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‘State & National News’ Archives

Text of Obama speech: “The Country We Believe In”

Good afternoon. It’s great to be back at GW. I want you to know that one of the reasons I kept the government open was so I could be here today with all of you. I wanted to make sure you had one more excuse to skip class. You’re welcome. Of course, what we’ve been debating here in [...]

NYT: Why no prep walks after financial crisis?

NYT: Why no prep walks after financial crisis?

The New York Times: Several years after the financial crisis, which was caused in large part by reckless lending and excessive risk taking by major financial institutions, no senior executives have been charged or imprisoned, and a collective government effort has not emerged. This stands in [...]

Citizens has $1.5 billion surplus

Recent financial statements show the state-owned Citizens Property Insurance, has enough money to withstand a replay of the 2004 and 2005 storms without triggering the need for a bailout, according to the Sarasota Herald Tribune. Citizens' financial situation contradicts comments by many state [...]

Scott reluctant to go after BP

Scott reluctant to go after BP

St. Pete Times: Gov. Rick Scott's reluctance to make a legal claim against BP irks a cast of Floridians, including Tampa attorney Steve Yerrid, who served as the state's special counsel on the matter. Read more.

State GOP raises $4.9 million in three months

The Republican Party of Florida raised in the first quarter of 2011 four times more than the Florida Democratic Party and over $1 million more than the state Republican party did at this point in the last presidential election cycle. Of the $4.9 million, what came from Pensacola? [...]

America’s 20 Most Miserable Cities

Thank God, Pensacola didn't make this list published by Forbes. Jacksonville, Fort Lauderdale, Miami and West Palm Beach shared in the dubious distinction. Read more.

Guy Says He Owns 50% Of Facebook

From Business Insider: Paul Ceglia is the man who sued Mark Zuckerberg last July, claiming that, way back in 2003, Zuckerberg had agreed to give him a 50% ownership in the project that became Facebook. He's back with a new law firm and a tons of evidence. Read more.

St. Pete Times: Scott-O-Meter

PolitiFact Florida has compiled promises that Rick Scott made during the 2010 campaign and is tracking their progress on its Scott-O-Meter. The St. Pete Times knows how to do this better than anyone. Read more.

Two stories from Sunday

Two stories from Sunday

These two stories of corruption in local government caught my eye. The first one is by the Miami Herald "Robaina at center of Hialeah’s ‘shadow banking’: Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina has played a central role in the city’s ‘shadow banking’ world, where loans get made at double-digit [...]

Gov. Scott’s Twitter war

Orlando Sentinel has an AP story on the Twitter battles between governor's office and capitol press corps. Read more.

Brownsville sale not on agenda, third consecutive month

The sale of Brownsville Middle School failed to make the April agenda for the Escambia County School Board. In January, George Hawthorne and Superintendent Malcolm Thomas announced the the school that had been closed since 2007 would be sold to Hawthorne's company for $1 million. In November 2010, [...]

Ingram fights for manure, not ARC

Ingram fights for manure, not ARC

While ARC Gateway Pensacola is laying off staff and eliminating in-home support, day care and supported living services. State Rep. Clay Ingram's fertilizer bill, HB 457, keeps chugging along. Rarely in the annals of Escambia County politics have we had a lawmaker so openly dedicated to manure, as [...]

Floridians disapprove of Scott, 4-1

"Today, Scott is a four-letter word to many Florida voters, but political popularity can change with time," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "The experience of Scott's predecessor, Charlie Crist, who had 70 percent approval ratings at this [...]

LeMieux to run for U.S. Senate

Former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux, who served for 16 months after he was appointed to finish the term of Mel Martinez, announced this morning that he will seek the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. Read more.

“Merit” pay could be based on flawed system

“Merit” pay could be based on flawed system

Florida Tribune: Florida's new performance pay law would put in place a evaluation system that has been questioned nationally. The teacher evaluation portion of the bill turns on a statistical method that has been called into question – by teachers and economists alike -- in more than one recent [...]

Wachovia laundered money for Mexican drug cartel

Something you won't find in the local daily today: The Observer reported in its Sunday edition that Wachovia Bank laundered billions of dollars for the Mexican drug lords. A 22-month investigation by agents from the US Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue Service and others [...]

GOP continues to mix God and Politics

New York Times: Revitalizing the Religious Right was the agenda for a special meeting held in Iowa last month. The program, sponsored by the Iowa Renewal Project, featured four possible Republican contenders for president. It was the latest of dozens of free, two-day conventions in at least 14 [...]

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