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Trump Rally; Amendment 4; EVAC Movement & Bold Bean; 'By The Fire'

President Donald Trump (left) is pictured in Washington, D.C. Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden is pictured in Wilmington, Del.

President Donald Trump is holding arally in Jacksonville Tuesday night, Sept. 24. Anyone who attends must sign a waiver acknowledging that they run the risk of contracting COVID-19 and cannot sue the president or his campaign if they get sick. 

Meanwhile, Mike Binder, who heads up thePublic Opinion Research Lab on the UNF campus, has been contracted by the New York Times/Siena College Poll to conduct polling on the race between Trump andformer Vice President Joe Biden. Both candidates have their sights set on Florida, a battleground state in the election.

We spoke with Binder about Duval County’s importance in the election, what the polling numbers say, and what we can expect in the weeks after Election Day.


Amendment 4

This November, Florida voters will be asked to decide the fate of Amendment 4. This is adifferent Amendment 4 than the 2018 measure that restored voting rights to former felons.

Voting rights groups are raising the alarm about the new Amendment 4, saying the name is deceptive. Critics say the latest Amendment 4 would make it much harder for Florida citizens to update the state’s constitution by even getting amendments on the ballot.

Patricia Brigham is the president of the nonpartisan groupLeague of Women Voters of Florida. She joined us to talk about the smendment. 

EVAC Movement

Bold Bean Coffee Roasters has brewed up a new blend to help support a local nonprofit, theEVAC Movement. EVAC empowers local youth to create change on issues that impact them, such as racism, police brutality, and loss.

Zack Burnett, Managing Partner for Bold Bean Coffee Roasters, andJay Harris, Lead Pastor at theVille Church and EVAC Mentor, joined us to discuss the program and how you can support it.

By The Fire

Thurston Moore is the co-founder ofSonic Youth, an avant-garde band whose “artful noise” influenced an entire generation of alternative and indie-rockers. He’s still making music and drops his seventh solo album on September 25.  

We spoke with Moore about his new album By the Fire and how the pandemic has impacted his industry.

Katherine Hobbs can be reached at or on Twitter at @KatherineGHobbs.


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Katherine Hobbs was Associate Producer of talk shows at WJCT until 2022.