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Winners & Losers 5/25/17

Winners
Susan Davis
The Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA) has named Susan Davis, CEO of Sacred Heart Health System in Pensacola, as a recipient of the 2017 Sister Concilia Moran Award. Named for the first post-Vatican II superior of the Sisters of Mercy of the Union, the Sister Mary Concilia Moran Award celebrates the memory of a woman who was a leader both in religious life and as a hospital administrator and health system executive. The award recognizes the transformative initiatives done under Davis’ leadership at Sacred Heart and Providence Hospital in Mobile.

Escambia County School District
The Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association presented their 2017 Liberty Bell Award to the Escambia County School District at their annual Law Day Luncheon. The Liberty Bell Award was first presented in 1963 with the purpose of recognizing service that has strengthened the American system of Freedom under law, and accord public recognition to men and women, particularly non-lawyers, for their outstanding service. The award honors district’s initiative to give its seventh-grade civics students copies of booklets written by local historian John Appleyard that cover the Constitution and the Bills of Rights.

IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida
The women’s philanthropy group for Okaloosa and Walton counties announced that their 2017 membership has grown to 408 women, allowing for $408,000 of grant award funding. They will award four $102,000 IMPACT 100 NWF grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofits this year. Since 2012, IMPACT 100 has awarded $1.3 million in funding.

Losers
Pensacola City Hall
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida has filed a federal lawsuit challenging an ordinance passed earlier in May by the Pensacola City Council and signed into law by Mayor Ashton Hayward. The law prohibits individuals from asking for donations in downtown Pensacola. The ACLU represents a former diabetic nurse who solicits donations in downtown, a street performer who plays the guitar, and the local volunteer chapter of Food Not Bombs. On their behalf, the ACLU asked the court not only to find the anti-panhandling ordinance to be unconstitutional but to issue an order preventing the law from being enforced before it goes into effect. Mayor, we told you so.

Mike Pence
MSNBC host and political insider Joe Scarborough said the vice president is either a sucker or liar for how he misled the public about the former National Security advisor Mike Flynn’s firing. Flynn has said he told the Trump transition team about the relationships with Turkey and Russia. Pence chaired the transition effort. Through a spokesman, the vice president still maintained last week that he learned about the ties to foreign governments from news reports after the inauguration.

Big Tobacco
The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Philip Morris USA, Inc., which contended that federal law trumps certain claims about smoking-related illnesses and deaths caused by their tobacco products. The appeals court also rejected the companies’ arguments of due-process violations. Big Tobacco is not off the hook.