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Former state representative Ricardo Rangel and state senator Darren Soto have announced plans to fill Grayson’s seat. Photo: Flickr.
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Soto and Rangel Will Run to Fill Florida Rep. Grayson’s Seat


The race to fill Florida House Representative Alan Grayson’s seat is heating up. State senator Darren Soto and former state representative Ricardo Rangel announced plans today to run for the 9th district spot. That’s after Grayson announced plans to join the race for U.S. Senate. Grayson’s 9th district director Susannah Randolph could file to run for Grayson’s seat, too. She says she’s strongly considering a run.
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Congresswoman Brown Calls Redistricting Ruling “Flawed”


State lawmakers will need to draw new congressional maps for next year’s elections. That’s after the Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday the state’s congressional districts violate a constitutional amendment that prohibits gerrymandering. Democratic Congresswoman Corrine Brown, whose District 5 stretches from Jacksonville to Orlando, called the ruling “flawed.”
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PEER – Environmental Report


This week, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility issued a disturbing report highlighting just how slack things have gotten when it comes to environmental regulation in Florida. According to an analysis of the state Department of Environmental Protection’s work, after 2010- the year Gov. Rick Scott was elected – anti-pollution enforcement in the state took a nosedive. In 2014, the state pursued just 234 enforcement cases, compared to more than 1,500 in 2010. PEER determined that, overall, the state has seen sharp, steady declines in the enforcement of major regulations programs governing everything from clean air and water to industrial waste, hazardous waste and beaches and coastal waters. “Under Scott, the DEP has largely ceased engaging in meaningful environmental protection,” Florida …
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