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Winners & Losers 7/17/14

Winners
Fred Robbins
The retired NFL player and his wife, Tia, founded Mr. Robbins Neighborhood to stress to area youth the reality of football and the need to balance education with football commitment. Recently they hosted three dozen Pensacola area prep football players and their parents in a three-day career development seminar at the Andrews Institute.

Susan Davis
The Connecticut Hospital Association has recognized the president and CEO of Sacred Heart Health System with the T. Stewart Hamilton, M.D., Distinguished Service Award.  The award recognized her work in leading Connecticut hospitals toward implementing new processes that help to ensure the safety of hospital patients. A former president/CEO of St. Vincent’s Health Services in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Davis is credited with introducing the patient-safety concept of high reliability to that hospital and others across Connecticut.

Brendan Kelly
University of West Florida President Judy Bense recently announced the appointment of Dr. Brendan Kelly as vice president for University Advancement and president of the UWF Foundation. In this role, Kelly serves as the University’s chief philanthropic officer and provides leadership to a team of more than 60 professionals in the Division of Advancement, overseeing the university’s integrated marketing and communication, development and alumni relation efforts. In addition, Kelly leads the UWF Foundation, Inc., UWF Historic Trust and WUWF Public Media.

Losers
Florida Legislature
A Leon County judge struck down a map of the state’s congressional districts drawn by the Legislature. The state’s Fair Districts constitutional amendments mandated no gerrymandering of districts to fair incumbents or political parties. The judge agreed with voting rights groups that said the district boundaries failed to meet that mandate.

Ray Nagin
The former New Orleans mayor has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for his Feb. 12 conviction of fraud, bribery and related charges involving crimes in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. Nagin was convicted of accepting bribes and free vacations from businessmen that wanted work from the city.

Campaign Financing
The latest campaign reports demonstrate how easily groups funnel money from one committee to another. The money eventually winds up in the campaign coffers of the preferred candidates. Incoming Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, has mastered the process. His “Protect Our Liberty” PAC received $250,000 on July 1 from another committee called “The Conservative.” The Protect Our Liberty group also sent $115,000 to the “Space Coast Liberty Caucus” and $100,000 to “The Committee for a Better Florida.” Both are affiliated with Gardiner, who is spearheading efforts to elect Republican senators this year.