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With some justices appearing torn between legal precedents and the circumstances of the case, the state Supreme Court on Tuesday weighed whether Gov. Rick Scott should be able to appoint a replacement for a Northeast Florida judge who is stepping down at the end of the year.

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

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Early voting for the Aug. 30 primary election begins next week.

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Incumbent Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio faces 14 opponents in his bid for reelection.

One of them is a former entertainment lawyer named Steven Machat, a fellow Miami man who’s running as an independent.


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Early voting got underway Tuesday in Kingsland, Georgia, where voters are electing a mayor and three city council members as well as deciding two referendums that would affect future elections.

The first referendum asks voters to decide how many votes a candidate needs to win. Under the current plurality system, the candidate with the most votes wins.

But a proposed switch to a simple majority would mean a winning candidate would need 50 percent of the votes cast plus one more. Without a majority, the top-2 vote-getters would face each other in a runoff.

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 A group of young professionals in Jacksonville is trying to get more young people to the ballot box.

Jacksonville banker Kemal Gasper says young voters in Duval County are largely written off.

“Jacksonville is a young city,” Gasper says. “Our median age is 35 years old. However, only 19.7 percent showed up in the last general election. Young voters are perceived as lazy, and that our opinion does not matter.”

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Republican primaries will be held tomorrow in Northeast Florida for three spots in the state legislature.

Florida political juggernaut John Thrasher stepped down from his senate seat after 30 years to become the president of Florida State University last year.

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  Lawyers for the Legislature told the Florida Supreme Court in a brief filed late Friday that part of a state ban on political gerrymandering violates the U.S. Constitution.

The filing is the latest chapter in a long-running battle over whether lawmakers rigged congressional districts during the 2012 redistricting process to benefit Republicans. Voting-rights organizations argue that the maps were influenced by politics, contrary to an amendment to the Florida Constitution approved by voters in 2010.

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Florida House/City of Jacksonville

Tomorrow, December 16, is primary election day for Democrats in Jacksonville’s House District 13. The heavily Democratic district includes much of the city’s urban core and the areas of Brooklyn, Springfield, San Marco Square, St. Nicholas, Arlington and Jacksonville University.

The race is between District 7 Jacksonville City Council member Johnny Gaffney and former state Rep. Reggie Fullwood, who was originally disqualified over clerical errors on his paperwork.

Clay County Schools

A contentious measure on how the Clay County School Superintendent is chosen cleared a final hurdle Thursday on its way to the ballot.

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The Duval County District 4 School Board race was expected to be a close one, but it quickly became clear Tuesday that voters wanted to keep incumbent Paula Wright in office.

With 53 percent of the votes from the 32 precincts of District 4, Paula Wright will keep her seat as School Board Member.

After months of aggressive campaigning, countless community appearances and posters, it only took about 30 minutes after polls closed for the primary celebrations to begin.

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UPDATE 10:12

From reporter Rhema Thompson:

With 53 percent of the vote, Paula Wright will remain in office as District 4 School Board Member for another four years. She beat challenger Darryl Willie by about 740 votes.

District 4 seat oversees much of the so-called “transformation region” of Duval County, home to some of the district’s lowest performing schools and the focus of several privately funded efforts to turn them around.

 

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The polls open up for Primary Elections Tuesday, and this cycle has brought a wealth of school board candidates. It's also brought a wealth of contributions.

While school board campaigns don't typically rake in the big bucks of other local and state races, the bid for a Duval County School Board seat has yielded a few heavily-backed contenders, and with that, questions about who is financing campaigns.

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Two candidates vying for the School Board seat in one Duval County’s most challenged districts made their pitch to a lively crowd Tuesday night.

U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown

Lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Thursday for a rare August special session, hoping to quickly redraw congressional districts before returning to the campaign trail in an election year.

As a sign of how quickly the process was moving, the chairmen of the House and Senate committees working to revise the map released a joint proposal Thursday, hoping to hold committee votes on Friday and gain approval from the full Legislature early next week.

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