Supreme Court’s ruling on Wisconsin mapmaking case could impact gerrymandering across U.S.

By   /  June 19, 2017  /  District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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There could be changes coming to how Illinois’ legislative maps are drawn every ten years with the U.S. Supreme Court agreeing to take up a Wisconsin case on the very issue. Longtime Democratic Party activist Bill Whitford brought the case Gill v. Whitford, which challenges Wisconsin’s 2011 State Assembly map as unconstitutional. He said his […]

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Florida in focus: Big night for Florida Democrats ends in acrimony over chairman’s racial remarks

By   /  June 19, 2017  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

Miami Herald: Big night for Florida Democrats ends in acrimony over chairman’s racial remarks The Florida Democratic Party’s big annual fundraiser ended in acrimony Saturday night after Stephen Bittel, the party chairman, dismissed anger from lawmakers who didn’t get introduced on stage as a “childish” complaint from African-American legislators. Bittel also said that state Sen. […]

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Florida in focus: Gov. Rick Scott signs charter-school-friendly bill into law

By   /  June 16, 2017  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

Miami Post: Gov. Scott signs charter-school-friendly bill into law Gov. Rick Scott signed a charter-school-friendly, $419 million K-12 public schools bill that has incited a groundswell of criticism and opposition statewide, rejecting arguments from traditional public school advocates. “When I was growing up, I had access to a good quality education, and every Florida child […]

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Critics of Florida tourism agencies pleased with new accountability, transparency measures

By   /  June 16, 2017  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

A public-private agency that promotes Florida’s tourism industry won full funding from the state legislature despite criticism that the state support amounts to corporate welfare. But the $76 million approved for Visit Florida during a special session of the legislature last week came with stiffer reporting requirements aimed at making the agency’s activities more transparent. […]

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Florida in focus: Florida Gov. Rick Scott approves pay raises for state workers

By   /  June 15, 2017  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

Palm Beach Post: Florida governor approves pay raises for state workers Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation Wednesday providing across-the-board pay raises to state employees for the first time since 2013, but remained mum on whether he would also approve a wide-ranging and controversial education bill. In a ceremony for veterans at the Department of […]

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Florida in focus: Hillsborough leaders move forward with toll lanes, Tampa Bay next

By   /  June 14, 2017  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

Tampa Bay Times: Hillsborough leaders move forward with toll lanes, Tampa Bay next Hillsborough County leaders voted Tuesday to move forward with a plan to add 90 miles of toll lanes to Tampa Bay’s interstates despite continued opposition from people who would live near them. The Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization — a 16-person board […]

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