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She’s baaaack

February 6, 2009

Former school board member Vanette Webb won her appeal to get the courts to decide whether the Escambia County school district should reimburse her for $200,000 in legal fees that were spent defending a public records…

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City staff obligated to finance CMP

February 5, 2009

People and the news media are starting to question the proposal that Dick Barker, city’s finance director, quickly presented to the Pensacola City Council at its workshop meeting last week. As I understand, Barker wants to…

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Richburg/Sansom meeting not public

February 5, 2009

The St. Pete Times reports today the March 2008 “public” meeting between State Rep. Ray Sansom and Northwest Florida State College president Bob Richburg and his board was held at a private, members-only club, the University…

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Florida schools could lose out on federal aid

February 5, 2009

The Economic Stimulus package that was approved by the House requires states to maintain school spending to ”at least at the level of fiscal year 2006” to qualify for as much as $3.58 billion in education…

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Hilarious Century

February 5, 2009

The more we read about Century, the more you wonder if it really should be incorporated or if it should be part of Escambia County. NorthEscambia.com reports: The Town of Century is debating what action should…

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White House Boys sue Florida

February 5, 2009

Former inmates at the old Florida School for Boys, in Marianna, which was part of the state’s reform school system, are suing the state. Some 87 men say they were brutally abused as boys at the…

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More budget cuts coming?

February 4, 2009

The Herald Tribune reports that Florida Senate budget chairman J.D. Alexander said Tuesday that tax revenues for December and January were expected to be a whopping $224 million below predictions. Alexander said the December and January…

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Clay Ford not named Speaker of the House

February 4, 2009

House Republicans unanimously chose Rep. Larry Cretul as their new leader, allowing him to take over Ray Sansom’s duties as House Speaker immediately. Seventy-four of the House Republican Conference’s 76 members were on-hand to elect Cretul…

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Brother does good

February 4, 2009

Don’t say UWF president Judy Bense doesn’t have political clout. Her brother, Allan is the former Florida House Speaker and has been appointed vice chairman of Enterprise Florida Inc. Bense will play a significant role in…

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Century has Obama wish list

February 3, 2009

NorthEscambia.com reports the Century Town Council has been working on its own wish list for the Obama Stimulus Package: $1.7 million to increase the elevated tank capacity to 500,000 gallons and install water mains to provide…

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NY Times: Pensacola case in U.S. Supreme Court

February 3, 2009

In 1989, someone raped a 72-year-old woman in Pensacola. Joe Sullivan was 13 at the time, and he admitted that he and two older friends had burglarized the woman’s home earlier that day. But he denied…

Pace ministers will hold church service in church

February 3, 2009

That is essentially what happened yesterday in Pace. The local ministers agreed to plan and hold the Pace High School baccalaureate service in a church. This is Gulf Breeze High School has been doing for decades.…

Arkansas is considering bill to allow guns in church

February 2, 2009

Arkansas House Bill 1237 is being debated a bill removes “any church or other place of worship” from the list of places that a person with a license to carry a concealed handgun is not allowed…

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Sansom, Richburg factor

February 2, 2009

The Daily News is trying to evaluate in the impact of Ray Sansom resigning as Speaker of the Florida House. A grand jury, a House investigator and a state ethics commission are reviewing the allegations that…

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Former Century mayor fined, reprimanded

February 2, 2009

NorthEscambia.com reports that the state ethics commission has found former Mayor Evelyn Hammond misused her position, and they have recommended that she be ordered to pay a $3,000 fine and receive a public censure and reprimand.…