Pensacola, Florida
Monday October 14th 2019


Winners & Losers 1/24/19

Clay Ingram
It didn’t take long for the former Florida representative to return to politics. Governor Ron DeSantis has appointed Ingram, who has served as the Greater Pensacola Chamber’s CEO since 2014, to be his Volunteer Florida CEO. Volunteer Florida coordinates volunteer organizations across the state and administers more than $30 million in federal and state funding for national service and volunteer programs.

Maria Goldberg
The director of marketing, public relations for Great Southern Restaurants led the successful effort to get a Mississippi Blue Trail Marker for Belmont-DeVilliers, only the second marker along the trail in Florida. Goldberg worked with the Belmont-DeVilliers Neighborhood Association and local African-American historians to complete the application that documented the area’s rich musical heritage. She even met with Gussie Streeter, who operated Gussie’s Record Shop on the site of the Five Sisters Blues Cafe, and her sons Alvin and Derek to include their family’s history.

Tanya Kent
Sacred Heart Health System recently recognized the registered nurse in the pediatric intensive care unit with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Kent is the first nurse at the Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart to be selected for the honor. The DAISY Award program is an international recognition program that honors the skillful, compassionate care that nurses provide daily. It is administered by The DAISY Foundation, a not-for-profit organization established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died in 1999 from complications associated with an autoimmune disease.

Booker T. Washington High
This hasn’t been a good year for the school. The football and boys’ basketball teams have struggled under new coaches, leading to the firing of the head football coach. The Department of Juvenile Justice reported the school had the fifth most on-campus arrests in the state. And last week, a teacher was arrested for allegedly convincing a student to send him a sexually inappropriate video of herself, according to police.

Florida Constitution Revision Commission
Although the panel saw its proposed constitutional amendments passed in 2018, Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, and Rep. Brad Drake, R-Eucheeanna, want to abolish the CRC, which meets every 20 years to propose changes to the state constitution for voters to consider. The commission drew controversy and legal challenges, in part because it lumped together seemingly unrelated issues into single-ballot proposals. The proposed abolishment would go on the 2020 ballot if passed by the House and Senate. If the initiative fails, the CRC will reconvene in 2037 and 2038.

John Gauger
The Wall Street Journal reported that Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, promised to pay $50,000 to Gauger’s RedFinch Solutions to rig online polls on CNBC and the Drudge Report. It’s also claimed Cohen asked Gauger to create the @WomenForCohen Twitter account in May 2016 that praised the attorney as a “sex symbol.” Gauger is also the chief information officer at Liberty University, the evangelical college run by Jerry Falwell, Jr.