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Election 2014
10:29 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Mid-Term Elections Bring Few Surprises In Panhandle

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The big news of election night was Governor Rick Scott (48.3%) edging out challenger and former governor Charlie Crist (46.9%). The pattern of incumbents keeping their seats in Florida held, though, throughout the panhandle.

***note all results are still unofficial***

Statewide:
Attorney General: Pam Bondi (R) retained with 55.24% of the vote.
Chief Financial Officer: Jeff Atwater (R) 59%
Commissioner of Agriculture: Adam Putnam (R) 58.8%

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Veterans Affairs
10:45 am
Fri August 8, 2014

President Designates $16 Billion To Overhaul VA

President Barack Obama signs H.R. 3230, the Veterans' Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, at Fort Belvoir, Va., Aug. 7, 2014. The bill provides the Department of Veterans Affairs the resources to improve access and quality of care for veterans. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Credit whitehouse.gov

One week after Congress gave its overwhelming approval, President Obama traveled to Fort Belvoir, Virginia Thursday, where he signed legislation to overhaul the Veterans Affairs Department. 

The conference committee bill sailed through the House by a vote of 420-5, and 93-3 in the Senate. The $16.3 billion measure expands community healthcare options for vets facing long wait times and commutes; and hires more doctors, nurses and other health-care workers to work with a new generation of veterans returning to civilian life.

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VA Reform
4:18 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Veterans Affairs Committees Create Plan For Reform

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A bipartisan deal to improve veterans' health care would authorize at least $17 billion to fix the health program, scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays.

Republican Cong. Jeff Miller and Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, and their staffs, worked through the weekend to finalize the plan, in time for consideration before Congress leaves for its August break. At a news conference on Monday, Miller said the blueprint also begins a conversation about the future of the VA.

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Governor's Veterans Service Award
1:59 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Gov Scott Honors Vets In Pensacola

Governor Rick Scott, Escambia County School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas and Congressman Jeff Miller. Thomas was awarded the Governor's Veterans Service Award Medal.
Credit Bob Barrett / WUWF News

Governor Rick Scott was in town Thursday morning to award 227 local veterans a special medal...and talk just a little politics. 

Saying the Supreme Court "upheld our freedom of religion again this week", Scott made it clear how he stood on the recent Supreme Court decision on the Hobby Lobby case.

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Congress Begins VA Reforms
10:21 am
Fri June 13, 2014

VA Reform Begins: Local Clinics Flagged For Further Review

Joint Ambulatory Care Center in Pensacola
Credit Gulf Coast Veterans Healthcare System

Earlier this week, when the Veterans Affairs released the results of a nationwide audit of VA healthcare facilities, two local clinics in the Gulf Coast Veterans Healthcare system were on a list of 112 that had been flagged for further investigation. Since Monday, a lot has been done to deal with the VA health care system to deal with issues such as the back log of veterans waiting to be seen and problems of questionable practices that have been uncovered.

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VA Resignation Reaction
1:42 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Shinseki Resigns: Rep. Miller And Senator Nelson React

Eric Shinseki resigned as the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs on Friday, in what President Obama said was a decision spurred by a desire to not distract from efforts to fix the agency's problems. Earlier Friday, Shinseki spoke at a conference in Washington.
Credit Win McNamee/Getty Images

Once President Obama announced VA Secretary Shinseki's resignation Friday morning, Republican Congressman Jeff Miller, chair of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs issued a statement through a press release.  Here is the text of the statement:

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Pentagon Budget Cuts
3:27 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Proposed Pentagon Budget Cuts Find Opponent In Local Congressman Jeff Miller

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s proposed cuts to the Pentagon’s budget is aimed at reshaping the military post-Afghanistan. Many are taking a wait and see approach, while some lawmakers are gearing up to fight it.

This is the first such spending plan to fully reflect the end of the combat mission in Afghanistan, and the transition from the last 13 years of war – the longest conflict in U.S. history.

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Change in Food Stamp Benefits
11:35 am
Fri November 1, 2013

SNAP Benefits to Be Cut

Credit USDA

As of Friday, November 1st, more than three and a half million food stamp recipients in Florida will see a reduction in that benefit. The initial reduction in SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, comes with the end of the federal stimulus spending package which was passed in 2009 to boost the economy during the Great Recession.

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SNAP Benefits Cut
2:32 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Food stamps to be reduced

As of Friday, November 1st, more than three and a half million food stamp recipients in Florida will see a reduction in that benefit. The initial reduction in SNAP -- the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – comes with the end of the federal stimulus spending package. That was passed in 2009 to boost the economy during the Great Recession.

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