Kendrick Meek’s bid to become the next senator from Florida might have crashed on the rocks of a shrinking Democratic base, but wow – didn’t the Miami congressman show a lot of Floridians that political candidacy and human decency need not be mutually exclusive.
In a striking rebuke to the Legislature, the state's highest court on Tuesday whacked three lawmaker-orchestrated amendments from the November ballot, including proposals asking voters to block parts of the federal health-care law and to preserve legislators’ ability to draw legislative districts in a certain way.
House Speaker Designate Dean Cannon went to the Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday to defend the Legislature’s attempt to blunt a pair of ballot measures that could threaten the Republican Party’s grip on the Legislature and congressional delegation.
U.S. Reps. Corrine Brown and Mario Diaz-Balart have filed a lawsuit seeking to block a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at overhauling how congressional boundaries are drawn.
Brown, D-Jacksonville, and Diaz-Balart, R-Miami, earlier this year testified before legislative committees against the FairDistricts proposal, Amendment 6 on the November ballot. The lawsuit, filed late Monday in Leon County Circuit Court, echoes the lawmakers’ testimony that the measure misleads voters and could hurt minority representation in Congress.