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House moves forward with new Congressional map

House moves forward with new Congressional map

By JIM SAUNDERS THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA After rejecting a proposal by Sarasota County lawmakers, the Florida House appears poised Tuesday to approve a congressional redistricting plan that seeks to align with an order from the state Supreme Court. House members Monday raised questions [...]

Bare provides background material on ‘No Confidence’ vote regarding Olson

Bare provides background material on ‘No Confidence’ vote regarding Olson

Pensacola City Councilman Charles Bare provided to the media his add-on item for the Aug. 20 Council meeting. We're hearing that council members are lobbied to drop the matter of Olson threatening the president of a homeowners' association. They are being told it's best to not discuss the matter [...]

County seeks to clarify Fire MSBU Assessments

County seeks to clarify Fire MSBU Assessments

Press release: Several Escambia County residents have contacted the Board of County Commissioners with questions regarding the "Notice of NON-AD Valorem Assessments for Escambia County Fire Protection District Municipal Services Benefit Unit (MSBU) 2015-2016 Assessments" that was recently [...]

State security details cost $2.9 million

State security details cost $2.9 million

Protection for Gov. Rick Scott, First Lady Ann Scott, other officials and the governor's mansion cost the state about $2.9 million in the recently completed fiscal year, according to an annual report from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The "Report of Transportation and Protective [...]

Trump still leads GOP presidential field

Trump still leads GOP presidential field

The latest Fox News poll shows Donald Trump leading the GOP presidential field nationally with 25%, followed by Ben Carson at 12%, Ted Cruz at 10%, Jeb Bush at 9%, Mike Huckabee at 6%, Scott Walker at 6%, Carly Fiorina at 5%, John Kasich at 4%, Marco Rubio at 4%, Chris Christie at 3% and Rand Paul [...]

For betterment of the city: Mayor, investigate tower lease

For betterment of the city: Mayor, investigate tower lease

In a face-to-face interview with Shannon Nickinson of the Studer Community Institute, Mayor Ashton Hayward said he wants to put past mistakes behind him and move city government forward for the betterment of the community. One area that would have a significant impact is investigating the cell [...]

Mayor provides answers about his former COO

Mayor provides answers about his former COO

The News Journal asked eight questions of Mayor Ashton Hayward about his former Chief of Operations, Tamara Fountain,(Editorial: Mayor Hayward responds). He provided written answers that the newspaper published in its Opinion section. The mayor said he was introduced to Fountain by "a member of [...]

Emails, Phone Calls and Sunshine

Emails, Phone Calls and Sunshine

Last Monday, Mayor Ashton Hayward announced through a press release that his Chief Operations Officer had resigned. He said Eric Olson, his City Administrator, would assume her duties, which included supervision of the Pensacola Energy Services, Port of Pensacola and Pensacola International [...]

Nichols had clearance from her boss and legal department

Nichols had clearance from her boss and legal department

In a comment posted earlier this morning, Melanie Nichols, president of the North Hill Preservation Association, wrote that she had clearance from both her supervisor and the legal department to use her federal email account for community service. Last month, City Administrator Eric Olson called [...]

Jeb Bush coming to Pensacola Aug. 26

Jeb Bush coming to Pensacola Aug. 26

Former Florida Governor and 2016 GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush will host a Town Hall meeting at the Pensacola Bay Center on Wednesday, Aug. 26. The doors open at 11:30 a.m. and town hall begins at 12:30 p.m. To RSVP, visit PensacolaTownHallwithJeb.eventbrite.com. JEB2016.COM

Levin sends letter supporting Hayward, calling coverage of city hall ‘destructive’, deserving of ‘negative stupidity’ award

Levin sends letter supporting Hayward, calling coverage of city hall ‘destructive’, deserving of ‘negative stupidity’ award

Attorney Fred Levin sent late yesterday a letter to the News Journal and Inweekly in support of Mayor Ashton Hayward and requesting that we print it in its entirety. Levin is longtime friend and once was a business partner of Hayward. They were partners in WAMMA (World Alliance of Mixed Martial [...]

And the walls come tumbling down

And the walls come tumbling down

The PNJ is reporting that Pensacola City Councilman Charles Bare will call for a vote of no confidence in city administrator Eric Olson to be taken at next week's city council meeting. Bare said, "We don't have say in the administrator's hiring or firing, but I think we definitely need to take [...]

Sallis signs voting conflict form

Sallis signs voting conflict form

Planning Board member Scott Sallis has signed a Form 8B - Memorandum of Voting Conflict. It is for the vote that occurred on July 14. The conflict is the measure before the planning board "inured to the special gain of our client Paula and Laura Austin - Austin Residence." The form does not [...]

What is Hayward’s role in ‘outrageous and chilling’ behavior of his City Administrator

What is Hayward’s role in ‘outrageous and chilling’ behavior of his City Administrator

Barbara Petersen, president of the First Amendment Foundation, told Inweekly that City Administrator Eric Olson crossed the line when he called the boss of Melanie Nichols, president of the North Hill Preservation Association. Petersen is considered an expert in Florida Sunshine laws. She was [...]

Backroom briefing: Jury still out on Justices and Legislature

Backroom briefing: Jury still out on Justices and Legislature

Weekly political notes from The News Service of Florida By BRANDON LARRABEE AND JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA In the ongoing case of the Florida Legislature v. the Florida Supreme Court, the final verdict might have to wait. Since returning to Tallahassee on Monday to start [...]

Olson and the email trail that indicates Nichols was targeted

Olson and the email trail that indicates Nichols was targeted

City Administrator Eric Olson did not send a mandate to his department heads about how to reply to emails sent from government accounts until July 7, five days after he called the boss of North Hill Preservation Association president, Melanie Nichols. Here is the email: From: "Eric [...]

Bill proposed to overhaul Florida medical marijuana laws

Bill proposed to overhaul Florida medical marijuana laws

From The News Service of Florida: More than a year after lawmakers approved allowing limited types of medical marijuana to be sold in Florida, a House Republican filed a bill Thursday that would overhaul the law. The proposal (HB 63), filed by Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, will be considered [...]

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