Pensacola, Florida
Tuesday March 19th 2019


Winners & Losers 1/8/15

Doug Underhill
State Attorney Bill Eddins announced on New Year’s Eve that his office’s review of a complaint against Escambia County Commissioner Underhill v had determined that such violation occurred. The complaint, filed by Randy Cudd, alleged that Underhill had violated Florida Sunshine Law by asking commissioners to reverse a decision regarding discretionary TDC funds. The State Attorney’s Office said those conversations took place prior to his election. Therefore, no violation occurred.

Pensacola Police Department
Locals donated approximately 270 new and gently used blankets to the Pensacola Police Department and they will be delivered to United Way of Escambia County to help people in need. The blanket drive began after a tragic event claimed the life of a four-year-old boy and two adults on Dec. 11. An improperly used propane heater used to keep them warm is believed to have caused the deaths.

John Matthews
The Pensacola resident is one of eight individuals honored statewide by the Florida Commodores Association with their highest recognition, the Four Star Commodores Award. Matthews was nominated by the Pensacola Yacht Club that cited among his contributions, his stint as interim general manager of the Pensacola Yacht Club, his involvement in the Wounded American Veterans, his leadership role in the biennial race to Mexico for several years and his consistency in “stepping up when no one else has.”

Once again, the British oil giant is trying to derail the claim settlement process. BP asked on Dec. 23 that the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals kick out Patrick Juneau, the administrator of damage settlement claims from its 2010 oil spill. Last November, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier rejected the oil giant’s arguments to get rid of Juneau. As with other decisions by Judge Barbier, BP wants it overturned.

Sharon Helman
The director of the VA medical center in Phoenix, Arizona, lost her job when the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board turned down her appeal. Helman wasn’t fired because she was allegedly connected to long patient wait-times and manipulated data at the hospital. No, she was terminated for accepting tickets for a Beyonce concert, Chang’s Rock & Roll Arizona Marathon, the Mississippi Blues Marathon and an eight-night stay at Disney World from a consultant to a healthcare provider looking to do business with the VA facility, according to evidence.

Steve Scalise
The Congressman from Louisiana and the No. 3 Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives admitted that he addressed a group of white supremacists and neo-Nazis in 2002. Scalise, a Louisiana state legislator at the time, made the remarks to the European-American Unity and Rights Organization, which was founded two years earlier by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.