Early Voting is Underway!

With one week to go, there’s still time to vote early and not have to stand in line on Election Day.  For Duval County voters, just stop by your nearest public library, The Gateway Mall, The Oceanway Community Center or the Legends Center. The main library Downtown will NOT be an early voting site. Instead, to vote downtown, go to The Supervisor of Elections Office at 105 East Monroe Street.

The last day to vote early is Saturday August 25.  Tuesday August 28 is Election Day. Unlike early voting where you are allowed to vote at any polling place in the county, on Tuesday you may only vote at your designated voting precinct.

In God We Trust now posted at all Florida public schools

As students returned to the classrooms this week, they were greeted with words “In God we Trust” posted at public schools statewide.  In the wake of the Stoneman Douglas high school shooting, a law requiring the statement to be posted was introduced by Jacksonville State Representative Kimberly Daniels and received support across party lines.   Representative Daniels is also a Preacher and Christian Author.

No sales taxes on back to school supplies this weekend!

Parents are getting ready to send the kids back to school.  It can be expensive but if you do your back to school shopping this weekend you’ll at least save money thanks to the Tax Free holiday.

The 2018 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday was passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Governor Rick Scott. The sales tax holiday runs through Sunday, August 5.

During this sales tax holiday period, qualifying items will be exempt from tax including: certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item; and clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item.

For more information and a list of qualifying items, please review the Department of Revenue’s Tax Information Publication (TIP) on the 2018 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday.



Monday July 30 is the deadline to register to vote!

We live in a country where we the people are given the power to elect our government.  It’s a system that is either copied or envied the world over.  Of course, this means nothing if you do not vote and you cannot vote unless you’re registered.

Monday is the first voter registration deadline of the 2018 election year.  If you:

  • Haven’t voted in a while and have been dropped from the voter rolls
  • Have never been a registered voter
  • Are new to the area
  • Have relocated within the area
  • Or want to change party affiliation

…if you want to be eligible to vote in the August 28th primary election.

Just stop by most public libraries and let them know you want to register to vote.  Downtown, they want you to come to the Supervisor of Elections office instead of the downtown library.

Mother of Jacksonville teen killed over loud music one step closer to Congress

The mother of the Jacksonville teenager who was shot and killed over an argument about loud music is one step closer to being elected to Congress in Georgia’s 6th congressional district in the Atlanta area.  This week Lucy McBath placed first in the democratic primary race and will face the second place finisher in a runoff in July.   Pundits believe this will be a close race, currently held by Republican Karen Handel who beat her Democratic opponent 51.8% to 48.2% in the most expensive congressional race in American history in a special election last year.  The winner of the July primary will face Handel in this fall’s midterm congressional election.

The killing of Jordan Davis on Jacksonville’s southside drew international attention and escalated the national gun debate.  Losing her only son to this senseless act of violence changed Mrs. McBath’s focus from that of a mother and airline employee to an activist for gun-control.  Jordan Davis’ killer was convicted and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Lucy McBath serves as Lead Usher at Trinity Chapel in her hometown and is an active member of  Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.


Jacksonville’s Omarosa Newman is a contestant on Big Brother

Omarosa Newman, aka Lady O of The Sanctuary at Mt. Calvary,  is competing to become the winner of Celebrity Big Brother on CBS.  If you’ve never seen Big Brother, contestants are moved into a very large house.  Each week at least one contestant is voted out by the housemates.  Often secret alliances are formed between contestants who agree not to vote to evict each other and contests are held to grant immunity from eviction, grant power to nominate others to be placed up for eviction, bonus prizes and the right not to have to eat disgusting food for a week.     Major office-style politics is in play almost constantly as contestants work to gain popularity and loyalty from each other by almost any means necessary.  The clincher, over 100 cameras and microphones are positioned throughout the house, which the show’s producers use to create each episode.

We’re already getting a glimpse on why Omarosa chose to work in the White House under Donald Trump, challenges she faced while there and how she says she was treated by the rest of the White House staff in this tearful chat with a fellow housemate.



Former Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown wants to represent you in Congress

Jacksonville’s first African American Mayor, Alvin Brown, is seeking office again.  Brown hopes to unseat Al Lawson who has represented the Florida 5th Congressional District for a year.  Lawson was elected to Congress after defeating former Congresswoman Corrine Brown.

Before becoming Jacksonville’s Mayor, Alvin Brown was a member of the Bill Clinton Administration working in the US Department of Commerce.  Brown was also Deputy Administrator for Community Development, Rural Business and Cooperative Development Services at the US Department of Agriculture.  He was also the Executive Director of the Bush/Clinton Katrina Interfaith Fund, which oversaw distribution of more than $20 million used to rebuild churches that were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.