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Nancy Pelosi thanks Florida Democrats for fighting for redistricting

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The Florida Supreme Court’s decision of a year ago to declare eight of the state’s 27 congressional districts to be drawn up in violation of the state’s constitution was greeted with delight by Democrats, and not just in Florida. Although the odds of recapturing the House of Representatives are considered extremely low this fall, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is certainly going to keep hope alive during the party’s convention week in Philadelphia, and she praised Florida Democrats for fighting…

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St. Pete Solar Co-op: “Let the sun pay your bills.”

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St. Petersburg on Tuesday became the first Tampa Bay city to be the site of a solar cooperative. The cooperative will make it easier for homeowners and businesses to afford the equipment needed to rely on solar power, advocates said. “I’m proud to support this idea of co-ops,” St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman said. “It is truly time for St. Petersburg to make solar a part of how we do business.” The co-op is the creation of the St. Pete…

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Mitch Perry Report for 7.15.16 – No Tebowing in Cleveland

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Bad news for folks who were psyched that Tim Tebow was announced on Thursday to be a featured speaker at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Like Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady before him, Tebow became the latest (former) pro quarterback who has disavowed any intentions that he would be speaking at Donald Trump’s party next week. “My goal has always been to be able to make a difference in the biggest way possible. And if one day that’s in the…

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League of Women Voters calls for stricter gun laws after Orlando shooting

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In the wake of the 2 a.m. shooting at The Pulse nightclub in Orlando, The League of Women Voters issued a news release by email Sunday morning titled “Florida Must Lead on Gun Safety,” calling for tightening background checks and “extensive, required safety training” for any gun buyers. “The time for action is NOW,” the press release states. “Guns kill people. That is a fact. Florida must be a leader NOW for necessary gun legislation.” The release calls gun safety “a public…

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Redistricting plaintiffs want Corrine Brown to pay for their consultants

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The winners of the congressional redistricting fight now are sending U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown their own $23,600 bill for consultants. The League of Women Voters of Florida, Common Cause and others already filed a motion for sanctions against the North Florida congresswoman for unsuccessfully challenging them in federal court. Court dockets show they’ve now added a “bill of costs” for the consultants they used, adding “expert witness fees” to their previous demand for an “award of attorneys’ fees,” now estimated at $220,000. Brown, however,…

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Redistricting plaintiffs seek sanctions against Corrine Brown

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The winners of the congressional redistricting fight are seeking to make Corrine Brown pay for challenging them. The League of Women Voters of Florida, Common Cause and others last week filed a motion for sanctions against the north Florida congresswoman. Brown had unsuccessfully fought the redrawing of Florida’s congressional districts. Specifically, the Jacksonville Democrat had asked the court to set aside her redrawn seat, the 5th Congressional District. Brown said her new district violates federal voting laws by cutting down the influence of minority voters and discriminates against them. A panel…

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Darryl Paulson: Florida’s congressional elections: The changing of the guard

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In a typical election cycle, about 90 percent of House members and 70 percent of U.S. senators win re-election. As has often been noted, Americans hate Congress, but love their own representative. In the 2016 congressional election in Florida, close to half of the delegation will be replaced. As David Wasserman of the Cook Political Report notes, “Florida is primed to have the most turnover in the country.” Why will Florida experience such unprecedented turnover? The answer: retirements, reapportionment and…

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