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

Sep 24, 2020

President Donald Trump is holding a rally 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 the Public 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 and former 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.

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Amendment 4

This November, Florida voters will be asked to decide the fate of Amendment 4. This is a different 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 group League 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, the EVAC 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, and Jay Harris, Lead Pastor at the Ville 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 of Sonic 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 newsteam@wjct.org or on Twitter at @KatherineGHobbs.