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Saying the state’s system of standardized testing in public schools is “quite frankly, outdated,” Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday announced that lawmakers will consider a proposal during the 2022 legislative session to end the Florida Standards Assessments.


Online retail giant Amazon is planning to build two Jacksonville distribution centers — with the latest slated to go near the Cecil Commerce Center on the city’s Westside.

It’s the latest example of industrial development’s booming at the site of the former Navy base.

The results of a new poll released this week by the Florida Times-Union show Donald Trump and Ted Cruz leading the field of Republican presidential candidates among likely voters in Florida.

Trump is the choice of 31 percent of GOP primary voters in the state, a 12-point lead over Ted Cruz’s 19 percent support.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Senator Marco Rubio are essentially tied for third place, with 13 percent and 12 percent, respectively.

We discuss the state of the presidential race with Matt Towery, founder of InsiderAdvantage, which conducted the poll.

Also joining us are Mike Binder, assistant professor of political science and public affairs at UNF, and Stephen Baker, professor of political science at Jacksonville University.

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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.



Former Florida Governor and Republican candidate for president Jeb Bush is in Jacksonville for a town hall meeting Monday where he’s painting himself as the only sensible leader among the GOP candidates.

Bush, unveiling his new slogan, “Jeb can fix it,” told a crowd at Kaman Aerospace: Most people support robust defense spending, but hyper-partisanship has made the issue toxic.

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We discuss the week's top news stories with our roundtable local journalists: Larry Hannan, Florida Times-Union reporter; Matt Shaw, Folio Weekly editor; and WJCT analyst John Burr.

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The Donald has overtaken Jeb and Marco in Florida.

But a new Quinnipiac University poll might show more-daunting trends for another candidate on a first-name basis with voters — Hillary.

The poll, released Thursday, indicates that New York developer and television personality Donald Trump has taken a slight lead over former Gov. Jeb Bush and a larger lead over U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio in the Republican presidential primary in Florida.

A recent Associated Press analysis found that Hillary Clinton has raised more money in Florida than any other 2016 presidential candidate, including Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio. Meanwhile, an ABC News poll of potential Republican voters showed Donald Trump with a double digit lead on other GOP candidates. We discuss the 2016 landscape with Matt Corrigan, UNF political science professor and author of "Conservative Hurricane: How Jeb Bush Remade Florida."

Former Governor Jeb Bush retuned to Tallahassee Monday, claiming bragging rights as a reformer and promising to bring the same skills to “Mount Washington.” Bush echoed familiar Republican themes, calling for smaller government, a balanced budget amendment and line-item veto power.

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush released 33 years of tax returns on Tuesday, showing that his personal wealth has skyrocketed since he left the Florida governor's office in 2007.

We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Dan Scanlan, Florida Times-Union reporter; Fred Matthews, Examiner blogger; Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor; and Andrew Pantazi, Florida Times-Union reporter.

Topics include the shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, pension reform and more.

We also preview several events taking place on the First Coast to welcome new citizens into the city in honor of World Refugee Day this week.

Democrat Hillary Clinton holds slight edges over Republicans Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush in potential 2016 presidential battles in Florida, but voters are concerned about the honesty and trustworthiness of the former secretary of state, a new poll shows.

The poll, released Wednesday by Quinnipiac University, said Clinton leads Rubio, a Florida senator, by a margin of 47 percent to 44 percent in the critical swing state. She leads Bush, a former Florida governor who formally announced his presidential campaign this week, by a margin of 46 percent to 42 percent.

Jeb Bush officially launched his presidential campaign in Florida this week becoming the eleventh major candidate seeking the Republican nomination.

During an appearance on WJCT's “First Coast Connect,” Matt Corrigan, professor of politics at the University of North Florida, gave his thoughts on Bush’s candidacy.

Corrigan wrote about Bush in his book, “Conservative Hurricane: How Jeb Bush Remade Florida.”

Corrigan says Bush’s campaign is going to be a fascinating test in two ways.

At a rally on the Miami Dade College campus Monday, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush formally declared his 2016 presidential bid. We discuss his campaign, political record and his position in the Republican party with Matt Corrigan, UNF professor of political science and author of "Conservative Hurricane: How Jeb Bush Remade Florida."

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In a victory for school-choice supporters, a circuit judge Monday tossed out a constitutional challenge to a state program that helps send tens of thousands of low-income children to private schools.

Leon County Circuit Judge George Reynolds ruled that plaintiffs in the case — spearheaded by the Florida Education Association teachers union — did not have legal "standing" to challenge the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Bush vs. Clinton could be a barnburner in Florida.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday shows former Gov. Jeb Bush and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a virtual tie in a hypothetical 2016 presidential race in Florida. The poll gave 44 percent to Clinton and 43 percent to Bush.

While presidential primaries and caucuses are still a year away --- and the fields of candidates are loaded with speculation — the poll indicates Bush would be the toughest opponent for Clinton in the critical swing state of Florida.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has resigned from the board of a Jacksonville-based timber company. Bush appears to be preparing for a presidential run.

The Rayonier timber company announced Bush’s departure from its board of directors in a filing with the SEC Monday. The company’s document says Bush expressed no disagreements with Rayonier or its employees in his resignation letter. He quit just before Christmas, and his last day with the company will be December 31.

The chances for another member of the Bush family to run for office may have increased, as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush declared official interest by attacking President Obama’s stance on relations with Cuba.

Bush announced this week he will explore a run for presidency in 2016, as well as call for a stronger embargo against Cuba.

“I don’t think we should be negotiating with a repressive regime to make changes in our relations with them until there are substantive changes on the island,” Bush told Miami Herold reporter Marc Caputo Wednesday morning.

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As Jeb Bush's family hints at a potential presidential run in 2016, a new book reflects on his political career in Florida.

JAXPORT, judges, and Jeb Bush are in the headlines today.

Mayor Alvin Brown, MERS, and the sales tax holidays are in the headlines today.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott – along with former governors Jeb Bush and Bob Martinez – are calling on state lawmakers to pass a tuition break to students who entered the country illegally.

George Zimmerman, the death penalty, and Jeb Bush are in the headlines today.

Former President George W. Bush has been back in the news a lot this month--first for becoming a grandfather, then for opening his presidential library today, and now for something much more political.

In an interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer, Bush said his younger brother and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush would make "a marvelous candidate if he chooses to do so. He doesn’t need my counsel, 'cause he knows what it is, which is run!"