Politics

Tea Party asks Mullaney to sign a pledge not to "Double-Dip"

Tea Party asks Mullaney to sign a pledge not to "Double-Dip"

The Tea Party in Action’s Executive Director dropped off “Double-Dipped” Chocolate strawberries to Rick Mullaney’s campaign office at 2:00pm Monday asking him to sign a pledge to not “Double-Dip” as mayor.

Duval County Prepares Appeal for Failing Schools

Duval County Prepares Appeal for Failing Schools

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Duval County School Board will take its action plan to revamp four failing school before the state Board of Education.

That meeting is set for Tuesday in Tallahassee. 

Before that meeting the board will meet in a workshop to discuss its strategy to redesign the schools: Raines, Ribault and Andrew Jackson high schools, plus North Shore K-8.

There is no support to close the schools from the impacted communities, acccording to the board. The board offered to revamp the schools, but retain local control. The state's education commissioner rejected that plan.

Now, the school proposes a partnership with the business community callled the Duval Partnership for Excellent Education.

Education Commissioner Eric Smith has not signed off on the latest proposal, asking for more specifics on implementation. The local school board on Tuesday will present the plan that includes the committee.

Athletics Stoppage 'Not Unrealistic'; Duval Schools Meeting Begins

Athletics Stoppage 'Not Unrealistic'; Duval Schools Meeting Begins

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Duval school board met today to once again discuss budget woes following recent speculation that a lack of money would halt all school athletics next year.

Duval County Public Schools Board Chairman W.C. Gentry said over the weekend that if all the state budget cuts being proposed are made, it is a virtual certainty the upcoming school year will be without sports.

"We will be left with nothing but the core courses if we have to cut $97 million dollars from the budget," he said during a scheduled board meeting today.

Although any final decisions on budget cuts won't be made until legislators give final numbers in a few weeks, Gentry said the district is preparing for the worst.

Athletics in Duval County Schools Could be Gone Due to Budget Cuts

Athletics in Duval County Schools Could be Gone Due to Budget Cuts

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Education budget cuts proposed by Gov. Rick Scott will likely mean the end of sports of any kind in Duval County Schools, according to the chairman of the Duval County School Board.

First Coast News reported two weeks ago that athletic programs were on the table for possible budget cuts as a result of pending legislation.

W.C. Gentry told First Coast News if all the state budget cuts being proposed are made, it is a virtual certainty the upcoming school year will be without sports.

"We cannot right now, looking at the budget, we cannot get there and keep our education system intact without virtually eliminating all extracurricular activities" said Gentry. "There is no money to do anything other than what the state mandates and  what we have to do to maintain accreditation, so that is where we stand."

Voters with Disabilities Vote by Absentee Ballot

Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland announces that the courtesy of curbside voting for physically handicapped voters is no longer permitted.
 
Curbside Voting was a courtesy the Supervisor of Elections staff would provide to voters who were unable to come into a precinct because of physical limitations. To assist these voters on Election Day, two precinct poll workers of different political parties would carry a ballot out of the precinct to the voter. Once the voter had marked his or her ballot both precinct poll workers would cast the ballot through the Optical Scanner like all other voters.

Early Voting Underway

Early Voting Underway

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Early voting gets underway in Duval County on Monday at 8 branch library locations and two offices of the Supervisor of Elections.

The polling places open at 10 a.m. and close each day at 6 p.m. during the week for the next two weeks.  On weekends the hours for voting are shorter, 12 - 4 p.m.

The library locations include: Beaches, Highlands, Mandarin, Regency Square, South Mandarin, Southeast,  Webb-Wesconnett, and West Regional.

The Supervisor of Elections main office downtown and on Norwood Avenue also handling early voting.

"We are right now looking for about a 47% overall turnout," said Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland.

The mayor's race is attracting the most attention with six candidates on the ballot and four write-ins.   Other races on the ballot are  for sheriff, city council and tax collector.

  

Audrey Moran, Right for the Beaches

Audrey Moran, Right for the Beaches

Audrey Moran, Republican candidate for Mayor of Jacksonville, recently completed a candidate questionnaire for Beaches Watch, a non-profit, non-partisan citizen advocacy organization that is committed to helping residents maintain the quality of life for themselves and for future generations. 

Here is the completed questionnaire with Audrey Moran's responses.

Interlocal Agreement:  Some current Jacksonville City Councilors believe the beaches are not paying enough taxes for the services provided by Jacksonville, so the City has launched an audit of the interlocal agreements with the beaches.  In your opinion, are there changes that should be made to the interlocal agreements?  Please explain your answer.