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Winners & Losers 11/14/13

Winners

Lumon May
The Escambia County Commissioner came to the rescue of Gulf Coast Veterans Advocacy Council. After the city of Pensacola passed the buck on helping the volunteer organization with the Florida Department of Transportation permit for its Veterans’ Day parade, May asked the county engineering department to make it happen. Bureaucrats make excuses. Public servants get things done.

Michael Sanders
The USS Vandegrift crew member and Pensacola native was recognized Nov. 7 during an awards ceremony aboard the ship for his role in helping victims of an automobile accident that occurred last month in Chula Vista, Calif. Master-at-Arms 1st Class Sanders received the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for his role in helping to extricate three children and their mother from an overturned minivan following a collision with the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System.

Escambia County School District
The school district has launched a third party fraud, waste, and abuse hotline—855-819-1248. The hotline provides an opportunity to report possible cases of fraud, waste, abuse, or illegal behavior.

Greater Pensacola Chamber
Governor Rick Scott has announced that the chamber has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the Florida Defense Support Task Force to establish a center of excellence for information dominance to stimulate science and technology research and cyber warfare training.

Losers

Barack Obama
According to the latest Pew poll, the president’s overall job approval rating is down to 41 percent, only five points higher than Bush’s approval at the same point in his second term when his plummeted. Obama has lost 20 points net on health care since January.

Dean Young
The Orange Beach real investor lost the GOP primary for Alabama’s 1st Congressional District, despite having the support of the Tea Party and Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore. The Republican establishment put its support behind the more moderate Bradley Byrne, who faces Democratic Burton Leflore in the general election on Dec. 17.

Defense Department
Army Maj. Gen. Gary S. Patton, director of DOD’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, appeared on Nov. 7 before the Response Systems to Adult Sexual Assault Crimes Panel to report on DOD’s prevention and awareness initiatives. He reported that there were 3,553 assault reports in the first three quarters of the last fiscal year, up from 2,434 in the previous year—a 46-percent increase.

Philippines Islands
Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the Philippine Islands last week, killing an estimated 10,000 people. At least 2 million people were affected by the typhoon and over 23,000 houses were damaged or destroyed. The United States and others have launched a massive international aid effort to help.