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Florida’s Criminal Justice System

Florida’s Criminal Justice System

Tough on crime – and taxpayers By T.S. Strickland This legislative session, Florida’s lawmakers will be asked to reconsider how the state deals with criminals. The “tough on crime” mantra [...]

Watson Lives His Dream

Watson Lives His Dream

By Rick Outzen Aaron Watson had a big year in 2014. The young attorney in Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Rafferty and Proctor law firm won a $12.6 million verdict for his client, making it [...]

Escambia County mulls appointed school superintendent

Escambia County mulls appointed school superintendent

By Duwayne Escobedo Five times in the past half century, Escambia County voters have resisted a nationwide trend. Unlike 99 percent of the more than 14,500 public school districts across the [...]

The Buzz 1/15/15

The Buzz 1/15/15

Wedgewood Wants More The residents of Wedgewood weren’t much interested in the stricter ordinances being proposed to regulate borrow pits and construction & debris landfills. No, they made [...]

2015 To Do Lists

2015 To Do Lists

By Rick Outzen and Duwayne Escobedo We are coming upon the midpoint of the second decade of the 21st century. The past four years we’ve dealt with an environmental disaster and leadership [...]

NAACP President Charles Thornton: New leadership, new vision

NAACP President Charles Thornton: New leadership, new vision

By Shelby Smithey Charles D. Thornton Sr., new president of the Pensacola chapter of the NAACP, assumed leadership Jan. 1 and has a progressive vision for the future of the civil rights [...]

The Buzz 1/8/15

The Buzz 1/8/15

City Lobbyist Registry On Oct. 10, 2014, Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward announced in his digital newsletter that he wanted the city to adopt a lobbyist registry that would require those paid to lobby [...]

“Finally We Can”

“Finally We Can”

Marriage equality comes to Florida By Jennifer Leigh The first newsletter of the year for the Gay Grassroots of Northwest Florida was sent out over the weekend. On the first page, in bold, [...]

The Buzz 1/2/15

The Buzz 1/2/15

City Attorney Shake-up Mayor Ashton Hayward has made the decision not to renew the Messer Law Firm as the city attorney. Jim Messer’s contract expired on Dec. 14, and he will work month-to-month [...]

Nice Guys Can Finish First

Nice Guys Can Finish First

By Rick Outzen Clay Ingram is a nice guy. Few people will dispute that statement. In the rough and tumble worlds of Escambia County and Florida politics, Ingram has a level of “gosh darn” [...]

Morgan Responds to Valentino’s Complaints

Morgan Responds to Valentino’s Complaints

By Rick Outzen Sheriff David Morgan formally responded to the Florida Ethics Commission in regard to the series of complaints filed by former Escambia County Commissioner Gene Valentino. The [...]

The Buzz 12/26/14

The Buzz 12/26/14

Sorry Moms The Community Maritime Park Associates Board rejected at its Dec. 17 meeting a proposal from Quint Studer for two parcels at the maritime park. Last month, Studer Community Investments [...]

New Man With The Gavel

New Man With The Gavel

By Rick Outzen The Pensacola City Council elected last month District 3 Councilman Andy Terhaar as its council president. The vote was close. After several rounds of voting, Terhaar nudged out [...]

Rebuilding County Corrections

Rebuilding County Corrections

By Rick Outzen Escambia County Administrator Jack Brown recently made his first big hire—Michael Tidwell as the new Corrections Director. Tidwell replaces long-time director Gordon Pike who [...]

The Buzz 12/18/14

The Buzz 12/18/14

Only One Flag Will Fly Escambia County will no longer fly the Confederate battle flag or the Spanish, French or British flag, at the Pensacola Bay Center. After an emotional discussion, the Board of [...]

PSC: Both Sides Closer

PSC: Both Sides Closer

By Rick Outzen Inweekly sat down with Dr. Ed Meadows, president of Pensacola State College, to discuss his labor negotiations with his faculty and the claims of censorship. Dr. Meadows said the [...]

Free Speech and Faculty Morale at Pensacola State College

Free Speech and Faculty Morale at Pensacola State College

By Steven Poulin As Pensacola State College (PSC) tries to increase its prestige among Florida’s four-year colleges, President Ed Meadows is drawing fire over free speech and faculty rights. In [...]

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