Corrine Brown

Corrine Brown
U.S. House of Representatives

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.


A Leon County circuit judge has ruled that the Florida Legislature illegally redrew the state's congressional districts to primarily benefit the Republican Party.

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U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown

TALLAHASSEE (The News Service of Florida) — Senate President Don Gaetz and an aide involved in the Senate's push for a larger number of African-American voters in U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown's sprawling district explained their logic Wednesday as testimony continued in a lawsuit challenging the state's political map.

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The plan to deepen the channel at JAXPORT got a big boost Wednesday as the US Army Corps of Engineers gave its stamp of approval to the dredging project.

The project will now be included in the Water Resources Development Act when Congress votes on the bill next month, said JAXPORT spokeswoman Nancy Rubin.

"A sort of slowdown on the approval of the legislation and a subsequent approval of our project through the regular process means the timing has come out just right for us," she said.

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JaxPort got the chance on Monday to show a key member of Congress why the proposed harbor deepening project should be included in the Water Resources Development Act.

Rep. Nick Rahall of West Virginia is the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and a member of the House-Senate conference committee that is putting together a final version of the measure.

Rahall said he liked what he saw on his tour of JaxPort’s Blount Island facility.

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A deal has been reached to ensure an early voting location will remain at the Gateway Town Center despite the relocation of the city's election center.

Local officials Tuesday announced that the lease agreement for a tax collector's branch at the center has been extended until March 30, 2021, at the same rent level as the previous agreement.

The location will be used as a customer service and community center that will offer voter registration and education and early voting.

In a memo addressed to Jacksonville City Council President Bill Guilliford and the council at large, Mayor Alvin Brown said he will not sign legislation to move the Duval County Supervisor of Elections warehouse to One Imeson Road, but he will not veto it either.

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The Jacksonville City Council has voted to move the Duval County Election Center and warehouse to Imeson Road.

The council approved a ten-year lease agreement on the new building, located off Main Street north of the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.

The vote comes despite calls from Congresswoman Corrine Brown, the Alvin Brown administration, and several prominent African-American ministers to keep the offices at their current location in Gateway Town Center.

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About a dozen migrant farmworkers traveling around Florida to drum up support for the federal immigration reform passed by the U.S. Senate will be in Jacksonville this weekend.

Spokesperson Tirso Moreno says the "Remember November" group plans to visit each of Florida’s 27 Congressional Districts to personally make their case for reform to state representatives while they are in their districts during the August recess.

Moreno says they are relying on people who are sympathetic to their cause to provide them with food and shelter along the way.

UPDATE 5/20/13: After holding a news conference this morning to announce that 16 of 24 Head Start facilities would re-open this week, those involved apparently decided that wasn't enough. A news release from the Florida Department of Children and Families says all of the Head Start facilities in Jacksonville will now re-open.

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