2016 Elections

Florida's public radio stations are teaming up to bring you comprehensive, statewide 2016 election coverage. 

Tuesday on First Coast Connect guest host Jessica Palombo was joined by longtime friends Bishop Rudolph McKissick Jr., a black Democrat, and Lindsey Brock, a white Republican. They talked about maintaining their 35-year friendship through a contentious presidential election and its aftermath.

We also heard from Ellen Wiss and Paula Liang from the Women’s Giving Alliance.

Jekyll Island Events Manager Nancy Kring Rowan joined us by phone to talk about a month’s worth of events to celebrate the holidays.

And Rethreaded founder Kristin Keen joined us to talk about the Rethreaded Challenge, a campaign to get shoppers to buy gifts made by survivors of the sex trade. 

Monday on First Coast Connect, we spoke with Diallo-Sekou, chairman of The Kemetic Empire, a First Coast human rights organization, about the election of Donald Trump and the protests across the country. It’s World Diabetes Day, and  we were joined in studio by Brooks Biagini, the executive director of the local chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation along with Melody Van Zant and her 17 year old daughter Aria, who is living with diabetes. 

Our Friday Media Roundtable included Florida Times-Union columnist Ron Littlepage, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth, Tim Gibbons of the Jacksonville Business Journal and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk. We were also joined by Stacy Goldring and Molly Kushner about the upcoming “Voices of the Second Gen” that explores the experiences of second generation Holocaust survivors. In observance of Veterans Day, we wrapped up our series of segments during Jacksonville’s Week of Valor by hearing from Operation New Uniform founder and Executive Director Justin Justice and local veteran Sheenah Thrasher-Zamora. Jacksonville native and comic book creator Zack Kaplan also joined the show to talk about his new comic “Eclipse.” 

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After election night pollsters around the county nearly all predicted Hillary Clinton would beat Donald Trump, Trump, who spent the final weeks of his campaign telling his supporters the polls were wrong, n the end was proven correct.

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Northeast Florida residents reacted Wednesday to Donald Trump’s presidential victory. Their calls flowed into “First Coast Connect” with both hope and fear in their voices.

Florida Politics reporter AG Gancarski joined First Coast Connect Wednesday to talk about President-elect Donald Trump’s upset win and other races around Florida and the First Coast. We also heard from poet Andy Rojas and writer Tim Gilmore about the upcoming Jax by Jax Literary Arts Festival. 

WJCT Live At Republican Watch Party

Nov 8, 2016
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WJCT reporter Lindsey Kilbride will be reporting from the Republican watch party at the Hyatt downtown election night.

WJCT Live At Democratic Watch Parties

Nov 8, 2016

Ryan Benk is catching up with Jacksonville’s local Democratic Party.

Elections 2016: Live Coverage

Nov 8, 2016
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Today, as results come in across the country, NPR reporters will be updating this breaking news blog in real time. The NPR Politics team, along with Member station reporters, will be providing live updates in the form of photo, video, commentary and analysis for both national and local contested races.

It’s Election Day. We spoke to St. Johns County Supervisor of Elections Vicki Oakes about what voters need to know as they head to the polls. We also spoke with WJCT reporter Ryan Benk about a story he broke about racial discrimination charges filed by five employees at JEA. First Coast Connect Book Club blogger Stacey Goldring joined us for this month’s segment, and Lutheran Social Services President and CEO Mary Strickland talked about this weekend’s RedTie Affair fundraiser to benefit local children affected by HIV and AIDS.  


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Early voting concluded Sunday, and nearly 300,000 Duval County voters have made their choice.

On First Coast Connect Wednesday we talked about voter disenfranchisement in Florida with local author Devin Coleman, who due to a long past felony conviction is unable to vote. He was joined by Natisha June, head of the Greater Jacksonville chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, and Folio Weekly Editor Claire Goforth. University of North Florida criminology professor Dr. Michael Hallett spoke about his new book, “The Angola Prison Seminary: Effects of Faith-Based Ministry on Identity Transformation, Desistance and Rehabilitation.” Host Melissa Ross also spoke with Humana’s Laura Nolan and local doctor John Montgomery about the Humana Bold Goal project, and we heard about the upcoming Jacksonville Jewish Film Festival with HOBNOB owner Ellen Cottrill and Jewish Community Alliance board member Sunny Gettinger. 


A week until Election Day and stress levels are high. On Tuesday’s First Coast Connect, we spoke with Jacksonville University assistant professors of Mental Health Counseling Whitney George and Jason Orrock. Tuesday also kicks off National Epilepsy Awareness Month, ande we spoke with David Grissett with the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida and neurologist Dr. Syed Asad. Then, Florida Times-Union columnist Mark Woods joined us to talk about his recently completed trip to walk across Duval County. And finally, Springfield’s Porchfest is Saturday and we spoke with founder Christina Parrish. We were also treated to an in-studio performance by local band Canary in the Coalmine. 


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Members of a national anti-abortion organization called Created Equal are barnstorming battleground states in the final days of the election. It made a stop in downtown Jacksonville Monday.

Bondi Says Trump Will Be 'Excellent Role Model'

Oct 28, 2016
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TALLAHASSEE — Hours before heading to a Donald Trump political rally on the outskirts of the state capital, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said Tuesday she remains firmly in the Republican presidential candidate's corner despite some of his controversial remarks.