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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry made his first media appearance since President Donald Trump announced the cancellation of the city’s portion of the 2020 Republican National Convention. 

Jacksonville's Downtown Northbank skyline is pictured along with TIAA Bank Field, Daily's Place, VyStar Veteran's Memorial Arena and 121 Financial Field.
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The 2020 Jacksonville Republican National Convention Host Committee is announcing capacity restrictions for it’s four day August event. 

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Florida’s first-ever chief resilience officer, Julia Nesheiwat, has been hired as President Donald Trump’s new homeland security adviser.

Our Friday Media Roundtable on First Coast Connect featured Mark Woods from the Florida Times-Union, WJCT contributor Fred Matthews, Folio Weekly reporter Madeleine Peck Wagner and Jacksonville Business Journal Editor Timothy Gibbons.

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Thursday on First Coast Connect  Melissa read an editorial from Thursday’s Florida Times-Union, which was one of many published by over 300 newspapers across the country promoting the freedom of the press and the need to end the war between President Donald Trump and the media. We asked the audience to respond (01:15).  

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Tuesday on First Coast Connect we discussed the controversy over the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” border policy with Stephanie Mickle and Katie Ross with Mickle Public Affairs (01:16).   

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Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with UNF Political Science Professor Matt Corrigan on how President Trump’s recent tariffs could affect Florida (01:29).  

Monday on First Coast Connect with guest host Jessica Palombo we heard about the upcoming inaugural Duval County Trump Club meeting. Club President Jim Davis and Duval County GOP Chair Karyn Morton (01:20) joined us.

We heard about the local company, Medic, that features vending machines for pharmacy products with cofounder Garlene Atcherson (28:40).

Keith Marks, a local artist and the founder of Avant Music, told us about two upcoming events he is involved in (38:40).

Sports analysts Cole Pepper talked about a wild weekend of March Madness and Jaguars free agency (46:00).  

Policy Matters: Mo Elleithee

Feb 14, 2018
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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.

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It’s been four months since Hurricane Irma and the flooding that hit the area. Thursday on First Coast Connect  we spoke with local attorney Charlie Jimerson who lost his home in the storm and suffered major damage to his business location (01:17).  

We also talked with Erika Curran, who leads the immigration clinic at Florida Coastal School of Law about local reaction to President Donald Trump’s decision to end the temporary protected status for Salvadorans living in the U.S (32:47).

Jacksonville Magazine and 904 Magazine Publisher and editor Joseph White told us about the upcoming lantern parade on Jacksonville’s Northbank. 


Friday on First Coast Connect  our weekly Media Roundtable with David Bauerlein from The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville Business Journal Editor Timothy Gibbons, WJCT Business Analyst John Burr and contributor Fred Matthews.   


Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Florida Times-Union columnist Mark Woods about President Trump’s announcement he’ll shrink the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments over the objections of five Native-American tribes (01:10).

We talked about the battle against food insecurity in Jacksonville and the new Center for Nutrition and Food Security with Curt Lox, Dean of the Brooks College of Health at the University of North Florida and Dr. Lauri Wright, director of the Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition program (32:36).  

Cole Pepper told about the Jaguars win over Indianapolis and previewed the college football playoff (46:00). 


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Wednesday on First Coast Connect, in the wake of the federal indictments against Paul Manafort and Rick Gates - who were former aides to Donald Trump - and the guilty plea of former aide George Papadopoulos, we spoke with local attorney and former secret service agent Michael Stanski (01:12).  

Ahead of her appearance at the WJCT studios Wednesday evening, we talked to Turkish human rights activists reporter Sevgi Akarcesme (23:36).

We heard about the struggles of taking care of a loved one with long-term health problems while at the same time raising children with Jacksonville business owner Darlyn Finch Kuhn (36:37).  

We commemorated National Veterans Small Business Week with Natalie Hall,an economic development specialist with the Small Business Administration (46:00).  

Monday on First Coast Connect, in the wake of President Donald Trump’s executive order to end subsidies for health insurance companies we spoke with Florida Blue and GuideWell CEO Pat Geraghty (01:06).

We heard about  a survey by the LGBT Community Fund for Northeast Florida of the LGBT community and the upcoming sold-out Coming Out Day Breakfast at the Downtown Hyatt. We were joined by LGBT

Community Fund President Michael Meyers and Executive Director of JASMYN, the Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network, Cindy Watson (26:03).   

First Coast YMCA director of corporate and community engagement Dana Troeger told us about this weekend’s Fitness Fusion at Daily’s Place Flex Field (38:23).

Cole Pepper talked about the Jaguars loss to the Los Angeles Rams, this past weekend’s college games and the first game of the Jacksonville Icemen (44:00). 


Thursday on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke with Florida GOP operative and President Donald Trump critic Rick Wilson about the administration’s response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the documentary he is co-producing about the Trump presidency (01:13).

We heard an update on the proposed mixed-use development on Jacksonville’s Southbank, The District, with developer Michael Munz and Jacksonville University’s Associate Dean of Applied Health Sciences Heather Hausenblas (32:25).        

Learn to Read Executive Director Judy Bradshaw talked about their upcoming fundraiser at the Jacksonville Downtown Main Library (40:48)

Client Focused Media CEO Mike White told us about this weekend’s Oktoberfest in Jacksonville (45:00).

     

  Monday on “First Coast Connect” we spoke with WJCT’s sports analyst Cole Pepper about the Jaguars and other NFL teams protests Sunday of statements made by President Trump (01:18).  

We also spoke with Tony Penna who directs efforts for Enroll America about the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill (29:34).

   

Youth Crisis Center CEO Kim Sirdevan discussed helping kids deal with trauma (39:50).

Northeast Florida STEM2 Hub program director Kathleen Schofield told us about the national STEM Ecosystems Initiative (46:19).


  Today on “First Coast Connect,” we discussed the negative reaction from several Florida Republican politicians to President Donald Trump’s most recent comments on the Charlottesville tragedy and possible reaction to Jacksonville’s considering removing Confederate monuments from public places with University of North Florida political science Professor Matt Corrigan (1:06). Ahead of Monday’s Great American Eclipse, we were joined by Jacksonville University associate physics Professor Brian Lane; NASA Solar System Ambassador Bharath Muthyala; Museum of Science and History planetarium Director Eddie Whisler and Dr. Arun Gulani, Director of the Gulani Vision Institute (16:09). Resident News publisher Seth Williams talked about the importance of neighborhood and small-town newspapers (34:20), and WJCT television producer Carlos Bouvier gave us a preview of Thursday’s edition of “Hometown.” (42:32)  


  Today on “First Coast Connect,” our weekly Media Roundtable included Tessa Duval, reporter for the Florida Times-Union; blogger Fred Matthews, WJCT reporter Ryan Benk and Lynn Jones of the Jacksonville Free Press (01:12). We heard about the upcoming comedy event “Solid Laugh Advice” to benefit Stronger Than Stigma with organizer Nick Davis and Stronger Than Stigma Executive Director Gabrielle Magid (39:42), and we heard about this weekend’s Apex Theatre Studio production of “Godspell” with director Ian Mairs including a live, in-studio performance by Joshua K.A. Johnson (44:46), who plays the role of Jesus.   

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

  Today on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke about the dangers of President Trump’s proposal to slash funding for the State Department with former Deputy National Security Advisor Admiral Jonathan Howe, first commander in Afghanistan General “Buster” Hagenbeck and retired diplomat John Caulfield (01:07). Creator Tina Vaughn and cast member Adam Davis (28:50) talked about the upcoming “Coming Out Monologues.” Husband and wife organists Peter and Patricia Dewitt (37:40) told us about the upcoming American Guild of Organists convention coming to Jacksonville and St. Augustine.  

 

LIVE: James Comey To Testify In Senate Hearing On Russia

Jun 7, 2017
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Ousted FBI Director James Comey will testify Thursday before the Senate intelligence committee as part of its ongoing investigation into Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 elections.  

Comey’s testimony is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

  Today on “First Coast Connect,” it was our weekly Media Roundtable with panelist Andrew Pantazi from the Florida Times-Union, blogger Fred Matthews, Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons and David Cawton from the Daily Record (01:07). We spoke with Volunteers in Medicine co-founder Dr. Jim Burt (34:15). Artist Rashaad Newsome (40:22) told us about his new exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art and WJCT music director David Luckin (44:22) talked about the new music program “Hotsy Totsy.”  


         

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The United States will withdraw from the international climate agreement known as the Paris accord, President Trump announced on Thursday.

Tuesday on “First Coast Connect,” we have an update on President Donald Trump’s proposed $1 trillion transportation spending bill from the Fiorentino Group’s Marty Fiorentino (01:16), who was recently in Washington working with Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao on infrastructure spending. We also talked about upcoming toll roads and express lanes on the First Coast with the Florida Department of Transportation’s Mary Justino and Hampton Ray (26:54). Jacksonville attorney Michael Freed and Jacksonville Area Legal Aid President and CEO Jim Kowalski (36:35) talked about an upcoming event. The latest edition of “Moveable Feast” hosted by Leigh Court featured Dana Stallings (41:10), and WJCT music director David Luckin (49:48) discussed this weekend’s Jacksonville Jazz Festival and corresponding programing on “Electro Lounge.” 

   

Friday on “First Coast Connect” our weekly Media Roundtable featured Florida Times Union reporter Dan Scanlan, WJCT reporter Lindsey Kilbride, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth and WJCT Business Analyst John Burr. We also spoke with local author Steve Berry about his latest thriller “The Lost Order” and we heard a live in-studio performance from Miami-based band Sofilla.  


  Friday on “First Coast Connect” it was our weekly Media Roundtable with Florida Time-Union reporter Andrew Pantazi, WJCT business analyst John Burr and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk. We spoke with Dee Quaranta, president of Northeast Florida Women Veterans and singer-songwriter Kim Paige performed live in our studio.   

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President Trump has signed a revised executive order, once again barring travel to the United States from six majority-Muslim countries and suspending the U.S. refugee program.

Shortly after the president concluded, Former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear delivered the Democratic Response to President Trump’s address.

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PBS NewsHour in partnership with Twitter will live stream special coverage of President Trump’s address to Congress on Tuesday.

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President Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today at noon for a joint press conference at the White House.

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