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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

01/11/16: Citizens United; Jacksonville Pension Plan; Jacksonville In A Box; Cole Pepper


It's a national coalition that first formed in 2010 as a response to the Supreme Court's Cititzens United decision establishing corporate personhood.

Move to Amend is a grassroots effort with the message that money is not speech.

So far the coalition has succeeded in passing resolutions in 16 states calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn the effect of Citizens United.

David Cobb, Outreach Director for Move to Amend, will be speaking at UNF Monday night. He joins us to discuss the group's efforts.

The Jacksonville City Council has sponsored a new bill that would repurpose the Better Jacksonville Plan with a half-cent sales tax to pay down the city’s unfunded pension liability. Mayor Lenny Curry says he’s willing to ask voters to give their approval to this idea with a referendum, if necessary. Jacksonville attorney Tad Delegal, who specializes in labor and employment issues, joins us with his thoughts.

We speak with Johnny Vidal, creator of the Jacksonville in a Box service that sends custom boxes of local snacks and souvenirs to those missing a taste of home.

And sports contributor Cole Pepper stops by with look at this weekend's NFL playoff games, and shares his prediction for the college football championship game between Alabama and Clemson.

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