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Over a third of the primary voters may have already cast their ballots

Over a third of the primary voters may have already cast their ballots

Just got off the phone with Supervisor of Elections David Stafford. He estimates that about 16,685 votes have been cast either by early voting or absentee ballots. The overall turnout is expected to be about 25 percent, 43,500-44,000 votes. This means about 38 percent of the votes have already been [...]

Six things to watch in August 14 primary

Six things to watch in August 14 primary

Escambia County voters head to the polls Tuesday. As with the any local election, there are countless plots and subplots. Here are a few that we will be watching: Sheriff race This has been one of the roughest campaigns this year with Sheriff David Morgan and challenger John Powell slugging it [...]

Crime, Chickens and the Press

In one of its most fluid meetings in months, the Pensacola City Council seemed to sail unencumbered through its Thursday night engagement. The board tended to its chicken and urban farming ordinance, sections of the city’s green building code and a Complete Streets resolution. The council also [...]

So much for Larry Johnson reaching out to victims

So much for Larry Johnson reaching out to victims

Last week I wrote about my interview with a young woman who was raped not too far from city hall. I voiced my frustration--the same frustrations expressed on Monday by the editorial board of the News Journal--with how certain council members, Johnson in particular, have become out of touch with [...]

Buzz: Judge voids Davison CMPA contract

We just got an email that Judge Casey Rodgers has declared the entire agreement between the former maritime developers, headed by Scott Davision, and the Community Maritime Park Associates (CMPA) to be void as against public policy. I'm sure more will be forthcoming.

Exploring Disparity and Bike Lanes

After a year of waiting, the Pensacola City Council heard details of its disparity study last night. According to the study, city government has improved its numbers, but Pensacola as a whole has a ways to go. “It’s very detailed, very thorough and left no stone unturned,” Councilman [...]

Agencies Combine Efforts

Agencies Combine Efforts

Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies plan to work together in an effort to curb violent crime in the Escambia County area. Representatives from the respective agencies announced their intentions this afternoon at a press conference. “Cooperation between the agencies is what will [...]

SPLC Eyes Escambia Schools

The Southern Poverty Law Center will be in town tomorrow. The organization has announced that it filed a complaint with the Department of Education against several Florida school districts, including Escambia County School District. The SPLC will hold a press conference tomorrow morning at 9 [...]

Wow, PNJ calls out Pensacola City Council

Wow, PNJ calls out Pensacola City Council

The editorial board of the Pensacola News Journal has finally gotten off the sidelines and weighed into the soul-killing political games and mean-spirited antics of the Pensacola City Council and blasted them in an editorial: "Wanted: City Council." The Pensacola City Council is in a bubble that [...]

City Receives Disparity Study

The Pensacola City Council will get a glimpse at a long-awaited disparity study today during its Committee of the Whole meeting. The group will also be discussing the hiring of a council executive. In June 2011, the city contracted with Tallahassee firm MGT to conduct a disparity study. The [...]

Pensacola City Council, At Large B

There are five Pensacola City Council seats up for grabs this election season. Two of those seats—including the At-Large B seat—will be on the ballot for the August primary. The At Large B seat currently belongs to Council President Sam Hall. He is being challenged by Charles Bare and Victor [...]

What was Pensacola Police Union offered

What was Pensacola Police Union offered

The Independent News obtained through a public record request the latest offer before the Fraternal Order of Police. The tentative agreement gave all the officers a one-time payment of $5,000 upon ratification, an additional $5,000 on Oct. 1, 2013 and an across-the-board pay increase of 3 [...]

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