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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.

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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
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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.

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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.


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

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

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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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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.

 

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Congressman John Rutherford, R-FL4, said Thursday that cities grappling with whether to remove Confederate monuments should put the question to the ballot. He spoke to WJCT at an unrelated event in St. Augustine.

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A Jacksonville City Council member is pushing back against one of Mayor Lenny Curry’s budget priorities, saying he may even vote against the entire budget.

Councilman Danny Becton is taking issue with spending $8.4 million on Jacksonville's historically black college, Edward Waters.


CIty of Jacksonville

The Jacksonville City Council voted against a bill that would have let voters decide whether to extend the limits on local officials’ terms in office. The vote was 11-to-6 at Tuesday’s meeting.


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