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Florida Politics Florida redistricting ruling could be felt for decades

TALLAHASSEE -- Central Florida's political geography could be scrambled thanks to a court's ruling that the Legislature's congressional maps tilted too far to help elect Republicans.

OS Political Pulse Florida redistricting ruling could be felt for decades

TALLAHASSEE -- Central Florida's political geography could be scrambled thanks to a court's ruling that the Legislature's congressional maps tilted too far to help elect Republicans.

Florida Politics Texas oil company retreats from Everglades well

�State officials reported on Friday that the Dan A. Hughes Co.

Florida Politics House bill provides millions for Everglades, Indian River Lagoon

An appropriations bill passed by the U.S.

Naked Politics David Rivera suspends Miami congressional campaign

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David Rivera, the former Miami congressman under federal investigation in a campaign-finance scheme, said Friday he is suspending his latest congressional bid.

Naked Politics Redistricting ruling: George Washington, appendages and detective work

Judge Terry Lewis took less than a month to write his opinion invalidating Florida's congressional map after receiving the final, written briefs from the parties but it is chock full of analysis, including some of his own detective work that led to him raise questions about the behavior of legislators and political operatives that we hadn't seen raised at trial. Parts of it read as if he's piecing together a spy novel.

Naked Politics Corrine Brown calls redistricting decision 'seriously flawed'

Rep. Corrine Brown, who teamed up with Republicans in the early 1990s to carve out a heavily African-American district, blasted the court decision calling her district into question. In a statement the Jacksonville Democrat said:

OS Political Pulse 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 circuit judge in Tallahassee.

Florida Politics 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 circuit judge in Tallahassee.

Naked Politics Judge invalidates Florida's congressional districts, appeal is likely

In a ruling released late Thursday, Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis ordered the redrawing of Florida's congressional map, contending that two of the state's 27 districts drawn by lawmakers in 2012 violate the Fair District standards.

Post on Politics Diaz-Balart says GOP House leadership will not bring comprehensive immigration bill to the floor this year

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Miami, a champion of immigration reform from the Republican side of the aisle, said Thursday he was told by the GOP House leadership that a bipartisan bill he and others have spent five years crafting will not be brought to the floor this year.
Diaz-Balart’s statement appears to put the last nail in the coffin of immigration reform until at least 2015.

Naked Politics Miami Rep. Diaz-Balart: Decision to give up on immigration legislation ‘highly irresponsible’

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U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, a Republican from Miami, sharply criticized the decision to give up on immigration legislation this year.

In a Washington press conference Thursday afternoon, Diaz-Balart said he had been informed by House leadership earlier in the day that legislation he pushed that would have led to a path to citizenship for immigrants already in the U.S. was dead this year.

Florida Politics Diaz-Balart: House inaction on immigration "irresponsible"

 

OS Political Pulse Diaz-Balart: House inaction on immigration "irresponsible"

 

Naked Politics Dems attack Scott's education record in new Spanish-language ad

Democrats are taking aim at Gov. Rick Scott's education record -- en Español.

On Thursday, the party released its first Spanish-language TV ad, a 30-second spot called "Recortes," or "Cuts."

It opens with an image of the Republican governor on a chalkboard.

Naked Politics Crews suspends Dade warden involved in suspicious inmate death

 Facing a rising wave of criticism, Florida Department of Corrections Mike Crews on Thursday suspended the warden of a Florida City prison where an inmate died after he was locked in a scalding-hot shower.

Naked Politics On-duty cops at Scott campaign event draws election law complaint

A leader of the Florida Police Benevolent Association, an officers' union that backs Charlie Crist for governor, has filed an election-law complaint against Gov. Rick Scott, accusing his campaign of violating the law by having on-duty police officers at a campaign event.

Post on Politics New PBC watchdog issues open letter to public

Two weeks after taking over Palm Beach County’s beleaguered corruption-fighting office, Inspector General John Carey on issued an open letter to residents on Thursday.

In the one-page letter, Carey touched on his work as the inspector general of the federal Defense Intelligence Agency and said he hoped to use his experience to “help save taxpayer dollars by making government more efficient while rooting out fraud, waste and mismanagement.”

Florida Politics FDP unveils Spanish-language ad attacking Rick Scott on education

OS Political Pulse FDP unveils Spanish-language ad attacking Rick Scott on education

Naked Politics Ringer candidate in middle of fed probe of ex-Miami Rep. David Rivera sentenced to 7 months

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Justin Lamar Sternad, the improbable congressional candidate cast as a central witness in the federal probe of ex-U.S. Rep. David Rivera, was sentenced to seven months for campaign violations in Miami federal court Thursday after pleading guilty more than a year ago.

OS Political Pulse New Republican ad makes fun of Crist's tan, fudges education numbers

Florida Politics New Republican ad makes fun of Crist's tan, fudges education numbers

Naked Politics Odebrecht may sue Miami-Dade over stalled Airport City project

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A Miami-Dade County commissioner said Wednesday he wants to press Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s administration for a final decision on a commercial development proposed at Miami International Airport that has been in the works for six years but now appears to be on the verge of falling apart.

Naked Politics Crist's claim about Medicaid expansion and jobs

The White House has new ammunition for those fighting for Medicaid expansion: It would create create jobs.

The study by the White House Council of Economic Advisers — titled "Missed Opportunities" — provides a state-by-state analysis of how many jobs would be created by expanding Medicaid. The number for Florida: 63,800 jobs between 2014 and 2017.

Naked Politics DOC secretary now vows to get involved to expedite prove into inmate deaths

After weeks of silence, and months of receiving complaints about a suspicious inmate death by a scalding shower, Department of Corrections Secretary Mike Crews said Wednesday that he will travel to Miami to accelerate the investigation into the death of inmate Darren Rainey.

Naked Politics Rubio pressures Obama to drop hammer on Venezuelan leaders

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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio stepped up his pressure on the Obama administration to drop the hammer on Venezuelan officials involved in that country’s crackdown on peaceful protesters.

Naked Politics State and federal investigators open new probes into inmate deaths

New investigations are underway by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement into the deaths of three inmates whose bodies were found in state prisons over the Fourth of July weekend, authorities confirmed Wednesday.

The deaths bring the total open, in-custody state prison death cases under scrutiny to 10 — nine of them being handled by the FDLE.

Florida Politics Scott taps outside counsel to litigate in Crist's failed Digital Domain deal

TALLAHASSEE -- Gov.

OS Political Pulse Scott taps outside counsel to litigate in Crist's failed Digital Domain deal

TALLAHASSEE -- Gov.