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The Florida Capitol Complex is viewed, Tuesday, March 29, 2022, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
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OPINION | Duval Democrats, Republicans take different paths to August primaries

Ultimately, it’s all but certain that Duval will be represented by two Democrats and five Republicans after the fall elections.…

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Uncertainty surrounds Jax ethics commission following ethics legislation approval.
March 12, 2024

Ethics officials worry new law will tie their hands

The Jacksonville Ethics Commission says new restrictions on ethics complaints could foster misconduct by public officials.…

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The Florida Capitol Complex is viewed, Tuesday, March 29, 2022, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
March 10, 2024

OPINION | A look back at a bad legislative session for Northeast Florida

What do we make of the 2024 Florida legislative session that just wrapped up? And how did Jacksonville fare?…

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December 22, 2023

Legislature attacks AI abuse as technology spreads

Legislative proposals target issues such as potential defamation of people using AI in media and use of the technology in…

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A sign on the Jacksonville Housing Authority administration building shows the agency is no longer accepting applications for public housing. | Casmira Harrison, Jacksonville Today
December 15, 2023

Affordable housing isn’t as simple as it sounds. Let us explain.

The terms “affordable” and “workforce” housing come down to how much money a family makes compared with the median income…

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Statues that decorated the monument to the Women of the Confederacy were removed from Springfield Park in Jacksonville and placed in storage in December.
November 13, 2023

Law would punish officials who remove historical monuments

State Rep. Dean Black of Jacksonville has filed a bill that would oust local officials from office if they take…

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October 11, 2023

City Council approves potential PACE lending lawsuit

The Jacksonville City Council has moved to fight ‘predatory’ PACE home loans.…

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A homeless person covers up from the cold in Downtown Jacksonville.
September 14, 2023

Proposed food and beverage tax sparks early debate

A proposed 1% tax on food and drinks would fund anti-homelessness programs in Jacksonville.…

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July 11, 2023

Duval School Board member will represent both district, conservative group in Tallahassee

Duval County School Board member April Carney will help the district lobby the Florida Legislature — that’s after some Board…

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Daryl Jones, board chairman of the Transformative Justice Coalition, says the best way to celebrate the Juneteenth holiday is to advocate for the rights of others. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
June 19, 2023

Jacksonville is starting line for ‘rolling protest’ aimed at Black voters 

On Juneteenth, the celebration of Black people being belatedly notified of their rights, scores of people rallied against new Florida…

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The Florida Legislature passed this new congressional district map in April 2022 after Gov. DeSantis vetoed the previous attempt. | Florida Legislature
June 11, 2023

OPINION | ‘DeSantismander’ deserves a legal challenge

Florida’s congressional district map is a fraud, and the most glaring example is my district.  No offense to Aaron Bean,…

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The fourth floor rotunda is abuzz with activity before Gov. Ron DeSantis' State of the State speech, Tuesday, Mar. 7, 2023 at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)
April 19, 2023

OPINION | The body is the crime scene

Recent legislative measures target the very existence of marginalized groups.…

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Ron DeSantis speaks to supporters in 2018. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
April 5, 2023

OPINION | Ring the alarm 

Florida Republicans are stripping people of safety, bodily autonomy and dignity while masquerading as choice.…

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March 22, 2023

OPINION | Don’t close your eyes

College DEI programs provide safe space and solace for those of us looking for community in a dominant culture that’s…

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Rep. Paul Renner, R-Palm Coast, was sworn in as Speaker of the Florida House on November 22, 2022.
January 10, 2023

5 issues that Jax-area lawmakers might tackle this Florida legislative session

The Florida Legislature has a Northeast Florida House speaker for the first time in two decades. Here are 5 issues…

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December 9, 2022

A bill would provide tax relief for property owners affected by Hurricanes Ian and Nicole

Nearly 50,000 property owners forced from their homes for more than a month by Hurricane Ian or Hurricane Nicole could…

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December 8, 2022

Disagreements surface over the training of public school librarians in Florida

With a Jan. 1 deadline looming, a state Department of Education workgroup is crafting a training that all school-library workers…

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December 6, 2022

Florida lawmakers will tackle major insurance issues next week

With Florida’s property-insurance system in turmoil, state lawmakers could be poised to take major steps to try to stabilize the…

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Democratic Reps. Tray McCurdy of Orlando, Angie Nixon of Jacksonville, and Felicia Robinson of Miami Gardens sit on the Florida state seal in protest of congressional redistricting by the Florida Legislature last spring. | AP
November 30, 2022

OPINION | Silence is not assent

As a child I would sometimes get in trouble in school, and then again at home, for trying to express…

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Gov. DeSantis vetoed a Congressional District 5 that would have been entirely in Duval County.
November 20, 2022

EXPLORE: How DeSantis’ congressional map affected Northeast Florida midterms

Republicans narrowly flipped the U.S. House this election cycle, gaining four seats in Florida  — including one in the newly…

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April Carney, right, was among three local candidates who won primaries in Jacksonville after landing Gov. Ron DeSantis' endorsement. | Raymon Troncoso, WJCT News
August 28, 2022

OPINION | What we learned from the August elections

The 2022 primaries taught us a lot about how surprises are possible in local politics, even if some things stay…

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Several local House district races were essentially settled in Tuesday's primary or before.
August 23, 2022

Jax councilmen defeated in bids for Legislature, as House and Senate races all but decided in several local districts

Two Jacksonville City Council members fell short in their bids to springboard to seats in the state Legislature in Tuesday’s…

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Tiffany Smith, left, and longtime Sherwood resident Angela Lee discuss candidate information on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
August 21, 2022

Duval’s Black voters have mixed thoughts on congressional redistricting

Tuesday’s primary election will likely begin to close the book on a three-decade run of Black congressional representation in Jacksonville,…

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August 17, 2022

OPINION | DeSantis’ influence key in local GOP elections

As the 2022 primary draws to a close, several storylines have emerged at the local, state and federal levels: Former…