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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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November 7, 2023

UNF 2024 poll: Trump has overwhelming support among Florida Republican voters

A new poll from the University of North Florida’s Public Opinion Research Lab of likely Republican primary voters across Florida found that, given a list of possible candidates, 60% would vote for Donald Trump in 2024.

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August 21, 2023

OPINION | Jacksonville isn’t Ron DeSantis’ town anymore

What’s clear is that Ron DeSantis has taken his eye off Jacksonville — like the rest of the state — and put it on the White House.  

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March 9, 2023

UNF poll: DeSantis ahead in Florida for Republican presidential primary

A new poll says Ron DeSantis is more popular than Donald Trump among registered Florida Republicans in an imaginary primary.

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November 16, 2022

OPINION | DeSantis’ and Trump’s freedom isn’t free

Freedom.  That’s the word that’s been slung like dice since campaigning began for the 2022 midterm elections. Entire narratives were built around the word to justify politically expedient policies that reopened counties, cities and classrooms from COVID-19 closures. Careers were made by silencing dissent, limiting choice, supporting revisionist history and amplifying bigotry, hatred, violence and harm toward difference — race,

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July 17, 2022

OPINION | DeSantis shares blame for Aguilar fiasco

Former Florida Times-Union journalist Matt Dixon, now of POLITICO Florida, had a “scoop” the other day that illustrated tragedies throughout the political process that ultimately settle on the chest of Northeast Florida’s body politic like a ton of bricks, an impact that can be blamed largely on one man in Tallahassee: Ron DeSantis. Republican Erick Aguilar, a candidate for the

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June 22, 2022

OPINION | Which candidate will be in sync with voters?

You never really know when voters are done and ready to move on until, well, they move on. Take the political journey of Donald John Trump. There has never been anyone like him. When he rode down the escalator at Trump Tower to declare his candidacy for the Republican nomination for president, no one in the political class took him

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April 24, 2022

OPINION | Can DeSantis overplay his hand?

In the week since my column last ran in Jacksonville Today, Gov. Ron DeSantis got everything he wanted from the Florida Legislature. The Republican-leaning congressional map? Delivered without amendment from the Republican-dominated Legislature, then signed quietly Friday in Tallahassee before the governor left for a much less quiet bill-signing ceremony in Hialeah. The Disney smackdown? The Mouse smelled what DeSantis

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