Politics

City Budget Online Survey Announced

With the second year of Community Budget Workshops complete, Mayor John Peyton today announced an additional way for Jacksonville residents to engage in the fiscal year 2011-12 budget preparation process.  For the first time, Jacksonville residents who were unable to attend one of the five Budget Workshops (held between February and April) may now submit their city service priority rankings online at www.myjaxbudget.com.  The online survey will be available from Monday, April 18 through Monday, May 2. 

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.

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First Coast Tea Party Event Features Nationally Recognized Guest Speakers

The First Coast Tea Party will host North Florida’s third annual Tax Day Tea Party Rally, April 15th, 6:30 to 9:30pm at Jacksonville Landing.  Guest speakers will include Governor Rick Scott, Andrew Breitbart of breitbart.com and comedians Jim Labriola for the Home Improvement show and The Santa Clause movie, and Victoria Jackson comedian on Saturday Night Live.  Nascar's "We The People" #89 Truck and driver Chris Lafferty will be there to sign autographs and meet the crowd. 

FairDistrictsFlorida Responds to AARP Endorsement

The AARP Florida today announced their endorsement of Amendments 5 and 6, adding one of the most wide-reaching and impactful organizations in the State to the list of supporters of the FairDistricts Amendments. AARP Florida will help educate its nearly 3 million members and 96 chapters across the state that a YES vote on Amendments 5 and 6 will create rules to stop politicians from drawing districts to favor themselves or their political allies. These FairDistricts amendments will require the Tallahassee politicians to make sure they protect voters’ interests rather than their own when they redraw Congressional and legislative districts in 2012 and every ten years thereafter.