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Republican Presidential Debate Tonight in Orlando

Republican Presidential Debate Tonight in Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Republican Presidential hopefuls will meet in Orlando for another debate.

All eight candidates confirmed they will attend the forum.

The debate will incorporate video and text questions submitted by the public on YouTube.

The debate sponsored by Google and FOX News will air live tonight on FOX News at 9 p.m.

Council Passes Bill to Monitor Big Spending, Considers Library Cuts

Council Passes Bill to Monitor Big Spending, Considers Library Cuts

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There was a swath of red in council chambers Tuesday night, worn in protest to the proposed deep cuts to library funding.
    
The city's Finance Committee recommended reducing the library's $39 million dollar by about $3.5 million.
    
Library staffers, volunteers and patrons said the resulting cuts in services would reduce the quality of life in Jacksonville and remove a vital resource for job seekers.

"Our libraries are the place where anybody who does not have a computer at home, the libraries are the only place where there's free access to computers," said a member of the Friends of Murray Hill Library.

A final vote on the matter is expected later this month.

Governor Scott Gets to Work at NAS JAX

Governor Scott Gets to Work at NAS JAX

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Governor Rick Scott will hold his third "Let's Get to Work" day at Naval Air Station Jacksonville.

The Governor's will be there from approximately 5:15 a.m. until 3:30 in Thursday afternoon.

We're told the Governor will begin the day by working at the gate.

Good Morning Jacksonville will join the Governor live starting at 5:45 a.m.

St. Johns County Families PAC Announces Coalition Against Property Tax Hike

St. Johns County Families PAC’s efforts to defeat the $12 million property tax hike were strengthened today, as various local leaders and organizations joined their coalition.

“There is clearly widespread opposition to the latest tax hike,” said Adam Guillette, of the newly formed St. Johns County Families PAC. “And we’re incredibly excited that these local leaders have joined our efforts,” he added.

Congressional Leaders Say They Are Close to a Deal on the Debt Ceiling

WASHINGTON D.C. - President Barack Obama's top ally in the Senate has signed on to a long-delayed agreement to raise the government's borrowing cap and cut spending - subject to approval by his fellow Senate Democrats.

A spokesman for Majority Leader Harry Reid says the Nevada Democrat supports the measure. He's the first top congressional leader to announce support.

Republican Senate leaders said Sunday they were close to a deal.

The tentative agreement would guarantee enough borrowing authority to keep the government afloat into 2013.

The measure would provide an immediate hike in the debt limit, accompanied by the promise of trillions of dollars in future spending cuts.

Cuts in spending would be phased in over a decade. Social Security and Medicare benefits wouldn't be cut, and taxes would be unlikely to rise.

Rick Scott Puts Mike Hogan to Work

Rick Scott Puts Mike Hogan to Work

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Former mayoral candidate Mike Hogan didn't win his bid to lead Jacksonville, but he'll still have a job in government.

On Wednesday, Governor Rick Scott announced that he appointed 61-year-old Hogan to the Public Employees Relations Commission.

Hogan, who was the Duval County Tax Collector from 2003 to 2011, will serve as the commission's chair, succeeding Stephanie Williams Ray. 

His term starts on July 27, 2011 and ends January 1, 2012.

In the same announcement, Scott said he appointed Donna M. Poole, a labor law attorney from Tallahassee, to the commission as well.  Her term also starts on July 27 and she'll serve on the committee through January 1, 2014.

Local Residents Fight Property Tax Hike

A group of local residents has created a political action committee to defeat the new $12 million property tax increase proposed by the St. Johns County Commission. 

“This new tax hike is outrageous. St. Johns County families are already overtaxed,” said Adam Guillette, Chairman of the newly formed St. Johns County Families PAC.  “County politicians have spent our money recklessly over the past ten years,” he added.