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Winners & Losers 12/05/13

Winners

FamiliesFirst Network of Lakeview
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption has awarded a $70,000 grant to FamiliesFirst Network of Lakeview. The money will be used to find forever families for children who have been waiting in foster care the longest. The grant is through the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program, which awards funding so that agencies like FamiliesFirst Network can hire specialized adoption recruiters and provide them with the time and resources to aggressively seek permanent placements for children most in need of loving families.

Escambia Search and Rescue
AAF Pensacola has officially announced Escambia Search and Rescue as their selection for the 2013-2014 public service campaign. Annually, the Pensacola chapter of the American Advertising Federation selects a non-profit organization for a public service advertising campaign directed to that organization’s specific needs. Escambia Search and Rescue is a non-profit organization that trains for and responds to many different types of incidents including lost children, drowning victims, natural disasters, and missing persons. The organization was chosen from more than 90 applications.

Carla Bestor
This active duty nurse case manager at Naval Hospital Pensacola was recently selected by the Navy’s Bureau of Medicine and Surgery as the 2013 Navy Medicine Case Manager of the Year. Bestor has been a case manager at the hospital for 15 years.

Losers

Ken Detzner
Florida Secretary of State has instituted new restrictions for how people can return their absentee ballots. He instructed supervisors of election to only accept completed absentee ballots at their offices. Supervisors have in the past set up multiple sites to accept them. Detzner wants to put a stop to that.

113th Congress
The top legislative body in this country may go down as the least productive in our history. According to the website Politico, this Congress has enacted less than 50 laws as of Nov. 30. In the last 66 years, there are just four occasions in which fewer than 100 laws were enacted by a similar point in the legislative calendar. The previous Congress held the record passing only 62 laws through November 2011.

Black Friday Creep
Thanksgiving Day has traditionally been one of the two holidays that retailers let their employees spend the day with their families. Not this year. Walmart, Kmart, Target, Best Buy and others started their “Black Fridays” on Thanksgiving Day, as they tried to make up for a holiday shopping season that’s six days shorter than usual. It doesn’t appear to have worked that well. The overall retail spending for the weekend was estimated to be $57.4 billion. That’s down from $59.1 billion last year.