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GOP Pitches Bringing RNC to Jax; Hospitals; Police Reforms; Meditation; Bars Reopen

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FILE - In this July 21, 2016, file photo, confetti and balloons fall during celebrations after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's acceptance speech on the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

President Trump is moving the Republican Convention out of North Carolina due to Gov. Roy Cooper's refusal to permit a full capacity gathering due to concerns about coronavirus.

The local Republican Party is pushing to have the GOP nominating convention in Jacksonville. Dean Black, Chairman of the Republican Party of Duval County, joined us to discuss the possibility of the city hosting the convention. Richard Borders, who started a petition against bringing the convention to Jacksonville, also joined us. 

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Brett McClung, CEO of Baptist Health, joined us to remind listeners that hospitals are open and it is safe to come and receive care if you need it. 

Criminal Justice Reform

Protesters have been calling for reform of police culture and the criminal justice system. Ken Jefferson, a retired Public Information Officer with the JSO and the News4Jax Crime and Safety Expert, joined us to discuss. 


Local meditation leader Dan Nevins offered some much needed calming advice.

Bars Reopening

After months of lockdown, Florida bars are now allowed to reopen, starting Friday. Hana Ferguson of The Volstead in Downtown Jacksonville joined us to discuss their reopening plans.

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