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Joe Henderson: For solar energy supporters, Amendment 1 raises red flags

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In the Aug. 30 primary, Florida voters made it unmistakably clear how they feel about solar energy. Nearly 73 percent of them voted to approve an amendment providing a tax break for businesses that convert to solar power. That was just what backers of clean energy in Florida wanted, of course. Now they have a new request for voters: When Amendment 1, otherwise known as Florida Solar Energy Subsidies and Personal Solar Use Initiative, comes up in November, those same…

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AARP Florida, League of Women Voters to sponsor candidate ‘Community Conversation’ Aug. 16

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AARP Florida, the Florida League of Women Voters, the Orlando Sentinel and FOX 35 will sponsor a “community conversation” Aug. 16 that will offer area residents an unusual chance to focus on where candidates for three Orlando-area seats in Congress stand on key domestic issues ahead of the Aug. 30 primary elections, organizers of the event said Monday. “With so much attention focused on national political campaigns today, many voters are just now starting to focus on where candidates for…

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Judges to consider Corrine Brown challenge to congressional redistricting

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A trio of federal judges on Friday will hear arguments from an attorney for U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown on her move to temporarily stop a congressional redistricting scheme ordered by the Florida Supreme Court. The one-hour hearing is set for 9 a.m. in the U.S. Courthouse in Tallahassee. U.S. Circuit Judge Robin Rosenbaum and U.S. District Judges Mark Walker and Robert Hinkle also will hear from lawyers for the League of Women Voters of Florida, Common Cause, the Florida Legislature, and Secretary of State Ken…

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Bob Buckhorn slams Legislature for pushing Open Carry legislation

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Wading into the current debate in Tallahassee, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn is slamming state lawmakers who are advocating that Florida allow nearly 1.5 million Floridians with concealed carry permits to openly carry their firearms, rather than having to keep them hidden. “This bill is totally unnecessary,” Buckhorn declared at a news conference held at Tampa Police headquarters, where he was joined by Police Chief Eric Ward, Hillsborough County State Attorney Mark Ober and the Florida League of Women Voters Patricia…

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Pay no attention to the redistricting maps behind the curtain

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There is no shortage of rumors, guesses and predictions about what map – if any – will ultimately pass the Legislature. Seriously, I am pretty sure I have heard every scenario, theory and vote count. I have listened to some of the brightest and best-informed politicos postulate and prognosticate about what the next few days will bring. And it is, I must admit, pretty cool that folks who didn’t know a census tract from a racetrack are now discussing the…

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Why Florida LWV isn’t working on the restoration of ex-felons voting rights amendment

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Florida is one of only three states left in the country that takes away ex-felons’ voting rights for life. More than 1.6 million Floridians cannot vote, hold office or serve on a jury, according to The Sentencing Project, a prison-reform group. Democrats in the Florida Legislature have railed for years against what they call this injustice, but have nothing to show for their efforts. Things did change in 2007, when the clemency board under then Gov. Charlie Crist began to automatically…

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Florida League of Women Voters blasts record budget that ‘ignores Constitution’

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Citing “blatant political maneuvering and a disregard for the wishes of voters,” few lawmakers can take pride in the 2015 legislative session, says Pamela Goodman, president of the Florida League of Women Voters. Her primary concerns in the recently ended special session were notable failures in accepting federal Medicaid expansion money to cover more than 800,000 of the state’s uninsured poor, as well as falling short on environmental funding passed overwhelmingly by Florida voters last November. “The 2015 Legislature kicked…

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