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Darryl Paulson: The end of gerrymandering?

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The term gerrymandering was coined over 200 years ago. On March 26, 1812, the Boston Gazette first used the term in describing the redrawing of a Massachusetts state senate district. Gov. Elbridge Gerry, a member of the Democratic-Republican Party, said the district resembled a salamander. Gerry’s name was linked to the last part of salamander, and the term gerrymandering was born.

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Promises, pomp and protests as Donald Trump sworn in

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Pledging to empower America’s “forgotten men and women,” Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday, taking command of a deeply divided nation and ushering in an unpredictable era in Washington. His victory gives Republicans control of the White House for the first time in eight years. Looking out over the crowd sprawled across the National Mall, Trump painted a bleak picture of the nation he now leads, lamenting “American carnage,” shuttered factories and…

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Mitch Perry Report for 3.24.16 — Jeb Bush’s endorsement of Ted Cruz means … what?

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On why Americans hate politics, example #462. Jeb Bush came out and endorsed Ted Cruz on Wednesday. As he put it yesterday, “For the sake of our party and country, we must overcome the divisiveness and vulgarity Donald Trump has brought into the political arena, or we will certainly lose our chance to defeat the Democratic nominee, most likely Hillary Clinton, this fall.” It’s curious why the former Florida Governor only now is backing Cruz though. Two weeks ago, Bush met up…

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Today on Context Florida: John Roberts, educational uniformity, Martin Shkreli’s mother, civil forfeiture and voter enthusiasm

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Today on Context Florida: Martin Dyckman says U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has hurt minorities, consumers, and democracy. His reputation as a harsh critic of the Voting Rights Act and an advocate for corporations preceded Roberts to his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in September 2005. As chief justice, he said, he would be like a baseball umpire impartially calling balls and strikes. “Umpires don’t make the rules. They apply them,” he testified. ” … I come…

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Many Floridians of note deserve U.S. Capitol honor

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Florida had been a state for less than a century when it came time to honor famous citizens with two statues at the U.S. Capitol, and there were few plausible candidates. Dr. John Gorrie, the physician who invented mechanical refrigeration – imagine modern Florida without it – was an outstanding choice. But from today’s perspective, Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith is a head-scratcher. Let 2016 be the year the Legislature finally retires him. Smith’s historical distinction was to command Rebel…

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Trump: John Roberts “disgraceful” on high court; Clarence Thomas favorite

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Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is “disgraceful” and a “disappointment” to conservatives, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Saturday, while praising Associate Justice Clarence Thomas as his favorite member of the high court. “Justice Roberts really let us down. What he did with Obamacare was disgraceful, and I think he did that because he wanted to be popular inside the Beltway,” Trump told about 4,000 supporters. The celebrity billionaire was referring to the chief justice twice voting to uphold…

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Ron DeSantis touts RedState, disses Alan Grayson

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The always active Ron DeSantis for Senate press shop was working again on Monday, promoting the Ponte Vedra Republican’s appearance at Erick Erickson’s Red State Gathering (where he was endorsed for Senate by the conservative commentator), then dissing Democratic Senate candidate and fellow U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson in emails. During his Red State speech, DeSantis said a number of things that his outreach operation thought noteworthy, such as his assertion that “the Democrats, really have no interest, at all, in being good stewards of our American…

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