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Tuesday July 29th 2014

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State budget crisis

Psst, when we look at the state $71-plus billion budget, remember Gov. Charlie Crist cut a record $459 million from it using his line item veto power. Rep. Murzin, Ford and Evers, along with Sen. Peaden and Gaetz, would rather us overlook that. It's much more fun picking on local [...]

Santa Rosa County – NFL

Santa Rosa County had two players on the TV yesterday: Chicago Bear fullback Jason McKie - Gulf Breeze High grad- and New York Giant kicker Lawrence Tynes - Milton High graduate. Pensacola has Derrick Brooks, of course. It is truly amazing how many great athletes this area produces.

GAO: Homeland Security failing

In this age of accountablility, the GAO (Government Accountability Office) stands for independence as ti reviews various government programs and initiatives. This past week, the GAO issued report card on the Dept. of Homeland Security - which has ballooned to 220,000 employees. The DHS has [...]

Florida Supreme Court ruling

Since it may impact our future, I found a copy of the Florida Supreme Court ruling on Dr. Greg Strand vs. Escambia County. Read Strand ruling Who is Dr. Greg Strand? A local veterinarian who is president of the Escambia County Citizens Coalition.

Main St. Plant relocation should be ok, too

While the PNJ mentions that the relocation of the Main Street Sewage Treatment plant may be in jeopardy because of the Florida Supreme Court Ruling (Ruling may affect park plan), that plan should be okay since it doesn't involve a bond issue financed by CRA funds.

Save Our City favor

Save Our City may have a done the Community Maritime Park a big favor by forcing a referendum on the park proposal last year. A Thursday ruling by the Florida Supreme Court requires a voter referendum before bonds can be repaid with money generated through special tax-increment finance districts. [...]

Details of retirement

Details of retirement

Touart read his retirement statement ( Text of Touart's statement (pdf)) last night, but what does it mean? IN editor Duwayne Escobedo has been trying to find the details. Read: Touart's Golden Parachute? There is a working draft being circulated on the actual settlement and release agreement [...]

Press – the villain

Former county administrator George Touart and several of the Escambia County Commissioners tried to cast the press as the villain in the Touart melodrama. The press reported the facts about Touart's business dealings. If the county commissioners believed that the county administrator did no [...]

Handcapping BOCC Vote

What would it take to terminate County Administrator George Touart? A Escambia County commissioner could make a motion to amend Gene Valentino's agenda item to suspend Touart to be termination. There would have to be a second and then four votes to fire Touart. Which commissioner could make [...]

Touart suspension – done deal

The word we are getting is that the Escambia Board of County Commissioners will vote tonight to suspend County Administrator George Touart for one week. It appears to be a done deal. The commissioners believe this punishment will put the ethics issues surrounding Touart to rest. The BOCC is also [...]

Larry Craig may unresign, unplea guilty

The word is Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) may try to take back his resignation and his guilty plea. Craig had been arrested for lewd conduct in a men's bathroom on June 11, 2007, and lated pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of disorderly conduct I found a transcript of Craig's police interview in [...]

Alabama spankings

Here's a story that is strange even by Pensacola's standards: Authorities are investigating allegations that now-suspended Mobile County Circuit Judge Herman Thomas periodically removed prisoners from Mobile County Metro Jail and spanked them in a room at the courthouse, according to courthouse [...]

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