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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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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.