Politics

Few more facts about Sansom’s college job

December 4, 2008

The St. Petersburg Times has been reporting more details on House Speaker Ray Sansom’s new job at Northwest Florida State College. Sansom will be paid $110,000 — nearly $25,000 more than his predecessor. The vice president…

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County bonds that never got paid

December 3, 2008

In doing some research I came across the debt portion of the county budget. It appears that for nearly two decades Escambia County has been continually refinancing its bonds that are tied to the LOST funds…

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Call for Sansom to resign

December 3, 2008

Florida Democrats are calling for Ray Sansom to resign either from Northwest Florida State College or the Florida House speaker. Press release: Today Florida Democratic Party Chair Karen Thurman called on Speaker Ray Sansom to step…

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Florida fails at higher education

December 3, 2008

The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education released its latest report that evaluates the state’s colleges and universities. Florida didn’t do too well. • Only 27 percent of Florida high school students take at…

Former editor blasts Gannett

December 3, 2008

As announced on this blog yesterday, Gannett has mandated further cuts at the News Journal. This is a real shame because it will impact this community – both in jobs lost and in coverage. Former San…

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Who will replace Mel Martinez

December 3, 2008

The biggest name being batted around is popular former Gov. Jeb Bush. However, I wouldn’t rule out MSNBC host and former Congressman Joe Scarborough. Yes, he’s moved to the Washington, D.C., but I don’t think he’s…

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CMP could begin Feb. 2009

December 2, 2008

The summary of the Master Developer Agreement has a timeline for the various phases. It shows that Land Capital plans to start moving dirt on the site in February 2009. Stadium will be completed by October…

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More layoffs

December 2, 2008

This time it’s at the Pensacola News Journal. Owner Gannett has ordered another 10-percent cut throughout the system. We hear the cuts include three employees from the Sports staff, a features writer and a photographer.…

Taxpayers Association to form

December 2, 2008

Last night in a packed room in McGuire’s Irish Pub, attorney Bob Kerrigan announced that he was forming a group to be a watchdog over the budgets of county and city government. Kerrigan is the leader…

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Free our CMP

December 2, 2008

I read the daily newspaper’s article on yesterday’s Community Maritime Park Associates Board meeting. It’s titled “Maritime Park plan in flux.” Folks, we have to get rid of this notion that the Community Maritime Park plans…

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Century approves All-For-One concept

December 2, 2008

The Century City Council listened last night to Scott Remington and Jason Crawford talk about consolidating Escambia County into one unified government. The council then passed a resolution that endorsed asking the state legislature to form…

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Severe buy-out clause in Port lease

December 1, 2008

City staff is presenting on Dec. 8 to the city council’s Enterprise Committee a lease amendment for Pate Cold Storage that will extend the lease through 2022 and take away the city’s right to cancel the…

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Boone Report: GOP retreat

December 1, 2008

By IN reporter Sean Boone According to Florida State Rep. Greg Evers, the Republican state lawmakers that met in Destin two weeks ago for a four-day retreat, focused primarily on the budget of the state. “There…