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A.G. Gancarski has 216 articles published.

A.G. Gancarski has written a weekly column for Jacksonville’s Folio Weekly since 2003. His writings on politics, culture, and sport have appeared in the Washington Times, the Daily Caller, and the American Conservative. His radio and TV appearances include frequent contributions to WJCT-FM (Jacksonville’s Public Radio station); additionally, he has been a guest on Huff Post Live and the Savage Nation radio show. Gancarski can be reached at a.g.gancarski@gmail.com.

Rick Scott wants another raise for state law enforcement

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Gov. Rick Scott wants the state’s highway patrol troopers, wildlife officers and law-enforcement agents to get another pay raise. Scott announced the proposal Wednesday during a visit to a Florida Highway Patrol station in Jacksonville.

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Rick Scott: Florida unemployment lowest in decade

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Gov. Rick Scott said ‘let there be jobs’—and there were jobs. And the jobs numbers were good. In fact, in one key metric—the official unemployment rate—the numbers were the best in a decade. Florida’s unemployment rate “has dropped to its lowest rate in 10 years and nearly 18,000 new jobs were created for families across the state in June,” Scott said in a statement.

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Ashley Moody adds a political committee to her Attorney General bid arsenal

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Former Hillsborough Circuit Judge Ashley Moody, who filed in the Republican Primary for Attorney General this month, also launched a political committee this month. The name: “Friends of Ashley Moody.” Moody has certain tailwinds behind her, including backing by current Attorney General Pam Bondi, who basically endorsed Moody even before she entered the race. Moody has one opponent on the GOP side thus far: Jacksonville state Rep. Jay Fant. Fant has $79,575 in his campaign account; of that sum, $8,000 came from Fant, and…

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On eve of Pulse massacre anniversary, Gwen Graham pushes gun safety plan

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One doesn’t have to go back much farther than a few days to find the latest historical example of mass shootings in Florida: an Orlando workplace shooting that took multiple casualties. It wasn’t the first mass shooting in Florida. It likely won’t be the last. As Orlando and the state of Florida deal with that shooting, the first anniversary of the massacre at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub — a terrorist attack on the local LGBT community — also looms. In that…

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There’s already a shake-up in Adam Putnam’s campaign as manager exits

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Adam Putnam just ended a 10-day bus tour of the state to launch his bid to be the next Florida governor. And no sooner had the tour wrapped up that a major staff shake-up took place, which some believe is signaling a bigger schism in the GOP front-runner’s campaign. Kristin Davison, Putnam’s campaign manager, was relieved of her duties Monday. Amanda Bevis of the Putnam campaign confirmed the Davison departure: “We’re very grateful for her efforts to help this campaign get off to…

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Ron DeSantis for Governor? Don’t rule it out

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Adam Putnam may have some competition for the Republican nomination for Florida Governor after all. Sources very familiar with the thinking of U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis note that he is looking at a run for the state’s top job, with a decision to be made late in the summer. Were he to run, he would be a very serious candidate for the job — posing an existential threat to Putnam, as DeSantis could very quickly own the space to Putnam’s right. DeSantis,…

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How religious mania changed the Corrine Brown jury

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Speculation about what a discharged juror (“Juror 13”) said last week in a closed-court session in the trial of Corrine Brown can now end, as a transcript of the session was released Monday afternoon. [Transcript of Juror 13] Juror 8, the juror who complained about the comments — relating that the discharged juror spoke of “higher beings” saying that Brown was guilty — kicked off proceedings in closed court by registering concerns. The discharged juror had made such comments on the…

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