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Rumors surround Justice Anthony Kennedy exit, but he’s not talking

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As one justice settles into his new job at the Supreme Court, is another about to leave? Eighty-year-old Justice Anthony Kennedy is so far refusing to comment on speculation that he may soon retire after 29 years on the court. But that hasn’t stopped President Donald Trump and, obliquely, the Republican senator in charge of high court confirmation hearings from weighing in on the prospect that Kennedy could step down as soon as this spring or summer. If not this…

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Corrine Brown: Court ruling “direct attack on minority voters”

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Vowing to fight on via a federal lawsuit, Rep. Corrine Brown has released an incendiary statement reacting to the state Supreme Court’s redistricting ruling that reconfigures her North Florida district from one that snakes from Jacksonville south to Orlando, into an east-west Jax-to-Tallahassee district with fewer African-American voters. Here is the statement in its entirety, which outlines a great deal of historical context: “Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court of the state of Florida is just what I expected because…

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Helen Gordon Davis, an early victim of racial gerrymandering in Florida

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The obituaries for Helen Gordon Davis correctly recounted what one called her “trailblazing” career in the Florida Legislature, where in 1974 she became one of very few women – the first from Hillsborough County – in what a colleague famously called “the land of the Bubbas.” She weathered the sexism and condescension and compiled a luminous record in what some refer to wistfully as the “Golden Age” of Florida politics. What the tributes didn’t mention, after her death May 18,…

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Frank Reddick gives his theory on why black turnout will be low in today’s Tampa election

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With the lack of a competitive mayoral race and two of the seven City Council seats not even on the ballot today, voter participation is not expected to be very robust in today’s municipal election in Tampa. One of those two council members who didn’t get an opponent and thus was automatically re-elected in January, District 5 representative Frank Reddick, says the fact that he’s not on the ballot will directly affect the black vote in Tampa today. “It’s hard…

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