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On Veterans’ Day eve, Gwen Graham recognizes local companies hiring vets

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U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham visited Florida’s capital city Tuesday while the state Supreme Court heard oral arguments that could reshape the course of her political career. That’s not why she was at Tallahassee City Hall a few blocks from the court, though. She was in town to recognize a pair of veteran-friendly North Florida employers the day before Veterans Day, as part of a series of such recognitions Graham will soon conduct across her sprawling 2nd Congressional District. The freshman Democrat…

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Gwen Graham on redistricting: Legislature didn’t do its job

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U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham on Tuesday flunked the Florida Legislature because it failed to agree on a new map of congressional districts after a 2-week Special Session that ended last Friday. “When you’re given a job to do, you do the job,” Graham said after a Tallahassee news conference about her legislation aimed at reducing infant deaths. “The Legislature did not complete the task put before them.” Graham’s political future is in question because of a court case over gerrymandering in congressional redistricting,…

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Don’t go roping Will Weatherford into the Florida Senate’s mess, Andy Gardiner

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Thursday was a another wild day in the Florida Capitol, and particularly for the Senate, which seemed for a moment to have adopted a “not one damn” comma approach to its tweaks to the congressional “base map” drawn by staff earlier this month. Hours before, a story by the Miami Herald’s Mary Ellen Klas again stoked the fires of senatorial map-making malpractice. The article detailed new depositions and court documents related to the shadow redistricting process undertaken by the chamber, complete with inappropriate communications between…

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Florida’s congressional map remains in limbo near deadline

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A new map for Florida’s 27 congressional districts remains in limbo. The Florida Legislature is still divided over how to follow a court order to redraw congressional districts. Legislators are supposed to end their special session Friday. The Florida House on Thursday rejected a map passed a day earlier by the Florida Senate and instead voted 60-38 for a new version that shifted voters around in four cities. The maps proposed by both chambers would result in a dramatic shift…

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Report: Shadow process plagued Florida Senate redistricting

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Recently filed documents in Leon County Court as part of an ongoing legal challenge to the process unveiled a legislative underworld of lobbyists and consultants colluding with GOP lawmakers to help preserve the GOP’s 26-14 advantage and to protect incumbents. As recently reported by Mary Ellen Klas in the Miami Herald, and previous to the documents’ release, in Politico before that, the Senate’s redistricting process was mired in staged testimony, inappropriate communications between outside consultants and Senate staff, and supposedly neutral maps…

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Senate to convene Friday to take up final map redraw

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According to a Senate spokesperson, the Senate will not convene today at 3 p.m. as was originally planned. Instead, Senate redistricting Chair Bill Galvano will meet with House maps chief Jose Oliva following the House’s session today. See notice below.

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Oh, Florida House — state Rep. Ritch Workman moonlighting as Uber driver

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Last session, “transportation network services” like Uber and Lyft were one of myriad issues where the House and Senate diverged — the House position was enthusiastically pro-Uber, while the Senate was more reticent. But state Rep. Ritch Workman has taken his support for ridesharing to a whole new level. FloridaPolitics.com has learned — and a rep for Uber has confirmed — that the House Rules Committee Chairman has taken up a side job as a “driver partner” for the ride-hailing service. In the photo below,…

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