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Oscar Braynon rolls out first Senate redistricting plan ahead of Special Session

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State Sen. Oscar Braynon has filed the first proposed re-drawn Senate map under President Andy Gardiner‘s new redistricting regime, following a consent agreement under which the Senate admitted it violated state constitutional prohibitions against gerrymandering. Notably, the map does not feature a district that traverses the Tampa Bay, combining parts of St. Petersburg and Tampa by way of unpopulated territory in the middle, a maneuver the Florida Supreme Court ruled illegal in its opinion on the state’s congressional maps back in July. Instead, it…

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#6 on list of Tampa Bay’s Most Powerful Politicians — Tom Lee

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The 53-year-old Brandon-based homebuilder moves up one notch from his 2014 ranking, in part because of his status as chair of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee for the next two legislative sessions. Tom Lee initially served in the Senate from 1996-2006, serving as Senate president for those last two years before an unsuccessful run for chief financial officer against Alex Sink in 2006. He returned to Tallahassee in the Senate in 2012, and in 2014 worked double duty on the…

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