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Holley retires, comes back in Jan.

Escambia County Tax Collector Janet Holley retired this month. There wasn't any big announcement, no appointment by Gov. Charlie Crist to replace her. She didn't tell anyone earlier in the year of her intentions so that someone might run for his office. Holley retired to take advantage of a [...]

State Farm goes for huge rate increase again

Sun Sentinel reports: State Farm Florida Insurance Co. now wants a 67 percent average statewide property insurance rate increase, months after Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty said he would reject the insurer's proposed 47 percent rate boost. No hurricanes in two years...yet they [...]

More problems for Sansom

Palm Beach Post reports Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom used his state office to pursue the $110,000 vice president job at Northwest Florida State College. As we earlier reported, Sansom was the only person considered for the position that pays considerably more than what his predecessor was paid. [...]

Sansom still in trouble

St. Pete Times reports this morning that Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom did more than help his new employer, Northwest Florida State College. Sansom also got his friend and campaign contributor, Jay Odom, $6 million to build a jet hangar....oh, it's also a training facility for the [...]

Few more facts about Sansom’s college job

The St. Petersburg Times has been reporting more details on House Speaker Ray Sansom's new job at Northwest Florida State College. Sansom will be paid $110,000 --- nearly $25,000 more than his predecessor. The vice president position at the college was never advertised and only offered to [...]

Call for Sansom to resign

Florida Democrats are calling for Ray Sansom to resign either from Northwest Florida State College or the Florida House speaker. Press release: Today Florida Democratic Party Chair Karen Thurman called on Speaker Ray Sansom to step down from his position with Northwest Florida State College [...]

Who will replace Mel Martinez

The biggest name being batted around is popular former Gov. Jeb Bush. However, I wouldn't rule out MSNBC host and former Congressman Joe Scarborough. Yes, he's moved to the Washington, D.C., but I don't think he's sold his Pensacola home yet. Joe did very well as political analyst during the [...]

Boone Report: GOP retreat

By IN reporter Sean Boone According to Florida State Rep. Greg Evers, the Republican state lawmakers that met in Destin two weeks ago for a four-day retreat, focused primarily on the budget of the state. "There was a lot of concern and talk about the budget as far as where we are," he says. [...]

Florida has real financial crisis

State economists report that they project Florida will collect $31.4-billion less in taxes than expected over the next four years. Why? Fewer people are moving to the state for the first time since air conditioning was invented. According to the St. Petersburg Times, our governors and [...]

State pension fund plummets

St. Pete Times reports that in the last 13 months, the state pension plan lost more than a quarter of its value, or $37.9-billion. It peaked at $138.4-billion on Sept. 30, 2007, and was worth $100.5-billion on Oct. 31. The local government pool, which was once the largest in the country, shrank [...]

Sansom takes over Nov. 15

Ray Sansom (R-Ft. Walton Beach) takes over as Speaker of the Florida House on Nov. 15. He tells the reporters that he doesn't believe a special session is needed to deal with the $700 million state budget deficit. Sansom thinks Gov. Charlie Crist's action to have the state agencies to hold back 4 [...]

Florida will have more mortgage troubles

According to Fitch Ratings, Florida could be headed to an mortgage crisis in 2010 when borrowers with adjustable rate loans see rates adjust. Nearly $100 billion worth of loans are deemed at risk for foreclosure. This year, Florida has had 299,118 foreclosure filings, including default notices, [...]

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