Politics

Status of 17,364 Duval Voters Changes From Active to Inactive

Duval County Supervisor of Elections, Jerry Holland, is announcing that 17,364 voters have been moved from “active” voter status, to “inactive.” This brings the total number of active voters in Duval County to 513,955. The total number of inactive voters is now 52,638.

Many Duval County Voters Must Renew Their Absentee Ballot Requests

Many Duval County Voters Must Renew Their Absentee Ballot Requests

 

A change in Florida Election Laws means thousands of absentee voters in Duval County will no longer receive their absentee ballots until they make a new request to the Supervisor of Elections Office.

17,601 voters who requested an absentee ballot after May 28th and before November 3rd, 2010 must now make a new request to the Supervisor of Elections Office in order to receive an absentee ballot for the upcoming First Election on March 22nd, and the May 17th General Election.

This change is the result of a law signed by former Florida Governor Charlie Crist on May 28, 2010 which states that absentee ballot requests in any calendar year after May 28th would only be valid through the next General (Federal ) Election, which took place on November 2, 2010.

Florida Board of Education Meeting postponed for Duval County

In a joint decision, Superintendent Pratt-Dannals and Florida Commissioner of Education Smith decided to postpone the meeting to consider Duval County’s Intervene option plans before the State Board of Education, scheduled for Tuesday, February 15, 2011 until a further date that has yet to be determined.

Free Fish Fry for Mayoral Candidate Mike Hogan is this Saturday

What:   Mike Hogan Fish Fry Hosted by George Grosse

 

When:   Saturday, February 12, 2011

                 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

 

Where:  George Grosse Farm

                  8691 Commonwealth Avenue

                  Jacksonville, FL
                 (2 Miles West of 295N)

Community Budget Workshops and Updated Budget Website Announced

Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton today announced opportunities for Jacksonville citizens to again actively engage in the fiscal year 2011/2012 budget preparation process with five upcoming community budget workshops and an update of the city’s comprehensive budget website, www.myjaxbudget.com.

Education Advocates Upset Over Budget Proposal

Education Advocates Upset Over Budget Proposal

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Education Advocates were up in arms today after Governor Rick Scott released his budget proposal.

Colleen Wood, the Executive Director of Save Duval Schools, questioned his message. "He said we have to do this for our children and our grandchildren. But my question is: Whose children is this for?"

In Duval County alone, Wood estimated 90 million dollars will be cut from the public school budget to make up for Governor Rick Scott's proposed budget cuts.   "It's important as a community that we decide what our priorities are," Wood said.

Though Governor Scott contends cutting taxes is priority number one.  "We can't spend more than we take in, we can't," he said.

His budget proposal contained more than four billion dollars in budget cuts, one-point-four of that being property taxes, which largely fund public school education.

Downtown Development is Economic Development

Audrey Moran, Republican candidate for mayor, announced today that she welcomes the document released today by the Jacksonville Civic Council, Northbank Redevelopment Task Force Final Report.  The report was made public during a press conference that included Civic Council Chair Peter Rummell and Civic Council member and Task Force Chair Preston Haskell.