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Florida Chamber study shows 150,000 potential jobs tied to exports, imports over next five years

The Florida Chamber Foundation today released its Florida Trade and Logistics Study 2.0 (TL2.0), identifying a potential of 150,000 new trade and logistics jobs that can be created over the next five years. The TL2.0 study was released at the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Future of Florida Forum [...]

ContextFlorida: Dishonoring the Fallen

My latest column: "When the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City comes around, my thoughts are on the firefighters and police officers who lost their lives that day, how much we should honor their sacrifices and how our governor and state lawmakers care for [...]

Florida and Texas lead the nation in uninsured citizens, but balk at Obamacare coverage

Florida and Texas lead the nation in uninsured citizens, but balk at Obamacare coverage

A new Census Bureau report shows that Florida has a higher percentages of people without health insurance than most of the country. Only Texas has a higher percentage of people under the age of 65 without insurance. Remarkably both states have balked at providing coverage for their uninsured [...]

Gambling hearing coming to Pensacola

Gambling hearing coming to Pensacola

Do you want casino gambling in Florida? Pensacola residents will get to voice their opinions in November. The Pensacola hearing is one of four across the state as state lawmakers look at creating comprehensive legislation on gambling - including casinos, dog tracks and poker rooms - that will be [...]

RESTORE Council Coming to Town

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council recently released an initial draft of the Comprehensive Plan: Restoring the Gulf Coast’s Ecosystem and Economy, along with a draft environmental assessment. A meeting in Pensacola next week kicks off a public input tour, prior to the release of a final [...]

House District 2 Interview: Ed Gray

House District 2 Interview: Ed Gray

House District 2 Race, Ed Gray This extended District 2 interview comes from Ed Gray. Gray is the head of Capital Trust Agency and Gulf Breeze Financial Services. He has served as mayor of Gulf Breeze, as well as on its city council and the Santa Rosa County School Board. IN: Alright, Ed, if [...]

House District 2 Race, Jack Nobles

House District 2 Race, Jack Nobles

The next interview in the District 2 series is with Jack Nobles. Nobles is a former Pensacola City Councilman—having spent 14 years serving locally—and now he’s shooting for Tallahassee. IN: Tell me a little about yourself, your background, and why you chose to get into the District 2 [...]

House Distrcit 2 Race, Mike Hill

House Distrcit 2 Race, Mike Hill

The fourth interview in the District 2 series is with Northwest Florida Tea Party President Mike Hill. Hill is a State Farm Insurance agent and lost the District 2 senate primary to Sen. Greg Evers in 2010.  A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, the candidate served 10 years in the Air [...]

Don’t Think Twice (It’s Alright)

As Escambia County officials begin determining what went wrong with a tourism-incentive gift card program funded primarily through BP funds following the 2010 oil spill, Florida Senate President Don Gaetz has questioned the prudence of placing more spill money—in the form of RESTORE Act [...]

Idle No More

Idle No More—an indigenous-rights and environmental group based in Canada—will be holding events locally this week. The group is holding three separate events, each with its own focus. The organization was formed last year by members of the First Nations—Metis and Inuit people of [...]

Taking Shame issue statewide with Florida Voices column. More lipstick to remove

Taking Shame issue statewide with Florida Voices column. More lipstick to remove

My Florida Voices column today talks about how conservatives are looking at the wrong figures when they complain about Medicaid expansion. I figure that I might was well take the lipstick of the Tallahassee pigs, too. The James Madison Institute, a conservative think-tank based in Tallahassee, [...]

Scott wants to double-down on education

Scott wants to double-down on education

Gov. Rick Scott called his pay raises for teachers “a double-down” on what he claims has been a billion-dollar investment on the state’s K-12 education system. Having taken credit for the turnaround of Florida’s economy, the governor said at press conference yesterday, “We must be [...]

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