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Update on Milton fire

January 7, 2009

Press Release: Downtown Milton Fire Update * The fire was called under control at 11:30 p.m., currently not called contained. * U.S. Highway 90/Caroline Street between Ward Basin Road and Canal Street will be closed until…

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State lawmakers make cuts

January 7, 2009

The special session is out to cut $1 billion in spending to help cover the state’s $2.4 billion budget shortfall. Education is the biggest target – $365 million. Nursing homes are taking a hit, too. House…

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Sansom resigns from college

January 5, 2009

Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom has resigned from his vice president position at Northwest Florida State College. This is the statement that he read to the House: ” Members, before we get started I’d like to…

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Special Session has limits

January 2, 2009

Next week, the Florida Legislature will hold a special session to deal with the state budget crisis. There are some limits placed on the session by Senate president Jeff Atwater and House Speaker Ray Sansom. The…

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Powerball comes to Florida

December 29, 2008

Next Sunday, Floridians will be able to play Powerball- the multi-state (29 state and U.S. territories) lottery with a $300 million jackpot. Starting Sunday, Floridians will be able to buy tickets for Powerball, the popular multistate…

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Sansom BFF with new boss

December 29, 2008

The Miami Herald reports that Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom took direction from his new boss, Northwest Florida State College president Bob Richburg. Sansom’s mission deliver a $122.5 wish list to the college in a very…

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Crist treats state budget like we do ours

December 23, 2008

Gov. Charlie Crist has a plan for covering the $2.3 billion state budget deficit. It is not that different from we all have been having to do this year. Crist wants to dip into savings ($850…

Sansom not only lawmaker on the take

December 22, 2008

The St. Pete Times has found 18 other current and former lawmakers that are employed by state colleges…none of them are from our three districts. Rep. Ed Homan, R-Tampa, a physician who makes $200,000 teaching at…

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NWFSC loves Sansom, not Gaetz

December 19, 2008

“I have never been invited to a meeting of the Northwest Florida State College board of directors in my life.”—my favorite from today’s Daily News article on a special meeting the Board of Trustees of Northwest…

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Florida: land of convicted politicians

December 15, 2008

NY Times ask, Which is the most corrupt state? My guess would be Louisiana, but I have too many fond memories of Gov. Edwin Edwards. In a Department of Justice tally covering the last decade, Florida…

Holley retires, comes back in Jan.

December 10, 2008

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…

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State Farm goes for huge rate increase again

December 10, 2008

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…