2018 Elections

Our Friday Media Roundtable on First Coast Connect featured Florida Times-Union reporter David Bauerlein, radio host Angela Spears, WJCT contributor Charles Griggs and Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons.

Our topics included:

Rep. Al Lawson Tries To Fend Off Former Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown

Aug 24, 2018

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson is facing a serious Democratic primary challenge from a former Jacksonville mayor as he seeks a second term in a congressional district that stretches across a large part of North Florida.

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Spanish-speaking voters aren’t getting the resources and assistance they need. That’s the charge made in a federal lawsuit against Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner and 32 local election supervisors, including four in Northeast Florida.

Duval County Supervisor of Elections Office
Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

Duval County Supervisor of Elections Mike Hogan says he is talking to the University of North Florida about a potential early voting site on the campus for the November elections, but it’s unlikely to happen due to logistical issues.

Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Early voting is officially underway in Duval County in this month’s primary elections, and voter turnout is expected to be on the rise.

Putnam, DeSantis Campaign Against Obamacare

Aug 13, 2018
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The two main Republican candidates battling for Florida governor have a simple message when it comes to health care: Just say no to Obamacare.

Florida Democratic Governor Candidates Push For Expanded Health Coverage

Aug 13, 2018
Sam Bogle

Reflecting the same fault lines that have emerged nationally, Florida’s Democratic and Republican candidates for governor are deeply split over whether the state should take a more direct role in providing health care.

Some will vote by mail. Some will vote early. Some will go old-school and vote on the actual Election Day. Some won’t vote at all.

But slightly more than 13 million Floridians are registered to vote in advance of the Aug. 28 primary elections, according to new figures posted online by the state Division of Elections. Democrats outnumber Republicans, but just barely, as both parties gear up for a fierce battle in November for a U.S. Senate seat and the governor’s office.

Trump Goes All In With DeSantis At Tampa Rally

Aug 1, 2018
News Service of Florida

In a boisterous political rally held in Florida’s largest media market, President Donald Trump on Tuesday thrust his outsized persona into the middle of Florida’s governor’s race, with a full-throated endorsement of U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis.

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Procrastinators: this is your day.  Monday night at midnight is the deadline to register to vote for Florida’s August 28 primary.

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Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Agriculture Commissioner candidate Democrat Nikki Fried about her campaign and the issues she is focusing on, which include the environment, medical marijuana and gun background checks (01:17).

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  Monday on First Coast Connect we got a preview of what are expected to be the most interesting local and state primary races with Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski and FSCJ Political Science professor Daniel Cronrath (01:22) now that the Friday filing deadline for local and state races has passed.

Our Friday Media Roundtable on First Coast Connect featured Florida Times-Union reporter Andrew Pantazi, Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons, Beaches Leader columnist Jon McGowan and WJCT contributor Fred Matthews.

Topics included

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT

Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Democratic Attorney General candidate Sean Shaw, who is currently a state representative (01:20).

Republicans running to replace term-limited Attorney General Pam Bondi would continue with the state’s legal approach to defending a controversial process for restoring felons’ voting rights.

But Democrats seeking the state Cabinet post oppose Bondi’s handling of the legal battle and support a proposed constitutional amendment that, if approved by voters in November, would automatically restore voting rights to felons who have served their sentences.

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