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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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In a last-ditch effort to mobilize voters ahead of tomorrow’s Florida primary, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio met with supporters in Jacksonville’s San Marco neighborhood, alongside Mayor Lenny Curry.

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Jacksonville Ethics Director Carla Miller says “open government” is hard to nail down when new modes of communication pop up.

Several Jacksonville City Council members are facing a lawsuit over text messages with lobbyists during a meeting. The suit alleges they broke Florida’s Sunshine Laws, which require government business to be conducted in the open.


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Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, shared her mother’s support for expanded child care and parental leave at the All Saints Early Childhood Center in Jacksonville Thursday evening.

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Jacksonville is the fifth most politically conservative city in the U.S. That’s according to new research published in the American Political Science Review.

Researchers used data from close to 2,000 towns and cities to determine the country’s liberal and conservative hotspots.

The head of Virginia-based One Door for Education Foundation pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, as court documents show. 

The charity has close ties with U.S. Congresswoman Corrine Brown (D-FL5), who was served a subpoena in January in Jacksonville.

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Florida Sen. and Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio campaigned Saturday afternoon in Jacksonville at the Morocco Shrine Auditorium. 

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Republican presidential candidate and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is pitching his plan for “A New American Century” in Florida ahead of the March 15th primary.

But it’s going to be a hard sell—the latest polls show Donald Trump trouncing Rubio by 30 points.

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Jacksonville City Council members are looking at how to better track their own text messages for the public to access.

On Wednesday, Council members Lori Boyer, Garrett Dennis and President Greg Anderson met to discuss text-saving software options. The solution may involve all council texts automatically saving to a cloud.


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If Florida’s presidential primary were held tomorrow, a new statewide poll by the University of North Florida shows Hillary Clinton would beat challenger Bernie Sanders by a margin of 54 to 24 percent among likely Democratic voters.

The results mirror those of a Quinnipiac University poll released last week that put Clinton ahead of Sanders, 59 to 33 percent.

UNF political scientist Michael Binder oversees the school’s Public Opinion Research Lab, which conducted the poll.

Early voting in Florida's presidential primary started Monday, Feb. 29, and runs through March 12 in Duval, Baker and 15 other counties.

State law lets counties get a jump on early voting before the official start on Saturday, March 5.

Early voting in Nassau County starts Friday, March 4, while early voting in Clay and St. Johns counties gets underway Saturday, March 5.

Early voting sites include public library branches and community centers. A list of times and locations can be found on each county's Supervisor of Elections website.

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Buoyed by support from women and older voters, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton holds a comfortable lead over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democratic presidential primary in Florida, a new poll shows.

The Quinnipiac University poll, released Friday morning, found that Clinton leads Sanders by a margin of 59 percent to 33 percent among likely Florida Democratic voters. The new numbers come less than three weeks before Florida's March 15 presidential primaries.

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Two human-rights ordinance bills were withdrawn at Thursday’s special City Council meeting, with a 13-6 vote on both.

On the February 2016 edition of Policy Matters, host Rick Mullaney discusses civic engagement, the environment and other issues with former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham and Chris Hand, who served as Chief of Staff for former Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown.

You can subscribe to the Policy Matters podcast in iTunes.

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The next contest on the road to the White House is Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary.

Presidential hopefuls including Florida Sen. Marco Rubio are campaigning hard there.