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Florida Democrats Make Gains With Court-Approved Congressional Map

Brown, right, has threatened to challenge Florida's new map in the Supreme Court. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

By declaring finality in the legal fight over the Sunshine State's congressional map, the Florida Supreme Court’s decision added uncertainty to the political one in 2016.

The court on Wednesday approved a new map, writing in a 5-2 opinion that the lines “ should bring much needed finality ” to the redistricting drama that has plagued Florida for four years.

Crist Announces Florida House Bid

Crist ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2014. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images File Photo)

Former Gov. Charlie Crist announced Tuesday  he's running for Florida's open 13th District — giving Democrats a top-tier recruit in a prime pickup opportunity next fall.  

Crist, the Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat, lives in the part of St. Petersburg which is now in Florida's 14th District. But a new congressional map , awaiting approval by the Florida Supreme Court, would move Crist into what would be a Democratic-leaning 13th District.  

Florida Legislature Called Into Special Redistricting Session

Graham's district is likely to become more Republican in a mid-decade redraw of Florida's congressional map. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Florida legislators were notified Monday that a special session will be held Aug. 10 to 21 to approve a new congressional district map .  

In a memo to members of the state Legislature, state Senate President Andy Gardiner and state Speaker Steve Crisafulli said a map will be drawn and made public before the legislature convenes for the two-week session, where state legislators will have the ability to debate and amend it.  

Florida Redistricting Creates Giant Game of Musical Chairs

Republican Jolly's House district is likely to become a Democratic one. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The music has started in a game of musical chairs in Florida that will have sweeping implications for the state's political landscape.  

Republican Rep. David Jolly will likely announce a bid for Florida's open Senate seat next week, the first implication from the Florida State Supreme Court last week striking down the state's congressional map.  Jolly's 13th District is likely to favor a Democratic candidate after the map is redrawn, pushing the one-term Republican to enter the already crowded GOP Senate primary to replace GOP Sen. Marco Rubio, who is forgoing re-election to run for president.  

DCCC Robocalls Target GOP on DHS Funding

Luján is chairman of the DCCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will launch robocalls against more than two dozen House Republicans Tuesday over the Department of Homeland Security funding flap , according to a script of the call provided first to CQ Roll Call.  

Many of the 29 targeted Republicans represent districts atop the DCCC's list of pick up opportunities in 2016. Democrats must net 30 seats to win control of the House.  

Are These 10 Vulnerable Members Lucky or Good?

Sinema is running for re-election in a competitive district in Arizona. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

All's fair in love and ... House races? Not so much.  

Less than three weeks before Election Day, would-be safe incumbents such as Reps. Lee Terry, R-Neb., and Brad Schneider, D-Ill., are scrambling to win in partisan districts — while these 10 members are headed for victory in otherwise competitive districts.  

House Democrats Have Mixed Reaction to Florida Redistricting Ruling

Brown, right, blasted the ruling in the Florida redistricting case. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democrats on Capitol Hill expressed mixed reactions Friday to a new court ruling that declared Florida's congressional map unconstitutional.  

A judge ruled Thursday that the Sunshine State's 5th and 10th Districts, held by Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown and Republican Rep. Daniel Webster were unconstitutional  — effectively tossing out the entire map drawn by Republicans in 2012.  

Democrat Withdraws From Competitive Florida House Race

The candidate aiming to oust Rep. David Jolly, R-Fla., withdrew from the race Tuesday, leaving Democrats without a challenger.  

Col. Ed Jany, who was running as an independent with the support of national Democrats, cited work obligations for his withdrawal from his short campaign — which lasted less than two weeks. Jany entered the race at the May 2 Florida filing deadline, shocking state political observers.  

House Democrats Boost David Jolly Challenger

With a recruit now on board, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has named Florida's 13th District to its Red to Blue program, with an "Emerging Races" designation.  

Democrats shocked House race observers as the Florida filing deadline closed May 2, unveiling Col. Ed Jany as the party's candidate to challenge Republican Rep. David Jolly. Because of a voter registration issue, Jany will appear on the ballot as an independent — but, Jany has the full backing of the DCCC and no other Democrat is running.  

Democrats Field Recruit Against Jolly ... Sort Of (Updated)

Jolly recently won a special election in Florida. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 2:48 p.m. | Democrats have landed a last-minute recruit, Col. Ed Jany, a registered Democrat, to challenge Rep. David Jolly, R-Fla., this fall.  

The party recruited Jany to run after Jolly won a high-profile special election in Florida's competitive 13th District earlier this spring.