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Author: Mike Miller, Mike Tolbert, Mike Hightower

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Welcome to 'Mike's on Mike,' your newest favorite political podcast.

Hosted by Mike Miller, Mike Tolbert, and Mike Hightower. We delve deep into the political landscape.

Tune in every week as we unpack the complex world of politics, observing and discussing the most pressing issues of the time.

Drawing from our extensive experience and unique perspectives, we're dedicated to providing you with thoughtful insights, sparking meaningful discussions, and challenging conventional wisdom.

So, whether you're a political junkie or just curious about what's going on in the world, 'Mikes on Mic' is here to guide you through it all.

Join us on this enlightening journey and let's dive into politics, one episode at a time!

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Welcome back to another episode of Mikes on Mic!Today we're tackling some hot-button topics, starting with the proposed $1.4 billion Jaguars stadium deal.We'll also discuss Jacksonville's public school renovations, the concerns over transparency and the allocation of the half-penny sales tax, and the challenges facing our new superintendent.Plus, we'll examine the city's downtown development, the efficacy of the Downtown Investment Authority, and what lies ahead with the new leadership in the...
Our dear friend Michael Corrigan shared valuable insights into the fascinating world of Jacksonville's tourism, its natural beauty, and the efforts to promote this vibrant city!Michael, a former city council member and president, and a long-time observer of Jacksonville's political landscape, discussed the various aspects of Jacksonville's tourist appeal. From the ease of getting around the city to its natural wonders like the oak trees, urban parks, beaches, and the majestic Saint John'...
Discover the impact of moving the festival to Metropolitan Park, the passion and influence of key community figures in Washington and Tallahassee, and the unforgettable moments from a memorable 8-hour live telecast.We'll discuss the festival's origins as an effort to revitalize Mayport, share anecdotes about early challenges like permit issues, and reflect on legendary performances by artists like Della Reese, Dizzy Gillespie, and Marcus Roberts.Plus, get an inside look at the logistical feat...
Today we are exploring the intriguing world of Susie Wiles, the mastermind behind the success of key Republican campaigns.From her instrumental role in Ron DeSantis's 2018 victory to her critical contributions to Donald Trump's 2020 efforts, uncover how Wiles navigates the complex web of politics with finesse.Journalist Michael Kruse shares exclusive insights from his extensive research, revealing the highs and lows of Wiles's influential career.We explore loyalty, power, and public perceptio...
Welcome back to the show!Today we dive into the vibrant legacy of Senator Bob Graham with insights from close confidant, Chris Hand.Explore the profound influence of one of Florida's most respected leaders, known for his dedication to the Everglades, educational initiatives, and remarkable bipartisan leadership.Discover Graham's unique 'workday' approach that shaped his political career and listen as Chris Hand shares personal reflections on working alongside the Senator.Through Chris's narra...
Join us for a discussion on the future of education in Duval County on this week’s episode of Mikes on Mic. Join us as we explore the pressing issues of school mergers, the superintendent search, and the shifting political landscape impacting educational leadership. Discover what these changes could mean for local students and how community involvement is key to navigating these challenging times. Don’t miss out on a thorough examination of the rise in charter and private schoo...
Amidst the resignation of CEO Jay Stowe, we examine the internal shake-ups, Jay Stowe's legacy, and the appointment of interim CEO Vickie Cavey.Discover the pressing issues and concerns surrounding the controversial Laura Street Trio project, city spending, and daily infrastructure needs.What does this mean for JEA’s future and the city's relationship with developers like Steve Atkins?Plus, we discuss the challenges of finding new leadership for the school district, with a retiring school boa...
From the uncharted waters of marijuana legislation to the contentious challenges of abortion laws, we dissect the state of play in Florida's ever-evolving political arena.Discover Dr. Michael Binder's predictions for Rick Scott's reelection prospects and the future of marijuana legalization with a 60% approval threshold.We'll also explore the impact of Supreme Court decisions, the complex world of local government funding, the ethics of funding with "the lollipop," and the stakes for ma...
Today we uncover the challenges and benefits behind securing a massive $147 million federal grant for Jacksonville's transformative Emerald Trail project.Learn about the strategic planning and advocacy that led JTA to success in the competitive grant world, amassing around $200 million over the past decade.We'll dive into how JTA is navigating the integration of cutting-edge autonomous vehicles into existing infrastructure while meeting federal investment criteria.Hear about the significant r...
Mikes on Mic - Shirk Disbarred - JEA Fraud - Redistricting with Andrew PantaziTributary Reporter Andrew Pantazi joins the Mikes to discuss the history of the Public Defender’s office and how Matt Shirk came to be disbarred. The group also discusses the fallout from the JEA Fraud investigation and the backstory on efforts to create voting districts reflective of our diverse community. Stay tuned for a special surprise at the end as we celebrate Mike Tolbert’s 80th birthday.Tune in to...
Welcome back to another episode of Mikes on Mic.Today we are joined by the Mark Woods, to dissect the aftermath of the JEA trial—a saga that has left an indelible mark on the political fabric of Jacksonville.Our discussion ventures beyond the courtroom drama to explore the intense public response that echoed our own campaign's call for transparency and integrity throughout the tumultuous JEA sale process.This episode is a testament to the power of community mobilization, highlight...
Today we bring you to the heart of Jacksonville's political scene.We're unraveling the complexities behind the controversial awarding of a contract to Mike Langton Consulting and the ethical queries around the city council's conduct.We show the nuances of taxpayer dollar usage and touch the sore spots of alleged favoritism and the haunting specter of past minor offenses in the professional sphere.Furthermore, we pay tribute to the remarkable Betty Holzendorf,, whose lasting influence on local...
As the debate over downtown Jacksonville's development heats up, our guest Dr. Wayne Wood, acclaimed historian, and preservation advocate, dives deep into the preservation of the Laura Street Trio and the crucial elements that contribute to the city's quality of life.Join us as we explore the balance between economic development and creating vibrant, people-friendly urban spaces.Dr. Wood ignites the conversation with his vision for pedestrian malls, picturesque tree-lined streets, and w...
Dive into the heart of Jacksonville's development woes in this gripping episode of Mikes on Mic.The Mikes tackle the tough questions around the Museum of Science and History's financial hurdles, the fate of Bay Street's MOSH project, and the broader challenges facing downtown Jacksonville's growth.Amidst the rising sea of construction costs and pandemics delays, find out how Jacksonville stands in contrast to the development success stories of Tampa and Orlando.We’re missing Mike Highto...
Welcome back the show!Today we dive deep into the city's most anticipated 2024 headlines with the expertise of our venerable guest, David Bauerlein, a seasoned reporter with his finger on the pulse of Jacksonville's growth and challenges.In the spotlight is the hot-button issue of the upcoming negotiations between Jacksonville's administration and the Jaguars, with a focus on not just the potential stadium renovations but the broader implications for local development and community benefits.&...
We are thrilled to present a profound exploration into a topic that resonates deeply within the fabric of our communities.Today are joined by the eminent Nate Monroe, a beacon of journalistic integrity from the Times Union.Nate delves into the intricate and often obscured relationship between the dwindling local news environment and the pillars of community engagement and oversight.Our discourse navigates through the murky waters of the JEA scandal, a contentious affair that has stirred the p...
In today’s podcast,, David Miller, co-founder of Brightway Insurance, joins hosts Mike Hightower, Mike Tolbert, and Mike Miller for a captivating discussion on the future of Jacksonville. From leadership succession to community involvement, the conversation is packed with insights and inspiration for individuals and organizations looking to make a positive impact.David Miller's emphasis on passing the baton to new leaders and defining success for the city resonates strongly. His personal...
In today’s episode we dive into the the impactful philanthropic activities of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund. Explore the fund's mission to repair harm, create communities of belonging, and support the vibrant history of our town. Discover the riverfront activation plan for public spaces in Jacksonville and the vision for the city's future. Join us for an insightful discussion on the evolution of philanthropy and the power of place-based investments.00:00 Crowdfunding platform del...
Welcome to Mikes on Mic.In today's discussion, we are joined by special guest Dr. Alan Bliss, the CEO of the Jacksonville Historical Society, who shares his expertise on the interpretation and preservation of history in Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Bliss provides invaluable insights into the evolving nature of historical interpretations and the complex decision-making processes surrounding the preservation of historical sites and monuments.In this episode, we learn that historical interpre...
Today we dive into the hot-button issues of historic preservation in Jacksonville.Join the discussion on the removal of the Confederate monument, legislation around it, and the ongoing debate on the Laura Street Trio project. Plus, don't miss the insights on the potential move of the police memorial building.With legislative updates, including Representative Dean Black's controversial bill and Mayor Donna Deegan's role in the removal of the statue, we talk about the complexities of local...
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