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Special session falls apart

Special session falls apart

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA A special session called to redraw state congressional lines was derailed Friday, the latest sign of growing acrimony between Republican leaders of the House and Senate. The end of the session without agreement on the shape of Florida's 27 [...]

Florida Senate reconvenes, votes to extend session

Florida Senate reconvenes, votes to extend session

The Senate reconvened at 11:32 a.m., President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, presiding. Gardiner said the House declined to accept the Senate congressional redistricting offer. "It's 11:32 and ticking," Senate Reapportionment Chairman Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, said. Galvano said he put in a [...]

Council votes to vacate Bay Blvd

Council votes to vacate Bay Blvd

by Jeremy Morrison After hearing from a fairly evenly split gallery full of neighbors, the Pensacola City Council gave their unequivocal answer: half of the last real remaining open space along the bluffs in the East Pensacola Heights Neighborhood, the right of way along a short defunct stretch [...]

Breaking news: Special Session could be at impasse

Breaking news: Special Session could be at impasse

The Senate and House failed to agree Friday morning on a congressional redistricting plan, increasing the likelihood they will not finish a special legislative session by a noon deadline. Senate Reapportionment Chairman Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, and House Redistricting Chairman Jose Oliva, R-Miami [...]

Backroom briefing: Scott leads cheers for more cash

Backroom briefing: Scott leads cheers for more cash

By JIM TURNER AND JIM SAUNDERS THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Gov. Rick Scott says the state's business-recruiting arm is running short of cash for incentives, and he wants to increase pressure on lawmakers to inject more money into enticing companies to Florida. During what one attendee of an [...]

Bare gives his reasons for the No-Confidence vote

Bare gives his reasons for the No-Confidence vote

Pensacola City Councilman Charles Bare passed out at last night's meeting his reasons why he has no confidence in Eric Olson serving as the city administrator: Why No Confidence? Definitions: Integrity: Adherence to moral and ethical principles, soundness of moral character, [...]

Olson’s No-Confidence Conversation, part two

Olson’s No-Confidence Conversation, part two

by Jeremy Morrison It’d been a long night by the time Melanie Nichols was hugging supporters in the lobby of Pensacola City Hall. She’d already thanked them once, as she spoke before the city council and Mayor Ashton Hayward, for being the element that “sustained me during this [...]

Viewpoint: Council needs to say no to Hayward’s Nixon-type goon squad

Viewpoint: Council needs to say no to Hayward’s Nixon-type goon squad

By Rick Outzen, Inweekly publisher In her editorial today, PNJ editor Lisa Nellessen-Lara writes about how Hayward's staff and supporters have tried to discourage the daily newspaper from reporting on the missteps of city hall: "Letters to our shareholders claiming imagined biases or [...]

Hayward announces tentative agreement with general employees union

Hayward announces tentative agreement with general employees union

Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward announced today that he has reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract with the City's AFSCME collective bargaining unit, representing the City of Pensacola’s general employees. “Our front-line employees are one of our City’s strongest [...]

New version on Olson incident still off, continues to miss the point

New version on Olson incident still off, continues to miss the point

Mayor Ashton Hayward relaxed his policy and allowed his city administrator to speak with the Pensacola News Journal. On Monday, the mayor had said he would not let his staff defend their actions. Yesterday he let Eric Olson answer questions as to why he called the bosses of Melanie Nichols, [...]

Hayward: ‘Mr. Levin speaks for himself’

Hayward: ‘Mr. Levin speaks for himself’

We asked the city for a statement from Mayor Ashton Hayward about Fred Levin's comments today. "I'm not responsible for what other people write," said the mayor. "Mr. Levin speaks for himself."

Levin compares Mayor and Administrator to rape victims. Update: He withdraws analogy. Compares Nichols to criminal

Levin compares Mayor and Administrator to rape victims. Update: He withdraws analogy. Compares Nichols to criminal

We received this new statement from Mr. Levin at 4:32 p.m. He has dropped the rape analogy. He wrote, "Upon further reflection of my initial post script, I am submitting the below updated post script for your editorial. I should not have used the rapist analogy." From: Taxie Lambert Sent: [...]

House approves Congressional Redistricting Plan

House approves Congressional Redistricting Plan

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA A plan to redraw Florida's 27 congressional districts overwhelmingly passed the state House on Tuesday, inching closer to a potential faceoff with the Senate over districts in Central Florida and the Tampa Bay area. Nine Democrats joined with [...]

Jolly picks up endorsement

Jolly picks up endorsement

Congressman Richard Nugent Backs David Jolly for U.S. Senate Press Release: United States Representative David Jolly (R-FL-13) today announced that Congressman Richard Nugent (R-FL-11) has officially backed his candidacy for the U.S. Senate. “I’ve had the good fortune to get to know and [...]

What have we learned about Eric Olson incident? More questions than answers

What have we learned about Eric Olson incident? More questions than answers

None of the "350 emails" from Melanie Nichols' federal account were addressed to City Administrator Eric Olson. Why did this even get on Eric Olson's radar? There was no email to Olson from Nichols in the collection of emails talking about the height of the radio tower as attorney Fred Levin [...]

CRA to seek more public input on Hawkshaw parcel

CRA to seek more public input on Hawkshaw parcel

For the second time in two months, Councilman Charles Bare made the motion to turn down all the proposals for the Hawkshaw property on south Ninth Avenue. The CRA passed the motion on Monday, 5-3, with Council President Andy Terhaar, Council VP Larry B. Johnson and Councilwoman Jewel Cannada-Wynn [...]

What did Melanie Nichols say in her emails to city staff? No smoking gun, routine stuff

What did Melanie Nichols say in her emails to city staff? No smoking gun, routine stuff

Eric Olson had been City Administrator for three months before he was compelled to contact the bosses of Melanie Nichols, president of the North Hill Preservation Association, on July 2. What did she say in her emails from her federal government account that so upset Olson? I can't find [...]

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