Politics

Political news

Kriseman Says He Will Not Run For Congress

Jun 3, 2021

Rick Kriseman said he will not run for a seat on the U.S. House of Representatives when his second term as St. Petersburg mayor ends in January.

Kriseman made the announcement Tuesday in a social media post.

Governor Ron DeSantis’s approach to COVID 19, and his legislative focus on conservative issues, have drawn national attention from the Republican party.

Henry Olsen, a senior fellow at the conservative think tank the Ethics & Public Policy Center, wrote a column for the Washington Post about what DeSantis must do to break out onto the national political stage.

Democratic voters in Florida reported receiving threatening emails Tuesday purportedly from the violent, far-right group Proud Boys directing them to vote for President Donald Trump or “we will come after you.”

The head of the Proud Boys in Florida said in an interview that his group was not responsible for the email threats.

Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Dispute Over Northeast Florida Judicial Appointment

Aug 13, 2018
Florida Supreme Court exterior
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The state Supreme Court accepted jurisdiction Thursday in a dispute over whether Gov. Rick Scott has the authority to appoint a replacement for a 4th Judicial Circuit judge who resigned before his term expired, rather than put the seat up for election.

Trump Goes All In With DeSantis At Tampa Rally

Aug 1, 2018
News Service of Florida

In a boisterous political rally held in Florida’s largest media market, President Donald Trump on Tuesday thrust his outsized persona into the middle of Florida’s governor’s race, with a full-throated endorsement of U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis.

Medical Examiner Valerie Rao Announces Retirement After Difficult Tenure

May 7, 2018
Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT News

Valerie Rao, the embattled medical examiner who has held onto her job in the face of criticism for the last five years, announced she would retire in the summer.

Policy Matters: Adam Putnam

Apr 26, 2018

Hosted by Rick Mullaney, director of Jacksonville University's Public Policy Institute, this quarterly program examines issues ranging from taxes to downtown redevelopment.

This week, Rick was joined by Florida Agricultural Commissioner and Republican candidate for Florida Governor Adam Putnam.

Policy Matters is not a production of WJCT News.

Policy Matters: Mo Elleithee

Feb 14, 2018
Karen Feagins / WJCT

Hosted by Rick Mullaney, director of Jacksonville University's Public Policy Institute, this quarterly program examines current public policy issues like taxes, healthcare and downtown redevelopment.

The February program featured Fox News contributor and former Democratic strategist Mo Elleithee.

Provided by Jimmy Johns for Congress

St. Johns County Commissioner Jimmy Johns has announced he is mounting a campaign to run for the congressional seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Palm Coast.


Former North Florida Florida Congresswoman Gwen Graham is among the Democrats running for governor this year. She says for too long the state Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott have ignored the serious effects of climate change and rising seas.

Appearing Wednesday on WJCT’s First Coast Connect, Graham said the state needs to take take action against the problems the state is already facing and prepare for the future.

Univ. of North Florida

UNF President and former Jacksonville Mayor John Delaney is not ruling out another run for office as he steps down this May from his tenure leading the university.

Buddha Dog / Flickr

Jacksonville City Council member John Crescimbeni says a state measure taking some local control away regarding tree regulation is an insult and he’s introduced a city resolution opposing it.

Scott Committee Spends More than $1.2 Million On Ads

Nov 13, 2017
Rick Scott
The Office of Governor Rick Scott

Gov. Rick Scott's “Let's Get to Work” political committee spent more than $1.2 million in October on advertising, amid widespread speculation that Scott will run for U.S. Senate next year.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

After two recent deaths in Jacksonville parks, the question of their safety has been brought to the forefront. That topic came up at a city council parks committee meeting Wednesday morning.


Philip Levine's Twitter page

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine has entered the Democratic race for Florida governor.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Florida Republican Gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam spoke to Clay County constituents at Fleming Island’s Whitey’s Fish Camp early Tuesday morning.

flgov.com and WJCT News

As political insiders look to whether term-limited Gov. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) will run for the U.S. Senate, a new UNF poll out this morning shows that if he does, incumbent Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) will have a tough battle ahead.


monument
Michael Rivera / Wikimedia Commons

A new University of North Florida poll released Thursday morning shows the majority of registered voters oppose removing Confederate statues in Jacksonville.


Online Voter Registration Starts In Florida

Oct 2, 2017
Florida Division of Elections

On Sunday, Florida will join 35 other states in offering online voter registration to its residents.

Policy Matters is quarterly program hosted by Rick Mullaney, director of the Public Policy Institute at Jacksonville University. The latest edition included interviews with Rep. Al Lawson (D-Fl) and Jacksonville  City Council President Anna Lopez Brosche.

Lawson talked about his first seven months in office and his thoughts on the job being done by President Trump.

Brosche discussed her proposal to remove Confederate memorials from public places and place them in a museum.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

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.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

A Jacksonville City Council member is pushing back against one of Mayor Lenny Curry’s budget priorities, saying he may even vote against the entire budget.

Councilman Danny Becton is taking issue with spending $8.4 million on Jacksonville's historically black college, Edward Waters.


Jacksonville City Council Votes Down Term-Limit Referendum

Aug 22, 2017
CIty of Jacksonville

The Jacksonville City Council voted against a bill that would have let voters decide whether to extend the limits on local officials’ terms in office. The vote was 11-to-6 at Tuesday’s meeting.


KEVIN MEERSCHAERT / WJCT News

Jacksonville City Council President Anna Lopez Brosche said in a letter she will not be convening a public workshop about JAXPORT’s deepening of the St. Johns River to make way for larger cargo ships.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

The Jacksonville Public Library is asking for a nearly $2 million increase in the mayor’s proposed budget, and several city council members say they may consider at least a smaller bump.

The library’s executive director stressed the growing demand for libraries during budget hearings Friday.


The Office of Governor Rick Scott

Calling Gov. Rick Scott's likely bid for the U.S. Senate an "open secret" would be a misnomer — there's no secret there, open or otherwise.

Wikileaks

As ABC News reported over the weekend, President Donald Trump’s former Florida campaign chair, Susie Wiles, is connected to a controversial meeting between Trump’s son and a Russian lawyer last summer.

Lanny Wiles is said to have reserved a seat for the Russian lawyer at the House Foreign Affairs Committee last June. Wiles said he saved the seat for Natalia Veselnitskaya to hear a discussion on “U.S. Policy Towards Putin’s Russia.”

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Jacksonville military veterans want more services tailored for female vets. That’s what a group of them told U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (D-FL5)  at a town hall Thursday morning.


Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Following the sinking of the El Faro cargo ship in October 2015, the National Transportation Safety Board has issued 10 new safety recommendations meant to better inform sailors of impending weather conditions.

The guidelines are being released after two hearings in Jacksonville into the ship’s sinking, which killed all 33 crew members aboard. El Faro set sail from Jacksonville toward Puerto Rico and sank near the Bahamas after losing power and drifting into the path of Hurricane Joaquin.

Wikimedia Commons

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee, as the investigation continues into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Pages