Aug 24

Obama may give Miller one last chance to screw Florida District 1

Editor’s Note:  It looks like President Obama may try to pass the Trans Pacific Partnership “free trade” agreement through the “lame duck” Congress, after November elections. District 1 U.S. House Representative Jeff Miller is leaving his longtime seat at the end of this year.  Miller has been a staunch supporter of so-called “free trade” agreements, including the …

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Aug 23

Internal Sheriff’s Office letter details infighting, contract award concerns

Panhandle Politico has obtained an internal letter from a former Escambia Sheriff’s Office employee to Sheriff David Morgan that describes employee/supervisor infighting and concerns about Sheriff’s Office Financial Department management. In the letter, dated February 11, 2013, the then-employee details concerns about: Animosity between staff and supervisory authority. Improperly recorded fees owed the Board of …

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Aug 23

Gaetz PAC Warned About Prior Donation

A complaint filed with the Florida Elections Commission says that a political action committee formed by Matt Gaetz improperly donated over $300K to a federal PAC supporting Gaetz’s congressional candidacy after the Florida Division of Elections had warned them about donating to the same PAC just seven months earlier. On August 18, 2016 Pensacola resident Clark Yates filed …

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Aug 22

Citizens for a Just Government endorses Florida Amendment 4 in 2016 Primary

by Citizens for a Just Government Citizens for a Just Government supports proposed Amendment 4; titled “Solar Devices or Renewable Energy Source Devices; Exemption From Certain Taxation and Assessment;” slated to appear on Florida’s August 30 Primary ballot. The Amendment would give Florida Legislators the option to exempt solar or renewable energy equipment from Tangible …

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Aug 18

Elections complaint reportedly filed on Gaetz PAC donations

Panhandle Politico has received a report that a complaint was mailed today to the Florida Elections Commission regarding Political Action Committee donations related to District 1 Congressional candidate Matt Gaetz’ campaign. Pensacola resident Clark Yates told Panhandle Politico he filed the complaint.  A copy of the document provided to Panhandle Politico states: “In August 2015 Economic Freedom Foundation, a state PAC made …

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Aug 15

Funny new video reveals Gaetz 22 traffic tickets

This video takes a lighter look at Rep. Matt Gaetz checkered relationship with the law. Beginning in 2000 when he graduated from high school and in the  nine years since graduating from college, Gaetz has amassed an impressive twenty-two traffic citations. These have ranged from secondary offenses like seatbelt violations and no proof of insurance to speeding …

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Aug 15

Survey Says: TOO CLOSE TO CALL

By Greg Fink In a survey conducted August 13 of 350 likely voters, Panhandle Politico found the District 1 County Commissioner race too close to call. Jesse Casey and Jeff Bergosh were both at 28.82 percent of the vote, with Karen Sindel coming in at 12.34 percent.  The rest of the voters in the race …

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Aug 12

Financial transaction tax would be a win-win for economy

by Economic Policy Institute In a report titled A financial transaction tax would help ensure Wall Street works for Main Street, EPI Research and Policy Director Josh Bivens and EPI Budget Analyst Hunter Blair find that a financial transaction tax (FTT) would result in a combination of increased tax revenue and decreased waste from a bloated …

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Aug 10

Annual meteor shower peaks Thursday night

by Sky & Telescope The Perseid meteor shower, an annual celestial event beloved by millions of skywatchers around the world, has returned to the night sky. The shower’s peak, predicts Sky & Telescope magazine, should come late Thursday night, August 11th, and last through the early-morning hours of the 12th. Those with clear, dark skies …

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Aug 10

OPINION: Eglin ordnance burning contaminates air & water

What we don’t know may be hurting you or someone you love. At Eglin and other bases, waste explosives go up in smoke, come down as pollution; is there a better choice? In hundreds of communities across the U.S., millions of pounds of unneeded explosives such as bombs, artillery shells, propellants, tactical missiles, rockets, pyrotechnics, igniters, cartridges, …

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Aug 09

More Questions about Gaetz PAC funding

North Florida Neighbors, has received over $300,000 in donations from PAC’s formally controlled by Gaetz and has spent over $300,000 on the Gaetz campaign. In contrast, North Florida Neighbors has spent just $7,500 on the campaign of Neil Dunn for whom it was formed. His answer to the Huffington Post article seems to be “don’t …

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Aug 09

Gaetz, the Same Old Song and Dance?

For some, getting elected to Congress is essentially a science. You conduct a few polls, develop some talking points and, if you are someone like 34 year old Matt Gaetz, you take credit for every major legislative initiative in the last ten years even though you have only been a legislature for six years. Another …

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Aug 06

SuperPAC shell game? Gaetz’ old PACs dumped $$$ into PAC supporting new campaign

by Paul Blumenthal/Huffington Post   “The question at issue is whether Gaetz directed his successor at his two leadership PACs, Amanda Clark, on what to do with the remaining funds. Neither the Gaetz campaign nor Clark responded to requests for comment. Federal coordination rules prohibit any entity controlled by a candidate from making independent expenditures …

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Aug 04

Clean Water Network will fight DEP – Pensacola lawyer was one of three votes to lower Florida water quality standards

CLICK HERE FOR CLEAN WATER NETWORK/CONSERVANCY OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA REBUTTAL TO DEP STATEMENTS ON RECENT WATER QUALITY REGULATION CHANGES by Linda Young/Clean Water Network of Florida As most of you know by now, three members of the Environmental Regulation Commission took their marching orders from the Governor’s office and approved the DEP’s proposed regulations from …

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Jul 29

Pro-Life Leader calls Evers Hero, Planned Parenthood says Zero 

On Friday, pro-life advocate John Stemberger, President of Florida Family Action, announced his endorsement of State Senator Greg Evers for Florida’s Congressional District 1. “He (Evers) has been a consistent and steady voice for North Florida family values in the Florida Legislature for many years” says Stemberger. “John and his organization represent the tip-of-the-spear in …

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Jul 27

OPINION: Morgan Above the Law Again?

Do you notice anything wrong about this paid political advertisement?  This appeared in the Future Farmers of America catalogue for the Northview High School’s Blue Jacket Jamboree in April 2016.   As you can see … THERE IS NO LEGALLY REQUIRED ‘DISCLAIMER’ IN THIS AD.  WILL THE STATE ATTORNEY’S OFFICE PROSECUTE THE SHERIFF AND HIS …

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Jul 22

Would You Like a Little Extra Tetrachloroethylene in Your Grouper Ma’am?

by Linda Young/Clean Water Network of Florida Unless you just really like a little extra cancer-causing chemicals in your fish and shellfish, you may want to pay close attention to a decision that will be made this coming Tuesday, July 26 in Tallahassee. The Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP), better known as “Don’t Expect …

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Jul 21

VIEWPOINT: Fight Pensacola sprawl with redevelopment…not new development

by Phyllis Pooley/UWF Urban sprawl has several definitions. In general, it is considered the spreading out of new development onto land adjacent to existing development. Sprawl is said to occur when low-density developments are created around cities away from where people have traditionally shopped, worked, played and studied, thus creating a need for transportation between …

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Jul 20

Gaetz High on Pot Money

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With Matt Gaetz announcing over $700,000 in contributions for his Congressional race last week, it’s not difficult to see why the moneyed special interests gravitate to Gaetz. For the second week allegations of crony capitalism have begun to surround the campaign of the congressional candidate. Last week a video showed State Representative Gaetz, who had several aviation industry contributions …

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Jul 20

State Attorney releases Law Enforcement Trust Fund inquiry report

State Attorney Bill Eddins’ office has released a final report on their review of Escambia Law Enforcement Trust Fund expenditures. The inquiry was prompted by a complaint from Escambia resident Clark Yates after Panhandle Politico reported that thousands earmarked for crime prevention have been donated by Sheriff David Morgan to nonprofits whose primary missions are unrelated to law …

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