2016 Election

  Our weekly Media Roundtable featured Andrew Pantazi of the Florida Times-Union; Claire Goforth, editor of Folio Weekly; Tim Gibbons, editor of the Jacksonville Business Journal; and Fred Matthews, formerly of the Examiner. We then heard from Museum spokesman Joe Snowberger and Michael Rothfeld with the Veterans Council of St. Johns County about several events next week heading into Veterans Day to honor First Coast Veterans..We were also joined by spokeswomen Tracy Aquila and Sarah Christian to talk about the annual Signature Chefs Auction to benefit the March of Dimes.  


                 

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JACKSONVILLE — Former NBA star Grant Hill was at Edward Waters College on Monday to campaign for Hillary Clinton and encourage students to register to vote.

8/17/16: John Rutherford; Amendment 4; UF Accreditiation

Aug 17, 2016
Kevin Meerschaert

Former Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford, a candidate in Florida's District 4 congressional race, appeared on First Coast Connect on Tuesday. 

Also on the program, Steve Smith, the executive director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, talked about solar energy Amendment 4, which is on the Aug. 30 ballot. We also heard about a prestigious honor awarded to University of Florida Health Jacksonville.

Donald Trump is raising the alarm that this November’s election may be rigged against him.

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A day after Republicans wrapped up their national convention in Cleveland, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is expected to announce her vice presidential running mate.

The possible declaration is part of a short campaign barnstorm of the Sunshine State.


Republican National Convention

Donald Trump is officially the presidential nominee for the Republican party.

Trump claimed the nomination Tuesday night during the second day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

The second day went a little more smoothly than the first, after a series of hiccups involving everything from dissent on the floor over Trump’s nomination, to a plagiarism scandal around a speech given by Melania Trump.

Matt Corrigan, professor of political science at the University of North Florida, joins us with his thoughts about where the convention will go from here.


2016 National Conventions

The 2016 Republican National Convention kicks off tonight in Cleveland.

As Donald Trump prepares to accept his party’s nomination, he’ll seek to bridge deep divisions in a GOP that’s still conflicted about his candidacy.

There are also policy disagreements between Donald Trump and his newly minted running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, on issues like trade, the Iraq War and Trump's proposed Muslim ban.

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In a major shift from last month, a poll released Wednesday shows Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump overtaking Democrat Hillary Clinton in the key swing state of Florida.

Sources: Federal Grand Jury Reaches Decision On Corrine Brown

Jul 7, 2016
Corrine Brown
U.S. House of Representatives

A federal grand jury has concluded its proceedings, including an investigation of Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Florida). News4Jax also learned federal prosecutors could announce a decision as early as Friday.

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In addition to a recent indictment for wire fraud, Representative Reggie Fullwood, D-Jacksonville, now has another re-election hurdle: his first challenger in six years.

Republican Darren Gardner has jumped into the race for the district that includes the urban core and Jacksonville’s Northside.


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Jacksonville Republican State Representative and congressional candidate Lake Ray is endorsing Donald Trump for president.

After Trump’s win in Indiana Tuesday night and Ohio Gov. John Kasich suspended his campaign Wednesday, Ray says Trump is the inevitable nominee.


Rick Wilson

Donald Trump is closing in on the Republican nomination for president after winning Tuesday's Indiana primary.

Ted Cruz officially ended his campaign after the election, leaving just Trump and Ohio Governor John Kasich still standing.

On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders won the state of Indiana. However, Hillary Clinton still has a commanding delegate lead in that contest.

Mr. Trump is emerging as the standard bearer of a Republican Party that has been traumatized and torn apart by his campaign.

Primary Results

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton scored huge victories Tuesday in five more states, bringing them closer to a monumental duel for the White House later this year.

Trump had a clean sweep of races in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Clinton delivered big wins in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Connecticut.

Bernie Sanders picked up his sole victory of the night in Rhode Island.

Pennsylvania Primary

Five states will cast votes Tuesday in what’s known as the “Amtrak primary.”

Voters go to the polls in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Delaware.

The contests are expected to help the two 2016 presidential front-runners, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, rack up even wider leads in their parties’ crucial delegates counts. The Pennsylvania primary in particular is being closely watched.

Todd Zwillich, Washington correspondent for the public radio program The Takeaway, is a Pennsylvania native.

We speak with Zwillich about Tuesday's primaries and what the outcome will likely mean for the 2016 race.


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.

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