Politics

State Farm goes for huge rate increase again

December 10, 2008

Sun Sentinel reports: State Farm Florida Insurance Co. now wants a 67 percent average statewide property insurance rate increase, months after Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty said he would reject the insurer’s proposed 47 percent rate…

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Gannett makes more cuts

December 10, 2008

The rumor is that the paper will cut the extra “n” and “t” from its name (credit Reuters blogs). The City Paper (an alt-weekly in Rochester, NY) has a column on the ever-shrinking daily—their daily paper…

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Summer Blue Angel show set for July 18

December 9, 2008

Here is the complete schedule for 2009: March 14 NAF El Centro, CA 21-22 Punta Gorda, FL 28-29 Tyndall AFB, FL April 4-5 Tuscaloosa, AL 18-19 NAS Corpus Christi, TX 25-26 Seymour Johnson AFB, NC May…

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Northwest Florida Cold Storage a front for who?

December 9, 2008

The amendment to the Pate Cold Storage—which is really a new contract with a new entity—is not dead. Enterprise Operations Committee chairman Jack Nobles can bring it forward to the regular council meeting on Thursday night…

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Who is pulling Evers chain

December 9, 2008

We hear the PBA—Police Benevolent Association— is pressuring State Rep. Greg Evers on the consolidation issue. IN reporter Sean Boone interviewed Evers this morning: News: More representation needed for Evers support by Sean Boone State Rep.…

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Okaloosa politicians try to derail consolidation

December 9, 2008

Last night our legislative delegation held an open forum at Pensacola Junior College. State Sen. Durell Peaden (R-Crestview) and State Rep. Greg Evers (R-Baker) made a rare appearance in Escambia County to tell citizens that they…

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More problems for Sansom

December 9, 2008

Palm Beach Post reports Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom used his state office to pursue the $110,000 vice president job at Northwest Florida State College. As we earlier reported, Sansom was the only person considered for…

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Notes: Council committee meetings

December 8, 2008

Just got out of the meetings. Let me give you the highlights and will fill you in more later. Ronald Townsend and Mike DeSorbo were absent. P.C. Wu said that DeSorbo had just gotten out of…

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1993 County Bonds

December 8, 2008

Last week, I wrote about the county bonds tied to sales tax revenues and how they have been continually refinanced – 1993 and 2002. Read County bonds that never got paid. In 1993, Escambia County issued…

IN punished for asking first

December 8, 2008

Here is Frank Miller’s response to my request for a refund on my original records request: Mr. Outzen, Your request for information was made prior to that of Mr. Cosson. My staff had completed the research…

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New council may be slow, too

December 8, 2008

PNJ columnist Mark O’Brien points out in his column today that Mayor-elect Mike Wiggins has called for a goal setting workshop. This sound great, right? Only problem is the workshop is 33 days after the new…