Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips:
Voters told to update signatures in advance of Florida’s presidential primary — With a presidential primary right around the corner, many Florida voters are being told they must update their legal signatures to ensure that their absentee ballots will be counted. Hundreds of thousands of voters have received letters from county elections supervisors urging them to fill out new voter registration forms or risk having their ballots rejected. Read more
Fact checking for partisan fun and profit – Who will fact check the fact checkers? How about you and me? Take a PolitiFact story last week out of Iowa, where Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is the current Republican front-runner as the state’s Feb. 1 presidential caucus approaches. … The fact-checking organization created by the Tampa Bay Times — arguably Florida’s most “progressive” paper — began their “independent” quest to determine the truthiness of Mr. Cruz by calling his statement “a heavy charge.” Read more
Gay marriage is biggest Florida story of 2015, poll says – Florida’s biggest news story for 2015 happened in the year’s first days, when the state became the 36th with legalized gay marriage, according to an Associated Press poll of the state’s newspaper and broadcast editors. Gay marriage easily beat out the No. 2 story, the long-running saga over the districts the Florida Legislature drew for Congress and the state Senate that had to be redrawn because they violated the state’s 2010 anti-gerrymandering law. Read more
Redistricting saga moves Florida congressional map ‘closer to fairness’ — In the aftermath of another redistricting shakeup, Florida’s congressional delegation is in flux as a court-approved map threatens to whittle away at the 17-member Republican majority while Democrats gain strength. December’s ruling by the Florida Supreme Court approved a map drawn by a coalition of voting groups — and it is having a ripple effect from Miami to Tallahassee. Read more
Father begs thieves to return dead son’s military uniform and ribbons – A Bradenton, Florida father is begging thieves to return his dead son’s military uniform and other memorabilia. Keith Dougherty said his son, Marine Corporal Scott Dougherty, was killed fighting in Iraq in 2004 when his battalion was hit with tar bombs, according to Fox 13 News. “He didn’t make it,” Dougherty said of his son. Read more
Bonus: 2015’s winners and losers in Florida state politics
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