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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 [...]

Scott Asks Obama for Help at Ports

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has asked President Barack Obama to intervene this Saturday if the state’s port workers decide to go on strike. “A shut down of Florida ports is simply not an option,” the governor said this morning during a conference call with the press. Members of the [...]

Regional Checkup: We’re Not Well

Regional Checkup: We’re Not Well

The numbers are in, and they’re not encouraging. The Partnership for a Healthy Community held court at Sacred Heart Hospital today in Pensacola to share the findings of its 2012 health assessment for Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. As in the group’s previous reports, the diagnosis isn’t [...]

Mitt’s Pensacola Party

Mitt’s Pensacola Party

Having waited hours for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the full house at the Pensacola Bay Center was dancing in the aisles. Literally, to a house band called Mass Confusion that had already torn apart Bruce Springsteen’s “Glory Days” and was doing the same to Joan Jett’s [...]

Grover and the Governor

Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson will be in Tallahassee tomorrow. He’s looking to meet with Florida Gov. Rick Scott. “My hope is to meet with the governor’s office late afternoon,” the commissioner said. Robinson wants to speak with Scott regarding the as-of-yet unrealized [...]

Starting Down the RESTORE Road

The Escambia County Commission started down a long road this morning. It is a road potentially paved with many millions in treasure. When the federal government arrives at a dollar amount for Clean Water Act fines levied against BP, the RESTORE Act has guaranteed a good chunk of that money will [...]

A Tribute to Jason

The IN's cover story this week explores the issue of prison privatization. Chasity Owens spoke about how her brother, Jason Owens, was attacked at a private prison in Florida operated by GEO Group, Inc. She attributes her brother's attack—after Jason was left alone with another inmate—and [...]

League, Rock the Vote Return to Florida

Following last week’s decision in federal court, third-party voter registration groups are looking to get back to work. Claiming that Florida’s newly passed H.B. 1355 was too burdensome and risky for volunteers, some such organizations suspended registration efforts late last year. On May [...]

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