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Two human-rights ordinance bills were withdrawn at Thursday’s special City Council meeting, with a 13-6 vote on both.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

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Tuesday’s Jacksonville City Council agenda was sparse, but three hours of public comment on two bills made up for it.

City Councilmen Bill Gulliford and Tommy Hazouri are both sponsoring bills that could expand the city’s human rights ordinance to protect people in the areas of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

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While Donald Trump banks on his brand to boost him into the White House, a Florida appeals court will hear arguments Tuesday in lawsuits accusing the Republican presidential front runner of misrepresenting his role in a failed beachfront project in Fort Lauderdale.

The 4th District Court of Appeal will hear arguments in two lawsuits related to what was pitched as a swanky, Trump-branded hotel/condominium. Investors have battled in court for years to get back hundreds of thousands of dollars in deposits from the real estate developer and associates.

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A recently formed task force is trying to register Duval County Hispanic voters ahead of this year’s elections. The group kicked off its efforts at the Jacksonville Landing last Saturday.

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Jacksonville Congresswoman Corrine Brown (D-FL5) is staying mum on why she was served a federal subpoena last week.

In Jacksonville Monday morning, Brown said she’s been advised not to speak about the specifics.

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Gov. Rick Scott said Wednesday he "currently" doesn't plan to endorse a candidate before the March 15 Republican presidential primary in Florida.

But in an opinion piece for USA Today, Scott praised Republican front-runner and part-time Florida resident Donald Trump.

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Jacksonville-based U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL5) is dismissing a federal investigation into her office as "politically motivated" and a "tangential" byproduct of her federal suit challenging the new shape of her district. 

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Sen. Audrey Gibson (D-Jacksonville) wants to educate her constituents about clean energy.

Gibson hosted faith and community leaders at her local office Wednesday. They talked about how to get people to understand how energy efficiency benefits them.


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Florida Democrats are celebrating a recently approved state Senate map drawn by voting rights groups.

Democrats say the new maps could make it easier for them to win seats in upcoming elections.

But area Republicans seem unfazed and say they’re confident they can hold on to their jobs.