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Florida lawmakers back in Tallahassee for redistricting redux

A special session of Florida’s legislature begins today, as the state House and Senate try again to hammer out new congressional maps. Governor Ron DeSantis rejected bipartisan maps from lawmakers earlier this year, in a fight that’s largely focused on a north Florida district represented by a Black Democrat. DeSantis calls the district “illegal racial gerrymandering.” But University of Central Florida Political Science professor Aubrey Jewett explains that’s a controversial view.
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State Rep. Anna Eskamani. Photo: Isaac Babcock, WMFE

State Rep. Anna Eskamani discusses voter accessibility, money in politics, unemployment

State Rep. Anna Eskamani’s name has been floated as a potential gubernatorial candidate. The Orlando-area Democrat is non-committal on if or when she’ll declare a candidacy, but she’s spoken out on the need for her party to course correct to start winning elections- and is channeling the kind of movement that Stacey Abrams adopted in Georgia.  Eskamani joins Intersection to discuss voter accessibility, money in politics and reforming the unemployment system.
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Frank Torres (l) and Dick Batchelor. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Political analysts Dick Batchelor and Frank Torres discuss CPAC, new legislative session

The Conservative Political Action Conference kicked off Thursday in Orlando. The event will feature former President Donald Trump’s first major appearance since leaving office, and includes other high profile Republican speakers such as Sen. Ted Cruz and Ben Carson.  Democratic political analyst Dick Batchelor and Republican political analyst Frank Torres join Intersection to discuss the conference, Florida’s relationship with the federal government and the legislative session that begins next week. 
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