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Jeremy Ring also floating run for Governor in 2018

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U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham rocked the Democratic side of Florida politics with her announcement Thursday morning she’s “seriously considering” a run for governor. But of course, she won’t be alone in seeking to take back the Governor’s Mansion for the Dems for the first time since Gov. Lawton Chiles held the state’s highest post in 1998. Margate Sen. Jeremy Ring said Thursday morning he’ll throw his hat in the ring as well. “No door is closed for me. I am considering it, yes, and am in…

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Corrine Brown, fired up and ready to go — to lunch

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With the oldest son of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. standing behind her, U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown held a master class in political theater at a Tallahassee buffet restaurant Friday. It came after a court hearing on her legal challenge of the state’s new congressional district map. In the morning, a panel of federal judges heard arguments — but did not immediately rule — on her request for a preliminary injunction to freeze in place the old map until a final…

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Jim Rosica’s Top 10 stories of 2015 in state government

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From palace intrigues to pot, 2015 brought a plethora of material to the Capitol Press Corps. Trying to pick the top 10 state government stories is a subjective pursuit, to say the least, but here are the FloridaPolitics.com picks for the passing year: No. 1: The “firing” of Gerald Bailey Gov. Rick Scott actually forced out the state’s top cop in December 2014 but the repercussions of that move spilled well over into the new year. Scott originally announced Bailey’s…

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Parties in redistricting case tell Daniel Webster: Butt out

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Those now involved in the ongoing congressional redistricting challenge are against letting Republican U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster become a new party in the case, according to court filings released Monday. The Florida House of Representatives, Florida Senate, Common Cause and League of Women Voters of Florida, among others, filed responses opposing Webster’s motion to intervene, submitted last week to the Florida Supreme Court. The two legislative chambers, however, did say they were OK with Webster’s lawyers just handing in a friend-of-the-court brief. But the…

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Maps come in for congressional redistricting challenge

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Circuit Judge Terry Lewis will have at least seven proposed maps to sort out as he determines the best way to fix Florida’s congressional district boundaries. As of Tuesday, those maps include the House’s original “base map,” unchanged since last month’s Special Session, and two from the Senate, one of which puts the southern flank of eastern Hillsborough County back into the 16th Congressional District, now held by Republican U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan. Still others, including those submitted by the League of Women…

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Judge gives redistricting parties extra time for maps

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Circuit Judge Terry Lewis has given parties in the ongoing congressional redistricting case until Monday to submit their final versions of how to draw boundary lines for those districts. At a brief hearing on Friday, Lewis set the date for all competing maps to be submitted. A final hearing on the matter still is set for Sept. 24, court dockets show. Time is of the essence: Candidate qualifying for congressional office is set for next June 20-24, according to the state’s elections website. Just…

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