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State Capital Briefs: Monday. Nov. 17

State Capital Briefs: Monday. Nov. 17

SCOTT NAMES SELLERS, SCHUTZ TO TOP JOBS Heading into his second term, Gov. Rick Scott on Monday named Melissa Sellers as his chief of staff and Jackie Schutz as his communications director. Sellers, who will replace Chief of Staff Adam Hollingsworth, most recently managed Scott's re-election [...]

New direction sought for Medical Marijuana in Florida

New direction sought for Medical Marijuana in Florida

Having come with three percentage points of passing Amendment 2, supporters of medical marijuana are calling for a new approach next time the initiative comes before Florida voters. Several have called for Orlando attorney John Morgan to step away and allow new voices to come forward. Morgan, [...]

Weekend Buzz: Confederate Flags, Picking New Pike, Blankets needed

Weekend Buzz: Confederate Flags, Picking New Pike, Blankets needed

Confederate Flag on BCC agenda County Attorney Allison Rogers is bring forth to the Escambia County Commission a discussion of whether it wishes to address a vote of the Board of County Commissioners on February 10, 2000, related to the Confederate Flag. In 2000, the late Leroy Boyd, president [...]

State lawmakers seek input on local bills

State lawmakers seek input on local bills

State Representative Clay Ingram, chairman of the Escambia County State Legislative Delegation, announced today that a public hearing will be held on Monday, December 15, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio, located at 1000 College Blvd. in Pensacola. Delegation [...]

Florida Supreme Court rules Redistricting documents must be released

Florida Supreme Court rules Redistricting documents must be released

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously rejected a Republican political consultant's efforts to keep his redistricting records private, promising to give the public its first glimpse of documents that helped lead to the state's [...]

Escambia County launches Ethics Hotline, Toll Free: (844) 640-0008

Escambia County launches Ethics Hotline, Toll Free: (844) 640-0008

Escambia County is the first local government to launched a Fraud, Waste and Abuse hotline. Citizens and county employees can now anonymously report activity that may be considered unethical or of concern. Inweekly reported last month that the city of Tallahassee has a similar hotline. The [...]

Video: Pam Bondi defends herself

The News Service of Florida posted this video of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi adamantly defending herself when questioned about news reports implying she has cozy relationships with out-of-state lobbyists and corporate lawyer. "No lobbyist, no person, no corporation, no individual, will [...]

State sued over Deer-Dog hunts in Panhandle

State sued over Deer-Dog hunts in Panhandle

By JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA A retired U.S. Air Force pilot and National Rifle Association member wants the state to stop hunters from using dogs to track down deer around his Panhandle property. Claiming they have been threatened by hunters and that dogs chasing deer can scare [...]

Viewpoint: Florida Democrats Should Change the Rules, Again

Viewpoint: Florida Democrats Should Change the Rules, Again

By Kevin Cate Richard Nixon helped end, but can still save the Florida Democratic Party. It’s no secret that Florida Democrats have yet to figure out how to increase voter turnout during midterm elections. That’s why, despite Democratic voter registration advantages, Republicans have [...]

Local hospitals could lose millions without Medicaid expansion

Local hospitals could lose millions without Medicaid expansion

Florida’s non-profit and charity medical facilities that serve low income uninsured face a loss of almost $2 billion in annual revenue when the state’s Low-Income Pool Program (LIP) is scheduled to end June 30, 2015. The impact on hospitals in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties will be over [...]

VA Secretary announces major reorganization #itsabouttime

VA Secretary announces major reorganization  #itsabouttime

On November 10, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald sent a message to all VA employees that he plans to reorganize the VA. The message followed his In an interview with CBS' “60 Minutes” on Sunday in which McDonald said as many as 1,000 VA employees workers may be [...]

Police arrest report on man found dead in jail gives more details

Police arrest report on man found dead in jail gives more details

James Beacher Brumley, age 48, was found dead on the night of Sunday, Nov. 2 in the Escambia County Jail. It appeared to be a suicide, but the county is awaiting the Medical Examiner's determination. Brumley was arrested five days earlier by the Pensacola Police. Inweekly obtained a copy of his [...]

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