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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 [...]

Valentino case sent to Grand Jury

The State Attorney's Office announced today that its review of the allegations involving Commissioner Gene Valentino and possible improper solicitation of campaign funds did the find the allegations sufficient to warrant further investigation. The allegations will be presented to the Escambia [...]

Buzz: Early polls on county commission races

Buzz: Early polls on county commission races

Over the weekend, I heard about two polls that have been conducted on the Escambia County Commission races. The rumor is former county administrator George Touart is ahead of incumbent Gene Valentino by 8 percentage points in the District 2 race. And surprisingly the District 4 race has newcomer [...]

SAO reports to be issued soon

Spoke with assistant State Attorney Greg Marcille yesterday on his investigations into the Arts Council of Northwest Florida and Escambia County Commissioner Gene Valentino. Marcille said the Arts Council investigation should be finished in the next week or so and that Valentino's will done soon [...]

Bingo casino fight

Bingo casino fight

The state of Alabama is fighting over bingo casinos. Many of the players on the pro-gambling side are the same ones involved in Keefer/Valentino plan to bring bingo casinos to Perdido Key. According to the Mobile Press Register, "The heavy artillery is rolling out in Alabama's bingo war, with [...]

Page has phone records

Page has phone records

Jamie Page has a solid investigative piece in Sunday’s daily paper. Through public records requests, Page got the cell phone records and message logs from the Escambia Commissioners. There are four troubling points about this fiasco. 1. All the commissioners--Grover Robinson, Wilson [...]

Buzz: Other races

Buzz: Other races

. Some locals have been hoping that another Republican would jump into the State Senate race that now has Greg Evers, Dave Murzin and Mike Hill. The name that I heard most often was former Escambia County Commissioner Janice Gilley, but with the state GOP firmly behind Evers, a Gilley campaign [...]

Videos on Maplewood bid

Videos on Maplewood bid

Here are the comments from the different commissioners on the motion to reverse the re-bid of the Maplewood drainage project: KEVIN WHITE: GROVER ROBINSON: GENE VALENTINO: WILSON ROBERTSON: DISCUSSION ON THE SEALED BID PROCESS:

Valentino/Roads remix (updated)

Valentino/Roads remix (updated)

So here is what we have with the Maplewoods drainage project: 1. Bids are open Nov. 18. Gulf Equipment is the low bidder at $1,768,621. Purchasing Department prepares recommendation for Gulf to be awarded the contract. 2. Commissioner Gene Valentino holds a 45-minute meeting with Cody Rawson [...]

Valentino backtracks…too little, too late?

Valentino backtracks…too little, too late?

Escambia Commissioner Gene Valentino has a problem. He can't get his stories straight, according to the PNJ. We know that he met with Cody Rawson of Roads, Inc in November 2009 in his commissioner office. If Valentino discussed the Maplewoods Drainage bid, then the commissioner may have [...]

Did Valentino solicit campaign contributions from his office?

The Florida Statutes state it is illegal for an elected official to solicit campaign contributions from his government office. PNJ reporter Jamie Page reports on his blog that Comm. Gene Valentino told him that he met with Cody Rawson in the commissioner's office to solicit campaign support from [...]

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