Politics

Congresswoman Corrine Brown Sued for Unpaid Services

Congresswoman Corrine Brown Sued for Unpaid Services

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Congresswoman Corrine Brown raised more than $1 million for her 2010 re-election campaign but one agency says she short-changed them.

"Corinne Brown and her campaign committees owe our clients, who raised over half a million dollars for her, approximately $44 thousand," said Martin Lobel, the attorney representing Berger Hirschberg Strategies, a major Democratic fundraising firm.

Both parties agree, the fundraising firm began working for Brown when she was thinking of running for Senate in 2009.

They entered into a contract in July 2009.

Corrine Brown, her Chief of Staff, and Friends of Corrine Brown are now being told to pay up for underpaid and unpaid fees to the tune of $44,495.

"Congresswoman Brown is not obligated to the defendants as they claim," said Brown's attorney, Frederick Cooke, Jr.

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.

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."

Talk Show Host Laura Ingraham to Visit UNF

Talk Show Host Laura Ingraham to Visit UNF

Nationally syndicated conservative talk radio host and bestselling author Laura Ingraham, brings her edgy political perspective live to her fans on April 7, 2011, at the University of North Florida’s Lazzara Hall.  Doors will open at 7:00 pm.

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.

  

Write-in Mayoral Candidate James Moser Wants Major Cuts

Write-in Mayoral Candidate James Moser Wants Major Cuts

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The first thing James Moser wants you to know about him is how to properly spell his name.

"It's J-A-M-E-S M-O-S-E-R," he said.

That's what you'll have to know if you're going to vote for him on March 22. He's a write-in for mayor, who said he's a conservative who just wants to help the city he's been in his whole life.

"I'm a native of Jacksonville, I love this city a whole lot."

The Navy veteran has more than 20 years under his belt as a teacher and currently teaches computer science at Mandarin High School.

He wants to make cuts in nearly every line item in the city's budget, and he wants to cut taxes. "If we can handle the budget better and not go overboard in this city, we don't need high taxes and we don't need to raise millage rates," he said.

"We can work within the $1.7 billion budget if we use it wisely."