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North, Central Floridians to Vote in Unconstitutional Congressional Districts


Floridians will vote Tuesday in two congressional districts ruled unconstitutional by a Tallahassee circuit judge. The districts in North and Central Florida likely will face more litigation, but primary elections results are expected to stand. Winter Garden Republican Dan Webster’s District 10 and Jacksonville Democrat Corrine Brown’s District 5 were ordered redrawn after Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis ruled they favored Republicans. Last week Judge Lewis affirmed the Legislature’s newly drawn map but found there’s no time to implement it for 2014. Aubrey Jewett, a professor of political science at the University of Central Florida, says even if the state Supreme Court takes up the issue it’s unlikely to order special elections in congressional races. “Because these are federal …
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Judge Hears Arguments on New Congressional Map


Plaintiffs say newly drawn congressional districts still favor Republicans and discourage black representation in Central Florida. But the defense argued Wednesday before a judge the new districts follow his order and asked for his approval. Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis had ruled the districts unlawfully favor Republicans and ordered the Legislature to redraw them. David King is a Central Florida attorney for the League of Women Voters and other groups suing over the districts. He rejects the argument the new districts protect black representation. “That is a hollow claim when what they’re really protecting is their Republican interests, and they’re constraining more African-American representation by that approach.” King says the new map draws Democratic and black voters away from …
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Intersection | Ballot 2014: Orange County Commissioner District 2 & 4


Orange County voters head to the polls this month on Tuesday August 26. The primary ballot will decided who will fill some vacancies in the Orange County Commissioner’s chambers and also ask voters to decided on Orange County charter amendments. 90.7’s Ballot 2014 coverage begins with a look at the candidates for District 2 and 4 for the Orange County Commission. Matthew Peddie talks with District 2 candidates Representative Bryan Nelson and Eatonville Vice Mayor Alvin Moore. He also speaks with District 4 candidates Attorney Euri Cerrud and Incumbent Jennifer Thompson.
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