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City workers union endorses Mike Lowery for County Commission, District 4

City workers union endorses Mike Lowery for County Commission, District 4

The Executive Board and officers of the local AFSCME (American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees) Local #3253 voted unanimously to endorse Mike Lowery in the Escambia County Commission District 4 race. “Mike’s excellent leadership and commitment to community were the [...]

City employee fired for interference in political races

City employee fired for interference in political races

The city manager of St. Augustine terminated the contact of the city's marketing strategist for its 450th Commemoration, Charlie Seraphin, for his "involvement in the city’s political process." City Manager Joe Regan told the St. Augustine Record, “The civil service side of the municipal [...]

City reaches tentative agreement with firefighters union

City reaches tentative agreement with firefighters union

City of Pensacola Chief Operations Officer Tamara Fountain informed the city council yesterday that city staff and leaders of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 707 have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract. "The tentative agreement will allow the city to address [...]

Backroom Briefing: GOP, Democrats go to war over women

Backroom Briefing: GOP, Democrats go to war over women

By BRANDON LARRABEE AND MARGIE MENZEL THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Republican candidates have long suffered from the "gender gap" between male and female voters, something Democrats have tried to exploit in recent years with discussion of a GOP "war on women." In fact, a Quinnipiac [...]

First Amendment Foundation asks candidates about their private email accounts and computers

First Amendment Foundation asks candidates about their private email accounts and computers

The First Amendment Foundation, the non-profit that promotes open government Florida, asked the two gubernatorial candidates. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist, to answer a few questions regarding Florida's sunshine laws. Unfortunately one candidate replied. "Florida has a long and rich tradition of [...]

Political cyber attacks, truth does not matter

Political cyber attacks, truth does not matter

Escambia County and Pensacola aren't the only places where campaigns create negative websites to bash their political opponents. The Ocala Star Banner reports today that Marion County School Board Chairman Bobby James' campaign has created a website called HinduJane.com to go after his [...]

Poll: Independents give Crist light lead

Poll: Independents give Crist light lead

By JIM SAUNDERS THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Pointing to support from independent voters, a poll released Thursday gives Democrat Charlie Crist a slight edge over Republican Gov. Rick Scott as they head into the frantic final days of this year's campaign. Crist has the support of 43 percent [...]

Bondi says lobbyists have no impact on her office

Bondi says lobbyists have no impact on her office

The Palm Beach Post interviewed Attorney General Pam Bondi yesterday at a small campaign rally about the NY Times investigation into the possible influence of corporate lobbyists on her office. Bondi replied, "No lobbyist will ever affect a decision I make regarding the citizens of the state of [...]

Firefighters Union endorses Sherri Myers

Firefighters Union endorses Sherri Myers

Incumbent Sherri Myers has received the endorsement of the Pensacola Firefighters Union for the Pensacola City Council, District 2 seat. Myers issued the following statement: I am honored and deeply touch to have the endorsement of the Pensacola Professional Firefighters Local 707 for my [...]

Before you vote for Attorney General, read this NYT article

Before you vote for Attorney General, read this NYT article

The New York Times published today a story on the growing influence of corporate lobbyists over attorneys general - Lobbyists, Bearing Gifts, Pursue Attorneys General. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and her relationship with the Dickstein Shapiro law firm was highlighted. NY Times uncovered [...]

Hayward delivers ‘Skin in the Game’ stump speech

Hayward delivers ‘Skin in the Game’ stump speech

“How does your city?” asked Mayor Ashton Hayward when he opened his talk yesterday at the Escambia Federated Republican Women’s Club luncheon. It was a rare public campaign appearance for the mayor who has ducked all debates during this election cycle. Hayward said that when he took office [...]

Commissioner investigated for creating hostile working environment

Commissioner investigated for creating hostile working environment

In some many ways, our community has become numb to ethical violations, poor behavior by elected officials and local government employees that would not be tolerated in other cities and counties. The Citrus County Commission voted last summer to investigate one of its members, Scott Adams, after [...]

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