GOP National Committee Gathers On Amelia Island Amid Week Of Violence

Jan 8, 2021
Jose Luis Magana / Associated Press

In a week that saw rioters swarm the Capitol when Congress met to certify Joe Biden's election as president, the Republican National Committee has gathered in Amelia Island to take stock of how the GOP will move forward on the heels of Georgia voters electing two Democrats to the U.S. Senate.

Police: Man Driven By Dislike Of Trump In Jacksonville GOP Tent Attack

Feb 11, 2020
headshot of Timm over photo of scene after the attack

The man who is accused of deliberately driving his van into a tent where voters were being registered by local Republicans told the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office his disapproval of President Donald Trump was a motivating factor, according to an unredacted arrest report obtained by WJCT News partner News4Jax.

College Campus Indoctrination? Neptune Beach Rep. Byrd, Other GOP Lawmakers Seek Probe

Mar 13, 2019
UF campus aerial view
University of Florida via Twitter

A proposal that would require Florida public universities to survey faculty members and students about their personal viewpoints was approved Wednesday by a House panel, with Democrats concerned about what lawmakers would do with the results.

Trump at Landing
News 4 Jax

Since day one of Donald Trump’s Republican candidacy for president, GOP consultant Rick Wilson has taken a firm, and very vocal, stand in not supporting the Republican candidate.

Trump at Landing
News 4 Jax

Gov. Rick Scott said Wednesday he "currently" doesn't plan to endorse a candidate before the March 15 Republican presidential primary in Florida.

But in an opinion piece for USA Today, Scott praised Republican front-runner and part-time Florida resident Donald Trump.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News


Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he’ll be watching Tuesday’s Republican debate on CNN.

On Monday in Jacksonville, the Republican governor said the GOP candidates should focus on four key areas: job creation, balancing the federal budget, regulation reduction and ISIS.


As presidential candidates gather this week for the final GOP debate, we discuss at the latest in the 2016 race, as well as recent controversial comments about Muslim made by Donald Trump. UNF professors Matt Corrigan and Parvez Ahmed join us.

We discuss the week's news with our roundtable of local journalists: Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal Editor; Fred Matthews, Examiner blogger; and A.G. Gancarski, Folio Weekly and Florida Politics columnist.

Topics include Mayor Lenny Curry's transition committees presenting their recommendations for the administration, the first Republican presidential debate, and more.

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority's new bus routes, the Duval GOP Secretary and a local protest about Eric Gardner are all in the headlines affecting Northeast Florida today.

Republican Party of Duval

Leaders of the local GOP have weighed in on the legal battle over Florida’s school voucher program.

  Jacksonville Republican Jay Fant and state attorney and Navy veteran Paul Renner are facing off in the August 26 primary.

Jacksonville University

He's a widely quoted expert with decades of insight into America’s political scene. Now, Dr. Stephen Baker, professor of political science at JU, is preparing to step down from the post he’s held at the campus since 1985.

He'll continue part-time teaching, though, at the university's Public Policy Institute.