PerspectivesA.G. Gancarski Jacksonville Today Contributor

A.G. Gancarski's columns were a staple in Folio Weekly for nearly two decades, and he has been the Northeast Florida correspondent for Florida Politics since 2014. He writes about the intersection of state and local politics and policy.

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February 25, 2024

OPINION | The reality of divided government

For Mayor Donna Deegan and this City Council, it will take negotiation and the time-honored principle of “getting to yes” to take a toxic discourse and make it productive. 

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February 11, 2024

OPINION | Did white supremacists kill the Confederate monument bill?

If the bill is dead, thank the loud-mouthed racists who got it through the Senate’s head what monument-protection bills are really all about. 

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January 29, 2024

OPINION | Will Donald Trump unite Jacksonville Republicans?

Republicans, led by the chair of the Duval County party, are being compelled to unite behind Trump weeks before the primary.

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January 15, 2024

OPINION | Where is the stadium deal?

The set-up couldn’t have been better for stadium negotiations. Now, it’s the same old Jagwires, bumbling on the field and making unwelcome news off of it.

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January 3, 2024

OPINION | The monument is gone! What happens next?

After Mayor Donna Deegan’s removal of the Springfield Park Confederate monument, it’s clear there will be political ramifications for years to come. 

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December 18, 2023

OPINION | Donna Deegan needs a political machine

With three-and-a-half years to go in Deegan’s administration, it’s apparent that she could use more political cover on the City Council, but it’s simply not coming.

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December 3, 2023

OPINION | Most compelling race of 2024? The Democratic primary in House District 13

Rep. Angie Nixon, who had close to 90% of the vote in her 2022 Democratic primary, will face off against former City Council member Brenda Priestly Jackson.

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November 20, 2023

OPINION | Ron DeSantis picks and chooses his First Amendment battles

It’s hard to see Ron DeSantis’ 11th hour cosplay as a free speech warrior as anything more than an attempt to save a failing presidential campaign.

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November 6, 2023

OPINION | Selective outrage: The perils and self-deceptions of bringing a foreign war home

Our elected leaders would rather support Israel than denounce home-grown anti-Semitism.

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October 23, 2023

OPINION | In defense of Ron Salem

Ron Salem, a Republican of Palestinian descent, is taking hits for his no vote on a City Council resolution offering support for Israel.

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