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Thursday on “First Coast Connect,” it was our final episode of 2016 with the annual year in review Media Roundtable with guest host Ryan Benk. Our panel included A.G. Gancarski from Florida Politics, Dan Scanlan from the Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth and WJCT business analyst John Burr. We also spoke with Harvard School of Public Health researcher Steve Gortmaker about the financial incentives Jacksonville could receive by passing a tax on sugary drinks. 


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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.

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Departing Florida Congresswoman Corrine Brown is soliciting online donations to support her legal defense fees in her federal corruption case.

“On this website, you can make a donation to my legal defenses fund. Any contribution would be greatly appreciated,” Brown wrote on the Corrine Brown Legal Expense Trust website. The site also said she was “falsely accused” by the federal government of conspiracy and fraud, and how the charges were filed “immediately prior” to her Aug. 30 primary election.

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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With the retirement of Ander Crenshaw and the primary defeat of Corrine Brown, Jacksonville will be sending two rookies to Washington when the new Congress convenes in January.

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Recently ousted North Florida Congresswoman Corrine Brown appeared in a Jacksonville federal courtroom to update Judge James Klindt on what she’s done to establish stable representation in the fraud case against her.

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Welcome to Redux, a podcast from WJCT News, featuring the best stories of the week and music from WJCT's After Hours programming.

The podcast is hosted by Vince Kong.


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Former Democratic State Senator Al Lawson defeated 12-term District 5 Congresswoman Corrine Brown in the Democratic primary Tuesday night.

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The fraud trial of Congresswoman Corrine Brown will be postponed by a month after a judge ruled Tuesday she needs more time to find a new lawyer.

Federal Judge James Klindt granted her previous lawyers’ request to be dismissed from the case; it’s the third set of lawyers who’ve departed from Brown since her indictment.


Kevin Meerschaert

Florida Politics and Folio Weekly writer A.G. Gancarski talked with Melissa Ross Tuesday about next week’s primary election. Tobacco Free Florida has a new program to help people quit smoking, WJCT-TV is helping teens become successful adults and it’s time for “Wine, Women and Shoes” to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida. 

 

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A group of black Jacksonville pastors are calling for Circuit Judge Mark Hulsey to be removed from the bench as he faces charges of making racist and sexist slurs, along with other misconduct.


We discuss the week's top news stories for the full hour with our roundtable of local journalists.

Joining us are:

  • Tonyaa Weathersbee, Florida Times-Union columnist
  • A.G. Gancarski, Florida Politics writer
  • Lindsey Kilbride, WJCT News reporter
  • Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor

Topics include the Democratic National Convention, a new study about the effect of climate change on Florida's coastal military installation, and more.

Al Lawson

Corrine Brown’s indictment on 24 charges of fraud may provide a political opening for her biggest challenger, former state Sen. Al Lawson of Tallahassee.

Lawson is the most high-profile contender to replace Brown in the District 5 Congressional seat she’s held for more than two decades.

He joins us to discuss his platform.

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Media Roundtable

We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Sebastian Kitchen, Florida Times-Union reporter; Claire Goforth, Folio Weekly editor; Mark Judson, UNF Spinnaker editor; and blogger Fred Matthews.

Topics include the Republic National Convention, the federal investigation into Rep. Corrine Brown, and more.

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