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Florida Strong releases web ad condemning Legislature for its faulty congressional map

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As Florida lawmakers began discussing redistricting in the first day of a two-week special session in Tallahassee, a new web ad is reminding Floridians why the Legislature is convening in the first place.

The ad, called “Cannot be Trusted,” comes from the group Florida Strong. It features local television news clips that aired the night that the Florida Supreme Court ruled that the Legislature violated the state Constitution in 2012 in the drawing up of eight specific congressional districts.

The Legislature is scheduled to remain in session until August 21. A third special session focusing on redrawing state Senate lines is scheduled for October.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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