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No version of the Confederate flag will fly over Escambia County buildings

No version of the Confederate flag will fly over Escambia County buildings

The Escambia County Board of County Commissioners last night voted unanimously to no longer fly the Confederate flag in its five-flag displays and to replace it with the state flag of Florida. The county's current resolution regulating flag protocol called for the county to fly whatever flags [...]

County sued over invocations

County sued over invocations

Alleging violations of the state and federal constitutions, the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the Brevard County Commission because atheists and other non-religious people have been prevented from offering "solemnizing messages" at the beginning of [...]

WSRE seeks questions for lawmakers

WSRE SEEKS CONSTITUENTS’ QUESTIONS FOR “LEGISLATIVE REVIEW” “Legislative Review: Dialogue with the Delegation” Airs Live on July 9 Press Release: WSRE, PBS for the Gulf Coast, is collecting questions from Northwest Florida residents for the broadcast of “Legislative Review: [...]

Battle over Confederate flag plays out today at BCC

Battle over Confederate flag plays out today at BCC

The battle over the Confederate flag continues today at Escambia Board of County Commissioners. On the agenda is an item for the county to remove all flags from county grounds except for the U.S. and Florida state flags. This is what the BCC passed last December, but the board voted in March to [...]

SC Senate votes to remove Confederate flag

SC Senate votes to remove Confederate flag

By a 37-3 vote, the South Carolina Senate voted today to move the the Confederate battle flag from the State House grounds to the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum. The vote was the second of three readings of the bill. The final vote to send the bill to the House--which requires a [...]

Escambia County Sergeant pre-files for Santa Rosa County Sheriff

Escambia County Sergeant pre-files for Santa Rosa County Sheriff

Press Release: Escambia County Sergeant Ted Roy of Gulf Breeze, Fla. announces his candidacy for Santa Rosa County Sheriff in the 2016 election. Roy, a Republican, joined the sheriff's office as a deputy in 1995, after an honorable discharge from the United States Air Force. Roy currently serves as [...]

Gaetz surprised by line-item veto of local economic development project

Gaetz surprised by line-item veto of local economic development project

Last week, State Senator Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) talked on "Pensacola Speaks" about Gov. Rick Scott's line-item of several projects in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Gaetz wasn't too surprised by the cuts, except for the veto of $1 million for Project FOIL, an economic development project of [...]

Council has 56 applicants for executive position

Council has 56 applicants for executive position

The application period for the new Pensacola City Council executive closed on June 15. At a council workshop held June 24 at Airport Conference Room, consultant Al Coby told the council that 56 people submitted applications. “From the applications I have gone over, there are 35 that do [...]

While I was in DC…

While I was in DC…

WEEKLY ROUNDUP - NOT SO LAZY DAYS OF SUMMER By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA After the merciful end of the special session and the months-long process of legislating, it looked like this week would be the beginning of the normal quiet days of summer in Tallahassee. Sporadic [...]

Escambia County to remove Confederate flag, too

The county attorney sent this email to the Escambia County Commissioners: Commissioners~ Please be aware that this afternoon, the Mayor of the City of Pensacola removed the First National Flag of the Confederate States from its flag displays. Based on the BCC’s action of March 5, 2015 (see [...]

Pensacola mayor removes Confederate flag

Pensacola mayor removes Confederate flag

The mayor's office issued this statement from Mayor Ashton Hayward today: Today, I directed City staff to remove the Confederate Flag from display at all City of Pensacola facilities and to fly in its place the flag of the State of Florida. While the Confederate Flag undeniably represents [...]

Pensacola Speaks: Don Gaetz and Judy Bense today

Pensacola Speaks: Don Gaetz and Judy Bense today

State Senator Don Gaetz will be on at 5:05 pm. We will discuss the 2016 budget, the line-item vetoes and his candidacy for Congress. At 5:35 pm. UWF President Dr. Judy Bense will talk about the school's improved ranking under the state's performance funding system. Pensacola Speaks airs on [...]

Former lawmaker, ‘country doctor’ Peaden dies

Former lawmaker, ‘country doctor’ Peaden dies

By JIM SAUNDERS THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Former Sen. Durell Peaden, a soft-spoken Panhandle doctor who helped shepherd state health policy and funding, has died after suffering a heart attack early this month. Senate Secretary Debbie Brown sent a memo to senators Wednesday morning [...]

Politico: Inside the Republican reversal on the Confederate flag

Politico: Inside the Republican reversal on the Confederate flag

Politico.org published an article on the behind the scenes of South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's decision to call for the removal of the Confederate flag from her state's capitol. “On the face, it might seem like a really difficult decision,” said one local Republican operative involved in [...]

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