2018 Election

Florida's Agriculture Commissioner isn't just the chief champion of oranges, avocadoes and other products sprouting from soil in the Sunshine State. The post also is responsible for gun licenses, consumer complaints and has a role to play in the restoration of felon rights -assuming Amendment 4 fails to get at least 60 percent support in November.

It is a statewide elected position with several candidates vying for their party's nomination in the primary election of Aug. 28. 

Alvin Brown, Al Lawson Seek Supporters In Campaign For Corrine Brown's Old Seat

Aug 21, 2018
Left: Bob Self/The Florida Times-Union, Right: Al Lawson Campaign

The race for North Florida’s only Democratic seat in Congress has been a low-profile contest despite real stakes for the candidates and the sprawling district anchored by Jacksonville’s black community.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum rides his campaign bus to Jacksonville this evening.

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Spanish-speaking voters aren’t getting the resources and assistance they need. That’s the charge made in a federal lawsuit against Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner and 32 local election supervisors, including four in Northeast Florida.

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT News

Former Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown says he’s confident of an upset victory, even though polls show incumbent Congressman Al Lawson leading in Florida's 5th Congressional District race.

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Florida Circuit Judge John Cooper has ruled Amendment 8 - which deals with education - is  misleading and is throwing it off voters’ November ballots. 

Four Republicans --- two lawmakers, a former lawmaker and a palm-tree farmer --- are competing to replace Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, who is term-limited in the Cabinet office and running for governor.

WJCT, WUSF, WLRN and WGCU have done four stories looking at where the Democratic and Republican gubernatorial candidates stand on a host of issues.

Early Voting In Florida's Primary: What You Need To Know

Aug 20, 2018
Ray Hollister / WJCT

More than one million voters had cast ballots in the primary election by Sunday night, one day after early voting expanded to all 67 Florida counties.

According to the state's largest teacher's union, educators vote at a higher rate than the average Floridian.

Several dozen Pinellas County teachers gathered in downtown St. Petersburg Sunday for a "Get Out The Vote" rally. Like their counterparts across the country, the teachers wore the color red as a sign of solidarity. 

Florida election officials said Saturday they are seeking more information to combat any possibility of ongoing hacking efforts on county voting systems, as support mounted over the weekend for Sen. Bill Nelson’s recent claims that Russian operatives have “penetrated” some county voter registration databases in Florida ahead of the 2018 elections.

A controversy has exploded in Florida after Sen. Bill Nelson said there was evidence of Russia’s trying to hack into Florida’s voting records. His assertion was sharply criticized by Gov. Rick Scott, who is challenging Nelson for his seat, and state elections officials.

We discussed the matter with Gary Fineout, reporter for the Associated Press;

Duval County Supervisor of Elections Mike Hogan; and Jeff Kosseff, assistant professor in the Cyber Science Department at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Gwen Graham Tries To Make History In Her Bid For Governor

Aug 16, 2018
Gwen Graham, Democrat, For Governor

This is one of a series of profiles on the major candidates for Florida governor that we're running through the Aug. 28 primary election. 

About a quarter of Florida's nearly $90 billion state budget pays for public schools. The Democrats running for governor say that's not enough.

"We can never spend enough," former Miami Beach mayor Philip Levine said during the first gubernatorial primary debate in April. His opponents for the Democratic nomination largely agree.

On the Republican side, the candidates have focused more on career training as their education priority.

Governor Rick Scott declared a state of Emergency Aug. 13 for seven southwest Florida counties currently impacted by a lingering toxic red tide algae bloom crisis. The bloom, which has persisted since last fall, now stretches some 150 miles between Naples and Anna Maria Island and appears to be moving north.

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