‘State & National News’ Archives
Casinos are in Florida's future. Who will get the destination casino for Northwest Florida - Pensacola Beach, Perdido Key, Navarre Beach, Destin or Panama City Beach? A battle is about to be waged. Can the two Clays, Ford & Ingram, keep Escambia County in the running? Or will the Gaetz father [...]
Yes, we know Herman Cain won the Florida straw poll, but did we learn from the Presidency 5 conference in Orlando. The St. Pete Times has a list. It's topped by, "The idea of Rick Perry is a lot stronger than the reality of Rick Perry. " Both Perry and Michelle Bachmann are in trouble. Read [...]
The Washington Post has an article on Barry C. Black, the Senate's chaplin. Best quote: “I don’t take it as any kind of litmus test on the efficacy of my intercession.” Read more.
St. Pete Times/AP fact-checks the GOP presidential debate held last night in Orlando, from Obama's approval rating to who said what when. Read more.
The latest poll by Quinnipiac University shows the real problem facing the GOP leadership. The candidate who wins the nomination may not be the best one to best President Barack Obama in the 2012 General Election. Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a small lead over the Republican presidential pack in [...]
Gov. Rick Scott has been working on his legislative package for 2012. The Sun-Sentinel obtained a document from the Governor's Office that hows he is looking at bills to abolish personal injury protection insurance, reform immigration laws, statewide energy plan focusing on renewable energy and [...]
There are more and more indications that Florida will be getting casinos, especially now that the current Florida Senate president (Haridopolos, not Gaetz) has shuffled committee assignments. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that Sen. Mike Haridopolos (R-Merritt Island) said he changed the [...]
On Monday, State Sen. Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) was approved by his colleagues to be the Florida Senate President for 2012-2014. The website Florida Current covered the vote and the accompanying speeches. For Northwest Florida, the election of Gaetz is extremely beneficial and will help our area [...]
Marine corporal Dakota Meyer received last week the the Medal of Honor on Thursday, the highest award given to members of the armed services. When White House staff contacted him to arrange the ceremony, Meyer asked if he could have a beer with Obama, and the president invited him to the White [...]
Who would have ever thought that State Sen. Greg Evers (R-Baker) would have legislation sponsored by him earn an editorial in the New York Times? Well, it did Friday, and the NYT wasn't praising his "Gun Privacy Act": How low can the Florida Legislature go in pandering to the gun lobby? Citizens [...]
State Sen. Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) will be officially designated Monday as Senate president for the 2013-14 legislative sessions. According to a recent press announcement, his Monday will begin with the private prayer breakfast in Tallahassee, followed by the designation ceremony. A dinner [...]
The John Powell for Sheriff Campaign has posted a timeline for his resignation as director of Florida Alcohol, Beverage & Tobacco and a letter to his supporters. My sources were accurate, of course. There are a few pages in the timeline I want to point out. There is a "Point Paper," that appears [...]