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Qualifying Ends: Tax Collector Johnston and Property Appraiser Gardner Are Re-Elected; Supervisor’s Race Will Be a Universal Primary

| June 24, 2016

Property Appraiser Jay Gardner and Tax Collector Suzanne Johnston were re-elected without opposition for a fourth consecutive term each as qualifying ended, with few surprises and withdrawals or disqualifications in other races.

Rubio’s Re-Election Bid Remakes Senate Race as DeSantis Reverts to Congressional Run

| June 24, 2016

DeSantis is one of three Republicans who have qualified to run for the district that includes all of Flagler County, and which he’s represented since 2013. Four Democrats have qualified.

Encouraged By Polls and GOP, Marco Rubio Will Run for Re-Election to Senate After All

| June 22, 2016

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has reversed course and will seek re-election to his seat, according to numerous media reports Wednesday morning. Rubio’s decision comes as Republicans try to maintain control of the U.S. Senate.

Florida Congressional Candidate Evers Riles LGBT Activists With Assault Weapon Raffle

| June 20, 2016

Barely a week after the Orlando massacre, state Sen. Greg Evers drew criticism for planning to give away a semiautomatic rifle similar to that used in the attack that killed 49 people and injured dozens of others at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

As Democrat Patrick Murphy Qualifies, GOP Urges Rubio To Take Back Pledge Not to Run

| June 6, 2016

Murphy, a two-term congressman who was the beneficiary of a fundraising event Friday in Miami that featured President Barack Obama, remains unknown to many Floridians as do the other major Senate candidates from both parties.

Acknowledging “Dark Times,” Flagler’s Democrats Say They’re Back and Battling For Long Haul

| June 1, 2016

The Flagler County Democratic Party is hoping top shed years of disarray and political bankruptcy as it fields a few more candidates and organizers in a push for local and state successes. But the difficulties are still as prominent as organizers’ optimism.

Senate Majority Leader McConnell Asks Rubio To Run for Senate

| May 31, 2016

McConnell’s comments on the MSNBC show “Morning Joe” came after reports during the past week that Rubio is being pressured to run for re-election this fall.

Marco Rubio Says He’s Out For Good: No Senate Run, No Plans For Governor in 2018

| May 27, 2016

Rubio said he has heard from colleagues and Florida activists “in the last day or so” who want him to re-up for six more years in the Senate, but he ruled that out in favor of eventually endorsing Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera for Senate.

Democrats Alan Grayson and Patrick Murphy Borrow From Trump Playbook in Foul Duels

| May 22, 2016

Murphy is the Democratic establishment pick for U.S. Senate. Grayson has churned out the descriptions “lickspittle pillock” and “sock puppet” to deride his fellow congressman.

Road Clears for Charlie Crist’s Election to Congress as Opponent Drops Out for Another Race

| May 3, 2016

Eric Lynn, a former Pentagon official who was battling Crist in the Democratic primary in the newly redrawn Congressional District 13, issued a statement saying he will run for a legislative seat being vacated by state Rep. Dwight Dudley, D-St. Petersburg.

A New Way to Keep an Eye on Who Represents You in Congress

| April 30, 2016

The project adds pages for each elected official, where you can find their latest votes, legislation they support and statistics about their voting. As we move forward we want to add much more data to help you understand how your elected officials represent you, the incentives that drive them and the issues they care about.

No, Pat Mooney, Immigrants Aren’t Cattle

| April 29, 2016

Republican candidate Pat Mooney, running for the congressional seat that includes Flagler, managed to compare all Syrians to terrorists, all tourists and immigrants to cattle, and called for foreigners to be “chipped” and tracked the moment they enter the country.

Flagler Voter Registrations Surge to 90%, Aiding GOP as Democrats Fall to Historic Low

| February 22, 2016

Flagler County’s voter registration rolls have surged by 21 percent since 2009, resulting in a 90 percent registration rate, with Republicans riding a 4,500-voter advantage over Democrats.

Master of Obstruction: Why McConnell Is Picking a Fight Over Scalia’s Replacement

| February 21, 2016

It is less about blocking liberal policy goals than about boosting Republican chances. Remarkably, McConnell has chosen a path that would seem to reduce his party’s odds in November.

Supreme Court Approves Congressional Districts; Flagler’s Stays Whole, Inching Left

| December 2, 2015

The congressional district the Supreme Court approves keeps Flagler County whole, shedding Putnam and moving it south to take in more of Volusia County, which will help Democrats slightly.

Charlie Crist and His Convertible Wedding Dress: Perfect Fits for Washington

| October 24, 2015

Based on all he’s done in the past, having gone from Chain Gang Charlie to Populist Charlie the freshman congressman is going to be a go-to guy for all the blues on the Hill, writes Nancy Smith.

Daytona Beach Democrat Dwayne Taylor Announces Run for DeSantis Congressional Seat

| October 15, 2015

Dwayne Taylor, the four-term member of the Florida House and a Daytona Beach Democrat, announced today his candidacy for the 6th Congressional District that includes all of Flagler County, a surprise announcement that gives the district its most politically seasoned Democrat in a generation.

Lawmakers and Judge Turn to Supreme Court to Break Congressional Map Stalemate

| August 25, 2015

A Leon County judge will ask the Florida Supreme Court how to move forward with a redistricting lawsuit after the Legislature failed to draw new congressional lines in a special session that collapsed last week.

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Circuit Judge Terry Lewis told lawyers for the House and Senate at a conference Tuesday that he […]

House and Senate at Odds Over Congressional Map, But No Disagreement Over Flagler District

| August 20, 2015

The 6th Congressional District would be redrawn southward, losing most of St. Johns County and all of Putnam, and taking on all of Volusia and a segment of Lake, thus pushing the district more to the center than it’s been.

Clashing Again, Florida House and Senate Are on Collision Course Over Redistricting

| August 17, 2015

The House and Senate seemed unconcerned about whether they could reconcile their differences before the scheduled conclusion of the special session on Friday. They all but ruled out forming a joint House-Senate conference committee to hammer out a compromise.

House Committee Approves District Joining Flagler, Volusia, Drips of Lake and St. Johns

| August 13, 2015

The shift may be reflective of the weakness of the region’s legislative delegation: neither Sen. Travis Hutson nor Paul Renner, rookies both, has pull in his respective house, neither has bargaining chips to deal with.

New Congressional Maps Proposed in Face of Criticism, One Restoring Flagler’s Right Tilt

| August 12, 2015

Changes to a proposed map of Florida’s 27 congressional districts emerged Wednesday, a day before key hearings in the House and Senate about how to comply with a court order finding the current map violates the anti-gerrymandering “Fair Districts” requirements.

Sen. Travis Hutson Joins Chorus of Opposition to New Congressional Map, Objecting to Split

| August 12, 2015

Sen. Travis Hutson opposes changes to the congressional district that include Flagler because they would split St. Johns, Hutson’s base, while taking in all of Volusia.

GOP Opens Special Session With Complaints That Fair Districts Infringe on Free Speech

| August 10, 2015

Senators scolded the Florida Supreme Court for trampling on their First Amendment rights as lawmakers began a special session Monday aimed at redrawing congressional districts the court said were gerrymandered to help the Republican Party.

U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown Goes to Court
To Stop Her District From Heading West

| August 7, 2015

Brown is hoping to intervene in the lawsuit and get judges to order the Legislature not to reorient the district, which currently ambles from Jacksonville to Orlando.

Charlie Crist Says He’ll Run for Congress If Redistricting Goes His Address’ Way

| July 20, 2015

The newly redrawn district is expected to include Crist’s home, fueling widespread speculation recently that the 58-year-old Crist would launch another political comeback.

Flagler’s Next Congressman? Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford Announces for DeSantis Seat

| May 20, 2015

Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford, term-limited after 12 years, will seek to replace Rep. Ron DeSantis in the 6th Congressional District, which includes all of Flagler County. The open seat is expected to draw numerous candidates.

DeSantis Will Run for Rubio’s Senate Seat: Flagler’s Congressional Election Again Wide Open

| May 6, 2015

DeSantis’s decision means that Flagler County, which is part of DeSantis’s congressional district, will see a competitive race for that seat for the second time in four years, though St. Johns and Volusia dominate the district’s conservative electorate.

Rep. Ron DeSantis Makes It Semi-Official: He’s Considering a Run for Rubio’s Senate Seat

| April 15, 2015

DeSantis’s quick rise after his election to the House in 2012, his frequent presence on conservative talk shows and relentless criticism of the Obama administration has made him a favorite of tea party conservatives and some further to the right.

Rubio Joins Growing List of Presidential Hopefuls, Setting Up Showdown With Bush

| April 13, 2015

A primary showdown between Rubio and Bush could cause friction in Tallahassee, where the GOP dominates state government, and a scramble is expected for Rubio’s senate seat.

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