Politics

Airport bonds rated Triple B

July 30, 2008

Aviationnews.net reports that “Fitch Ratings has assigned a triple B plus rating to the city of Pensacola’s series 2008 general airport revenue bonds and affirmed the triple B plus rating on approximately $30.3 million Pensacola airport…

Politics

IN Your Head Radio 7.30

July 30, 2008

Today on IN Your Head Radio we will talk with Attorney General Bill McCollum about his call for an investigation into the Office of Financial Regulation, the state agency overseeing the mortgage industry, after a Miami…

Bennigan’s, Steak & Ale close

July 30, 2008

Orlando Sentinel reports – Bennigan’s and Steak & Ale closed their company-owned locations … and filed for bankruptcy protection in one of the largest restaurant failures in recent memory. Read more…

Politics

Crist sets two-week deadline on review

July 30, 2008

At yesterdays’ Florida Cabinet meeting, Gov. Charlie Crist gave Don Saxon, the head of the Office of Financial Regulation, two weeks to come up with a plan to toughen licensing standards for mortgage brokers. He has…

McCain/John Rich concert now free

July 30, 2008

The first press release for the GOP-sponsored John Rich (of Big & Rich) concert in Panama City on Friday would cost $10 per ticket. Now it’s free. According to the News Herald, Democrats have a lot…

UF beats out Ole Miss

July 29, 2008

Times have changed. The Princeton Review ranks the University of Florida as the No. 1 Party School. Ole Miss came in second. The Ole Miss Pikes (Pi Kappa Alpha) must have been kicked off campus again.…

Politics

Bad hiring at DOJ

July 29, 2008

Last month I reported on how the Department of Justice under Alberto Gonzalez had used the Internet to reject some of the top law students in the country from getting internships and being accepted into honors…

Linens’n Things closing stores

July 29, 2008

It appears Pensacola store is safe, but the retailer is closing 57 under-performing stores nationwide. When retailer’s parent company, Linens Holding Co., filed for bankruptcy on May 2, it had announced then it would close 120…

Escambia County

More on Borrowers Betrayed

July 29, 2008

Last week I reported on the blog on the Miami Herald’s special investigation – “Borrowers Betrayed” – that revealed how state regulators had allowed thousands of criminals to become loan originators allowing consumers to be bilked…

TOBaW – There Ought to Be a Word

July 29, 2008

Give us a word for: – (verb) To take credit for things while serving public office that you had little or nothing to do with. We’re seeing a lot of this in Escambia Co. District 1…

McCain likes music, too

July 29, 2008

The big Internet myth being spread last week was that only reason Barack Obama had such a big crowd in Berlin (200,000 plus) was that there was a rock concert tied to it. Obama has had…

Politics

Save gas – four-day work weeks

July 28, 2008

Mobile Press Register reports that government agencies are switching to four-work weeks to save gas. Employees will work four 10-hour days. Schedules will be staggered to cover Fridays. Read more.…

Politics

Notes: City council 7.24.08

July 25, 2008

The City Council meeting held on July 24 started with councilmen bestowing the position of Mayor Emeritus to John Fogg, who has been part of the City Council since 1989. The motion passed unanimously between council…

FOP endorses Fink over Murzin

July 25, 2008

Surprise press release: FLORIDA STATE LODGE FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE ENDORSES Gregory Fink, House District 2 After careful consideration by our legislative committee, local lodges, and FOP District 1, it is my pleasure to announce that…