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Tuesday’s Jacksonville City Council agenda was sparse, but three hours of public comment on two bills made up for it.

City Councilmen Bill Gulliford and Tommy Hazouri are both sponsoring bills that could expand the city’s human rights ordinance to protect people in the areas of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

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While Donald Trump banks on his brand to boost him into the White House, a Florida appeals court will hear arguments Tuesday in lawsuits accusing the Republican presidential front runner of misrepresenting his role in a failed beachfront project in Fort Lauderdale.

The 4th District Court of Appeal will hear arguments in two lawsuits related to what was pitched as a swanky, Trump-branded hotel/condominium. Investors have battled in court for years to get back hundreds of thousands of dollars in deposits from the real estate developer and associates.

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A recently formed task force is trying to register Duval County Hispanic voters ahead of this year’s elections. The group kicked off its efforts at the Jacksonville Landing last Saturday.

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Jacksonville Congresswoman Corrine Brown (D-FL5) is staying mum on why she was served a federal subpoena last week.

In Jacksonville Monday morning, Brown said she’s been advised not to speak about the specifics.

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Gov. Rick Scott said Wednesday he "currently" doesn't plan to endorse a candidate before the March 15 Republican presidential primary in Florida.

But in an opinion piece for USA Today, Scott praised Republican front-runner and part-time Florida resident Donald Trump.

Rep. Corrine Brown

Jacksonville-based U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL5) is dismissing a federal investigation into her office as "politically motivated" and a "tangential" byproduct of her federal suit challenging the new shape of her district. 

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Sen. Audrey Gibson (D-Jacksonville) wants to educate her constituents about clean energy.

Gibson hosted faith and community leaders at her local office Wednesday. They talked about how to get people to understand how energy efficiency benefits them.


Florida Senate

Florida Democrats are celebrating a recently approved state Senate map drawn by voting rights groups.

Democrats say the new maps could make it easier for them to win seats in upcoming elections.

But area Republicans seem unfazed and say they’re confident they can hold on to their jobs.

Florida Senate

A state Senate redistricting plan favored by voting-rights organizations was approved Wednesday by a Leon County judge in a move that could shake the Republican Party's grip on power in the Capitol.

In choosing the new map, Circuit Judge George Reynolds also rejected a plan put forward by Senate Republican leaders as the best configuration of the chamber's 40 seats. The proposal chosen by Reynolds would lead to a roughly even number of districts favoring each party.

Corrine Brown
U.S. House of Representatives

Arguing that an east-west configuration for her district "combines far-flung communities worlds apart culturally and geographically," lawyers for U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL5) asked a federal judge Tuesday to void Florida's latest congressional redistricting plan.

Florida Senate

The final state redistricting trial in a nearly four-year legal battle over Florida's political boundaries ended with both sides trading charges of partisan gerrymandering, some of them the same accusations that have been hurled in court since the beginning.

In closing arguments Thursday before Leon County Circuit Judge George Reynolds, lawyers for the state Senate and a coalition of voting-rights groups made final pitches for their versions of a map for the Senate's 40 districts.

Corrine Brown
U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL5) plans to continue her legal fight against the redesigned Fifth Congressional District.

The district runs from Jacksonville south to Orlando, but the Florida Supreme Court recently approved a district map that shifts it west from Jacksonville to the Panhandle instead.

Brown filed a federal lawsuit in July after the court ruled her district violates Florida’s Fair Districts amendments, which prohibit drawing boundaries to protect an incumbent or political party.

Florida’s presidential primary ballots are set in stone. Secretary of State Ken Detzner released the qualified candidate list Tuesday, as the Florida News Service reports, with 13 Republicans’ and three Democrats’ facing off in the March 15 elections.

Congresswoman Corrine Brown is planning to move out of a redrawn Congressional District Five, and former state Senator Al Lawson is looking to move in.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he’ll be watching Tuesday’s Republican debate on CNN.

On Monday in Jacksonville, the Republican governor said the GOP candidates should focus on four key areas: job creation, balancing the federal budget, regulation reduction and ISIS.