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VFD Audit – Draft Copy

VFD Audit – Draft Copy

The Escambia County Clerk of Courts office has finished its audit of the volunteer fire departments and submitted a draft of its findings to County Administrator George Touart. The findings aren’t good. Volunteer firefighters were overpaid an estimated $52,045 from Oct. 2006 through Feb 2007 - [...]

Romney outspending on ads

According to The Nielsen Company,  Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney placed more local TV advertisements than all other candidates combined, with 4,549 ads, mostly on local broadcast television, through June 10. Nielsen Monitor Plus, the leading provider of competitive advertising [...]

Pensacola: Next Savannah?

The New York Times has a travel article on Savannah, GA (36 Hours in Savannah, Ga. ). Savannah has many of the same challenges that Pensacola has. Yet they have dealt with them and created a thriving community.

Panhandle news roundup

Panhandle news roundup

MonDaily Dose Gas and geese are covered in the Pensacola daily. Daily News and News Herald are slow to post much on the web.

Top Four Blog Posts

Top Four Blog Posts

For the past week, these were the most viewed posts on Ricksblog.biz: Voters have spoken Wrong reasons to vote No Cumulus isn't diverse Fire Buzz: $$$ could be big

New Pearl video

New Pearl video

It's Good Cop, Bad Cop. The long awaited sequel to Will Ferrell's "Landlord" video has arrived and it features what apparently will be the farewell performance for Pearl. Be forewarned the language is NSFW. See Video: Good Cop, Bad Cop

Biggest Pensacola Wins

Biggest Pensacola Wins

Where did the greater Pensacola area have its biggest wins last week? The Santa Rosa Island Authority finally looking at plans for a public parking garage on Pensacola Beach; Derrick Brooks being honored; County commissioners careful review of budget recommendations; and the vote on the half-cent [...]

Biggest Pensacola News Stories

Biggest Pensacola News Stories

The three biggest news stories for last week were clearly the rejection of the half-cent sales tax for healthcare; the revelation of the magnitude of the drug problems in Century; and the Constitutional officers of Escambia County all asking for budget increases with the sheriff leading the way - [...]

RicksBlog.biz: Most Influential in Florida

RicksBlog.biz: Most Influential in Florida

We moved into the #1 spot of BlogNetNews.com's list of the Most Influential Political Blogs in Florida: BNN Influence Index. The Access Escambia issue is probably what drove it ahead of other blogs in larger cities and those tied to major daily newspapers. The month of June was by far the busiest [...]

Sunday newspaper roundup

Sunday newspaper roundup

Pensacola: Our daily newspaper finds the money to send a reporter to Biloxi and cover the opening to the Hard Rock Cafe. Yet they didn't send anyone to cover the visits to Mobile by Pres. Bush or Atty. General Alberto Gonzalez. A cynical person might say it was because the Biloxi casinos advertise [...]

John Stuart cut by Q100, Cumulus

John Stuart cut by Q100, Cumulus

Station program director and the sole survivor of the Q100 morning crew - John Stuart - was let go by Cumulus on Friday. Q100 had the least drop in audience in 2006 of the three local Cumulus stations (Pensacola Cumulus stations slipping ). Stuart will be replaced by a syndicated morning [...]

Panhandle news roundup

Panhandle news roundup

SatDaily Dose PNJ has School FCAT scores. So do the Daily News and News Herald.

General Fund budget cuts

Here is one of the handouts given to the Escambia County Commissioners at the budget workshop yesterday. Note the commissioners wanted to return Escambia Community Clinics and Lakeview to full funding. Read:  budget cuts.pdf

News coverage of budget workshop weak

News coverage of budget workshop weak

Escambia County Commission held its first budget workshop yesterday. WEAR TV focused on the cuts on funds given to non-profits like the Florida Wildlife Sanctuary, St. Michael Cemetery, Clean & Green, 4th of July Fireworks. No mention of proposed cuts in the more essential services like public [...]

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