Melissa Ross

Melissa RossJune 25, 2016

One thing about Duval County — it sometimes defies easy stereotyping. That’s certainly true when you consider the fact that the Northeast Florida Regional Director for the Donald Trump for President campaign is Derek Boyd Hankerson. Hankerson, who is of Gullah Geechee heritage, is an African-American documentary filmmaker, author and historian in addition to his political […]

Melissa RossJune 23, 2016

Jacksonville attorney Paula Bartlett readily admits she’s a political outsider. But the Democratic candidate seeking to oust Duval Clerk of Courts Ronnie Fussell is starting to generate some grassroots support, mainly in the form of small donors, in her campaign to reopen the Duval County Courthouse wedding chapel. Fussell (and a few other Florida clerks) […]

Melissa RossJune 22, 2016

On the heels of a damning new report, 4th Judicial Circuit State Attorney candidate Wes White is calling for a Department of Justice investigation into incumbent State Attorney Angela Corey and her office for what he calls a “systematic and systemic violation of the law.” White’s move comes as Folio Weekly reports Corey apparently kept it […]

Melissa RossJune 21, 2016

A new documentary film airing nationwide on dozens of PBS stations this week shows Florida’s gay community was targeted long before the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. The sordid tale of Florida’s infamous McCarthyesque witch hunt of suspected gay and lesbian students and professors at state universities is told in the new Emmy award-winning […]

Melissa RossJune 17, 2016

Expressions of sympathy and support from Jacksonville’s political leadership in the aftermath of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting massacre are falling flat with North Florida’s LGBT community. “It was a bias-motivated attack against a gay bar to kill LGBT people,” said Jacksonville attorney and activist Jimmy Midyette. “When leaders neuter expressions of sympathy of that fact […]

Melissa RossJune 13, 2016

Next month, supporters of the Second Amendment will gather in Jacksonville for the Southeast Shooting and Outdoor Convention. Spokesman Jon McGowan says despite the controversy in the wake of the deadly mass shooting in Orlando, weapons manufacturers that produce the AR-15 will be on hand. “AR-15 manufacturers Remington, Bushmaster, DPMS, Adcor Defense, Nemo Arms and […]


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