Politics

Mid-term rumble

October 27, 2010

When someone offers you a front-row seat to a panel discussion moderated by ABC’s chief political correspondent George Stephanopoulos and including James Carville, political consultant; Harold Ford Jr., executive vice chairman of Bank of America Merrill…

Pensacola

Chamber forum observations

October 27, 2010

Last night was the final political forum for the Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. It was on the mayor’s race. WUWF-TV televised it, 1620AM broadcasted it. I was the moderator. Being the moderator, I focused…

Politics

Observations from Gonzalez trial

October 27, 2010

It was a masterful stroke for the prosecution team of John Molchan and Bill Eddins to have the Billings’ daughter, Ashley Markham, testify first. They even figured out a way to get her closer to the…

Politics

Opening arguments in Gonzalez trial

October 26, 2010

State Attorney Bill Eddins gave the opening statement today for the prosecution in the trial of Leonard Patrick Gonzalez, Jr. who is on trial for the July 9, 2009 murders of Byrd and Melanie Billings during…

News

Blog week will be busy

October 25, 2010

I will be in and out of the office today covering the Patrick Gonzalez trial. TruTV’s In Session has asked that I provide commentary on the trial, which we will a little more to my work…

Pensacola

Is Bare helping or hurting Wiggins

October 23, 2010

Mike Wiggins has the vocal support of Charles Bare and Diane Mack. The two were very different candidates for mayor before the August primary; they had very different platforms. Mack led the effort to rename two…

News

Maddox visits Pensacola

October 21, 2010

Democratic candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture Scott Maddox stopped by the IN offices Tuesday afternoon. Maddox said that even though his opponent, Adam Putnam, has “vastly” outspent him, the race is a statistical tie. He sees…

News

Buzz: Early voting brisk

October 20, 2010

In a quick conversation this morning, Escambia County Superintendent of Elections David Stafford said that the first two days of early voting have seen about twice as many people vote as did in the August primary.…

Politics

Will Mack continue crusade?

October 19, 2010

Councilwoman Diane Mack was able to push through the renaming of two blocks of north Alcaniz Street and making them part of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. As an outgoing city council member, she is…

Pensacola Politics

Wiggins expands platform with pledge

October 19, 2010

Mayor Mike Wiggins has released a pledge to the citizens of Pensacola: “I will not raise property taxes.” Is Wiggins talking about the millage rate or the actual property tax bill? During his first ten years…

News

Buzz: Sink coming to Pensacola

October 18, 2010

I’m hearing that Florida CFO Alex Sink will be in Pensacola later this week. She is the Democratic candidate for governor. I will post more details as they come in.…

Caring

Cat Outzen marries Mike Ellis

October 18, 2010

I’ve been away from the blog the past few days because of my daughter Cat’s wedding. Here is a picture of the new Mr. & Mrs. Mike Ellis: And one more:…

News

Souls to the Polls

October 18, 2010

“Souls to the Polls” early voting event Sunday, Oct. 24 Come be a part of the 2010 “Pastors Pushing People to the Polls—Souls to the Polls” early voting event at 12:45 p.m. Sunday, October 24, 2010…

Politics

Bobby Kennedy Jr. endorses Crist

October 14, 2010

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. flew down to Florida yesterday to endorse Gov. Charlie Crist for the U.S. Senate race. He praised fellow Democrat Kendrick Meek but said he was “unelectable.” A Kennedy supporter told me last…