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Demonstrators gathered outside a Jacksonville restaurant Tuesday to protest 4th District Congressman John Rutherford’s vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

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Democratic North Florida Congressman Al Lawson said he’s hearing public education and healthcare as main concerns from his constituents during a stop in Jacksonville Monday to speak at a Rotary Club meeting.

Lawson also said he’s also looking at issues specific to Jacksonville, including securing funding to deepen the St. Johns River for larger ships.

Our weekly Media Roundtable on Friday featured Tessa Duval from the Florida Times-Union, Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski, WJCT Business Analyst John Burr and WJCT reporter Lindsey Kilbride. We also spoke by phone with award winning movie director Mira Nair and CEO of Volunteers in Medicine Mary Pat Corrigan and Lisa Weatherby from Wells Fargo joined us to talk about the Women with Heart fundraising campaign. 

    

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The U.S. Navy’s new drone program will be calling Jacksonville home.

Naval Station Mayport beat out fellow Florida base Naval Air Station Key West and a NASA flight facility in Virginia for the contract.


Friday on “First Coast Connect,” was our weekly Media Roundtable. Our panel included Andrew Pantazi and Dan Scanlan from the Florida Times-Union and WJCT business analyst John Burr. We also heard from Florida Theatre president Numa Saisselin about its new partnership with Community First Credit Union and to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Alhambra Theatre we were joined cast members of their current production of the play Come Blow Your Horn, Tod Booth, Lisa Booth and Jessica Booth.  

  

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Freshman Northeast Florida Congressman John Rutherford (R-FL4) is recovering after a medical episode in the U.S. Capitol late Wednesday.

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Former Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford will represent much of Northeast Florida in Congress, while former Democratic state Sen. Al Lawson will represent the district being vacated by disgraced District 5 Congresswoman Corrine Brown.

District 4 Republican congressional candidate John Rutherford said one of the skills he learned during his 12 years as Jacksonville sheriff was how to work with others of different beliefs to get things accomplished.  

District 4 Republican Congressional candidate John Rutherford joined the program Wednesday to talk about the issues and his campaign. We also spoke with Sarah Miller, director of the Northeast and East Central regions of the Florida Public Archeology Network, and Emily Jane Murray, public archaeology coordinator, about how climate change is endangering historic archaeological sites in Florida. Generation WOW founder Donna Orender joined us to discuss an upcoming workshop to help help young women, and we celebrated World Pumpkin Day with Forking Amazing Restaurants Executive Pastry Chef Michael Bump.  


                 

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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Former Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford is one step closer to taking his law-and-order message to Washington.

8/17/16: John Rutherford; Amendment 4; UF Accreditiation

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Former Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford, a candidate in Florida's District 4 congressional race, appeared on First Coast Connect on Tuesday. 

Also on the program, Steve Smith, the executive director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, talked about solar energy Amendment 4, which is on the Aug. 30 ballot. We also heard about a prestigious honor awarded to University of Florida Health Jacksonville.

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Republicans vying to replace outgoing Congressman Ander Crenshaw shared a stage at the Jacksonville Zoo Tuesday for a forum hosted by Northside business leaders.

They’re all running against what they call “big government.”

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A new poll of likely voters shows competitive races in two Northeast Florida contests, those for state attorney and public defender.

Incumbents Angela Corey and Matt Shirk are struggling against challengers.

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The son of former Jacksonville mayor Hans Tanzler is the latest in a crowded field of Republicans who hope to replace outgoing U.S. Congressman Ander Crenshaw.

Hans Tanzler III is counting on his deep River City roots help set him apart from the field when August’s primary rolls around.


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Jacksonville Republican State Representative and congressional candidate Lake Ray is endorsing Donald Trump for president.

After Trump’s win in Indiana Tuesday night and Ohio Gov. John Kasich suspended his campaign Wednesday, Ray says Trump is the inevitable nominee.


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Former Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford is getting some stiff competition for Congressman Ander Crenshaw's soon-to-be vacated district 4 seat from within his own party.

Representative Lake Ray, R-Jacksonville, is joining the fray for the August Republican primary.

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In the 24 hours since announcing his retirement from Congress, Northeast Florida Representative Ander Crenshaw has set off intense speculation about who will run to replace him.

But some politicians are counting themselves out of the contest.


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City of Jacksonville

Duval County Sheriff John Rutherford has been a vocal critic of Mayor Alvin Brown and a supporter of his hand-picked successor Mike Williams in the Jacksonville mayor and sheriff's races.

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Public safety has emerged as a major issue in Jacksonville’s super close mayor’s race, with incumbent Mayor Alvin Brown defending his approach to this core function of government, while challenger Lenny Curry has hammered Brown’s administration on the issue of violent crime. A recent school bus shooting incident reinforced the narrative.

In particular, the Curry campaign has pounded the messaging that Brown “cut 147 police officers” from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

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Calling himself the most experienced candidate in the race, Republican Mike Williams says the JSO "needs to do more" to reach out to communities in Jacksonville who don't trust or cooperate with the police.

Ken Jefferson for Sheriff

Taking a veiled swipe at the current Jacksonville Sheriff's Officer leadership, Ken Jefferson says that if he's elected sheriff he won't "govern from behind the desk."

"I want to re-introduce the Police Department back to the community," said Jefferson, the Democratic candidate in the race to replace outgoing Sheriff John Rutherford.  

"What I'm finding out from my walks and talks all over the city is that people basically see 'drive-by cops.' There's no interaction."

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During his first appearance on First Coast Connect, Jacksonville Undersheriff Dwain Senterfitt echoed statements Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford has made during his recent appearances on the program.

"I don't want to get too much into the politics of what's being discussed," said Senterfitt. "What I can tell you is that our department simply can't absorb any more (budget) cuts."

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