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Winners & Losers 10.21

Not everything fits easily into a Best of The Coast category. We had to come up with a few more to fulfill our political itch.

BEST INTERIM: LARRY NEWSOM
This interim county administrator faced the worst man-made environmental disaster in our history and passed with flying colors. We wished that Newsom had held on to the spot a little longer in order to take a stab at functional consolidation.

BEST RELENTLESS QUESTIONING: DAN THOMAS
The WEAR-TV reporter refused to let Obama energy advisor Carol Browner off the hook when she claimed that 75 percent of the BP oil had disappeared after the well was capped. He asked the question so many times that her handlers had to step in to call the “bulldog” off.

BEST COMEDY ACT: TICK TOCK GANG
We still laugh when we think about former Pensacola City Councilmen Jack Nobles and Marty Donovan driving around town trying to find someone, anyone, to take their petition signatures against the Community Maritime Park after they failed to meet the 5 p.m. deadline.

BEST EMAIL: RUSTY WELLS

Email jokes about Internet porn, drinking and poker games while on the job might get most employees fired, but not if you work for the Pensacola City Council.

BEST FALL FROM GRACE: STEPHEN NODINE
The former Mobile County Commissioner was the economic development rainmaker for the Gulf Coast and had repeated speaking engagements in the Pensacola area, including a presentation in front of the Escambia County Commission. His arrest for the murder in connection with the shooting death of his girlfriend, Angel Downs, may have ended his promising political career.

BEST RAILROAD ACT: RENAMING ALCANIZ, PART TWO
While we support the renaming of the two blocks and adding them to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, we question the lack of notification to the property owners impacted by the decision. So much for input and transparency.