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Ford, Murzin, Evers face budget challenges

Our three State Representatives face huge fiscal challenges in this year. Murzin is in his final term and at the height of his seniority. He wants to run for Peaden's seat in 2010, so does Evers. Ford told local supporters that he will be Speaker of the House by 2012. The state's revenue picture [...]

North Escambia: what’s happening

North Escambia.com has two articles worth reading this morning: Retirement of Escambia School Board Pete Gindl after 50 years in the school system as a teacher, principal and school board member - and we're not counting all his family members that have worked in the system, too. Read [...]

New name for PJC

Pensacola Junior College has a dilemma. What should be its name? There are no more junior colleges in Florida, now that they can offer 4-year degrees. PJC dodged the name "Community" College. Now the shift is to be called a State College. OWCC - Okaloosa Walton Community College - is now [...]

Pensacola Mayoral Race

Mike Wiggins Total: $25,0170.90 Votes: 16,065 Ad Agency: $8,581.63 Mail service: $5,889.54 Postcards: $3,999.14 Website: $2,000.00 Postage: $1,608.43 Fundraiser: $1,459.50 PNJ ad: $730.00 Photography: $375.00 Filing fees: $283.38 Data management: $130.10 Envelopes: $89.17 [...]

District 6 expenses

Jewel beat Jeff Humbles. Looks like Jewel donated fish for the We Vote Fish Fry which gets the Fish Fry total cost up to $2,444.54. Humble spent $623.95 on his gas, meal and repaying himself for loans to the campaign. Jewel Cannada-Wynn Total: $5,766.93, Votes: 2,253 Qualifying: [...]

District 3 campaign expenses

Let's contrast District 7 with District 3. Maren DeWeese beat incumbent Mike DeSorbo, 2,541 to 2,220. DeSorbo spent in more in mailouts than DeWeese did in total. Heck, his advertising budget was almost as much as DeWeese's total. Lesson: Money doesn't win single member district races in the [...]

District 7 campaign expenses

Incumbent Ronald Townsend will be facing off against Hallmark Elementary teacher Jacci Shumaker on Nov. 25 for Pensacola City Council, District 7. Townsend spent over a quarter of his campaign funds on reimbursing family and friends for working on his campaign. Shumaker was very frugal spending [...]

Donovan Mythology: Part Four

During the Community Maritime Park referendum debate, Councilman Marty Donovan said he opposed the project because it wasn't put out for open bid. Yesterday Donovan voted for a hotel development on Pensacola Airport property. Sandspur Development was given an exclusive right to negotiate the [...]

We Vote PAC 10/30 report

Supervisor of Elections office didn't have We Vote's latest campaign report online. We called and they loaded it up this morning. Looks like all the candidates contributed for a fish fry/campaign rally. Sam Hall contributed an additional $500 through his company, Southern Eclectic LLC. Candidate [...]

State pension fund plummets

St. Pete Times reports that in the last 13 months, the state pension plan lost more than a quarter of its value, or $37.9-billion. It peaked at $138.4-billion on Sept. 30, 2007, and was worth $100.5-billion on Oct. 31. The local government pool, which was once the largest in the country, shrank [...]

Outback next to fall?

Outback Steakhouse's parent company (Tampa-based OSI) posted a $46 million loss during its summer quarter. Consumers are moving away from casual dining chains to fast-food chains....and even cooking their meals or at least using their microwaves. Outback lost $46.6 million during the quarter [...]

Another mill shuts down

This one is in Panama City. According to the Herald Tribune, the Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation will suspend operations on Nov. 22. In March, the Panama City mill was named the 2007 containerboard mill division plant of the year. It was the second time in five years the Panama City mill [...]

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