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Sunday August 30th 2015

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County land sale buzz

From a concerned citizen: Can you look into why the county is selling what they call surplus land at the Equestrian Center? The land in question is 18 acres of the Equestrian Center. The 18 acres sits next to a new subdivision that will add more houses right next to the center on its west [...]

Nothing gets done

The county salary database has now been used over 22,000 times. As much as the county leaders want to complain about how unfair it was for the IN to publish the salaries, the reality is that the county payroll wouldn't be an issue if the public felt the county was well run and if the local economy [...]

Rove resigns

Karl Rove, President Bush's chief political strategist, plans to leave the White House at the end of August.  Mumbles something about a rats leaving a sinking ship. No word about whether he will move to his beach house in south Walton County.

Escambia County population growth slows

Escambia County population growth slows

The New York Times did an this week on how the demographics are changing for counties around the country - Minorities Now Form Majority in One-Third of Most-Populous Counties. Escambia County has seen its population slow down to a crawl. From the 1990 U.S. Census to the 2000 U.S. Census, [...]

Gannett denies sale

Gannett denies sale

Yesterday the IN Daily News reported (Gannett Selling?)on buzz on the Wall Street Journal that Gannett (owner of the Pensacola News Journal, Bella, Pelican, Home & Garden, Gosport, et al) is preparing to be bought. It caused such a stir that Gannett CEO Craig Dubow responded -"A change in control [...]

Presidential polls

The Kitchens Group - Florida political consulting, marketing and polling firm - has released a Florida poll showing party frontrunners Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani are virtually tied at about 41-40, assuming they go head-to-head. About 16 percent of Florida voters remain undecided. It's [...]

Guiliani names local chairman

GOP presidential candidate Rudy Guiliani has named Kristi Emmons his campaign chairman for Escambia County. Greg Evers was named the Santa Rosa County chair earlier this summer. It appears all the local Republican heavyweights are waiting to see what Fred Thompson will do.

Lessons from County Salaries

What I saw when I reviewed the Escambia County salaries was: 1. We have a great deal of duplication between constitutional officers. Our first step towards to consolidation needs to be developing centralized human resources, purchasing and motor pools. 2. We need an economic strategy to raise [...]

Record Day for Inweekly.net

Our website - inweekly.net - had the most visitors in single day, 9322, on Thursday. This shatters our previous record by nearly 2000! We received reports throughout the day that newspaper racks were empty as the papers flew off the stands. The salary database pushed over page views to nearly [...]

Who makes what?

The Independent News felt that while we're debating our county budget and whether or not we should consolidate both between constitutional officers and with the City of Pensacola that we should look at what we are paying our county employees. And while some employees will be upset that their [...]

Hall has a myspace

Apparently freshman Pensacola city councilman Sam Hall was once a deejay. Check out www.myspace.com/pensacolalive365

Sign of the times

Nine Mile Road mainstay is closing after 50 years. Ray Cranford's Barbecue just hasn't recovered from Hurricane Ivan and has been losing money. Folks, the local economy is shaky right now. Of course, you wouldn't guess it from the budgets of our local governments. Yes, they made cuts, but I [...]

Surprise, surprise. Miller says we are winning war

Our Congressman Jeff Miller and five other members of a U.S. congressional delegation spent Monday meeting with the U.S. commander in Iraq, Army Gen. David Petraeus at the home of Ryan Crocker, Washington's ambassador to Baghdad. When Miller came out the meeting, he told the media that the U.S. [...]

GB tables accident surcharge

GB tables accident surcharge

The Gulf Breeze City Council had a change of heart at its regular council meeting last night and voted to table an ordinance designed to recoup the cost of investigating accidents. They want more time to review the issue. Before the Gulf Breeze starts charging for accidents, it needs to clean up [...]

More gambling coming to Florida

More gambling coming to Florida

So says the Miami Herald Floridians defeated casinos in bruising statewide votes in 1978, 1986 and 1994. But that was before poker rooms throughout the state and slot machines at Indian reservations and Broward County parimutuels made Florida what it rejected three times over: a gambling [...]

Edwards campaign strategy

...or "How to attack Hillary Clinton's lead and show you're a viable candidate." Democratic presidential contender John Edwards is criticizing former President Clinton, arguing that he allowed corporate insiders to shape the 1993 North American Free Trade Agreement that has cost U.S. jobs. Two [...]

Fewer voters in Florida

Fewer voters in Florida

The state voter rolls show that we have few people registered to vote in Florida than we did three years ago. Why? In 2005, the state legislature passed a bill requiring that in odd-numbered years, voter rolls be purged of people who have skipped two straight statewide elections. Hmmmm, who does [...]

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