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PS podcast: Clay Ingram and battling dinosaurs

PS podcast: Clay Ingram and battling dinosaurs

Yesterday on Pensacola Speaks, I talked with State Rep. Clay Ingram about the growing friction between the Florida House and Senate. Everyone, Rep. Ingram included, believed that this session would be a calm one. "My assumption was that this would be a pretty tame session with water policy being [...]

LIP money, or lack of it, creating havoc on 2016 budget

LIP money, or lack of it, creating havoc on 2016 budget

The federal government has made it clear that its Low Income Pool program will end this June. LIP provides Florida $2 billion annually for health care for low income families and the uninsured. Sacred Heart Hospital and Santa Rosa Medical Center depend on the funds for the care they offer those [...]

Viewpoint: To Rick Scott, open government is a closed book

Viewpoint: To Rick Scott, open government is a closed book

By Lucy Morgan, Context FLorida Some governors are slow learners. Gov. Rick Scott is beyond slow. He doesn’t learn. He doesn’t appear to care about public access to records, meetings and information traditionally available to Floridians. Most governors have a bit of trouble getting used [...]

Miami and its homeless

Miami and its homeless

Miami Considers Law Aimed at Expelling Homeless By Phil Latzman, Florida News Connection In the shadows of - and in contrast to - the city's new multimillion-dollar condominiums, hundreds of Miami's homeless can be seen seeking shelter in tents. To address what he calls "safety concerns," City [...]

Florida Legislature packed with gun bills

Florida Legislature packed with gun bills

If there's one group that often gets its way at the Capitol, it's the National Rifle Association --- whether that's because of ideology or the fact that lawmakers think it's unwise to anger people who own guns. And an NRA-backed proposal that was notably defeated in 2014 might be on the brink of [...]

PS podcast: The week in Florida politics

Last week, I interviewed State Sen. Greg Evers, Florida Water Advocates and Ryan Wiggins on the issues being debated by our Florida Legislature.

State budget is taking shape. Spending plans coming before Ingram

State budget is taking shape. Spending plans coming before Ingram

House leaders Friday released an outline of how they would divvy up about $28.5 billion in general revenue next year as budget proposals start coming together. As another sign of movement on spending plans, the House Education Appropriations Subcommittee and the House Transportation & Economic [...]

PS Podcast: Charles Bare and wobbly city hall

PS Podcast: Charles Bare and wobbly city hall

On Pensacola Speaks on Friday afternoon, Councilman Charles Bare discussed the Pensacola City Council's decisions on staffing, panhandling, homelessness and the wobbly (my term, not his) condition of Pensacola City Hall operations. He also talked about the termination of Jim Messer's contract as [...]

Hayward wins vs. Occupy

This press release was issued by city @ 8 p.m.: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 13, 2015 Contact: Tamara Fountain, Chief Operations Officer Judge rules in favor of City in Occupy Pensacola lawsuit After more than three years of litigation in the Occupy Pensacola v. City of Pensacola case, a [...]

Lawmakers rake in cash before session opened

Lawmakers rake in cash before session opened

Florida lawmakers are allowed to raise campaign funds while in session, but several GOP legislators did very well in February before the 2015 session opened. Political committees linked to four powerful Senate Republicans collected nearly $1.7 million in contributions in February, according to [...]

Pensacola City Council backs off on staff and panhandling

Pensacola City Council backs off on staff and panhandling

In a four-hour meeting, the Pensacola City Council voted to hire former City Manager Al Coby not as its administrator, as recommended by Council President Andy Terhaar. Instead, it voted, 7-0, to hire him for six months to help them develop their staff. Councilman Larry Johnson was absent from the [...]

Child dies while state wrangles with Charlotte’s Web rules

Child dies while state wrangles with Charlotte’s Web rules

On March 4, a 10-year-old boy died. Isaac had been battling severe seizures for years. His parents, Ben and Emily Carew, were part of the grassroots effort that got Charlotte's web legalized in hopes it would help their son deal with intractable epilepsy. Unfortunately the Florida Department of [...]

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