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SC Senate votes to remove Confederate flag

SC Senate votes to remove Confederate flag

By a 37-3 vote, the South Carolina Senate voted today to move the the Confederate battle flag from the State House grounds to the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum. The vote was the second of three readings of the bill. The final vote to send the bill to the House--which requires a [...]

Escambia County Sergeant pre-files for Santa Rosa County Sheriff

Escambia County Sergeant pre-files for Santa Rosa County Sheriff

Press Release: Escambia County Sergeant Ted Roy of Gulf Breeze, Fla. announces his candidacy for Santa Rosa County Sheriff in the 2016 election. Roy, a Republican, joined the sheriff's office as a deputy in 1995, after an honorable discharge from the United States Air Force. Roy currently serves as [...]

Gaetz surprised by line-item veto of local economic development project

Gaetz surprised by line-item veto of local economic development project

Last week, State Senator Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) talked on "Pensacola Speaks" about Gov. Rick Scott's line-item of several projects in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Gaetz wasn't too surprised by the cuts, except for the veto of $1 million for Project FOIL, an economic development project of [...]

Council has 56 applicants for executive position

Council has 56 applicants for executive position

The application period for the new Pensacola City Council executive closed on June 15. At a council workshop held June 24 at Airport Conference Room, consultant Al Coby told the council that 56 people submitted applications. “From the applications I have gone over, there are 35 that do [...]

While I was in DC…

While I was in DC…

WEEKLY ROUNDUP - NOT SO LAZY DAYS OF SUMMER By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA After the merciful end of the special session and the months-long process of legislating, it looked like this week would be the beginning of the normal quiet days of summer in Tallahassee. Sporadic [...]

Escambia County to remove Confederate flag, too

The county attorney sent this email to the Escambia County Commissioners: Commissioners~ Please be aware that this afternoon, the Mayor of the City of Pensacola removed the First National Flag of the Confederate States from its flag displays. Based on the BCC’s action of March 5, 2015 (see [...]

Pensacola mayor removes Confederate flag

Pensacola mayor removes Confederate flag

The mayor's office issued this statement from Mayor Ashton Hayward today: Today, I directed City staff to remove the Confederate Flag from display at all City of Pensacola facilities and to fly in its place the flag of the State of Florida. While the Confederate Flag undeniably represents [...]

Pensacola Speaks: Don Gaetz and Judy Bense today

Pensacola Speaks: Don Gaetz and Judy Bense today

State Senator Don Gaetz will be on at 5:05 pm. We will discuss the 2016 budget, the line-item vetoes and his candidacy for Congress. At 5:35 pm. UWF President Dr. Judy Bense will talk about the school's improved ranking under the state's performance funding system. Pensacola Speaks airs on [...]

Former lawmaker, ‘country doctor’ Peaden dies

Former lawmaker, ‘country doctor’ Peaden dies

By JIM SAUNDERS THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Former Sen. Durell Peaden, a soft-spoken Panhandle doctor who helped shepherd state health policy and funding, has died after suffering a heart attack early this month. Senate Secretary Debbie Brown sent a memo to senators Wednesday morning [...]

Politico: Inside the Republican reversal on the Confederate flag

Politico: Inside the Republican reversal on the Confederate flag

Politico.org published an article on the behind the scenes of South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's decision to call for the removal of the Confederate flag from her state's capitol. “On the face, it might seem like a really difficult decision,” said one local Republican operative involved in [...]

Reynolds sworn in as Shakopee city manager

Reynolds sworn in as Shakopee city manager

Last week, former Pensacola City Administrator Bill Reynolds was sworn in as the city manager for the City of Shakopee, Minn. He started work on June 15 and his starting salary is $140,000.

Hayward proposes $211 million budget for FY 2016.

Hayward proposes $211 million budget for FY 2016.

The City of Pensacola’s fiscal year 2016 budget, totaling $211,183,000, has been uploaded to the city's website. As we reported earlier, Escambia County Property Appraiser Chris Jones has projected a 2.7 percent increase in taxable property values within the city limits. The increase in [...]

Lingering issues raise possibility of another session

Lingering issues raise possibility of another session

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Officially, as of Tuesday, there will be 85 days left until the Legislature returns to the Capitol for committee meetings and 203 days left until the 2016 legislative session begins. But even as a special session to deal with the state budget [...]

Florida voters not too crazy for Scott or Florida Legislature

Florida voters not too crazy for Scott or Florida Legislature

We may have found the reason for Scott's campaign-like "Victory Tour." The News Service of Florida reports: About half of Florida voters disapprove of the way Gov. Rick Scott and state lawmakers are handling their jobs, while U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson get higher marks, [...]

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