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Medical Examiner Valerie Rao Announces Retirement After Difficult Tenure

May 7, 2018
Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT News

Valerie Rao, the embattled medical examiner who has held onto her job in the face of criticism for the last five years, announced she would retire in the summer.

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.

Policy Matters: Mo Elleithee

Feb 14, 2018
Karen Feagins / WJCT

Hosted by Rick Mullaney, director of Jacksonville University's Public Policy Institute, this quarterly program examines current public policy issues like taxes, healthcare and downtown redevelopment.

The February program featured Fox News contributor and former Democratic strategist Mo Elleithee.

Provided by Jimmy Johns for Congress

St. Johns County Commissioner Jimmy Johns has announced he is mounting a campaign to run for the congressional seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Palm Coast.


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.

Univ. of North Florida

UNF President and former Jacksonville Mayor John Delaney is not ruling out another run for office as he steps down this May from his tenure leading the university.

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Jacksonville City Council member John Crescimbeni says a state measure taking some local control away regarding tree regulation is an insult and he’s introduced a city resolution opposing it.

Scott Committee Spends More than $1.2 Million On Ads

Nov 13, 2017
Rick Scott
The Office of Governor Rick Scott

Gov. Rick Scott's “Let's Get to Work” political committee spent more than $1.2 million in October on advertising, amid widespread speculation that Scott will run for U.S. Senate next year.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

After two recent deaths in Jacksonville parks, the question of their safety has been brought to the forefront. That topic came up at a city council parks committee meeting Wednesday morning.


Philip Levine's Twitter page

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine has entered the Democratic race for Florida governor.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Florida Republican Gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam spoke to Clay County constituents at Fleming Island’s Whitey’s Fish Camp early Tuesday morning.

flgov.com and WJCT News

As political insiders look to whether term-limited Gov. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) will run for the U.S. Senate, a new UNF poll out this morning shows that if he does, incumbent Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) will have a tough battle ahead.


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Michael Rivera / Wikimedia Commons

A new University of North Florida poll released Thursday morning shows the majority of registered voters oppose removing Confederate statues in Jacksonville.


Online Voter Registration Starts In Florida

Oct 2, 2017
Florida Division of Elections

On Sunday, Florida will join 35 other states in offering online voter registration to its residents.

Policy Matters is quarterly program hosted by Rick Mullaney, director of the Public Policy Institute at Jacksonville University. The latest edition included interviews with Rep. Al Lawson (D-Fl) and Jacksonville  City Council President Anna Lopez Brosche.

Lawson talked about his first seven months in office and his thoughts on the job being done by President Trump.

Brosche discussed her proposal to remove Confederate memorials from public places and place them in a museum.

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