Pensacola, Florida
Monday October 14th 2019


Winners & Losers 4/30/15

Marco Rubio
The freshman senator from Florida has caught fire with Republican voters since he announced his candidacy for president. Rubio is suddenly leading the field in a Fox News poll with a 13 percent, ahead of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (12), Sen. Rand Paul (10), former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (9) and Sen. Ted Cruz (8). If he can raise the millions, possibly billions, needed to finance his campaign, Rubio could upset the field and win his party’s nomination.

Pensacola News Journal
April is National Child Abuse Awareness month. The daily newspaper’s four-part series focusing on child abuse in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties is first-class journalism. We hope it achieves the paper’s goal to increase awareness of the need to report suspected abuse, in the hopes of saving children and families in this community. It’s a worthy cause on which we can all agree.

Martha Saunders
The provost and executive vice president at the University of West Florida has been selected for The Fulbright International Education Administrators Program in France, a bilateral program of educational exchange between the United States and France, which will take place in October. The program’s overarching objective is to increase mutual understanding through the cooperation and collaboration among students, teachers and research scholars of both countries.

Pamela Long-Wiggins
The Florida Commission on Offender Review denied a request from Pamela Long-Wiggins for a conditional medical release, which was based upon the determination that she is now terminally ill with a prognosis of six to 12 months to live. She is serving a 28-year sentence for accessory after the fact for her involvement in the robbery and murder of Byrd and Melanie Billings in 2009.

Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation
Battling charges of conflicts of interest, the Clinton Foundation admitted that it made “mistakes” as the philanthropy grew but maintained that it did not intentionally do anything wrong. In a blog post published over the weekend, Foundation acting CEO Maura Pally reaffirmed its commitment to transparency, but said some errors had occurred.

Rick Scott
The governor of Florida said that he sue the federal government to stop the expiration of the Low Income Pool program that provides $2 billion annually for the health care coverage for low income families in the state. The lawsuit is good theater, but will not help balance the state balance its budget. Sen. Don Gaetz said it best: “The governor has filed a lawsuit, and that will go through the courts and go to the Supreme Court and go on for months and years, but back here on earth, we still have to have a balanced budget.”