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Posts Tagged ‘Florida’

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 [...]

Fight For Your Right (to Vote)

A judge’s temporary injunction blocking key provisions of Florida’s new election law has voter registration groups hopeful as they head toward this year’s primary and general elections. “I get calls everyday from volunteers who are very eager to get back to voter registration,” said [...]

Connie Mack Attack

Connie Mack Attack

The frontline of a political campaign is not for the weak stomached. The scripts and variables are fluid. It can get awkward and painful to watch. The scene in Pensacola today became unbearable long before Congressman Connie Mack III (R-Ft. Myers) arrived at the gas station. The U.S. senate [...]

Face Melter (Acoustic Version)

Face Melter (Acoustic Version)

Yonder Mountain String Band kicked off the Florida leg of its tour last night at Vinyl Music Hall in Pensacola. After logging a couple of days of R&R in town, the band seemed as excited as the club’s packed house about the midweek hoedown. “If we’d known you were this much fun, we [...]

The Doctor Is In

The Doctor Is In

The GuLF STUDY—a federal exploration into possible health impacts following the 2010 oil spill—is heading south for another tour. “Just Florida this time,” said Dr. Dale Sandler, as she prepared for her trip. Sandler, chief of the epidemiology branch at the National Institute of [...]

Scott picks up endorsements

Got three emails from Rick Scott for Governor campaign within one minute: Florida Home Builders Endorse Rick Scott for Governor : “FHBA supports Rick Scott in his candidacy for Governor of the State of Florida. His pro-business stance and positions on smaller government, less regulation, lower [...]

Donovan/Nobles referendum can’t stop the stadium

City Attorney Rusty Wells has analyzed the petition drive by Marty Donovan and Jack Nobles and has issued his opinion to the Mayor and Pensacola City Council. He has concluded the petition and any referendum will have no impact on the maritime park and the stadium. They will be built. (Read the [...]

News: Rubio campaign sprung from Tea Party

News: Rubio campaign sprung from Tea Party

The St. Pete Times reports that U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio's rise is linked to the Tea Party, beginning as far back as 2007 when campaigned to be speaker of the Florida House. According the St. Pete Times, the Tea Party is considered by many to have started when a laid-off auto worker [...]

BP media spins

BP media spins

BP Liz Castro (yes, she is still around) yesterday told a group of realtors that BP’s current policy is to only pay claims to realtors on failed property sales blamed on the oil spill if the property is within one block of the beach, according to report by the Daily News. Castro spoke at town [...]

BP’s love for numbers

BP’s love for numbers

I reviewed my posts on the BP oil disaster. BP has had a love for statistics from the very beginning. Sadly many of them are meaningless. My first encounter with BP was May 1 when Gov. Charlie Crist came over to meet with BP, Coast Guard and county officials---the meeting that I was kicked out [...]

Senate Committee on BP Disaster to meet here

Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, announced today that the Senate’s Select Committee on the Economy will meet on July 12 here to examine the impact of the oil spill on the economy. Gaetz has asked Gov. Charlie Crist for a schedule of when funds received from BP will be used to combat the [...]

EOC: Where is the $50 million?

The state of Florida has been given $50 by BP to assist counties deal with the BP oil disaster. Ten weeks after the explosion at Deepwater Horizon, Escambia County has been told that will get $1.9 million. Commissioner Grover Robinson is still fighting for three belt skimmers to fight the oil in [...]

BP walks out of Crist’s Oil Spill Meeting

Yesterday, Gov. Crist held an Oil Spill Economic Recovery Task Force Meeting at the University of West Florida. According to reports I received from the meeting, BP was there in full force. BP VP of Resources Darryl "What you talkin' about" Willis made a presentation on the claims process. After [...]

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