports James — is the highest of any House candidate. With lawmakers are tied up this month redrawing congressional maps in Tallahassee — and therefore…

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U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown legal challenge to new districts halted

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U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown‘s attempt to get a federal court to stop Florida lawmakers from redrawing her congressional district has been stopped for now. Lawyers on Monday withdrew the lawsuit that Brown was seeking to join. That means the Jacksonville Democrat will have to start over. Brown and other black leaders in central Florida last week filed to intervene in an already existing lawsuit that challenged the current shape of her district on the grounds that it created “racial packing”…

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The mother of all analyses of Florida’s proposed congressional ‘base’ maps

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The Florida Legislature released its base map heading into next week’s Special Session on redistricting. The map makes changes to 22 of the 27 districts. Some changes are small while others are very large. Many voters will find themselves in brand new districts if the base map becomes law. The map below shows areas that will change districts and those that will remain the same. As the map shows, many folks (those in the red) will find themselves in new…

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Corrine Brown: Court should stop lawmakers from redrawing district

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U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown is trying to stop Florida lawmakers from redrawing her congressional district, saying their efforts will deny African-Americans political representation. Brown and other black leaders in central Florida on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit seeking to intervene in the Florida Supreme Court decision that is causing lawmakers to begin redrawing the state’s congressional districts next week. Brown says a plan to change her district from a north-south configuration stretching from Jacksonville to Orlando to an east-west district…

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Dana Young for Florida Senate?

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If things break as the Florida Supreme Court has foreshadowed, House Majority Leader Dana Young might be headed to the state Senate. While sources are conflicted as to whether a likely redrawing of the upper chamber’s district boundaries will leave Young with a viable district, there is broad agreement on one thing: If she runs, she’ll certainly be competitive. “If a new Senate map looked anything like the proposal from the Fair Districts Coalition, Dana’s profile would be exceptionally strong,” said Democratic strategist Steve Schale, referring…

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As Mary Thomas readies CD 2 bid, Steve Southerland prays on returning

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Former U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland is considering another run in Florida’s Second Congressional District, according to two sources close to the former north Florida Congressman. Southerland represented north central Florida in the U.S. House from 2011 to 2015 before an upset defeat at the hands of U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham sent him packing. Florida Politics first reported in March that Southerland would not seek a rematch against Graham in 2016, however he is now seriously weighing a return to electoral politics because it appears likely that Florida’s congressional districts map…

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15 members of Florida U.S. House delegation ask Legislature to hold hearings on redistricting

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More than half of Florida’s 27 members of the U.S. House of Representatives called on leaders in the state Legislature to “conduct redistricting hearings across our great state” in a letter dated Thursday. In a missive addressed to Senate President Andy Gardiner and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, the bipartisan group of congressmen — including Democratic Senate candidate Alan Grayson and DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz as well as Republican U.S. Reps. Carlos Curbelo and Ileana Ros Lehtinen — particularly stressed the impact that the forthcoming changes to district boundaries…

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