Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips:
Legislative lawyers detail role of national Democratic operatives in redistricting feud: Democratic operatives working for two national groups played a significant role in helping one set of plaintiffs in Florida’s redistricting trial draw alternative maps that are now being offered as an alternative for the court to consider, according to depositions made public Wednesday in the trial. The depositions were cited at a hearing before Leon County Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis by George Meros, a lawyer for the Florida House of Representatives. Meros worked to discredit a map presented by… Read more
Racial divisions emerge as judge decides fate of congressional redistricting plan: The racial tensions that coursed for years beneath the surface in Florida’s redistricting battle came into sharp focus Wednesday as lawyers for each side blasted each other for attempting to use black voters for partisan gain. The arguments emerged at a hearing Wednesday called by Leon County Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis to decide whether the Florida Legislature’s redrawn congressional map meets the constitutional standards imposed by voters in 2010. Read more
Who’s that big shot Dem campaigning for GOP Fla House candidate? Whoda thunk you’d see Democratic consultant Steve Schale pounding the pavement in Pinellas County on behalf of Republican state House candidate Chris Latvala? Schale, after all, is one of the brightest lights in Florida Democratic political circles, having helped Obama win Florida twice and now helping Charlie Crist, try to unseat Gov. Rick Scott. And House District 67 at least on paper should be one of the more competitive districts… Read more
Common Core support declining: Public support for Common Core, the education standards supported heavily by Jeb Bush, has suffered as more people learn about it, according to a new poll. While 80 percent of Americans have heard about Common Core, 60 percent oppose requiring teachers to use the standards to guide instruction, states the survey by PDK/Gallup. Opposition among Republicans was at 76 percent. Among Democrats, it was 38 percent, and independents 60 percent. Read more
After Crist objects, panelist withdraws from Oct. 15 gubernatorial debate: Observer Media Group CEO Matt Walsh will not participate in an Oct. 15 statewide gubernatorial debate hosted by Leadership Florida and the Florida Press Association. He will be replaced by Frank Denton, editor of the Florida Times-Union. Walsh withdrew his participation after Democrat Charlie Crist’s campaign expressed concern about his involvement because Walsh had given $250 to Republican Mitt Romney’s failed bid for president. Read more
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