Jacksonville leaders’ arguments for state incentives fall on deaf ears in Tallahassee

Jacksonville may be Ground Zero for the debate about economic incentives. Local leaders want them, but the local Florida House

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Lenny Curry, Rob Bradley committees and Travis Cummings pace Northeast Florida February fundraising

No Northeast Florida incumbents face competitive races in 2018. Yet the fundraising continues anyway, as February evidenced. Notable for performance:

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Final push for fundraising before 2017 Session kicks off

Think of it as the last hurrah before the 2017 Legislative Session. Members of the House and Senate can’t raise

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Automated shuttle to Baptist Health? Yes, if a Florida House bill passes

Could self-driving shuttle buses come to Jacksonville in the near future? A bill filed in the Florida House may make

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Jason Fischer seeks $2M for FloridaMakes, five times the previous year’s funding

On Wednesday, Florida State Rep. Jason Fischer filed HB 3799, an appropriations bill calling for $2 million to go to FloridaMakes. That

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Moms Demand Action promise to be a presence in 2017 Florida Legislative Session

Late last week, a federal appeal court struck down an NRA-backed law that restricted doctors in Florida from talking to patients

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Jason Fischer co-sponsors bill objecting to UN condemnation of Israeli settlements

While it’s uncertain as to whether or not the United Nations Security Council seeks advice from the Florida House, it’s

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Jacksonville freshman legislators are already fundraising for 2018

Three Jacksonville Republicans who are in their first terms in the Florida Legislature have already begun fundraising for 2018. Though

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Former Duval School Board member carries KIPP charter school bill in Tallahassee

On Thursday, an appropriations bill (HB 2787) was filed in the Florida House for the benefit of the “Knowledge Is Power

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Joint resolution filed to make Miami-Dade sheriff an elected office

Voters in Miami-Dade County may vote for their sheriff soon, if a joint resolution filed in the House by Jason Fischer and

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Jeff Brandes, Jason Fischer team up to reform local pensions

For the second straight week, Rep. Jason Fischer and Sen. Jeff Brandes are teaming up on another ambitious pension reform

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Duval Delegation talks local bills, hears from Melissa Nelson

There are three local bills that the Duval County Legislative Delegation have to carry this session. Two of them involve

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Pushback emerges against bill closing FRS defined benefit plan to new cities

Jacksonville’s big legislative accomplishment in the 2016 session was getting an unprecedented bill through Tallahassee, one which would allow the

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Jacksonville Bold for 01.27.17 – Back in business

Jacksonville Bold is back with a new format. Here we will offer our take on 10 of Northeast Florida’s biggest

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Florida House mulls tax breaks for early-season storm prep

How bad was Hurricane Matthew for Northeast Florida? Here’s the take of one Jacksonville Republican, Rep. Jason Fischer. “Last fall, Hurricane

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Jacksonville, police union haggle over body cameras, pensions

As with the morning collective bargaining session with the city’s fire union, the city of Jacksonville’s afternoon session with the

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Jacksonville offers seven year agreement to firefighters in collective bargaining

On Monday, a political ally of Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry filed a bill that would close the Florida Retirement System’s defined benefit

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Tommy Hazouri: FRS reform legislation is ‘dead on arrival’

Jacksonville City Councilman Tommy Hazouri made his position clear Tuesday relative to legislation closing the Florida Retirement System’s defined benefit plan

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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry ‘not surprised’ by FRS reform legislation

Earlier on Monday, FloridaPolitics.com reported on bills filed in both chambers of the Florida Legislature that would foreclose the defined benefit

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Florida Legislature mulls closing FRS defined benefit plan to new cities

House Bill 353 and Senate Bill 428, filed on Monday, would foreclose enrollment in the Florida Retirement System’s defined benefit plan to any

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A.G. Gancarski surveys the wreckage of his 2016 predictions

When 2016 kicked off, the world was different, and our political prognoses reflected those false assurances. We didn’t imagine President Donald Trump on a

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Duval Delegation left out of committee leadership in Florida House

Committee assignments are out for the Florida House. And in terms of leadership positions, the Duval Delegation is left out

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Frank Artiles files to run for re-election in 2018

Add Frank Artiles to the list of lawmakers running for re-election in 2018. State elections records show more than 50

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Duval Delegation elects Jay Fant new chair, Aaron Bean vice-chair

The Duval County Legislative Delegation selected a new chair and a new vice-chair on Wednesday, during a meeting in Jacksonville.

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Jason Fischer files Civil Remedies for Terrorism bill

HD 16 Rep. Jason Fischer wasn’t at the Duval Delegation meeting Wednesday, yet the first-term Jacksonville Republican filed a bill that

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Packed agenda for Duval Delegation meeting Wednesday

The Duval County Legislative Delegation has a lot of new faces and a crowded agenda in front of it on

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New Duval Delegation members face a learning curve

Last March, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and members of the Duval Delegation convened at Jacksonville’s city hall, to discuss “what

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Election turnover brings real change to Duval Delegation

A Republican lawyer with an interest in Second Amendment rights. A GOP UPS HR manager who, when president of the

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Fundraising slowed in NE Florida as Hurricane Matthew approached

With Northeast Florida focused on the approach of Hurricane Matthew last week, fundraising for state level races and political committees

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Northeast Florida Builders roll out general election endorsements

On Thursday, the Northeast Florida Builders Association rolled out its general election endorsements. The NEFBA slate is heavy on incumbents and

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