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Is Dwight Bullard the latest casualty of the redistricting wars?

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Is state Sen. Dwight Bullard the first casualty of the redistricting wars? And is Sen. Oscar Braynon turning his back on him? There were rumors that Senate Democrats were ultimately (deliberately or unknowingly — we do not know yet) sacrificing minorities during their battle for redistricting. But did anyone know or predict he would pick one minority over another? Well, Florida Politics is here today. Namely, would he sacrifice an arguably weaker African-American, who is a legacy Democrat and a…

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Dems says Legislature “declared independence” from Rick Scott in rebuffing priorities

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Senate Democratic Leader Arthenia Joyner said Friday afternoon – after passing a tax package and budget widely divergent from that of Gov. Rick Scott – claiming lawmakers had “declared their independence” from an overbearing executive branch in doing so. “The 2016 Legislative Session may well go down in the history books as the year Florida lawmakers formally declared their independence from Governor Scott,” said Joyner, who is exiting the Legislature due to term limits after some 40 years of involvement with the process in…

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Senate Dems huddle up to oppose fracking bill

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After a fire alarm delayed the start of Wednesday’s meeting by almost half an hour, the Senate Democratic caucus finally got down to the task at hand: opposing Republican-sponsored legislation, particularly an energy exploration bill that has environmentalists up in arms. The caucus members were united in their resistance to a bill they said would preempt local bans on natural gas exploration via hydraulic fracturing, better known as “fracking.” Sen. Darren Soto came to the meeting fresh from a press conference in opposition…

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Senate Democratic leader rips into Rick Scott, state GOP leadership

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State Sen. Arthenia Joyner didn’t mean it in a good way when she said recent actions taken by Gov. Rick Scott and her GOP colleagues in the statehouse represented “just another day in Tallahassee.” After taking to the rostrum to the tune of Aretha Franklin‘s “Respect,” Joyner heaped criticism on the governor and legislative leaders for “grand abdications of the public trust.” “How often does a legislative body formally confess to purposefully violating the very Constitution that each of them swore on the Bible…

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Joe Biden testing political waters in Florida

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Approaching a time of decision, Vice President Joe Biden tested the political waters in Florida on Wednesday as he mulls over whether to join a 2016 presidential race that’s left a lot Democrats wanting more choice. Biden attended a fundraiser Wednesday night for Senate Democrats after a speech at Miami Dade College promoting the administration’s education agenda. At every turn, he’s been watched for any hints about his 2016 ambitions as Democrats debate whether the race would benefit from his…

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Today on Context Florida: Matt Gaetz, trains, healthcare clarity and tech & politics

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Today on Context Florida: Even those who disagree with the arch conservative Rep. Matt Gaetz concede that the only place he is more brilliant than he is when delivering a speech on the floor of the Florida House is when he is at a keyboard or on his smart phone and broadcasting to his friends and followers. That is, says Peter Schorsch, until last week. Gaetz started a Twitter war after remarking that the Senate Democrats’ lawsuit filed to the Supreme…

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Session is over: Supreme Court rules against Senate Ds

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The Supreme Court of Florida on Friday refused to grant a writ of mandamus to Senate Democrats who were seeking to compel the Florida House to return to Tallahassee to finish the 2015 regular legislative session. But five of the seven justices opined that the House’s actions violated the state Constitution as the Democrats argued. In a unanimous ruling, the court denied the write of mandamus because Democrats failed to show that the issuance of the writ of mandamus “would…

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