Cole Pepper

We speak with state attorney candidate Wes White about the major issues he's focusing on in his campaign against State Attorney Angela Corey.


Jacksonville University and the UN Association of Jacksonville this weekend will hold a discussion of one of the most important political issues of the 21st century: the global response to climate change.

Also this Saturday, JU’s Marine Science Research Institute brings its event “Science on the St. Johns” to the campus waterfront - a chance for the community to learn about the impact of the river and marine life on our area.

We preview both events with Dr. Stephen Baker, JU professor of political science, Dr. Quint White, director of JU’s Marine Science Research Institute, and engineer David Bruderly, organizer and moderator of the climate change event.


Legislation is moving ahead in Tallahassee that would allow concealed firearms on the state’s college campuses. This as a new poll finds the majority of Floridians oppose allowing students to carry weapons on campus. Supporters of the bill argue it would make colleges safer, while opponents question the need to allow weapons in the already stress-filled college environment.

UNF's OneJax Institute will examine gun control and gun rights issues this week in the latest edition of their Civil Discourse series of panel discussions. We preview that forum with UNF President John Delaney and Cord Byrd, local attorney and NRA representative.


The fatal shooting of at least seven people at an Oregon community college is now yet another example of a school shooting that both supporters and opponents of proposed campus carry legislation in Florida will point to when making their case. The Florida Legislature is currently considering measures that would allow people with concealed weapon permits to bring their firearms on public college and university campuses. We speak with supporters and opponents of the legislation: Eric Friday, lead attorney for the gun rights group Florida Carry; John White, president of the UNF chapter of United Faculty of Florida; and university student and former marine Adam Whitmer.


According to a recent Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute poll of registered Republican likely voters in Florida, Donald Trump remains the frontrunner among the 2016 GOP presidential candidates while others, including former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, gain traction. We discuss the factors behind these results with Rick Mullaney, director of JU's Public Policy Institute.


The  homicide case of Jacksonville's Shelby Farah has sparked a conversation about Florida's death penalty. We discuss the many issues surrounding capital punishment with Julie Delegal, who has been covering Farah's case for Folio Weekly, and Marc Hyden, National Coordinator with Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty.


The last remaining original tenants at the Pablo Plaza Shopping Center are moving to make way for big box stores like Whole Foods. While there is much excitement over the new chain coming to the area, some are mourning the loss of these locally owned shops as they look for a new spot to do business. We speak with writer Ron Whittington, who’s been covering the transition for the Florida Times-Union, and Ken Rahaim Juro, owner of Rahaim's Walls & Floors at the Pablo Plaza Shopping Center.


There are more than 18,000 uninsured children in Duval County. Many of these children qualify for low-cost health insurance through the Florida KidCare program, but they’re not enrolled because their parents simply don’t know about it.

In July 2014, the National League of Cities selected Jacksonville as one of eight cities across the US to receive a grant to address this problem.

The Jacksonville Children’s Commission and City of Jacksonville are leading the charge to implement the “Cover Jacksonville” campaign to bridge the gap for the uninsured.

We speak with Cheryl Townsend, Project Director for Cover Jacksonville.


Jacksonville City Council President Greg Anderson joins us to discuss current issues facing the council, including public safety funding, the city's infrastructure and more.


As parents, students and teachers prepare for the first day of classes, Duval County Schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti joins us with a look at his and the district's priorities for the new school year.


Atlantic Beach City Commissioner Maria Mark is currently running for re-election against challenger John Stinson. Mark is best known for leading the effort to pass the first and only inclusive Human Rights Ordinance in Northeast Florida. The city of Atlantic Beach passed an inclusive HRO in August of 2014. We speak with Maria Mark about this and other key issues in her campaign.


An internal investigation is underway following the deaths of two inmates at Baker Correctional Institution in Sanderson, Florida last week.

They’re just the latest inmate deaths in Florida, which have sparked calls for reform of the state’s correctional system. Florida has the third-largest prison system in the nation, with more than 100,000 inmates and a $2.1 billion budget.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will investigate whether a political bribery scandal at a company that sells red light cameras extends to the firm's contracts with five Florida cities, including Jacksonville.

The Chicago Tribune reported last month that the former CEO of RedFlex had pleaded guilty in a federal bribery investigation. Also, a Tribune investigation uncovered wrongdoing in a Chicago contract, with allegations involving bribes paid to a politically connected former city official.

RedFlex operates the cameras at intersections all around town and in other major Florida cities.

We discuss the issue with Mark Seiden attorney and professor with Florida Coastal School of Law, and Paul Henry, a retired Florida state trooper who has been lobbying against red light cameras in the state via the Liberty First Network.


Gov. Rick Scott has ordered an independent analysis of the state's prison system and the development of two prisons to test new ways of handling and housing prisoners with mental health issues, as well as the general population. Scott is also directing the Department of Corrections to work with the departments of Children and Families and Juvenile Justice on how to improve mental health services. That’s a change mental health advocates say is badly needed here in the Sunshine State. We discuss the issue with Denise Marzullo, President and CEO of Mental Health America of Northeast Florida.


The "Voices of the River" event this weekend aims to spotlight the important role the St. Johns River has played in our area’s history and continues to play today. The MOSH, the Cummer Museum and the Ritz Theatre will each have programming that explores the people and perspectives that have interacted with the St. Johns River through the years. This part of the larger Cultural Fusion Year of the River initiative celebrating the St.

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