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While he hasn't supported impeachment yet, North Florida Congressman Al Lawson says a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on the matter is likely to happen soon.

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The NPR Two-Way blog will provide live coverage of the House Intelligence Committee’s public hearing on the investigations into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.

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President Trump addresses a joint session of Congress for the first time at the Capitol.  

As Congress returns to Washington from a week long recess, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services along with the March of Dimes and others are calling on Congress to step up in finding a vaccine for the Zika virus.

Florida Senate

TALLAHASSEE — In what could be one of the state's most hotly contested congressional primary battles, state Sen. Greg Evers said Monday he is running for an open Northwest Florida seat being vacated by veteran U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller.

Florida could be a key state next year in the battle for control of the U.S. Senate.

But first, Florida voters will have to figure out who is running.

A poll released Tuesday by Quinnipiac University continues to show that voters know little about the candidates seeking to replace presidential candidate Marco Rubio in the U.S. Senate.

One of the most visible races in Tuesday’s primary election is that of U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho against Jake Rush.

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TALLAHASSEE (The News Service of Florida) — As Democratic Congresswoman Corrine Brown tells it, the reason for her district's winding path from Jacksonville to Orlando is a matter of history.

The order that state lawmakers redraw two Florida congressional districts ruled invalid because they were created to favor Republicans is wreaking havoc on the upcoming elections.

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Marriage equality, EverBank Field and property taxes are in the headlines today.

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Reaction is still pouring in after a Florida judge voided the state's congressional districts last week.

Politicos Ponder Fallout From Redistricting Ruling

Jul 14, 2014
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TALLAHASSEE (The News Service of Florida) — Members of Congress, candidates and political observers are grappling with the fallout of a judge's Thursday ruling that two of the state's congressional districts were illegally drawn for partisan reasons.

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Comedy, Congress and a water party are some of the events happening this weekend on the First Coast.

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President Barack Obama on Wednesday called on Congress to approve nearly $4 billion meant to address the influx of child migrants crossing the southwestern border.

Legislature Makes Final Redistricting Argument

Jun 15, 2014

TALLAHASSEE (The News Service of Florida) — A coalition of voting-rights groups failed to prove during a recent trial that congressional districts drawn by lawmakers in 2012 violated constitutional standards for redistricting, according to a filing by attorneys for the Legislature.

The brief, released late Friday, amounts to a closing argument by the Legislature in the 12-day trial that ended last week. Opponents of the map filed arguments Wednesday and have an opportunity to respond next week to lawmakers' final brief.

Closing Arguments Set In Redistricting Trial

Jun 4, 2014

TALLAHASSEE (The News Service of Florida) — Closing arguments are expected Wednesday in a high-stakes trial that could define the boundaries of the state's congressional districts and the effectiveness of the anti-gerrymandering Fair Districts constitutional amendments.

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TALLAHASSEE (The News Service of Florida) — Overturning an appellate court ruling, the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered a Tallahassee judge to allow a GOP consultant's documents to be considered in a trial about the Legislature's 2012 redistricting effort, a move one justice called "unprecedented."

The White House is painting a dire picture for every region in the nation, especially South Florida, if action isn't taken to combat climate change. Some states' Republican lawmakers still are not buying it.

Things won't be pretty in South Florida if the latest White House climate assessment is right. You can expect intensified storms and a sea that will keep steadily encroaching on your way of life slowly nipping away at that shore your toes used to trust.

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A trial is underway right now in Florida that is a proxy for the fight over the balance of political power in the state.

A coalition of conservative groups are calling on Florida’s Congressional delegation to help get immigration reform done on a federal level. They say Congress should take its cues from the Republican-led Florida Legislature, which already passed a couple of immigration reforms this year.

State lawmakers approved measures allowing children of undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition and they also paved the way for non-citizens to practice law in Florida. Al Cardenas, the Chairman of the American Conservative Union, says that sends a strong message.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The funding for two projects designed to improve operations at JAXPORT, including dredging the St. Johns River's shipping channel to accommodate larger ships, will likely be approved by Congress.

Food trucks, David Frencl, and Nikolai Vitti are in the headlines today.

Pension reform, Mayor Alvin Brown, and Jordan Davis are in the headlines today.

Florida Senate

TALLAHASSEE (The News Service of Florida) — State Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto joined a growing field Monday in what is expected to be a contentious fight to fill the Southwest Florida congressional seat vacated last week by former U.S. Rep. Trey Radel.

Michael Dunn, Marissa Alexander, and red light cameras are in the headlines today.

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President Obama’s reference to the popular television series Mad Men isn't the only topic being buzzed about after last night's State of the Union address.

With the country slowly digging itself out of recession, some of his legislative priorities buried under Washington's partisanship and his approval ratings at some of their lowest levels, President Obama called for "a year of action" during his fifth State of the Union address on Tuesday.

During the roughly one-hour speech, Obama tried to balance his impatience with Washington with a call for a truce for the good of the country.

But absent cooperation, Obama said he would take executive action if he had to.

Medical marijuana, snow, and Gov. Rick Scott are in the headlines today.

Duval County Public Schools, Michael Dunn, and Rep. Trey Radel are in the headlines today.

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