Corrine Brown

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.

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.

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.

We discuss the week's top news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Paula Horvath, Florida Times-Union columnist; A.G. Gancarski, Florida Politics writer; Matt Shaw, Folio Weekly editor; and WJCT analyst John Burr.

Topics include Mayor Lenny Curry this week convening the second of three community conversations about the city's human rights ordinance, Congresswoman Corrine Brown vowing legal action over a new congressional map, and more.

Duval County Schools Under Civil Rights Review

Nov 24, 2015
Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

The Duval County school district is under review by the Department of Education's Civil Rights Office, according to a letter sent to Congresswoman Corrine Brown.

The compliance review is periodically required to make sure Duval County Public Schools is not discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age, the letter said.

The letter was sent by the assistant secretary for civil rights to Rep. Corrine Brown.

North Florida Congresswoman Corrine Brown is filing a bill she says will fix funding disparities between historically black colleges and other state schools.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

New, alternative-fuel buses are projected to save the Jacksonville Transportation Authority nearly $6 million over the next 15 years.

JTA is welcoming 23 new buses that run on compressed natural gas instead of diesel. New buses also means new, faster routes.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

Political newcomer LaShonda “L-J” Holloway is vying to represent Florida’s 5th Congressional district. 

The Jacksonville Democrat announced she’s challenging fellow Democrat, Congresswoman Corrine Brown.

Holloway had to compete with none other than Brown herself for attention at Hemming Park Monday.

In a ruling that could reshape the state's political landscape, a Leon County judge recommended Friday that the Florida Supreme Court adopt congressional districts proposed by a coalition of voting-rights groups.

The decision by Circuit Judge Terry Lewis was a blow to House and Senate leaders who argued for other maps of the state's 27 congressional seats in a three-day hearing last month. Lewis was charged with recommending a plan to the Supreme Court, which will make the final decision, after the House and Senate failed to agree on a new map during an August special session.

We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor; A.G. Gancarski, Florida Politics writer; and Claire Goforth, Folio Weekly reporter.

Topics include the controversial remarks made by State Rep. Janet Adkins concerning Congresswoman Corrine Brown's district, tensions between Mayor Lenny Curry and the JEA Board of Directors, and more.

Florida House

Update 9:51 am: In a statement emailed to WJCT Wednesday night, Adkins "apologized if her statements offended anyone," but said that her "comments regarding the proposed realignment of congressional district five (as recommended by the Florida Supreme Court) were an attempt to explain some of [the] issues that came up in debate during the redistricting special session."

State Rep. Janet Adkins (R-Fernandina Beach) made headlines Wednesday for comments she made at a closed-door GOP meeting.

POLITICO Florida published a secretly recorded tape of Adkins’ statements. She told meeting attendees Congresswoman Corrine Brown (D-FL5) will soon be more vulnerable because her proposed new district includes a larger prison population, taking some minority voters out of the equation.

We discuss the week's top news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Tonyaa Weathersbee, Florida Times-Union columnist; A.G. Gancarski, Florida Politics reporter; Matt Shaw, Folio Weekly editor.

Topics include Congresswoman Corrine Brown's opposition to proposed changes to the school district's boundaries, a lawsuit filed by Florida taxi companies again the state to impose more regulations on ride-sharing apps like Lyft and Uber, and more.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Duval School Superintendent Nikolai Vitti provided a timeline and more information about potential school boundary changes at a workshop, Tuesday.

The changes would affect more than 20 schools, turning many of them into magnets, starting the 2016-2017 school year.

Jacksonville Democratic Congresswoman Corrine Brown stopped by the workshop to give her two cents.


Rep. Corrine Brown via Flickr

Jacksonville Congresswoman Corrine Brown (D-FL5) could face several opponents in the courtroom as she sues over proposed new district boundaries.  

Voting-rights groups are trying to intervene in the suit because they say the Legislature can’t be counted on to defend the Florida Constitution.

Florida Senate

The legal arguments about Florida's political maps continue to mushroom.

While the Florida Supreme Court and the Legislature grapple with how congressional districts will be drawn, more legal fights are building in federal courts.