How First Coast Lawmakers Voted on Budget

How First Coast Lawmakers Voted on Budget

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- It was a bipartisan vote, with dissent and support from both sides of the aisle, and First Coast lawmakers were also split on passage of the nation's budget.

The House of Representatives today voted 260-167, with six not voting, to pass the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011, the same bill that was agreed upon only an hour before the government was set to partially shut down for lack of funding.

Republicans, who control the House, supported the bill 179-81, and Democrats opposed it 108-59.


How your representative voted:

Calling All Seniors for Mayor's Annual Fish-A-Thon

Duval County residents 60 years of age and over are invited to join in the fun of the Mayor’s Fish-a-Thon.  The highly anticipated annual event will feature fishing, games, lunch and an awards ceremony with trophies for most fish, largest fish, smallest fish, ugliest fish and prettiest fish.

Tax Day Tea Party Rally at The Landing, April 15

Two years ago on April 15, 2009, the Tea Party Movement was birthed in North Florida.  More than 5,000 new friends showed up at the Jacksonville Landing with their personal messages on hand-made signs and a look of fear and concern on their faces. 

Little Interest in Voting Early in Jacksonville

Little Interest in Voting Early in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There's little interest in early voting in the city's upcoming election that will be held on Tuesday, March 22.

So far 31,657 ballots have been cast when absentee votes are included.

Early voting wraps up this weekend at the ten different polling locations.  This weekend the polling places are only open from noon to 4 p.m.

Early voting is held at 8 regional libraries and the downtown and Norwood Avenue locations of the Supervisor of Elections.

Thursday was the most active day in the city with 2,150 people casting their votes.

Voters are being asked to decide who should be the next mayor with six candidate names on the ballot and four write-in candidates. Several city council races are generating interest as well.

Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland is revising his projection on turnout for this election.  He had previously predicted a turnout of 48-50%.

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 Stoppage 'Not Unrealistic'; Duval Schools Meeting Begins

Athletics Stoppage 'Not Unrealistic'; Duval Schools Meeting Begins

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Duval school board met today to once again discuss budget woes following recent speculation that a lack of money would halt all school athletics next year.

Duval County Public Schools Board Chairman W.C. Gentry said over the weekend that if all the state budget cuts being proposed are made, it is a virtual certainty the upcoming school year will be without sports.

"We will be left with nothing but the core courses if we have to cut $97 million dollars from the budget," he said during a scheduled board meeting today.

Although any final decisions on budget cuts won't be made until legislators give final numbers in a few weeks, Gentry said the district is preparing for the worst.