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The Jacksonville City Council is still wrestling with creating a policy for texting among its members and lobbyists.  A special committee was formed after a lawsuit accused several council members with texting with a lobbyist about votes, which could amount to communicating with each other in secret.

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In the 24 hours since announcing his retirement from Congress, Northeast Florida Representative Ander Crenshaw has set off intense speculation about who will run to replace him.

But some politicians are counting themselves out of the contest.


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A St. Augustine Beach billboard critical of Islam is getting quite the response from some First Coast residents.

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Jacksonville voters could decide this year whether to extend the Better Jacksonville Plan half-cent sales tax scheduled to expire in 2030.  

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The city is reorganizing to create the neighborhoods department, which will include services from animal and mosquito control to housing and code compliance.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said the new department will give residents a more direct connection with city services.

 


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A House Ethics Subcommittee has been formed to investigate Northeast Florida Congresswoman Corrine Brown (D-FL5).

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As several Jacksonville City Council members face a lawsuit over text messages during a meeting,  the Council is forming a committee to review texting policies.

Councilman Sam Newby is heading the group.

 


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The city of Jacksonville is close to settling a 2013 discrimination lawsuit alleging the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department discriminates against African-Americans in hiring and creates a hostile work environment.

The city will settle with a $250,000 payment and change its hiring practices, as long as City Council agrees.

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A federal court will hear arguments next week in Congresswoman Corrine Brown's battle against a redistricting plan that would force her to run in a dramatically reshaped district stretching across 200 miles of North Florida.

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After a resounding win in the Sunshine State, Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump is getting extra support from Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

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Donald Trump easily took Florida’s 99 delegates in Tuesday’s primary election, leading Florida Sen. Marco Rubio to suspend his presidential campaign.

Trump’s Jacksonville supporters had no doubt their candidate would be victorious.


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Hillary Clinton won Florida’s Primary election Tuesday evening over Bernie Sanders by a nearly two-to-one vote margin.

Dozens of Clinton supporters gathered at Jacksonville's Cuba Libre restaurant cheered as CNN announced Clinton as Florida’s pick. Supporters were holding Hillary signs and life-size cardboard cutout of Clinton was propped against the restaurant wall.

 


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Presidential candidates and their supporters tried to rally voters across Florida on Monday, the last day before primary elections that could decide the future of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and boost the momentum of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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Jacksonville Democrats came out in force Monday to catch a glimpse of former President Bill Clinton and rally behind his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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