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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 [...]

Lt. Gov. Carroll in Pensacola this weekend

Lt. Gov. Carroll in Pensacola this weekend

Florida Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll is visiting Pensacola this weekend, which provide local officials a few photo ops. Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll’s Schedule Saturday, January 19, 2013 3:30 pm-5 pm: Visit And Tour Of Corry Station Location: Corry Station 6 pm-7:30pm: Meeting With [...]

RESTORE Math

The Escambia County Commission is expected this afternoon to sign on to the latest formula agreed to for the county-level RESTORE Act pot. “It isn’t exactly what we wanted, but it’s what brought everybody together,” said Commissioner Grover Robinson, who has been the commission’s point [...]

FDOT proposes Northwest Florida Toll Authority for our counties. Tolls are in our future.

FDOT proposes Northwest Florida Toll Authority for our counties. Tolls are in our future.

According to the Daily News, Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad told attendees yesterday at the Emerald Coast Transportation Symposium on Okaloosa Island that the state is about 10 years away from a "gas tax cliff" As cars get more efficient and we move to CNG and [...]

Stafford testifies on Florida election process (testimony)

Stafford testifies on Florida election process (testimony)

As I reported last week, Escambia Supervisor of Elections David Stafford and nine other supervisors testified yesterday about their experiences during the 2012 General Election before the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee, chaired by Senator Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater). The meeting, lasting [...]

League Pushes Elections Reform

As election supervisors across the state request that Gov. Rick Scott and state legislators reassess election laws, the League of Women Voters of Florida are joining the chorus for such change. “It is imperative that we put Florida’s election meltdowns behind us once and for all,” said [...]

Buzz: Scott wanted Board members who pledged no tuition increases

Buzz: Scott wanted Board members who pledged no tuition increases

Florida Gov. Rick Scott appointed last Thursday five members to the Board of Governors of the State University System. Our sources are telling us that the governor demanded a pledge from nominees for the board that they would not vote for any tuition increases. At least, one who wouldn't make the [...]

Stafford to testify before Senate Ethics and Elections Committee

Stafford to testify before Senate Ethics and Elections Committee

Escambia County Supervisor of Elections, David Stafford, past president of the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections, scheduled to testify next Monday before the Florida Senate Ethics and Elections Committee. He joins nine other elections supervisors to help the committee [...]

State lawmakers have three bills to ban texting while driving. Ford sponsors one of them

State lawmakers have three bills to ban texting while driving. Ford sponsors one of them

Three on the most popular bill in front of the Florida Legislature, according to the website Florida Current, concern the banning people from texting while driving their cars--a very good indication that such a law will pass this session. One prohibits teens from using any cell phone or wireless [...]

More good news on fiscal cliff deal: Floridians can still deduct sales taxes

More good news on fiscal cliff deal: Floridians can still deduct sales taxes

The Florida state sales tax deduction has been extended for two year, as part of the fiscal cliff deal between Congress and the White House. Had it not been extended, then we would not have been allowed to claim the deduction on our 2012 federal tax return. It would have also put Florida at a [...]

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