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Winners & Losers 7/5/12

WINNERS
Barack Obama
The President scored a major victory when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, 5-4, that his Affordable Care Act was indeed constitutional. Many critics had predicted that the conservative court would dismantle the legislation by rejecting the individual mandate that required citizens to have health insurance or pay a fine on their federal tax returns. Now GOP is scrambling to repeal the law. Good luck.

Jeff Miller
The Congressman from Chumuckla, Fla. also won a major victory when provisions of the RESTORE Act were included in the Transportation Reauthorization bill.  The RESTORE Act language requires that 80 percent of civil fines from the 2010 BP oil spill go to the five coastal states directly impacted by the disaster. Early estimates are that Escambia County could receive $100 million from the fines BP pays for the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. Miller helped make it happen.

University of West Florida
For the second consecutive year, the Princeton Review has recognized UWF as a Green College. The report is published annually in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council and takes into account food origins, the presence of a sustainability committee, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified buildings and other criteria.

LOSERS
CNN and FOX NEWS
Both national cable news channels incorrectly reported that the Supreme Court had struck down the individual mandate. In their defense, Chief Justice John Roberts’ majority opinion was complicated and needed more than a cursory glance to understand. CNN later apologized. Fox News, of course, did not.

Malcolm Thomas
The Escambia County Superintendent of Schools recommended several principal and district administration appointees that the school board approved on June 26.
None of them were black. Considering that only 12 percent of the teachers are African-American, civil rights leaders and black ministers were vocal at the meeting about their disappointment in Thomas. Next meeting, expect white hoods to no longer be banned.

Eric Holder
Republican lawmakers had to take out their frustrations over the Supreme Court ruling on someone, and Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward’s chief of staff, John Asmar, wasn’t available. The GOP-led House voted, 255-67, to hold Attorney General Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to provide key information pertaining to Operation Fast and Furious, making him the first sitting Cabinet member to be held in contempt. Seventeen Democrats broke ranks to vote in favor of contempt, while two Republicans voted against the measure.