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6/10/19: Open Primaries; North Florida TPO; Author Andrew Nagorski; Cole Pepper

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Florida has more than 3.5 million no party affiliated voters, or NPAs, which make up some 27 percent of the electorate.

But Florida has a closed primary system. That means that if you are an independent or NPA voter, you don’t have a voice in primary elections. Activists are hoping to change that leading up to next year’s presidential election. Steve Hough, director of Florida Fair and Open Primaries, Inc., joined us for a closer look.

North Florida TPO

The North Florida Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) is updating its regional long-range transportation plan and wants to hear from you. Members of the public can join their telephone town hall this week. Jeff Sheffield, the organization’s executive director, joined us to explain how.

Andrew Nagorski's Books

Author Andrew Nagorski

The year 1941 was critical during World War II. It’s the subject of 1941: The Year Germany Lost the War by bestselling author and historian Andrew Nagorski, who’s based in St. Augustine. He joined us with a look inside the book.

Cole Pepper with Sports

Cole Pepper joined us to talk about the College World Series and the latest on the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Heather Schatz can be reached at, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @heatherschatz.


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Heather is the senior producer of WJCT 89.9 FM talk shows including First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, the Florida Roundup and What's Health Got to Do with It?