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North Florida Congressman Al Lawson, D-FL5, announced Thursday that colleges and universities in Jacksonville are getting an additional $73.4 million in federal emergency relief funding as part of the $900 billion stimulus package Congress passed last month. 

District 5 Republican callenger Gary Adler (left) and Incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Al Lawson.
Adler campaign and U.S. House of Representatives

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (D-FL5) will be heading back to Washington, D.C. for a third term after defeating his Republican challenger, Jacksonville businessman Gary Adler by 67.18% to 32.82% with 94 of 105 precincts reporting at the time of this story's publication. 

District 5 Republican callenger Gary Adler (left) and Incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Al Lawson.
Adler campaign and U.S. House of Representatives

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (D-FL5) and his Republican challenger, Jacksonville businessman Gary Adler, faced off in a virtual forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Jacksonville/First Coast Wednesday night. WJCT Public Media produced the event.

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Concerns about mail-in voting and the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is resulting in members of Congress being called back to Washington early

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North Florida Congressman Al Lawson, D-FL5, has been hearing from constituents who say they want racial and religious profiling by police to end, along with more mandated racial bias training.

North Florida Rep. Al Lawson
Office of Rep. Al Lawson

North Florida Congressman Al Lawson (D-FL 5) is co-sponsoring the Save Our Streets (SOS)  Act to give small businesses and nonprofits up to $250,000 to help them deal with the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

A COVID-19 health advisory blocks the seat next to a woman riding a JTA bus.
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The Jacksonville Transportation Authority is getting more than $15 million from the federal government to help maintain service during the coronavirus pandemic.

Congressmen Al Lawson (left) and John Rutherford (right).
U.S. House of Representatives

On Thursday, Local U.S. Representatives Al Lawson and John Rutherford, along with the entire Florida Congressional Delegation, sent a bipartisan letter to President Donald Trump asking him to prioritize Florida and send the state emergency resources as it fights to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

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Democrat LaShonda "LJ" Holloway launched her bid to unseat Congressman Al Lawson (D-FL 5) Tuesday. She noted she's a candidate from Jacksonville running against the Tallahassee-based incumbent.

Melissa Ross and Congressman Al Lawson
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As the impeachment investigation moves forward against President Donald Trump, a federal court ruled Monday that former White House counsel Don McGahn must comply with a House subpoena and testify before a congressional committee. 

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North Florida Congressman Al Lawson (D-FL 5th District) wants veterans to know he’s still pushing for a Veterans Administration hospital in Jacksonville, even though the project, he said, is currently on hold.

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A North Florida Congressman is pushing legislation to tackle the food insecurity he says more than 30% of U.S. college students face.  

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Two North Florida Congressmen are spearheading a bipartisan proposal that would fund workforce training for returning veterans.

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  Eight local veteran-serving organizations were awarded a combined $50,000 in Resources and Reintegration community grants Friday, part of this year’s Celebration of Valor.

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Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with former Jacksonville Mayor and Democratic 5th Congressional District candidate Alvin Brown. Incumbent Congressman Al Lawson was to appear with Brown but cancelled citing a scheduling conflict (01:27).

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT

Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with former Jacksonville Mayor and Democratic Congressional candidate Alvin Brown who is challenging incumbent Al Lawson in the August Florida Primary (01:00).

 

Our weekly Friday Media Roundtable on First Coast Connect featured guest host A.G. Gancarski from FloridaPolitics.com. Our panelist were:

  • Florida Times-Union reporter Tessa Duvall
  • WJCT contributor Fred Matthews
  • Jacksonville Daily Record reporter David Cawton
  • WJCT reporter Ryan Benk (01:11).

Issues discussed included:

Our weekly Friday Media Roundtable on First Coast Connect featured David Bauerlein from The Florida Times-Union, WJCT contributor Charles Griggs, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth and Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski.

Topics included:

Friday our First Coast Connect Media Roundtable featured Dan Scanlan from the Florida Times-Union, WJCT contributor Fred Matthews, Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons and Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski.

Issues discussed included,

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Democratic North Florida Congressman Al Lawson has picked up an endorsement in Jacksonville from the Fraternal Order of Police.

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT

The Democratic primary race in Florida’s 5th Congressional District officially got underway this week as incumbent Al Lawson and former Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown both qualified to be on the August ballot.

Both candidates had already been taking shots at each other on the campaign trail.

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT

Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Congressman Al Lawson (D-FL5), about some of the issues he’s working on in Washington. We also discussed the primary challenge against him by former Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown (01:16).

Friday on First Coast Connect our weekly Media Roundtable featured Florida Times-Union reporter David Bauerlein, WJCT business analyst John Burr, Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons and WJCT contributor Fred Matthews (01:13).   

  

Mayo Clinic Cardiologist Dr. Sabrina Phillips and Florida Blue Market President Darnell Smith talked about Friday being National Wear Red Day to raise awareness of heart disease among women (39:02).  

Mayo Clinic Dr. Aubrey Thompson and former TV anchor Donna Deegan joined us to talk about breast cancer research and the upcoming 26.2 with Donna marathon (46:00).    


Policy Matters is quarterly program hosted by Rick Mullaney, director of the Public Policy Institute at Jacksonville University. The latest edition included interviews with Rep. Al Lawson (D-Fl) and Jacksonville  City Council President Anna Lopez Brosche.

Lawson talked about his first seven months in office and his thoughts on the job being done by President Trump.

Brosche discussed her proposal to remove Confederate memorials from public places and place them in a museum.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Jacksonville military veterans want more services tailored for female vets. That’s what a group of them told U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (D-FL5)  at a town hall Thursday morning.


U.S. House Office of Photography - Office of Congressman Al Lawson

Democratic North Florida Congressman Al Lawson said he’s hearing public education and healthcare as main concerns from his constituents during a stop in Jacksonville Monday to speak at a Rotary Club meeting.

Lawson also said he’s also looking at issues specific to Jacksonville, including securing funding to deepen the St. Johns River for larger ships.

Friday on “First Coast Connect” our weekly Media Roundtable featured blogger Fred Matthews, WJCT reporter Lindsey Kilbride, Jacksonville Business Journal editor Tim Gibbons and WJCT business analyst John Burr. We also spoke with journalist Soledad O’Brien, who is holding a workshop for young women Saturday at WJCT and we heard on in-studio performance by singer-songwriter Morley.   

     

rutherford in sheriff uniform
City of Jacksonville

Former Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford will represent much of Northeast Florida in Congress, while former Democratic state Sen. Al Lawson will represent the district being vacated by disgraced District 5 Congresswoman Corrine Brown.

Michelle Corum / WJCT News

Fleming Island Republican Glo Smith and former Democratic State Sen. Al Lawson, of Tallahassee, debated before Jacksonville’s Southside Business Men’s Club Wednesday, each making the case why he or she should succeed Corrine Brown in Congressional District 5.

Come January, Jacksonville will be represented by two freshmen members of Congress. Jacksonville University political science Professor Emeritus Stephen Baker joined host Melissa Ross to talk about the challenges the area may face by losing so much seniority on Capitol Hill. We heard from Dr. Anthony Magnano, co-director of St. Vincent’s Atrial Fibrillation Institute, about the warning signs of atrial fibrillation and its prevention. Ross also spoke with Dr. Konika Schallen, the founder of the CMA Center for Aesthetic Medicine about the science of beauty. 

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