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League of Women Voters challenges Scott on health care

League of Women Voters challenges Scott on health care

The President of the League of Women Voters of Florida called Gov. Rick Scott's announcement casting doubt on a Senate plan to help 800,000 of Florida's low-income workers get health-care coverage "a sucker punch for all Floridians." "With all the positive momentum from business and bi-partisan [...]

CBRE listing agreement kicked forward to May

CBRE  listing agreement kicked forward to May

At its agenda review meeting yesterday, the Pensacola City Council tried to understand what Councilwoman Jewel Cannada-Wynn called "entanglements" concerning CBRE's listing agreement and RFP for the Community Maritime Park. Because the list of questions were so many, the council voted to pull [...]

State must pay $810K in Sansom Case

State must pay $810K in Sansom Case

A Leon County circuit judge has ordered the state to pay more than $800,000 in legal fees and interest charges in the defense of former House Speaker Ray Sansom, who was cleared in a criminal case four years ago, according to a judgment entered in Leon County circuit court. Judge Angela Dempsey [...]

Poll shows heavy support for medical marijuana…again

Poll shows heavy support for medical marijuana…again

By JIM SAUNDERS THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Five months after narrowly rejecting a medical-marijuana ballot initiative, Florida voters overwhelmingly support allowing doctor-prescribed pot in the state, according to a poll released Monday. The Quinnipiac University poll found that 84 percent [...]

Ten Big Issues in Florida Legislature

Ten Big Issues in Florida Legislature

By JIM SAUNDERS THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA As Florida lawmakers prepared last month to start the 60-day legislative session, 10 big issues popped out as priorities. Typically, big issues get resolved in the final weeks, days and hours of legislative sessions. But as the session hit its halfway [...]

Top Five Blog Posts and Podcasts for last 30 days

Top Five Blog Posts and Podcasts for last 30 days

High-performing Charter School accused of grade tampering | Rick's Blog Has Malcolm Thomas been caught in a lie? | Rick's Blog City attorney nomination derailed | Rick's Blog Unexpected career moves | Rick's Blog Fountain and Barker knew about CBRE success fee arrangement months ago | [...]

Scarborough eyes U.S. Senate race in 2018

Scarborough eyes U.S. Senate race in 2018

Former Congressman, once Publisher emeritus for Independent Florida Sun, and current co-host of "Morning Joe" Joe Scarborough may consider a run for Bill Nelson's U.S. Senate in 2018. On the Hugh Hewitt Show, Scarborough said that he has ruled out a presidential run next year, but he left his [...]

Occupy Pensacola has not given up the fight

Occupy Pensacola has not given up the fight

Attorney Alistair McKenzie announced today that Occupy Pensacola has appealed the recent ruling by Judge Vinson in the case of Occupy Pensacola vs. The City of Pensacola. "The members of Occupy Pensacola, after careful consideration of the Order issued by Judge Vinson, determined it was [...]

Florida House committee passes bill allow adoption agencies to refuse same-sex couples

Florida House committee passes bill allow adoption agencies to refuse same-sex couples

By MARGIE MENZEL THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Despite warnings that Florida would follow Indiana into a controversy with statewide economic implications, the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved a bill that would allow private adoption agencies to refuse to place children with same-sex [...]

Fountain and Barker knew about CBRE success fee arrangement months ago

Fountain and Barker knew about CBRE success fee arrangement months ago

The national real estate with the exclusive listing agreement with the City of Pensacola for the Community Maritime Park says its infamous Request for Proposal, which changed its fee structure, was done in "close coordination with CMPA and City staff over summer 2014." Furthermore, the RFP was [...]

Evers’ prison reforms passed by Senate

Evers’ prison reforms passed by Senate

By DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA The Florida Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly supported a prison-reform package that includes a commission to oversee the state's embattled corrections agency, but the House is poised to consider a competing plan that lacks the oversight panel. Senate [...]

Context Florida: Health care pits RINOS vs. Tea Partiers in budget fight

Context Florida: Health care pits RINOS vs. Tea Partiers in budget fight

By Jack Stevenson The ideological fissure that cleaves the Republican Party nationwide will be on display in Tallahassee as the legislative leadership labors to bring the state budget in for a landing by May 1. The critical issue, which on its face is about as exciting as watching paint dry, is [...]

Bay County cracks down on Spring Break

Bay County cracks down on Spring Break

After seven people were shot and numerous arrests over the past week, the Bay County Commission passed an ordinance Tuesday to ban drinking in the unincorporated beach area until April 18. The commission also voted in favor of an emergency ordinance that would last through April 18 prohibiting [...]

Best April Fool’s Day issue ever

Best April Fool’s Day issue ever

My Favorite April Fool's issue was published in 2008. Every story was funny, and, at least, one of them became true. 5. Downtown Will Stink Forever 4. Disney Plans Catfish Park 3. Council Ousted 2. Pensacola, AL? 1. UWF Football by 2010

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