Weekly political notes from The News Service of Florida By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA The 2014 campaign had no shortage of drama, gaffes, mistakes and other attention-grabbing moments. It ended Tuesday with confetti for some and losses for others, but here are some of the [...]
The Pensacola City Council meets next week. On the agenda is a recommendation to award Panhandle Grading & Paving a $2.8 million contract to renovate and expand the stormwater pond on the southwest quadrant of the Pensacola International Airport. The project is funded with the help of a $2.7 [...]
A Corrections Selections Review Committee meeting will be held Monday, November 10, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the fourth floor training room of 221 Palafox Place, downtown Pensacola. Read our update on the jail - "Buzz: Baby Steps on New Jail."
About two-thirds of Tallahassee voters approved yesterday, 38,968 to 19,431, a city charter amendment that creates a seven-member ethics board with the power to investigate complaints of unethical behavior by city employees and officials and levy civil penalties if wrongdoing is found to have [...]
The Republican Party controls the state legislative chambers in most states. According to National Review Online, the GOP wave has left Democrats at their weakest point in state legislatures since the 1920s.. (Bottom line: 65 Republican, 23 Democrat, one tie, and four undecided.) How did this [...]
By JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA The already-conservative Florida House will lean even more to the right the next two years. Republicans, as part of a national wave, regained hold of a supermajority Tuesday in the lower chamber. The party retained two Republican-held seats where [...]
Gen-X takes over Escambia County Commission With the election of Doug Underhill, the Escambia Board of County Commissioners will be one of the youngest in the state with four commissioners below the age of 50. Steven Berry, Lumon May, Grover Robinson and Doug Underhill all attended integrated [...]
City of Pensacola voters returned all three incumbents to office - Mayor Ashton Hayward, Councilpersons Sherri Myers and Brian Spencer. Four observations can be made from the results: Hayward has a mandate Mayor Ashton Hayward outspent his relatively unknown challenger, Donna Clark, 4 to 1 - [...]
I will join Don Parker tonight from 6-8:30 p.m. on WCOA 1370AM for their Election Night coverage. The results of the city races will be known before 8 p.m. County races maybe only slightly later. The governor's race may not be known until tomorrow.
The 4:30 p.m. unofficial Election Day turnout update: 40,109. Overall turnout (including AB and EV) 42.36%. 2 1/2 hours 'til polls close. It doesn't look like we will reach 2010 voting levels.
Continuing a trend, about 3 million voters cast ballots in Florida before Election Day, with 1.7 million people voting by absentee ballot and another 1.3 million using early voting. As of yesterday, Escambia County had 18,420 early voters and had received 25,065 absentee ballots---meaning the [...]
Incumbent Brian Spencer and Mark Taylor are facing off in the Pensacola City Council District 6 race. In 2010, 2,388 votes were cast (day of, early and absentee) with Spencer garnering 53.52 percent or 1,278 votes. As of 2:30 p.m., District 6 has had 832 votes cast today. I don't have the early [...]