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A.G. GancarskiJanuary 7, 2019
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In a move that may or may not lend credence to rumors that he is running for Jacksonville Mayor in 2019, Democratic City Councilman Garrett Dennis demanded a tranche of records from Republican Mayor Lenny Curry last month. Dennis wanted “expedited attention” for his request for information, including secondary  employment forms for mayor’s office employees, non-payroll payments to city […]

A.G. GancarskiDecember 27, 2018
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The Governor-elect Ron DeSantis‘ transition-based public safety panel convened Thursday with juvenile crime and incarceration the topic du jour. The 45-person panel is stacked with law enforcement professionals, as well as civilians impacted by the Parkland tragedy.  The first major topic: juvenile crime. Unsurprisingly, the conclusion was the kids aren’t alright (building on contentions made […]

A.G. GancarskiDecember 20, 2018

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Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis‘ transition-based public safety panel convened Thursday to move forward on one of the candidate’s winning issues. Support from police unions and sheriffs proved pivotal in DeSantis’ win over Democrat Andrew Gillum last month, with a constant drumbeat insisting that Gillum was soft on crime. The committee is heavy on professional law enforcement officers, along with […]

A.G. GancarskiDecember 4, 2018
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Jacksonville City Council committees on Monday and Tuesday approved changes in collective bargaining for fire and police employees that could change health plans. Ordinances 2018-756 and 2018-757 would allow the unions to separate from the city health care plan in 2020. They were passed without opposition in both committees of reference (“Neighborhoods, Community Services, Public Health and […]

A.G. GancarskiJanuary 15, 2018
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For those interested in the intersection of public policy and civil liberties, such as they are, the Florida Times-Union/ProPublica “Walking While Black” investigation and follow-ups were a revelation. The article confirmed what many already knew: African-Americans are, compared to their size of the population, disproportionately ticketed for jaywalking and related pedestrian violations. Fifty-five percent of the […]

A.G. GancarskiDecember 21, 2017
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Sen. Jack Latvala is no longer a factor in Tallahassee; his resignation Wednesday sealed that, ending what accusers in two separate independent reports called “decades” of sexual harassment and quid pro quo coercion. However, Jacksonville politics saw prominent players on both sides of the Latvala scandal – and those players will have to deal with each other […]


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