Impact of Derek Chauvin’s conviction; Jacksonville’s infrastructure needs & proposed gas tax increase
On this edition of “This Week in Jacksonville,” Northside Coalition President Ben Frazier and Jacksonville Fraternal Order of Police President Steve Zona each discuss the impact of the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin verdict. Then Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute Director Rick Mullaney joins the show as Jacksonville Transportation Authority CEO Nat Ford and Jacksonville Civil Council Chairman John Delaney each discuss the city’s infrastructure needs and the proposed gas tax increase.
Delaney to lead North Florida Land Trust board
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Starting next year, former Jacksonville Mayor John Delaney will take over as chairman of the North Florida Land Trust’s board of directors, the organization announced Tuesday. Delaney, who joined the NFLT board in November 2019, will work alongside vice chair David Barton, secretary Ryan Switzer and treasurer Patrick Carney, according to a news release. The board also welcomed four new members – Lisa Barton, Scott Keith, Connie McDaniel and Ted McGowan – who will begin their terms in January. “I look forward to working alongside all of the officers as we continue to focus on preserving environmentally sensitive lands throughout North Florida.”Delaney, a former two-term mayor and University of North Florida president, is set to become interim president of Flagler College beginning in July. He is currently a shareholder at the Rogers Towers law firm and a principal for The Fiorentino Group, a Jacksonville-based lobbying firm.
Former Jacksonville mayor named interim Flagler College president
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Former Jacksonville mayor John Delaney will serve as the interim president of Flagler College starting next year, the school announced Monday. Delaney, who was president of the University of North Florida for 15 years and mayor of Jacksonville for two terms, will start July 2021. He also joined the North Florida Land Trust Board of Directors last year. “I’m confident that Mr. Delaney’s background and career experiences will allow him to continue the forward momentum of the College,” said Rick Groux, Chair of the Flagler College Board of Trustees. Flagler College said the appointment of Delaney will allow the Board’s Presidential Search Committee the time needed to conduct a national search to find the fifth President of Flagler College without the COVID-induced travel restrictions and gathering limitations happening now.
Would you be willing to get a Covid vaccine in exchange for a $1,500 stimulus check? How one bold proposal would work
Now, one proposal aims to help both efforts by giving people $1,500 stimulus checks in exchange for getting immunized. More stimulus checks, once an area of bipartisan agreement, now seem to be off the table. "We have to create, in my judgment, an incentive for people to really accelerate their thinking about taking the vaccine," Delaney said. In comparison, the first stimulus checks sent by the government this year so far total more than $270 billion. "But that shouldn't be an issue then that decides on a stimulus check, if we're going to have stimulus checks out there," Hoagland said.cnbc.com
Jaguars’ losing legacy worries local investors
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jaguars’ losing record this season isn’t only breaking the hearts of football fans. That losing legacy is something to this day that worries local investors, who would rather put their money behind a winner or at least a strong competitor. Delaney says winning football games would create positive national exposure for the city of Jacksonville, instead of the current football fiasco. Fans say winning games would boost local pride. Jaguars fan Tucker Worsham said: “If we did have a winning team, I think that could help the revitalization of downtown possibly.
City leaders push for sales tax to benefit crumbling Duval schools
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Now that schools in Duval County have reopened for in-person learning, some city leaders say it’s time to shift the focus back to improving public schools in Jacksonville. Former Mayor John Delaney, former Jacksonville Sheriff Nat Glover and former Duval County School Board Chair Martha Barrett came together for a discussion Thursday about the proposed half-cent sales tax that would benefit crumbling schools. Photos were shared during a virtual forum of leaking roofs, torn-up floors and ceiling tiles inside schools that are nearly 100 years old. Duval County schools are the oldest in the state, with millions of dollars in backlog maintenance. According to the district, the tax will cost most families about $6 a month -- that’s $72 per year for a better learning environment for Duval County children.
Sales tax referendum for aging schools; Republican National Convention in Jacksonville; Moving forward on race relations
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. News4Jax political analyst Rick Mullaney, director of the Public Policy Institute at Jacksonville University, is the guest host of this edition of This Week in Jacksonville.Duval County School Board Chairman Warren Jones weighs in on the upcoming vote for the half-cent sales tax referendum. Jacksonville Civic Council Chairman John Delaney, a former mayor of Jacksonville and a former president of the University of North Florida, discusses the upcoming Republican National Convention and race relations locally and nationally.
Some Jacksonville hotels sold out for week of Republican National Convention
Jacksonville is the front-runner to host some or all of the Republican National Convention, a committee chairwoman said Wednesday. St. Johns has about 6,300 hotel rooms countywide. Former Jacksonville Mayor John Delaney has insight from helping organize the Super Bowl in 2005 when a surplus of visitors came to the city. “Super Bowl is 100-120,000 people, and the convention maybe half of that, so there should be enough hotel rooms, again, depending on what kind of outpouring comes out,” Delaney said. Ron DeSantis has previously said that Orlando and Miami could be ideal locations because of the number of hotel rooms.
Former lawmaker Delaney ends 2020 Democratic presidential bid
FILE PHOTO: John Delaney appears on stage at a First in the West Event at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., November 17, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo AllegriWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The first Democrat to formally declare a run for the partys 2020 presidential nomination, former U.S. Representative John Delaney, on Friday said he was dropping out of the crowded race in order to make room for more moderate candidates. Delaney, a former business executive from Maryland, self-funded much of his campaign but has seen almost zero support in polls as Democrats close in on the first primary contest in Iowa on Monday. In a statement, Delaney said he backed the big ideas of the Democratic partys progressives but noted the need for bipartisan, pragmatic solutions to bring together a deeply-divided nation. Step one is to beat Donald Trump and restore decency to the Office of the President.feeds.reuters.com
Former lawmaker Delaney drops 2020 Democratic presidential race
FILE PHOTO: John Delaney appears on stage at a First in the West Event at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., November 17, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo AllegriWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The first Democrat to formally declare a run for the partys 2020 presidential nomination, former U.S. Representative John Delaney, on Friday said he was dropping out of the race. Delaney, who had already been campaigning for more than a year, announced the end of his presidential run in an interview on CNN.feeds.reuters.com
John Delaney drops out of the 2020 Democratic primary race ahead of Iowa caucuses
Democratic presidential hopeful former Representative John Delaney speaks on stage at "First in the West" event in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 17, 2019. Former Maryland Rep. John Delaney, the first Democrat to enter the 2020 race for president, has ended his campaign just days before the Iowa caucuses. Recent polling showed that Delaney barely registered in Iowa, despite spending much of the past three years campaigning there. The Delaney campaign put its own spin on the incident, saying it was responsible for shaping the contours of the race. After the first Democratic debates in Miami that month, the Delaney campaign issued a press release titled "John Delaney Changed the Democratic Debate on Health Care."cnbc.com
Factbox: How each candidate performed in the second Democratic debate
FILE PHOTO: Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate former U.S. Rep. John Delaney and Montana Governor Steve Bullock (L-R) on the first night of the second 2020 Democratic U.S. presidential debate in Detroit, Michigan, July 30, 2019. In a reversal on Wednesday, front-runner Joe Bidens centrist agenda was questioned repeatedly by progressives on the debate stage. Here is a look at how each of the 20 candidates did on the Detroit debate. Harris produced the most memorable moment of the first Miami debate when she successfully attacked Bidens record on race. ORourkes campaign said he has qualified for the third debate series in September, when the Democratic Party has established more stringent criteria.feeds.reuters.com
Sanders and Warren defend progressive policies against attacks in U.S. Democratic debate
DETROIT (Reuters) - Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders offered an unabashed defense of their progressive policies during a Democratic presidential debate on Tuesday, as their more moderate rivals criticized their proposals as unrealistic and politically untenable. Warren rebuked former U.S. Representative John Delaney, who often played the role of foil to the progressives during the debate, firing back at his criticism of her policies. He pointed to Warren and Sanders: They are running on telling half the country that your health insurance is illegal.U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren speak on the first night of the second 2020 Democratic U.S. presidential debate in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., July 30, 2019. Eight candidates have so qualified for the next round of debates: Biden, Warren, Sanders, Harris, Buttigieg, U.S.feeds.reuters.com
Democratic debate highlights: Moderates assail 'impossible' liberal agenda
DETROIT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Democratic Partys two leading progressives came under fire on Tuesday from a debate stage stuffed with moderates who said their impossible proposals and wish-list economics risked keeping Republican President Donald Trump in the White House for four more years. Look if its true that if we embrace a far-left agenda, theyre going to say were a bunch of crazy socialists. The biggest problem we have right now that we have with immigration is Donald Trump. Warren recalled Trump laying blame on both sides after a deadly rally by white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017. Senator Elizabeth Warren speak on the first night of the second 2020 Democratic U.S. presidential debate in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., July 30, 2019.feeds.reuters.com
Challenge for struggling candidates: Debate audiences may already have tuned them out
Brendan Smialowski | AFP | Getty ImagesThe second round of Democratic presidential debates produced strong moments for multiple candidates, from Senate star Elizabeth Warren to the eccentric author Marianne Williamson. Did any of Tuesday night's action significantly alter nomination prospects for any among the 10 candidates on stage? In late April, Quinnipiac found that, taken together, just five candidates Biden, Sanders, Warren, Harris and Pete Buttigieg drew 79% of the Democratic primary vote. Six weeks later, shortly before the first round of Democratic debates on MSNBC, those five drew the same 79%. Harris' strong attack on a shaky Biden in the MSNBC debate had a short-term impact.cnbc.com
Did Elizabeth Warren just end John Delaneys two-year presidential journey?
Few have put in as much time and effort to become the Democratic nominee for president as businessman and former Maryland congressman John Delaney. Delaney announced his run way back in July 2017 two years ago, and 1 1/2 years before Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts threw her hat in the ring in February. (Afterward, someone jokingly vandalized Delaneys Wikipedia page to say that he died Tuesday night from being murdered by Warren.) Steve Bullock take the stage at the beginning of the Democratic Presidential Debate at the Fox Theatre July 30, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. 20 Democratic presidential candidates were split into two groups of 10 to take part in the debate sponsored by CNN held over two nights at Detroits Fox Theatre.latimes.com
Progressives Sanders and Warren come under attack in Democratic debate
Senator Elizabeth Warren and former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke debate on the first night of the second 2020 Democratic U.S. presidential debate in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., July 30, 2019. They are running on telling half the country that your health insurance is illegal, Delaney said, pointing to Warren and Sanders. She and Biden, the former vice president, will renew their rivalry on the second night of the debate on Wednesday. Sanders was mostly sidelined on the next night, standing placidly by as Biden and Harris leaned across him to spar over race. Warren and Sanders insist they are friends, not rivals, and would not turn on each other for their own political gain.feeds.reuters.com
Top takeaways from the second Democratic primary debate - the first night
John Hickenlooper began his final remarks as Tuesday's Democratic debate came to a close. Here are the central takeaways from the first night of the second round of the primary debates. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, the two leading progressives in the Democratic field, did not come to blows Tuesday night. Delaney, a former health care executive, later made mention of what he called the "fairytale economics" underpinning progressive plans. #DemDebate https://t.co/GM9LbJo6bV pic.twitter.com/nEhWcDyLWh CNN Tonight (@CNNTonight) July 31, 2019The missing man: Joe BidenDespite a lackluster performance in the first Democratic debate, Joe Biden is still the front runner.cbsnews.com
Little-known businessman John Delaney battles with progressive front-runners in Democratic debate
Little-known former Maryland Rep. John Delaney was the surprising tone-setter during the first night of the second Democratic debates on Tuesday. Delaney spoke for less time than six of the 10 candidates, for a total under 11 minutes, according to a tally by debate host CNN. In one particularly testy exchange with Warren, Delaney said "Democrats win when we run on real solutions, not impossible promises. In a back-and-forth on trade, Delaney said that under Warren's proposal to change the way that the U.S. negotiates trade deals, announced Monday, "we would not be able to trade with the United Kingdom. "I'm the only person on stage who understands the business," Delaney, who formerly worked in health-care finance, said at one point.cnbc.com
'We should stop using Republican talking points': Warren, Sanders fend off attacks on Medicare for All in Democratic debate
Senator Elizabeth Warren speak on the first night of the second 2020 Democratic U.S. presidential debate in Detroit, July 30, 2019. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren fended off attacks from moderate rivals over "Medicare for All" in the first night of the second Democratic presidential debates on Tuesday. And we should stop using Republican talking points in order to talk with each other about how to best provide that health care." Williamson said she was "normally way over there" with Sanders and Warren, but pushed back on the notion that criticism of Medicare for All amounted to repeating Republican talking points. "And that's not just a Republican talking point.cnbc.com
Young Voter Money 2020: Democratic candidate John Delaney wants to pay you a carbon dividend to fight climate change
Set to be the first American generations to be worse off than their parents, facing the threat of climate change and struggling to pay for college, money matters matter to young voters in this election. I think politicians underestimate how these companies have fundamentally changed people's lives in ways that are pretty extraordinary. But I think politicians underestimate how these companies have fundamentally changed people's lives in ways that are pretty extraordinary. I think there's a disconnect between political leaders and young voters around a lot of things related to the private sector. Most young voters have had no bad experience with big banks related to their day-to-day banking services.cnbc.com
Buttigieg, Biden lead the 2020 Democratic money race see how the rest of the field stacks up
Pete Buttigieg (L) and Joe Biden exchange words during a break in the second Democratic debate hosted by NBC News in Miami, June 27, 2019. Pete Buttigieg and Joe Biden led the 2020 Democratic primary field in second-quarter fundraising, while the leading candidates entered July with a healthy store of cash, according to new campaign filings. Buttigieg hauled in $24.9 million from April through June, the best in the field of about two dozen candidates. Sanders entered July with a $27.3 million war chest, the biggest among Democratic candidates. Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, had $22.7 million on hand, while Warren had $19.8 million.cnbc.com
After decades, Jacksonville's top administrator leaves big shoes to fill
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - You may not recognize the name Sam Mousa, but many are aware of his work around the city of Jacksonville. Mayor Lenny Curry's chief administrative officer is stepping down after serving under five Jacksonville mayors. Starting as a city engineer, eventually Mousa was promoted to the director of public works, and under former Mayor John Delaney, he became the chief administrative officer. Mousa said he made one of his biggest accomplishments when he was working with Mayor John Peyton. I let others set the vision, set the policy and I guess that's what I've enjoyed about my job."
Mitch McConnell, the Republican majority leader, looms over the Democratic debates
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., became a looming presence at the Democratic debates Wednesday and Thursday evenings when the 2020 presidential candidates were asked how they would deal with the Republican leader. "Sure, I want to see us get a Democratic majority in the Senate," Warren said. But former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland said he would take a less aggressive approach and try to work with McConnell, saying he has the ability to unite both sides of the aisle. Bennet said the only way to deal with McConnell was to get him out of office: "Gridlock will not magically disappear as long as Mitch McConnell is there." Jay Inslee said he would start by "taking away the filibuster from Mitch McConnell," which requires a supermajority of 60 or more votes to pass legislation.cnbc.com
Democrats clash over health insurance, economy
The debate marked a new phase in the 2020 presidential season as Democrats seek to break out from the crowded field. Former Obama administration housing chief Julian Castro said, "Watching that image of Oscar and his daughter Valeria was heartbreaking. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who joined Warren in raising his hand on health insurance, cast the debate as part of "the battle for the heart and soul of our party." The overall field is so large that a second group of 10 Democrats, led by early front-runner Joe Biden, are to debate 24 hours later. Democrats are unified in their deep desire to beat Trump but divided on what kind of candidate is best positioned to do so.
Factbox: Democratic presidential candidates spar on health insurance, immigration and more
(Reuters) - Ten Democratic presidential candidates took the debate stage on Wednesday night for the first head-to-head primary face-off. Democratic 2020 presidential candidates New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, former HUD Secretary Julian Castro, U.S. ABOLISH PRIVATE INSURANCE? He pointed out that his father enjoyed the private health benefits negotiated through his union. I am the only candidate here who has passed a law protecting a womens right of reproductive health and health insurance, he said, saying health insurance companies should not be allowed to deny womens reproductive choice rights.feeds.reuters.com
Factbox: Six moments to watch for as Democrats debate in Miami
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Twenty Democratic presidential hopefuls will hit the debate stage on Wednesday and Thursday nights to square off for the first time in the 2020 nominating contest. FILE PHOTO: The line up of U.S. Democratic presidential candidates who will participate in the party's first of two nights of debate in Miami on June 26, 2019, in a combination file photos (L-R top row): U.S. Some leading white contenders have faced toughed questions this month surrounding race issues - and could be forced to defend themselves on the debate stage. A standout debate moment can help skyrocket a candidate from the bottom of the polls into the top tier. If moderators take note, that could lead to the first time candidates on a debate stage get asked to respond to a presidential tweet in real time.feeds.reuters.com
Democrats fight over healthcare in first U.S. presidential debate
MIAMI (Reuters) - Democratic presidential contenders battled over healthcare coverage during their first debate on Wednesday, reflecting the partys divisions on whether to abolish private insurance and shift to a Medicare-for-All system. Warren, a leader of the partys progressive wing who has been surging in opinion polls, said private insurance was taking advantage of Americans. But former U.S. Representative John Delaney, an outspoken critic of Medicare for All who supports a universal healthcare approach that includes private insurance, said Democrats should not throw away a system that some Americans are happy with. Senator Bernie Sanders, which has gained support in Congress, would create a government-operated plan that eliminates private insurance. Congressman ORourke, private insurance is not working for tens of millions of Americans when you talk about the copays, the deductibles the premiums - its not working.feeds.reuters.com
Democrats reveal divisions on healthcare during first presidential debate
MIAMI (Reuters) - Democratic presidential contenders battled over healthcare coverage during their first debate on Wednesday, reflecting the partys divisions on whether to abolish private insurance and shift to a Medicare-for-All system. Warren, a leader of the partys progressive wing who has been surging in opinion polls, said private insurance was taking advantage of Americans. Senator Bernie Sanders, which has gained growing support in Congress, would create a government-operated plan that eliminates private insurance. REUTERS/Mike SegarFormer congressman Beto ORourke said private insurance was fundamental to our ability to get everybody cared for, but de Blasio cut him off. Congressman ORourke, private insurance is not working for tens of millions of Americans when you talk about the copays, the deductibles the premiums - its not working.feeds.reuters.com
First Democratic debate offers struggling candidates a chance to shine
Booker, Klobuchar and ORourke have had their moments during the first few months in the battle for the 2020 Democratic nomination. But they have not broken through to mount a serious challenge to the top contenders, making Wednesdays debate a chance to grab some of the limelight. The debate offers Booker, a senator from New Jersey, his best chance yet to introduce himself to Democratic voters unfamiliar with him. The stage of the first U.S. 2020 presidential election Democratic candidates debate is seen before the first 10 of 20 total Democratic candidates take the stage to start a debate that will be held over the course of two nights at the Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center in Miami, U.S. June 26, 2019. It may be difficult for the Democratic candidates to distinguish themselves on areas of policy such as healthcare, immigration and climate change, where there seems to be broad agreement among the presidential field.feeds.reuters.com
2020 Democratic candidates split on the biggest threats to the US
Ten Democratic presidential candidates offered contrasting views on the biggest threats facing the U.S. in their first debate Wednesday. While multiple Democrats highlighted China and the global threat of nuclear proliferation as major challenges, no two candidates gave the same answer when asked to identify the greatest geopolitical threat America currently faces. Four candidates former Maryland Rep. John Delaney, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro and Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan mentioned China in their answers. Though they were denied time to explain their answers, the focus on China signals broad bipartisan concern about the Asian nation's rapid rise into a global superpower. Current and former Trump administration officials say the meeting between Trump and Xi could revive the stalled trade talks.cnbc.com