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Committee whittles list down to six for County Corrections Director job

Committee whittles list down to six for County Corrections Director job

The selection review committee met yesterday to determine the top candidates to replace Gordon Pike, Escambia County's head of corrections. Pike retires next week and has been under scrutiny since the county's Central Booking and Detention facility exploded on April 30. He was in DROP - Deferred [...]

Taylor pre-files for Escambia Superintendent of Schools

Long-time Escambia County educator Jim Taylor has pre-filed for Escambia County Superintendent of Schools. Taylor is running as a Republican and the election will be held in 2016. “I think now is the time we start placing children first in education; more must be done than what is currently [...]

Facebook, the new medium for political advertising

Facebook, the new medium for political advertising

Ben Smith of BuzzFeed sees Facebook as the new medium for political advertising. "Facebook is on the cusp - and I suspect 2016 will be the year this becomes clear - of replacing television advertising as the place where American elections are fought and won," Smith wrote. "The vast new network [...]

Coffee Party meets on Big Money Corruption in Government, Nov. 17

Coffee Party meets on Big Money Corruption in Government, Nov. 17

Pensacola Area Coffee Party, League of Women Voters of the Pensacola Bay Area and Northwest Florida Move To Amend are hosting a dinner and panel discussion on "Big Money" corruption on national, state and local politics. The event is 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, at Franco’s Italian Restaurant, 523 [...]

Jeb Bush, 2016 presidential candidate? It’s 50-50

Jeb Bush, 2016 presidential candidate?  It’s 50-50

In an interview Sunday on “Face the Nation,” former President George W. Bush put the chances of his brother, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, running in 2016 for president at “50-50.” Jeb Bush was very popular in Northwest Florida. His name has been batted around for a possible [...]

Florida Weekend Roundup: The Election is finally over

Florida Weekend Roundup: The Election is finally over

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA The national clock-cleaning that Republicans administered to Democrats in this week's midterm elections reached into Florida, helping carry Gov. Rick Scott to victory over former Gov. Charlie Crist, his Democratic challenger, and strengthening the [...]

Mississippi Corrections official arrested for bribery, involving no-bid contracts

Mississippi Corrections official arrested for bribery, involving no-bid contracts

Chris Epps, the head of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, has been indicted for allegedly passing out public contracts with his department in exchange for kickbacks—"taking more than $1 million in bribes and kickbacks over the last eight years in exchange for hundreds of millions of [...]

Florida Cannabis Coalition says the end of cannabis prohibition is imminent

Florida Cannabis Coalition says the end of cannabis prohibition is imminent

Florida Cannabis Coalition’s founder Tom Quigley sent out this response to the defeat of Amendment 2 - Medical Marijuana: I know a lot of you are hurting today. I know I am. Above all else, Amendment 2 was about the patients. I feel for them the most. For the parents and children I have met [...]

Backroom briefing: The best and worst of 2014 Election

Backroom briefing: The best and worst of 2014 Election

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 [...]

City Council considers Airport Stormwater Pond expansion

City Council considers Airport Stormwater Pond expansion

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 [...]

Director of Corrections Selection Review Committee Meeting Monday

Director of Corrections Selection Review Committee Meeting Monday

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."

City of Tallahassee passes ethics amendment

City of Tallahassee passes ethics amendment

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 [...]

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