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The campaign to draft Paul Ryan as speaker

Rep. Paul Ryan has repeatedly indicated he is not running for speaker of the House, even as heavy hitters --- including retiring Speaker John Boehner -- urge him to reconsider.

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Conservatives celebrate Kevin McCarthy shocker

House conservatives have chafed under the leadership of Speaker John Boehner and his leadership team since the GOP took over the majority in 2011. Now, they have their double revenge.

Council president bans phones at meetings

Amid a growing controversy about lobbying by text message going on during City Council meetings, Council President Greg Anderson on Thursday asked members to keep their cell phones off meetings while legislation banning the practice makes its way into law.


Oklahoma delays further executions

Oklahoma will delay any further executions as officials investigate how the wrong drug may have been used in the execution of Charles Warner back in January.

In a statement Thursday, Gov. Mary Fallin said the mix-up came to light after state officials...

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Kevin McCarthy drops out of speaker race

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy dropped out of the race to succeed Speaker John Boehner on Thursday, a shocking move that throws the House into chaos.

The move came without warning as House Republicans were in a closed-door meeting to select thei...

Panel backs removing Confederate flag from Senate seal

Lawmakers took a step toward removing the Confederate battle flag from the Senate's official seal Thursday, as a committee unanimously voted to establish a new seal without the Civil War banner.

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Boehner cancels 'Tonight Show' appearance

Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner has canceled his appearance on NBC's "Tonight Show" in the wake of Rep. Kevin McCarthy's decision to drop out of the House Speaker race, a network spokesperson told CNN.

Boehner's office had announced Wednesday that...


Carson defends Murdoch over 'real black president' tweet

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson defended Rupert Murdoch on Thursday over an inflammatory tweet suggesting that Carson would be a "real black president."

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Rupert Murdoch: Ben Carson would be a 'real black president'

Rupert Murdoch, one of the world's most powerful media moguls, posted a tweet Wednesday night that seemingly questioned whether President Obama is a "real black president."

The tweet ricocheted around the web and was widely denounced.

Murdoch's tweet...

Audit draft shows city needs more revenue

During his campaign for mayor, Lenny Curry promised he would complete an audit of Jacksonville's city budget within 90 days of taking office.  A draft version of that report is complete.

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Poll gives Dems slight edge in Senate race

Despite indications that voters know relatively little about the candidates, poll results released Thursday gave Democratic candidates slight leads over Republican hopefuls in next year's race to replace U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.


Ben Carson says the darndest things

Ben Carson is at it again.

Carson struggled in an interview on Wednesday to explain whether he would support hiking the debt limit -- the latest in a series of instances in which his comments have raised questions about his understanding of key polic...

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Trump trademarks 'Make America Great Again'

Need more proof Donald Trump is bringing his business savvy to the campaign trail? He has already trademarked his "Make America Great Again" slogan.

Yes, Ronald Reagan may have said it first, but Trump is the one asserting his commercial rights to the...


Election 2016 Interactives

  • 2016 race: Who's running and who's out

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    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced he was dropping out of the presidential race on Sept. 21. See who else is running and who has dropped out.

  • Election year latest

    New developments in many presidential candidate campaigns are discussed by Rick Mullaney.

  • This Week in Jacksonville: Presidential candidate polls & Florida...

    Presidential candidate polls turn heads even a year ahead of the REALLY important answers. The Jacksonville school earning national attention and offering some surprising information. Plus the Nassau County State Rep caught off-guard and now caught up in the redistricting debate.

  • Clearing The Air

    On This Week in Jacksonville a round table discussion of the most recent Republican candidates for President debate. The folks who may need to follow Rick Perry's lead and leave the race? Plus - a local award winner - named entrepreneur for creating jobs.