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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 [...]

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 [...]

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