Politics

Campaigns Announce Watch Parties for Thursday Debate

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- With only 700 seats available for Thursday's GOP debate at the University of North Florida, many people interested in watching the event will have to do it on television. 

But  local campaign chairs for the candidates are planning watch parties for supporters.

According to Bert Ralston, the Duval County chair for Newt Gingrich's campaign, they will hold a debate party at their office in Riverside.

Volunteers for Rick Santorum will announce the details of their watch party soon.  

The local Ron Paul supporters will be gathering at a debate watch party from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at BlackFinn American Grille at the St. Johns Town Center, 4840 Big Island Drive, Jacksonville.
 
The Paul campaign's post-debate party is from 11 p.m. to closing also at BlackFinn.  

So far, the Mitt Romney campaign has not announced plans for a watch party. 

JEA Paid More Than $12 Million in Overtime in 2010

JEA Paid More Than $12 Million in Overtime in 2010

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Bob Cole is out on the banks of the St. Johns River every chance he can get.

Cole said fishing is pretty much like paying his electric bill: he never knows what he will get.

"The month before last it was $303, but this time I got it yesterday, Saturday it was $160.

Cole said his JEA bills on average have gone up $100 a month.

While he is paying more, the electric authority has paid out $12.4 million in overtime in just the last year.

DATABASE: See What JEA Employees Earn

JEA said overtime makes up less than 8 percent of the salary base, which is $158 million.

Duval Tax Collector Changes Office Hours

 

Duval County Tax Collector Michael Corrigan announced today that office hours for all nine Tax Collector branch locations will change effective Dec. 5, 2011.  The new office hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Current office hours are 7:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. The office hours for the Ed Ball Building Satellite Office located at 214 North Hogan St. will remain 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Republican Presidential Debate Tonight in Orlando

Republican Presidential Debate Tonight in Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Republican Presidential hopefuls will meet in Orlando for another debate.

All eight candidates confirmed they will attend the forum.

The debate will incorporate video and text questions submitted by the public on YouTube.

The debate sponsored by Google and FOX News will air live tonight on FOX News at 9 p.m.

Council Passes Bill to Monitor Big Spending, Considers Library Cuts

Council Passes Bill to Monitor Big Spending, Considers Library Cuts

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There was a swath of red in council chambers Tuesday night, worn in protest to the proposed deep cuts to library funding.
    
The city's Finance Committee recommended reducing the library's $39 million dollar by about $3.5 million.
    
Library staffers, volunteers and patrons said the resulting cuts in services would reduce the quality of life in Jacksonville and remove a vital resource for job seekers.

"Our libraries are the place where anybody who does not have a computer at home, the libraries are the only place where there's free access to computers," said a member of the Friends of Murray Hill Library.

A final vote on the matter is expected later this month.

Governor Scott Gets to Work at NAS JAX

Governor Scott Gets to Work at NAS JAX

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Governor Rick Scott will hold his third "Let's Get to Work" day at Naval Air Station Jacksonville.

The Governor's will be there from approximately 5:15 a.m. until 3:30 in Thursday afternoon.

We're told the Governor will begin the day by working at the gate.

Good Morning Jacksonville will join the Governor live starting at 5:45 a.m.

Duval County School Board Announces Superintendent’s Evaluation

Duval County School Board members today provided Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals with his evaluation for the 2010/2011 school year. 

The Superintendent was evaluated in seven areas of responsibility, including relationships with the Board, community relationships, staff and organizational relationships, educational leadership, fiscal leadership, personal qualities and an overall performance rating.