Politics

Gannett Buzz

April 12, 2009

We know about the Pensacola News Journal efforts to continue downsize and increase profit margins by outsourcing its newspaper printing. Here is the other Gannett (owner of the PNJ) buzz: Yahoo Finance reports Gannett shares were…

Should Obama follow Eisenhower example

April 12, 2009

Jean Edward Smith, the John Marshall professor of Political Science at Marshall University, wrote in today’s NY Times http://100days.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/04/11/how-to-end-a-war-eisenhowers-way/. Smith tells how Pres. Dwight Eisenhower was willing to go against his own Republican Party and negotiate…

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Florida Political Buzz

April 12, 2009

The Sunday editions of the daily newspapers around the state are filled with political buzz. Sarasota Herald Tribune writes that many consider it a lock that Gov. Charlie Crist will run for the U.S. Senate in…

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Pensacola and Escambia get stimulus check

April 12, 2009

The City of Pensacola is getting $606,500 from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program, funded by President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Escambia County will get $2,361,900. These grants are part of the…

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County subsidizes another arena

April 11, 2009

The Pensacola Civic Center is not the only county facility subsidized by tax dollars. And hockey wouldn’t be the only sport. The Equestrian Center is subsidized with Local Option Sales Tax dollars. Initially General Fund dollars…

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Should Kerr get the same deal as Studer?

April 10, 2009

The Escambia County Commission has staff drafting an agreement for a Southern Professional Hockey League team to be owned by Tim Kerr to lease the Pensacola Civic Center. Now people get upset that Quint Studer lives…

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Sheriff recommends mental health court

April 9, 2009

Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan is recommending to the recently revived Public Safety Coordinating Council that the County fund the implementation of a mental health court via the county allocation of $834,000 from the Recovery Act:…

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Meek seeks signatures

April 9, 2009

U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek (Dem) is in town – introducing himself, shaking hands, picking up campaign checks and collecting signatures to be the first U.S. Senate candidate ever to qualify by petition. Meek needs 112,476 signatures…

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BOCC heads towards another ED committee

April 9, 2009

The Escambia County Commission was shorthanded today for its Committee of the Whole meeting. Both Grover Robinson and Kevin White were out of town. The remaining three voted to proceed with a “Blue Ribbon” task force…

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Hockey is a go…maybe

April 9, 2009

The Escambia County Commission instructed County Administrator Bob McLaughlin to negotiate a contract for hockey at the Pensacola Civic Center by May 1. The commission will still have to approve the final agreement so don’t start…

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Rare find at Downtown Library

April 9, 2009

In September 2008, a hand-bound booklet, very old in nature, of 96 pages was discovered in the Downtown Library garage in a Donations box placed out by the Book Sale Committee.The item was included with several…

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Kerr owned Ice Pilots for two seasons

April 8, 2009

Tim Kerr bought the Pensacola Ice Pilots in 2003. His first season (2003-04) he reportedly lost $420,000. The next season despite dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan, the team won the Brabham Cup that signifies…

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Round 2: Economic Development Polka

April 8, 2009

Two weeks ago, Mort O’Sullivan and the Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce delivered to the Escambia County Commission and the Pensacola City Council their proposal for revamping economic development. Tomorrow the Board of County Commissioners…

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Engineers make recommendations on bidding process

April 8, 2009

The Northwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Engineering Society is making its recommendations to Escambia County Commission on how to improve its process for awarding professional services contracts. Here are some of them: 1. Award engineering…