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Nodine stands trial today

Nodine stands trial today

Stephen Nodine is a true Pensacola phenomenon, a rising star that soared into the Pensacola on the back of a Northrop Grumman Air Tanker and today, two years later, stands trial for murder. From 2008-2009, Nodine could do no wrong. He was billed as the politician that understood economic [...]

Buzz: White and Valentino at it again

We're hearing that Escambia County Commissioner Kevin White wants to appoint Karen Sindel to the county planning board and fellow commissioner, Gene Valentino, isn't happy. Sindel was Valentino's appointee to the board until she resigned last November to run against him. I'm not sure that [...]

Valentino re-elected, Touart’s political career dead

Valentino re-elected, Touart’s political career dead

The dismissal of the charges against Escambia County Commissioner Gene Valentino narrowly propelled him past political newcomer Karen Sindel, 1,810-1,660. Two veteran politicians, Dave Murzin (state representative, 2002-2010) and George Touart (county administrator, 2002-2007) barely showed in the [...]

Gilmore Deposition for Valentino trial

Tomorrow, Okaloosa County Judge Jim Ward will rule on a motion by Barry Beroset to dismiss the misdemeanor charges for campaign solicitation in a government building against Escambia County Commissioner Gene Valentino. The actual trial is set for Aug. 16 in Crestview. I strolled over to the [...]

Unofficial transcript of Touart-Valentino phone call

On Sunday, the Pensacola News Journal published an article on a taped conversation between former County Administrator George Touart and County Commissioner Gene Valentino. Valentino was making the call with the State Attorney's office listening in because he believed that Touart was trying to [...]

Problem on Alabama side of Key

Problem on Alabama side of Key

Spoke last night with Commissioner Gene Valentino who drove late yesterday an ATV on the beach from Perdido Pass to Eden Condominiums. He said that the Alabama side had "dinner table size" mats of oil mousse on the beach. The Florida side was peppered with tarball specks...and that wasn't [...]

Where was BP at 4:30 press conference?

Where was BP at 4:30 press conference?

At the Sunday, June 6, 4:30 pm press conference, BP had no representative. I asked Commissioners Gene Valentino and Kevin White, "Shouldn't BP be a part of this press conference since that are actually responsible for this? Shouldn't they be at every meeting we have?" "They should be at every [...]

News: Should beaches be closed?

News: Should beaches be closed?

The Associated Press spent a significant part of yesterday's press conferences focusing on whether our beaches should be closed. The Pensacola New Journal used some of the AP coverage for their article today on that issue. While the Escambia County Commission is the final authority on the [...]

Commissioner says don’t believe BP

Commissioner says don’t believe BP

I returned to the Escambia County Emergency Operations Center for the first time in four weeks...and I got some memorable quotes and answers that reputed much of what BP spokesperson Lucia Bustamonte said on WEAR TV last evening. Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson welcomed me back to [...]

Beast Corps: Cabinet visits Escambia County

From Beast Corps correspondent Franklin Hayes: As the largest potential economic disaster loomed in the Gulf of Mexico just a few miles off the coast of Pensacola Beach, the Sunshine State’s sitting Governor addressed reporters gathered in Escambia County’s Emergency Operations Center [...]

PNJ upset over delays with emails

PNJ upset over delays with emails

The Pensacola News Journal, this area's daily marketing solution, has a good story on behind the scenes of Scott Davison's negotiations to find deep pockets to get the necessary performance bond for the Community Maritime Park. Part of the story is a timeline on the month it took reporter Jamie [...]

Buzz: Late night phone calls

Buzz: Late night phone calls

My phone rang several times late last night on several topics. Here the rumors that seem to have some legs - but understand they are only buzz and haven't been proved...yet 1. Commissioner Gene Valentino may not be out of the woods with Gov. Charlie Crist. The governor has the power to remove [...]

Transparency Challenge for District 2

Transparency Challenge for District 2

The race in the Republican primary for Escambia County District 2 is a dogfight. The top candidates - incumbent Gene Valentino, former County Administrator George Touart, State Rep. Dave Murzin and newcomer Karen Sindel - all have had their financial status challenged at one time or [...]

IN kicked out of DEP/BP meeting

IN kicked out of DEP/BP meeting

Gov. Charlie Crist is in Pensacola to see firsthand the preparations for the impending oil slick that is approaching Florida. Before Gov. Crist arrived - which was about noon. Members of the Area Unified Command met with BP officials and county leaders to discuss strategies. Until today, there has [...]

Buzz: Charlie Crist will suspend Gene V.

Buzz: Charlie Crist will suspend Gene V.

Two more phone calls received late last night: 1) Gov. Charlie Crist will suspend Commissioner Gene Valentino because of the indictment. 2) A source close to State. Rep. Dave Murzin said the District 2 representative is focused on completing the current legislative session and this state [...]

Valentino framed…or so it goes

Valentino framed…or so it goes

Valentino supporters are alleging that the commissioner's political opponent, George Touart, is behind the grand jury investigation of Gene Valentino's campaign fundraising. They point to how quickly the Escambia County Grand Jury will be convening. Still can't figure out how Touart had anything [...]

Quotes of the day from the PNJ

"On a personal note, I can see why good people don't run for office." --Commissioner Gene Valentino, who is facing a grand jury over alleged improper solicitation of contributions for his re-election campaign. "And I can quote (Rodriguez's) attorneys who said, 'All my client got was a $1 million [...]

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