Pensacola, Florida
Sunday June 16th 2019


Winners & Losers 11/17/16

Donald Mayo
The Escambia County Building Services Director retired on Thursday, Nov. 10. After more than 38 years of service with the county, he leaves a strong legacy and impact on Escambia County’s inspection and code enforcement programs. When Mayo joined Escambia County in 1973 as an Electrical Inspector, there was no Fire Safety Inspections Program, Code Enforcement Division or Neighborhood Improvement Division – all of which were established by Mayo during his tenure.

Matt Gaetz
The Republican state lawmaker easily won the First Congressional District seat, beating Democrat Steven Specht 69%-31%. Gaetz embraced Donald Trump early and never looked back on his endorsement. In the GOP debates, he said, “My whole bet in this campaign is that you want a conservative champion representing you in Congress. I’m ready to fight Washington and restore America.” Gaetz won that bet big time.

Christopher Porquaido
The Pensacola State College student has been presented the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. A petty officer third class in the U.S. Navy, Porquaido received the commendation for his service as a dental technician from April 2013 to April 2016 at the United States Naval Hospital (USNH) in Yokosuka, Japan. He enrolled in Pensacola State’s dental hygiene program in May. The Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal is presented for meritorious service or achievement in combat or non-combat circumstances based on sustained performance or specific achievement of a superlative nature.

State Budget
Florida TaxWatch is worried about the potential impact of the Zika virus on the state budget. Despite Congressional approval of a $1.1 billion federal aid package to combat the virus nationally, Florida still has not received any of the money, forcing the state to dip into its reserves and placing a strain on funding for critical services like education and health care. Any drop in tourism caused by fears of the virus would have a negative effect on sales tax revenues.

Electric Utilities
Floridians failed to give the utilities’ solar energy amendment the required 60-percent to pass. Opponents who argued that the amendment would hinder the development of alternative energy in Florida celebrated the defeat of the measure, known as Amendment 1. Tory Perfetti, chairman of the opposition group Floridians for Solar Choice and director of Conservatives for Energy Freedom, called the vote a “victory for energy freedom.”

Media and Pollsters
On Monday, Nov. 7, all the news networks had polls showing that Hillary Clinton would win the presidency by margins ranging from four to six percent. As the polls closed last Tuesday, the political pundits began to talk about the “Clinton Big Blue Wall,” a line of states along the eastern coast expect to vote for her. The distrust of the Beltway was greater than they realized. Maybe we will listen more and talk less in the future.