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Michael Wright listens to a community conversation about the $1.4 billion proposal from the City of Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Jaguars to renovate EverBank Stadium on Thursday, May 16, 2024. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
May 16, 2024

Northside ‘huddle’ draws cautious optimism about ‘Stadium of the Future’

A community investment promise is helping sell the Stadium of the Future proposal, while Northside activists vow to oppose it.…

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April 9, 2024

THE JAXSON | 5 Arab American historic sites in LaVilla

Starting with the arrival of the first immigrants in the 1890s, Arab Americans have had a major impact on the…

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Mayor Donna Deegan presents 904Ward Director of Equity Regina Newkirk Rucci a resolution celebrating Black History Month. Deegan announced the creation of an African American Advisory Board on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024, at City Hall. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
February 28, 2024

Deegan forms African American Advisory Board

The board will enable residents to share information and perspective with Mayor Donna Deegan. Appointments are expected later in the…

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Ron Salem and Donna Deegan at her 2023 budget presentation
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”…

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January 16, 2024

Monument-removal money never flowed through city coffers, Jax top lawyer says

The city’s chief lawyer came under fire again Tuesday from City Council members as he sought to explain his department’s…

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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…

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Darnell Smith, as shown in 2022, serves as North Region president for Florida Blue. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
December 19, 2023

Florida Blue exec named as mayor’s new chief of staff

Darnell Smith will replace Pat McCollough, who left her position after less than six months on the job.…

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Donna Deegan celebrates with supporters at Estrella Cocina after winning the Jacksonville mayoral election Tuesday, May 16, 2023. | Dan Scanlan, Jacksonville Today
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…

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Former City Chief of Staff Pat McCollough. | Pat McCollough Facebook
December 18, 2023

Mayor’s chief of staff leaves City Hall job

City officials did not say why Pat McCollough left her position. Information about a replacement could come soon.…

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State Rep. Dean Black of Jacksonville.
November 27, 2023

OPINION | Love him or hate him, Dean Black continues to shape the narrative

In Jacksonville’s Deegan era, Rep. Dean Black continues to be the new mayor’s foil.…

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October 11, 2023

OPINION | 2 images that show the work we need to do

In the images of Woods and Deegan, the degradation of one, and the praise of another, is how much further…

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EverBank Stadium has served as the home of the Jacksonville Jaguars since their inaugural season in 1995. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
October 9, 2023

OPINION | Donna Deegan’s stadium conundrum

The mayor isn’t going to be able to make everyone happy. Will anyone be smiling at the end?…

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Jacksonville University hosted a mayoral debate between the seven candidates vying for election this spring. They were placed in alphabetical order: Omega Allen, LeAnna Cumber, Daniel Davis, Donna Deegan, Al Ferraro, Audrey Gibson and Frank Keasler. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
October 5, 2023

OPINION | Who drew first blood? A Jax election retrospective

Jacksonville’s recent local elections were the nastiest in our city’s history. These campaigns slung first mud.…

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Jacksonville Sheriff T.K. Waters speaks at a news conference announcing the results of "Operation: Hot Summer." | Dan Scanlan, WJCT News 89.9
September 21, 2023

OPINION | Reading the tea leaves: What poll means for Sheriff Waters, Mayor Deegan

Typically, one poll does not garner this much attention. But the latest University of North Florida Jax Speaks poll gives…

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September 18, 2023

OPINION | Where did Deegan go wrong? Lessons from the failed Ferraro and DeFoor nominations

Two failed nominations reveal a surprising lack of understanding of how the City Council actually works and thinks.…

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Former City Councilwoman Randy DeFoor speaks at a news conference at City Hall. | Casmira Harrison, Jacksonville Today
September 13, 2023

Deegan nominee DeFoor withdraws name from Jacksonville top attorney consideration

Randy DeFoor, the former Jacksonville City Council member who Mayor Donna Deegan nominated to lead the city’s Office of General…

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Mayor Donna Deegan answers questions at a news conference on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2023, to rally support for her nominee for general counsel, Randy DeFoor, right. | Casmira Harrison, Jacksonville Today
August 23, 2023

Mayor decries ‘smear campaign’ over top attorney’s appointment

City Council voted Tuesday to send a second request to the Florida ethics commission about Randy DeFoor’s ability to take…

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Mayoral candidate Al Ferraro is proposing a Confederate monument voter referendum | Photo: Al Ferraro for Mayor via Facebook
August 9, 2023

OPINION | Al Ferraro’s appointment deserves scrutiny 

What makes Mayor Deegan’s appointment of Al Ferraro to lead the city’s Neighborhoods Department, so baffling.…

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August 7, 2023

OPINION | Is it a purge? Donna Deegan separates from the Lenny Curry era

Mayor Donna Deegan has made some moves that show a dramatic break with the previous administration. But not all of…

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July 24, 2023

Jax budget plan makes sure federal COVID relief isn’t lost

Jacksonville’s unspent COVID relief money could go toward UF Health’s indigent care program, city employee health care and more.…

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Mayor Donna Deegan welcomes Vice President Kamala Harris to Jacksonville on July 21, 2023. | Claire Heddles, Jacksonville Today
July 23, 2023

OPINION | VP Harris exposed DeSantis’ weakness 

VP Harris spoke truths about Gov. Ron DeSantis that Florida’s disempowered Democrats lack the platform to fully get over on…

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July 10, 2023

Mayor Deegan’s executive team on track to cost more than Curry’s

Mayor Donna Deegan is assembling a more expensive City Hall executive team than that of her predecessor, Lenny Curry.…

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June 15, 2023

OPINION | One position is missing from Deegan’s appointments, but she has a solid staff 

Besides choosing good people, Donna Deegan found people who can co-exist with a Democratic mayor and Republican City Council.…

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May 29, 2023

OPINION | Transition volition: Why Donna Deegan needs a fast start

Mayor Deegan will deal with a GOP supermajority City Council. She is going to have to score early victories before…