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Apparently Scott does not agree w/Grover and Wilson on the confederate heritage

Apparently Scott does not agree w/Grover and Wilson on the confederate heritage

BACKROOM BRIEFING: APPOMATTOX FOR CONFEDERATE VETERANS? By BRANDON LARRABEE, JIM TURNER AND TOM URBAN THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Former Confederate soldiers might not be admitted to the state Veterans' Hall of Fame anytime soon --- but if there's anything that their supporters are familiar [...]

Council passes Move to Amend resolution

Council passes Move to Amend resolution

Mike Potters let me know last night that the Pensacola City Council passed last night the resolution endorsing the constitutional amendment supported by Move to Amend. Potters said the resolution asked "Congress to put forth and support an amendment to the US constitution that Money is Not Free [...]

Unexpected career moves

Unexpected career moves

NorthEscambia.com reports The Daily Brew host Willie Spears is the new head football coach of the District 2 Class 1A Vernon Yellow Jackets. Popular radio host Marty White announced his retirement yesterday after over 40 years in the business. His morning show on WXBM dominated the market for [...]

PS Today:  Judy Bense, Albert Balido and Grover Robinson

PS Today: Judy Bense, Albert Balido and Grover Robinson

Yesterday, the UWF Board of Trustees extend Dr. Judy Bense's contract as president of the university. She will be on the show at 5:05 pm to talk about her future with the UWF. At 5:20 p.m., Alberto Balido with Anfield Consulting will talk about the bills on the House and Senate regarding the way [...]

FDOT may take multi-year funding approach on $3.5 million for VT-MAE project

FDOT may take multi-year funding approach on $3.5 million for VT-MAE project

Interim Airport Director Dan Flynn wrote, "The City of Pensacola has been in contact with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) with respect to funding assistance for the $3.5 million that the Federal Aviation Administration will not provide." He said that FDOT has indicated a [...]

Charlotte’s Web rules hit with more legal challenges

Charlotte’s Web rules hit with more legal challenges

MARIJUANA RULE HIT WITH TWO MORE CHALLENGES A Central Florida nursery and a trade association this week filed legal challenges to a state Department of Health proposal to carry out a new law allowing limited types of medical marijuana. The challenges, filed at the state Division of Administrative [...]

PS podcast: Matt Gaetz on tax cuts and Charlotte’s Web

On Pensacola Speaks, Rep. Matt Gaetz, chairman of the House Finance & Tax Committee, talks about the huge tax cuts his committee passed. He also gives us his viewpoints on the hold-ups in implementing the Cbarlotte's Web law. Pensacola Speaks airs on News Talk 1370 WCOA Monday-Friday [...]

FDOT could help fund VT-MAE taxiway and runway

FDOT could help fund VT-MAE taxiway and runway

I made a few calls to Tallahassee. Apparently the city has approached Florida Department of Transportation for help with the $3.5 million needed for the apron and taxiway for the VT-MAE hangar. My sources say FDOT will provide the money, but they aren't sure what will the match required from the [...]

FAA denies $3.5 million for VT-MAE project, but city says it has a plan

FAA denies $3.5 million for VT-MAE project, but city says it has a plan

The Federal Aviation Authority has denied the city of Pensacola’s request for a $3.5 million AIP grant needed to extend the taxiway at the Pensacola International Airport to accommodate VT Mobile Aerospace Engineering’s aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) facility. The city [...]

PS Podcast:  Sgt. Andy Hobbs on disaster training

PS Podcast: Sgt. Andy Hobbs on disaster training

Sgt. Andy Hobbs, who heads Homeland Security for the Escambia County Sheriff's Office, discusses how local agencies dealt with last year's ice storm, floods and jail explosion. Pensacola Speaks airs on News Talk 1370 WCOA Monday-Friday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. You can call in and join the [...]

Lawmakers eye major changes in mental health services

Lawmakers eye major changes in mental health services

By MARGIE MENZEL THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA As Florida lawmakers study the impact of mental illness on the state's troubled criminal-justice and child-protection systems, the House and Senate are proposing major overhauls of services and funding for treatment programs. The Senate [...]

Florida has the fastest growing metro area in the nation: The Villages ….Panama City 19th

Florida has the fastest growing metro area in the nation: The Villages ….Panama City 19th

Florida was home to the nation's fastest growing metro area from 2013 to 2014, according to new U.S. Census Bureau metropolitan statistical area, micropolitan statistical area and county population estimates released today. The Villages, located to the west of the Orlando metro area, grew by 5.4 [...]

Grover fights for funds in Tallahassee

Grover fights for funds in Tallahassee

County commissioners from various parts of the state urged lawmakers Wednesday to approve a proposal that could end a long-running battle about how to split juvenile-detention costs. Commissioners told the House Appropriations Committee they are looking for a "50-50 split" on the disputed costs. [...]

Bondi early favorite for U.S. Senate in 2016

Bondi early favorite for U.S. Senate in 2016

GOP insiders keep telling me that Marco Rubio will run for president and forego an second term in the U.S. Senate. If he does, then how does it impact Florida politics? On Pensacola Speaks, Peter Schorsch of SaintPetersblog.com said, "I think Marco ends up losing nobly in the Presidential race [...]

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