Escambia County Politics

Transparency Challenge for District 2

May 10, 2010

The race in the Republican primary for Escambia County District 2 is a dogfight. The top candidates – incumbent Gene Valentino, former County Administrator George Touart, State Rep. Dave Murzin and newcomer Karen Sindel – all…

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Oil Academic Task Force

May 10, 2010

Press Release: Chancellor Frank T. Brogan and chair of the Oil Spill Academic Task Force to visit University of West Florida TALLAHASSEE – Chancellor Frank T. Brogan and Dr. W. Ross Ellington of Florida State University,…

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Live BP press conference

May 10, 2010

From Houston, Texas: BP CEO Tony Hayward says that BP has done a “good job of containment.” What is being done for containment: An air force of planes deploying dispersants. One million feet of boom have…

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Nodine questioned in woman’s death

May 10, 2010

Mobile County Commissioner Steve Nodine is being questioned about the death of Angela Down. Fox 10 News reports: It happened just before Sunday night in Gulf Shores. “We received a call about a gunshot at the…

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BP bosses sued over alleged bribery

May 10, 2010

In efforts to better understand the company that is responsible for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, I spent hours reading articles in the British press on BP. Came across this article: “BP and…

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Transocean had $270M payout

May 10, 2010

While Gulf Coast counties and municipalities struggle with finding funds to pay for their preparations for the BP oil spill, Transocean Ltd, the owner of the Deepwater Horizon rig leased by British Petroleum, made a $270…

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Transcript of Olbermann interview

May 9, 2010

I really thought I sounded more literate and knowledgeable than this: OLBERMANN: That we know about the B.P. waiver agreement offering up to $5,000 to Gulf Coast residents in exchange for their signatures waiving liability before…

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Original draft of C.C. Elebash viewpoint

May 9, 2010

We received the original draft of C.C. Elebash’s viewpoint that ran in Friday’s daily newspaper. “I hate the maritime park. I hate the baseball park. I hate the maritime park. I hate the baseball park. I…

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State has BP $25 million; none reaching local level

May 9, 2010

I confirmed yesterday with the office of Florida CFO Alex Sink that the state has received the $25-million block grant from British Petroleum. However, local officials are getting frustrated with the state bureaucracy, particularly Florida Department…

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BP ad runs in Sunday Pensacola News Journal

May 9, 2010

Pensacola’s daily newspaper fulfilled the Gannett mission of being a marketing solution…this time for British Petroleum. The ad, titled “The Gulf Oil Spill Response,” tells readers that -“BP has done and continues to do everything possible…