2018 Elections

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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.

For 11 Years, Collins Cooper Attracted Criticism. Now He’s Running For Judge Unopposed.

May 4, 2018
The Florida Times-Union

For more than a decade, supervisors have documented their concerns about Collins Cooper — from his past arrests and his interpersonal skills to his legal competence. But now that the 11-year prosecutor is running for circuit judge, one of the most powerful elected positions in the legal community, no one is opposing him, and no one is talking, at least not publicly.

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The Democratic primary race in Florida’s 5th Congressional District officially got underway this week as incumbent Al Lawson and former Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown both qualified to be on the August ballot.

Both candidates had already been taking shots at each other on the campaign trail.

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Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Congressman Al Lawson (D-FL5), about some of the issues he’s working on in Washington. We also discussed the primary challenge against him by former Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown (01:16).

Policy Matters: Adam Putnam

Apr 26, 2018

Hosted by Rick Mullaney, director of Jacksonville University's Public Policy Institute, this quarterly program examines issues ranging from taxes to downtown redevelopment.

This week, Rick was joined by Florida Agricultural Commissioner and Republican candidate for Florida Governor Adam Putnam.

Policy Matters is not a production of WJCT News.

Friday on First Coast Connect our weekly Media Roundtable featured Florida Times-Union reporter David Bauerlein, WJCT contributor Fred Matthews, Daily Record reporter David Cawton and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk (01:03).  

We spoke with Jennifer Harrison with the Amelia Island Museum of History about the upcoming Cottages and Courtyards tour. (46:00).

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Philip Levine said Tuesday his experience as a two-term former Miami Beach mayor and a successful entrepreneur gives him an advantage over his competitors to become the next governor of Florida.

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Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with former Miami Beach Mayor and Democratic candidate for Governor Philip Levine (01:03).

Ahead of this week’s One Spark festival we spoke with Board Chairman Peter Rummell and Florida Blue Market President Darnell Smith (31:38).

We talked to Bob Boyd, counsel for the Professional Education Network of Florida (PEN), about HB 7055 which was recently signed into law by Governor Rick Scott  (46:00).    

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Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke Tallahassee Mayor and Democratic candidate for Governor Andrew Gillum (01:17).

Our periodic commentator Jay Solomon spoke about the controversy around removing Confederate monuments on the First Coast (39:57).

We heard about this weekend’s Mandarin Art Festival with Show Manager Krysten Bennett (46:00).

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Wednesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with State Representative and Republican candidate for Attorney General Jay Fant (01:24).

UNF assistant professor of biology Dr. Mike Aspinwall told us about a recent study he participated in to examine how large trees in Australia are affected by climate change (33:08).

Researcher Dr. Jeremy Valdo told us the story of Rob the shark who was tagged by scientists and was recently tracked off the shore of Jacksonville (46:00).

DeSantis Launches Governor's Bid As 'Principled Conservative'

Jan 30, 2018
News Service of Florida

BOCA RATON --- Republican Congressman Ron DeSantis walked across the stage Monday as the late rocker Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” played in a crowded room at a Boca Raton hotel.

Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with The Centrist Project Jacksonville chapter leader Perry Waag (01:16).

Doctors Uma Eyyunni and Ravi Kancha told us about local nonprofit Mother’s Cry fundraiser for victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico (35:33).

Cole Pepper gave us a Super Bowl preview and a wrap-up of Sunday’s Pro Bowl and what to expect in the Jaguars off-season (46:00)   


Former North Florida Florida Congresswoman Gwen Graham is among the Democrats running for governor this year. She says for too long the state Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott have ignored the serious effects of climate change and rising seas.

Appearing Wednesday on WJCT’s First Coast Connect, Graham said the state needs to take take action against the problems the state is already facing and prepare for the future.

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Jacksonville’s city election isn’t until May 5, 2019, but more than 20 candidates have already filed the necessary paperwork to run, including outgoing WJCT President Michael  Boylan.

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