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GOP grumblings on Access Escambia

GOP grumblings on Access Escambia

We're hearing grumbings among the local GOP executive committee that some of their members oppose the half-cent sales tax for primary care for the uninsured and poor because they are afraid it will go to helping illegal immigrants. It doesn't matter that rules are in place that all beneficiaries [...]

Fighting panhandlers elsewhere

Fighting panhandlers elsewhere

It looks like Comm. Gene Valentino was ahead of other communities in dealing with panhandlers. The St. Pete Times reports that the city of St. Petersburg is considering ordinances on the issue. Read: Neighbors vs. Panhandlers - "It's pervasive across our entire community," said a neighborhood [...]

Mary Poppins wins Tony

Mary Poppins wins Tony

...the award, not the Soprano. Minutes before the Sopranos final episode aired on Sunday. Local Ashley Brown performed "Chim Chim, Cher-ee" on CBS's broadcast of the Tony Awards. Her musical won Best Revival of a Musical. Here is a NY TIMES slideshow of the musical numbers of the night, [...]

Rick’s Blog No. 6 Most Influential Blog in Florida

Rick’s Blog No. 6 Most Influential Blog in Florida

According to BlogNetNews.com, this blog is the sixth most influential blog in Florida. It's the top political blog north of Gainesville. Here are the top ten: 1 Babalu 2 Florida Progressive Coalition 3 Bark Bark Woof Woof 4 Pekin Prattles 5 Sticks of Fire 6 ricksblog.biz 7 The Buzz 8 State [...]

INweekly dailies highlight

INweekly dailies highlight

TuesDaily Dose It's that time of year when people get upset about the graffiti on the 17th Ave. Bridge. Oh, there's a story on property taxes. Okaloosa County creates a school for kids retained twice. A new modular home company opens in Chipley - yes, Pensacola is losing businesses to Chipley [...]

How stupid is Pensacola?

How stupid is Pensacola?

That's the question that WCOA is asking and hoping the answer is "Very." Will Pensacola believe that Luke McCoy's only problem is that his show "Pensacola Speaks" lacked diversity? The diversity spin is only a word game played by the station that solidifies McCoy's relationship with his [...]

Yep, Luke is back

Yep, Luke is back

Opening without any explanation why he left "Pensacola Speaks," Luke McCoy promised to be fresh, kinder, better than ever and more diverse. Don Parker screened all his calls. They have tried to use hipper music - that is if you consider the Beatles hip. Apparently diverse is the key. In the [...]

Please help daily…you can report for them

Please help daily…you can report for them

Today the daily will accept news stories from the public. According to yesterday's column by the executive editor Dick Schneider: Each day, we'll have information on how you, too, can be the eyes and ears of our community. We'll provide a simple online access point and you can send us anything, [...]

Is Florida’s boom over?

Is Florida’s boom over?

The St. Pete Times writes that the state's 50 year population boom may be over. Three of the nation's largest van lines moved more customers out of the state than into it last year, reversing a decades-long trend. Only U-Haul bucked the trend. The number of Florida drivers seeking licenses in other [...]

State government has higher revenue, too.

State government has higher revenue, too.

With all the finger pointing by the state lawmakers over how local governments are growing and just keep absorbing property tax increases, the NY Times reports that Florida has the second largest unexpected state revenue increase in the country this year - $2,742,000,000. State government isn't [...]

Hospitals without real need

For years Baptist Hospital has been trying to put beds in its Nine Mile Road facility and make it a full hospital. West Florida Hospital is only blocks away and has empty beds. Baptist exec Jerry Maygarden tried repeatedly to get special bills tacked on to legislation to make it happen. Sacred [...]

Property tax Q & A

Property tax Q & A

The daily has devoted days of coverage to property taxes, and I still get questions about what is the real impact. The Orlando Sentinel did a great Q&A. Q: What are lawmakers going to do for me? A: That depends who you are. All property owners -- business owners, primary homeowners, snowbirds [...]

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