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Both Sides Confident As Redistricting Trial Ends

Both Sides Confident As Redistricting Trial Ends

By Brandon Larrabee, The News Service Of Florida A historic challenge to the congressional districts drawn by state lawmakers two years ago is now in the hands of a Leon County circuit judge after a trial in the case wrapped up Wednesday. Pressed by a deadline to end the case by [...]

Former Blue Angels commanding officer reprimanded

Former Blue Angels commanding officer reprimanded

U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs has issued an press release on the outcome of the Navy's investigation of a former commanding officer of the Blue Angels. At an Admiral's Mast proceeding on June 2, Capt. Gregory McWherter was found guilty of violating Uniform Code Military Justice articles 92 [...]

Gaetz touts FY 2014-15 state budget

Gaetz touts FY 2014-15 state budget

Today, Governor Rick Scott signed the state’s FY 2014-2015 budget which makes substantial investments in Bay, Escambia, Holmes, Jackson, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton, and Washington Counties in Northwest Florida. Niceville Republican Don Gaetz, who was serving as president of the Senate [...]

Summer BreakSpot offers free food to children in Pensacola and across Florida

Summer BreakSpot offers free food to children in Pensacola and across Florida

Last summer, we wrote about the thousands of children in Escambia County who left without daily meals once their schools shut down for the summer ("Hunger Games"). With the help of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Florida Secretary of Adam Putnam has developed a summer program to help fill in [...]

Redistricting trial takes mysterious turn

Redistricting trial takes mysterious turn

By Dara Kam, The News Service of Florida Just before a judge cleared the courtroom so a GOP operative could testify in secret, lawyers for groups challenging the Legislature's 2012 congressional map revealed Thursday that a man associated with the plan denied he had anything to do with [...]

BP law firm agrees to keep income from case away from son of Supreme Court Justice Scalia

BP law firm agrees to keep income from case away from son of Supreme Court Justice Scalia

An attorney friend passed on this 2013 article on possible conflicts when U.S. Supreme Court Justices hear cases involving law firms that have their family members on the payroll. The Court did establish a policy in 1993 to handle this matter. Under that policy, justices would not ordinarily [...]

Scalia may have conflict on hearing BP appeal

Scalia may have conflict on hearing BP appeal

Last Thursday, attorney Mike Papantonio said on Ed Schultz's television program that Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito must recuse themselves from hearing BP's appeal on whether it should pay further damages to businesses based on the criteria the company agreed upon in 2011. [...]

Inspector General confirms delays in medical care at VA facility

Inspector General confirms delays in medical care at VA facility

The Office of Inspector General has issued an interim report of the ongoing review at the Phoenix Health Care System (HCS). While the review is still underway, OIG has substantiated that significant delays in access to care negatively impacted the quality care at this medical facility. The [...]

Florida Chamber hands out grades for local lawmakers

The Florida Chamber of Commerce today released the actual grades earned by all members of the House and Senate on the Florida Chamber’s 2014 Legislative Report Card. For the Panhandle region, six legislators earned “A” grades: Senate President Don Gaetz Rep. Doug Broxson Rep. Marti [...]

House Aide: Giving maps to consultant was ‘a mistake’

House Aide: Giving maps to consultant was ‘a mistake’

By Brandon Larrabee, The News Service of Florida An aide to former House Speaker Dean Cannon admitted Tuesday that he made a mistake by secretly feeding redistricting plans to a Republican political consultant in 2012, but denied that the arrangement tainted the redrawing of the state's [...]

Trial puts redistricting under microscope

Trial puts redistricting under microscope

By Brandon Larrabee, The News Service of Florida A high-stakes trial that could decide the future of the state's congressional districts began Monday in Tallahassee, as a Republican political consultant testified that he didn't influence the drawing of U.S. House lines in 2012. The testimony [...]

The Crist speech that the Council of 100 did not hear

The Crist speech that the Council of 100 did not hear

The Council of 100 rescinded an invitation for Charlie Crist to speak at its meeting in Orlando. The former GOP governor who is running for this old job as a Democrat was scheduled to speak at 11 a.m., three hours after Scott addressed the group. According to its website, the Florida Council of 100 [...]

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