Sep 28

“That makes me smart:” Trump’s a long-overdue reckoning for Clinton’s self-serving New Democrats

by Deborah Nelson Monday night’s Presidential debate featured a historical politicotainment first…namely, it supplied its own official heckler in the person of Donald Trump.  Hillary Clinton has nobody to blame but herself. Just like in a comedy club, Trump’s observations spotlighted weaknesses in the featured performance.  That performance, of course, was the Hillary is Most …

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Sep 24

TPP protests spread to Capitol Hill

by Public Citizen A woman with advanced cancer was just arrested protesting the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in a congressman’s office. Zahara Heckscher, a 51-year-old mother and self-described “cancer thriver,” went to Capitol Hill September 21 — supported by health professionals and the friends and family of people with cancer — to remind Congress of the …

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Sep 23

New Santa Rosa flood maps available online; FEMA meetings next week

by Santa Rosa County Public Information Officer Santa Rosa residents, take note. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently released updated flood hazard maps for public review and comment prior to final adoption.  All residents, property owners, and businesses should review these preliminary maps to ensure they have adequate flood ensure when the new maps take …

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Sep 22

Offshored corporate tax debts could total $700 billion

by Economic Policy Institute America’s biggest and most powerful corporations continue to claim they are damaged by the 35 percent U.S. corporate tax rate when it comes to international competition, but the facts prove that simply isn’t true. A newly-released online resource compiled by Americans for Tax Fairness and the Economic Policy Institute shows U.S. …

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Sep 21

EPA may have to reject Florida’s new, higher water pollution levels because citizens weren’t properly noticed

Editor’s Note:  Florida’s Environmental Regulation Commission, July 26, lowered pollution criteria for 23 toxins allowed to be dumped in Florida waters, 18 of which are known carcinogens.  The new standards were developed by Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection.  Under the same new rule, DEP also set criteria for 39 new chemicals that previously had no …

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Sep 20

Who’s whispering in their ears? Presidential candidate advisors shaping policy now

by Public Citizen   Public Citizen Releases a List of Clinton and Trump Advisers WASHINGTON, D.C. – The people who will help shape the next president’s policies already are advising the candidates, providing a glimpse into possible policies and priorities for the next four years. To help shed light on the process, Public Citizen released a …

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Sep 19

Florida 2070 population expected to almost double – but Panhandle will be least affected

A study on how Florida development will affect future sprawl predicts the Panhandle will show the least impact from coming growth. The study, conducted by 1000 Friends of Florida, the University of Florida’s GEO Plan Center and Florida’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, says more than 1000 people move to Florida each day.  It’s …

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Sep 18

Congress moves to cripple Consumer Finance Protection Bureau right after CFPB punishes Wells Fargo for opening phony consumer accounts

by Jeff Sovern/Public Citizen Consumer Law and Policy As has been widely reported, last week the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau fined Wells Fargo $100 million for setting up phony accounts in consumers’ names. But that didn’t stop the House Financial Services Committee from voting [September 13] on a largely party-line vote to adopt the Financial Choice Act, which would …

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Sep 17

OPINION: Pardon Snowden

by American Civil Liberties Union Edward Snowden blew the whistle on a global mass surveillance system that far exceeded the limits of the Constitution. He should be hailed as a hero. Instead, he is exiled in Moscow and faces decades in prison under World War One-era charges that treat him like a foreign spy. Edward …

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Sep 16

VIEWPOINT: Issuing civil citations instead of arrests reduces future juvenile crime

by American Civil Liberties Union Should a Florida student have their entire future ruined for a childhood mistake? Does arresting kids make communities safer? A new study co-sponsored by the ACLU of Florida, “Stepping Up: Florida’s Top Juvenile Civil Citation Efforts 2016,” shows Florida counties that arrest youth rather than issue civil citations or pre-arrest …

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Sep 15

Dr. Martha Saunders named sixth president of the University of West Florida

by University of West Florida Today, the University of West Florida Board of Trustees named Dr. Martha Saunders the sixth president of the University, effective Jan. 1, 2017. Saunders will replace UWF President Dr. Judith Bense, who is set to retire on Dec. 31, 2016. The offer of employment is contingent upon the completion of …

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Sep 15

Government “undercover” study: Obamacare subsidies still “subject to fraud”

By Deborah Nelson Taxpayer-funded Obamacare health insurance subsidies are still subject to fraud, a U.S. Government Accountability Office study has found.   The study, released yesterday, compares results from a 2016 enrollment period study to prior reports, which also indicated a potential for enrollment fraud. The subsidies are not paid directly to enrollees, but reduce the costs of health insurance …

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Sep 14

UPDATE: DEP wins, judge throws water poisons lawsuit out of court

Editor’s Note:  Florida’s Environmental Regulation Commission, July 26, lowered pollution criteria for 23 toxins allowed to be dumped in Florida waters, 18 of which are known carcinogens.  The new standards were developed by Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection.  Under the same new rule, DEP also set criteria for 39 new chemicals that previously had no …

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Sep 14

DEP coverup? Agency failed to provide proper notice for new water poison standards hearing; misrepresented public notice law in court

Editor’s Note:  Florida’s Environmental Regulation Commission, July 26, lowered pollution criteria for 23 toxins allowed to be dumped in Florida waters, 18 of which are known carcinogens.  The new standards were developed by Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection.  Under the same new rule, DEP also set criteria for 39 new chemicals that previously had no …

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Sep 01

OPINION: Trump immigration speech missing one key detail

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump omitted one major policy option in last night’s immigration speech.  It’s one most politicians like to pretend they hadn’t thought of. Trump detailed a range of immigration control policy options, some of which he could unilaterally implement under Presidential Executive authority.  Others would need approval from what would almost certainly …

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Aug 31

West Florida voter turnout beats state average

The 2016 Primary Election is over, and West Florida turned out in higher numbers than the rest of the state. This year’s Primary saw just under 30% voter participation locally.  The statewide turnout was 23.85%. A total of 54,742 of 201,999 registered voters participated in Escambia – a 27% turnout. Santa Rosa had a 25.22% turnout; while 29.03% voted in Okaloosa, per their …

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Aug 29

How Matt Gaetz Helped Legalize Gay Adoption

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You often see what seem to be odd votes in politics but when you know the background of certain relationships, the truth seems to spring from very odd places. For example, how does a “liberal” Democrat from Miami get help from “conservative” Republican from the opposite end of the state in passing an extremely controversial …

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Aug 27

OPINION: Bizarro world of negative campaigns

As I look through my growing collection of campaign mail, I am amused by the inept and ham handed work that comes out of some organizations. The latest offering by Karen Sindel wreaks of desperation as she tries to portray herself as the “Clear Choice” for the Escambia County Commission Dist. 1 seat. The piece …

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Aug 26

How the Gaetz family brought gay adoption to Florida.

During the 2015 legislative session the Florida Legislature was contemplating changes to laws governing adoption. Amid calls from the LGBTQ community for equality, the Florida House sent an amendment to the bill that would end Florida’s decades old ban on the practice. While some said that the state should adopt a separate law that would …

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Aug 25

Gaetz: Sham Voting Card. Sheriff Denies Endorsement.

OPINION:The Red Card Sham. With less than a week to go in the primary and the dirty tricks just keep on coming. Titled “the red card,” the card seems to suggest that the candidates listed are “officially” endorsed by an “official” Republican organization called “Emerald Coast Republicans”. The problem is that there is no organization …

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