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The Blog for Saturday, December 19, 2015

"Brown would rather fight than switch"

    "U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown said Friday she is so determined to win her federal court fight to retain her current congressional district that she is not thinking about whether she'll switch districts to run in Orlando. But she also is not ruling it out."
    "After the first of the year we will make our decisions," Brown said.

    Her decisions could affect three Congressional districts.

    Brown is in her 12th term representing Congressional District 5, which stretches from her home in Jacksonville in a long, meandering path southward to Orlando, taking in numerous black communities along the way.

    "This year's Florida congressional redistricting effort, affirmed earlier this month by the Florida Supreme Court, has completely redefined her district. Now the Orlando voters are in other districts and District 5 stretches westward from Jacksonville to Tallahassee."
    Still, speculation is building that Brown has a Plan B to move to Orlando and run in District 10, which now includes many of her previous constituents in Eatonville, Pine Hills and west Orlando. Last week former Democratic state Sen. Al Lawson of Tallahassee filed to run in the new District 5, saying Brown had "given indications" of switching.

    "She still told me she's not sure she wants to run up this way," said Lawson, who had represented much of the area within new District 5 area during his 10 years in the Florida Senate. "I had to make a decision."

    Brown said she does not want to talk about it.

    "Brown would rather fight than switch districts."

    Webster Buries the Hatchet

    "Despite losing to Paul Ryan in the House speakership race at the end of October, Dan Webster has kind words for his victorious rival even as he looks ahead to a difficult 2016." "Dan Webster, Future Uncertain, Buries the Hatchet With Old Rival Paul Ryan."

    Trump gears up for Florida

    Anthony Man writes that "in Florida, Trump is quietly assembling a political organization. His team of experienced political hands, bolstered by grass roots Republican activists, is attempting to channel the energy of supporters in a way that produces actual votes in the March 15 presidential primary." "Donald Trump gears up for full-scale Florida campaign."

    Crisafulli talks slots

    "Crisafulli talks Seminole compact and slots."

    Has DWS Found a Way to Strangle Sanders?

    Update: "Bernie Sanders' Campaign Reaches Voter Data Deal With Democratic National Committee."

    Nancy Smith: "Debbie Wasserman Schultz finally blew it bigtime, threw a monkey wrench in Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign, and all she can do now is hope it can all blow over fast." "Have DWS and the DNC Finally Found a Way to Strangle Bernie Sanders?."

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