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Happy Birthday Mr. GOP!

It happens to everyone of us at some point. The years go by, you are living your life and one day you are cleaning out the attic and you discover an item that you can't remember buying. Maybe in the same way that you don't remember buying Mike Hightower a birthday present. No such thing happened...

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Public and Private Sector Finally working together?

The say the early bird catches the worm. With the recent news about the Landing deal, lets just hope the opportunity hasn’t passed us by and that we see redevelopment happen sooner, rather than later..

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The Landing Deal - what's the holdup?

On March 21st of this year, the Mayor’s office held a press conference, with much TV camera-loving fanfare and hoopla, to announce that he and Toney Sleiman had finally reached agreement, whereby Sleiman would be able to purchase the east parking lot from the city. This announcement came two...

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How Mike Weinstein becomes Mayor Weinstein

The next Jacksonville Mayoral election is Mike Weinstein's to lose. The way we see it, there are four key things Weinstein needs to focus on to win in April1) Jenkins 2) Friendliness 3) Grassroots 4) Peyton's Record1) First things first. Weinstein needs to shore up support now from...

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Take my money and run (or fly)...to New Orleans?

Here it is, an open invitation to all City Council Members and the Peyton administration. Here is your chance to kill two birds with one stone. In one fell swoop you can put me in my place and perhaps begin to restore some public confidence that you are wise stewards of our tax monies.

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Checking in on Peyton's Progress

Just a quick editorial today...I wanted to give an update on how we think Peyton is doing thus far. There have been many things that COULD define Peyton's tenure so far, but here are the 4 big ones we see framing his work up to this point.

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More free housing for the homeless?

Parks, green space, public plazas. All catchy buzzwords that the public loves to hear and Mayor Peyton knows it – especially when we are quickly approaching the April 2007 city elections. Budget cuts, overspending and job losses. Now those are NOT the buzzwords that the public loves to hear....

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Attorney General Crist vs. Jax City Council?

We have said before that the passage of Ordinance Number 2006-176 (remember, the one where public dollars were given to 1st Timothy Baptist Church) was wrong on many levels. This is the issue that the city just can't stop talking about. But very few are doing anything about it, other than voicing...

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Mayor Peyton

Editor’s Note: The Mayor’s office is currently hard at work to produce a new biography for the Mayor for 2006. We at Metro Jacksonville have produced an alternate biography for the Mayor’s office, the press and other media outlets to utilize.John Peyton was sworn in as Mayor of Jacksonville...

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Commentary: First Timothy Baptist

Funded by the City These dollars (yes, both monies) were supposed to be used for economic development, not gymnasiums. This area does not need an economic stimulus in the way of public tax dollar hand-outs. Dan Davis, as Finance Committee Chair and Mayor Peyton were two key figures in this mess. They...

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