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Winners & Losers 4/19/12

WINNERS

Norman Vickers
Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward proclaimed the week of April 9-15 as “Pensacola JazzFest Week,” and specifically saluted Dr. F. Norman Vickers for his efforts to promote Jazz in Pensacola. Hayward said that Dr. Vickers “for the past 30 years…has been instrumental in promoting Jazz in Pensacola through his capable leadership with the Jazz Society of Pensacola and especially in organizing and promoting the Pensacola JazzFest.”

Hixardt Technologies
The Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce recently signed a contract with locally owned Hixardt Technologies for front office and back office hardware, software and maintenance. The contract begins this month for a three-year agreement to provide services and was approved during a recent Chamber Board of Directors’ meeting. “It is exciting to see the Pensacola Chamber utilize such an established technological company,” said Sandy Sansing, who chaired the technology task force

Escambia County School District
Sunshine Review, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to government transparency, released the winners of the third annual Sunny Awards and among the winners was the Escambia County School District.  The award, which honors the most transparent government websites in the nation, went to 214 government entities with Florida receiving the most Sunny Awards.

LOSERS

Rick Santorum
The last obstacle to Mitt Romney winning the Republican presidential nomination essentially dropped out of the race when he announced the suspension of his campaign. Santorum, a Roman Catholic, had been seen as the most viable alternative for the Christian Right that had trouble backing the Mormon front-runner. Though he lost his last Senate race and had been out of office since 2006, Santorum tapped into the frustrations that made the Tea Party a force in the mid-term elections.  He had won 11 primaries and caucuses and received over three million votes. Santorum said that he is not done fighting.

Hilary Rosen
Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen had to apologize for saying during a CNN interview that Ann Romney had “never worked a day in her life.” The comment gave Mitt Romney a much-needed boost with women, or at least those that are stay-at-home mothers.

Hugh King
In an attempt to milk his arrest for as much possible, the no-party-affiliation candidate for Escambia County Commission, District 3, tried to get a restraining order against the man that he is charged with assaulting. It took less than 20 minutes for Judge Thomas Santurri to reject the request.