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Rep. John Rutherford, R-Fla., speaks during a House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 28, 2020.
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Local advocates recently met with Jacksonville Representative John Rutherford to talk about climate change and a national carbon pricing bill.

Congressmen Al Lawson (left) and John Rutherford (right).
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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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U.S. Representatives John Rutherford (R-FL 4th District), Derek Kilmer (D-Washington), and Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Washington) have introduced legislation that would provide disaster unemployment assistance to people who can’t work due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Jacksonville area Rep. John Rutherford (R-FL 4), along with Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL 13) and Rep. Val B. Demings (D-FL 10), has introduced the Foreign National Firearms Background Check Enhancement Act.

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Donna Deegan announced her candidacy to run as a Democrat against incumbent Jacksonville area Congressman John Rutherford (R-FL4), Thursday morning on First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross.

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Donna Deegan, the founder of the 26.2 with DONNA, The National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer, has filed to run for Congress.

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While U.S. House Democrats move ahead with an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, House Republicans continue to complain about the lack of a floor vote authorizing an official investigation.

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Congress will get the chance to help protect historic landmarks on the First Coast through a bill that three North Florida Congressmen introduced Monday.

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The U.S. House has passed two bills banning new offshore oil and gas drilling off the Atlantic Coast, Pacific Coast and Florida's Gulf Coast.

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Congressman John Rutherford, R-FL4, appeared on First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross on Wednesday.

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Northeast Florida Congressman John Rutherford has filed a bill to prevent drilling in federal waters off Florida over the next decade.

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Opponents of President Donald Trump’s plan to expand offshore drilling will be coming together Saturday in Jacksonville Beach to protest. They’ll also be protesting seismic airgun testing off the Atlantic coast.

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Northeast Florida Representatives John Rutherford, a Republican, and Al Lawson, a Democrat, have joined the American Flood Coalition, a nonpartisan group of cities, elected officials, military leaders, businesses and civic organizations that have come together to push for national solutions to help support flood-affected communities.

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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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Many Democrats in Washington D.C. have come out in support of the Green New Deal, a congressional resolution that lays out a sweeping plan for addressing climate change, but the legislation is facing stiff opposition from some Florida lawmakers.

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Northeast Florida Representative John Rutherford is leading a legislative effort to prohibit seismic airgun testing the Atlantic Ocean for a decade.

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The City of St. Augustine, with help from allies on Capitol Hill, is asking the federal government to help pay for a $3 million U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study on sea level rise and flooding.

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Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Florida 4th District Congressional candidate Ges Selmont. He’s challenging incumbent Republican John Rutherford (01:03). Rutherford was also invited but his office did not respond.

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Wednesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Democratic 4th District Congressional candidate Monica DePaul who is looking to challenge incumbent Republican Congressman John Rutherford (01:18).  

WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo and reporter Ryan Benk talked about the Florida Constitution Revision Commission’s Tuesday afternoon meeting in Jacksonville (32:23).  

Local real estate entrepreneur Shankar Thayver told us about his new online portal Trintals (37:22).

We heard about Saturday’s Riverside Craft Beer Festival with Community PedsCare Clinical Manager Amanda Spence and festival chairman Chris Croft (46:00).               

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Congressman John Rutherford, R-Florida, is spearheading an effort to bring more workforce training to returning veterans.

The measure would create a matching grant program housed in the Department of Veteran Affairs.


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Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced Wednesday in Jacksonville that the new Interstate-95 flyover ramp to J. Turner Butler Blvd. will open next week.

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The rehabilitation of a senior living facility is being hailed by St. Augustine officials as vital for the city. Southern Villas Apartments celebrated its grand re-opening Thursday with a ribbon cutting and tour.

 

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Congressman John Rutherford, R-FL4, said Thursday that cities grappling with whether to remove Confederate monuments should put the question to the ballot. He spoke to WJCT at an unrelated event in St. Augustine.

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Northeast Florida Congressman John Rutherford, R-FL4, says people who have a special visa for creating business in the U.S. should also have a path to citizenship.


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Update 7/27 at 8:29 a.m.: This story has been updated to include additional comments from Congressman Rutherford.

A rule change at the federal Justice Department could allow police officers to confiscate more people’s property if they believe it’s being used in a crime — even if they never arrest someone.

Some states have outright banned the practice known as civil-asset forfeiture, while others including Florida have established strict limits.


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Former United Nations Ambassador Nancy Soderberg is challenging Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL6) for his Northeast Florida congressional seat.

  Today on “First Coast Connect,” our weekly Media Roundtable included Charles Griggs from the Jacksonville Free Press, Jacksonville Business Journal Editor Timothy Gibbons and WJCT reporter Lindsey Kilbride (01:13). We also spoke with Florida Education Association President Joanne McCall (33:31), and Fuada Velic told us about Saturday’s Srebrenica genocide remembrance in Jacksonville. 


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Northeast Florida Republican Congressman John Rutherford is helping lead a bipartisan effort against seismic airgun testing in the Atlantic Ocean, which could lead to drilling for oil and gas.

Rutherford said the blasting could hurt coastal businesses relying on healthy oceans.


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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved more than $17 million Wednesday for deepening a portion of the St. Johns River. But with the full cost of the JaxPort dredging estimated in the hundreds of millions of dollars, the newest allocation is just a drop in the river.


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Governor Rick Scott is feeling the heat from school boards and superintendents across Florida to veto a massive package of education bills, which center around the issue of school choice. We’ll talk to folks on both sides of the debate. 

And, Duval County Schools has identified an interim superintendent even though it’s current superintendent hasn’t left just yet. We have the latest.

Then, we’ll visit one Jacksonville school teacher who, through sharing her love of reading with her students, is inspiring the next generation of literary artists. Also, a settlement is in sight after years of litigation in a housing discrimination against the city.

And finally, commercial space travel might soon be just an hour away for Jacksonville residents. But first, freshman Congressman John Rutherford is back in the spotlight. Find out why on Redux.

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