Pensacola, Florida
Tuesday August 20th 2019


Winners & Losers 1/3/19

Jayer Williamson
Florida Speaker of the House Jose Oliva appointed Rep. Williamson (R-Santa Rosa County) as chairman of the Government Operations & Technology Appropriations subcommittee. As an appropriations subcommittee chairman, he will also serve on the full House Appropriations Committee. Williamson will lead his subcommittee in budget recommendations for the following state agencies: Department of Revenue, Department of Financial Services, Department of Management Services, Department of the Lottery, Department of Business & Professional Regulation, the Agency for State Technology and the Public Service Commission. He was also appointed to the Joint Legislative Budget Commission.

Richard Corcoran
The State Board of Education unanimously voted to appoint the former House speaker to serve as Florida’s Commissioner of Education. Corcoran served in the Florida House for eight years and was elected by his peers to serve as Speaker of the House from 2016-2018. As a legislator, he advocated student-focused legislation, including the Schools of Hope program, which serves students in persistently low-performing schools, and the Hope Scholarship to help bullied students.

Port of Pensacola
New York Yacht Club American Magic, U.S. Challenger for the 36th America’s Cup, announced that the Port of Pensacola will serve as the team’s winter training base. American Magic’s first exposure to Pensacola came during July 2018, when Team CEO Hap Fauth gave an America’s Cup presentation at the Optimist U.S. National Championship hosted by Pensacola Yacht Club.

Matt Gaetz
Our congressman voted for H.R. 695 because it met President Trump’s demand that the U.S. taxpayers spend $5 billion for a border wall, even though the President repeatedly told Northwest Florida during his rallies at the Pensacola Bay Center that Mexico would pay for the wall. I guess Congressman Gaetz thinks we’re now part of Mexico.

Scott Blackmun
U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.)—chairman and ranking member of the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance and Data Security—have referred the former U.S. Olympic Committee CEO for investigation of potential violations and lying in front of Congress. Blackmun resigned as chief executive officer of the U.S. Olympic Committee in the face of the Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal. The Subcommittee referred Blackmun to Department of Justice and FBI citing Blackmun’s “materially false statements contained in his written testimony to the Subcommittee during the course of the Subcommittee’s investigation.”

Internet Research Agency
Two reports commissioned by the Senate Intelligence Committee revealed Russia’s efforts to target African-Americans and suppress turnout among Democratic voters through this St. Petersburg company owned by a close ally of Vladimir Putin. The company used fake accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Reddit, Tumblr, Pinterest, Vine and other social media platforms. Internet Research Agency trolls have also attacked the Mueller investigation of Russian election interference.