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Election 2014
10:29 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Mid-Term Elections Bring Few Surprises In Panhandle

Credit Photo via Flickr//Vox Efx

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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Election 2014
9:08 am
Tue November 4, 2014

2014 Florida Governor Race Polling In Dead Heat

Florida State Seal

  On the eve of the election, the battle for the governor’s chair remained a toss-up. Voters in the Panhandle, for the most part, have had to admire – or revile – the candidates from afar.

Florida's brutal and expensive race for governor is ending in the same way it began: bitter, personal and close as ever. The Tampa Tribune reports the overall price tag is expected to be well north of $150 million. That would also make it the most expensive among the nation’s other 36 gubernatorial races this year.  

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Election 2014
3:41 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Scott & Crist Face Off, Stick To Scripts (Mostly)

Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist squared off at Broward College Wednesday evening, in the second of three debates. The event was delayed over a last-minute dispute that’s come to be known as “FanGate.”

Crist, the Democratic nominee, took the stage alone at the appointed hour. But Governor Scott Rick Scott delayed the start of the debate because of an electric fan below Crist's podium.

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First Amendment Foundation
2:36 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Sunshine Law Champion Says Open Government Essential

Barbara Peterson from the First Amendment Foundation
Joe Vinson//PensacolaToday.com

The First Amendment Foundation is working to build on the legacy of former Florida Governor Reubin Askew, who was a champion of open, ethical government and was one of the most active supporters of the state’s 1967 Sunshine Law.

The organization conducts Sunshine monitoring of state and local government agencies; staffs a Freedom of Information Hotline; and provides Sunshine training seminars. FAF President Barbara Petersen recently conducted one of those training seminars in Pensacola.

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Election 2014
10:50 am
Thu September 25, 2014

New Poll Shows Scott, Crist In Virtual Tie

With pollsters saying Florida’s gubernatorial race remains too close to call, a new poll shows Republican incumbent Rick Scott with a slight lead over Democrat Charlie Crist.

In a two-man contest Scott leads Crist 46-44% in the poll of likely voters taken last week. The three point margin of error makes the race a virtual dead heat. Peter Brown, Quinnipiac’s assistant poll director, says it appears Democrats are embracing Crist -- the Republican-turned-Independent-turned Democrat.

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Gov. Brings Campaign to Panhandle
4:26 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Scott Stumps in Pensacola

Gov. Rick Scott addresses supporters during a rally Wednesday (9/10/14) at New World Landing in downtown Pensacola.
Credit Dave Dunwoody/WUWF

Governor Rick Scott’s “Let’s Keep Working” bus tour came to Pensacola this morning. WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody reports the visit was part of Scott’s two week, 28-city schedule.

Running about 20 minutes late to the rally at New World Landing downtown, Gov. Scott continued the tour’s dual themes. First up, tax cuts. The Governor says because of what he calls Florida’s robust economic recovery, he can offer a one billion dollar reduction over the next two years.

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Economic Report
8:07 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Harper Expects Good Economic Outlook For Florida

Dr. Rick Harper
Credit University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the meeting of state economists this week in Tallahassee. Florida has an office of Economic and Demographic Research (EDR) that reports on the economy to the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House.

“EDR every year has to produce the state economic outlook.  And, one of the most important reasons to do that is because the governor as we head into autumn is going to be evaluating various proposals for state programs or tax relief and has to know the health of the economy,” says Harper.

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Climate Change
5:15 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Scientists To Scott: Meet With Us On Climate Change

Florida is vulnerable to climate change because of its low sea level and lack of mitigation plan.
Credit Mikaela Sheldt

Ten scientists from Florida universities are asking Gov. Rick Scott to talk with them about climate change and the impact human-induced global warming will have on Florida. 

Scott, when running for Governor in 2010 initially denied the impact of human-induced global warming, saying that he’s not convinced that there's any man-made climate change. He has since been reluctant to engage on the issue.

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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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Hurricane Season 2014
4:50 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Governor Scott Talks Hurricanes In Pensacola

Gov Rick Scott at the Escambia County Emergency Operations Center
Credit Bob Barrett / WUWF News

A hurricane season information session turned into a campaign appearance Monday morning as Governor Rick Scott and other officials addressed the media at the Escambia County Emergency Management Center.

The governor appeared with members of the state emergency management team and the national guard to talk about hurricane preparedness. Nothing new was said, just reinforcement of the basic message from the Governor: have three days worth of food and water, make a plan, and have an emergency kit available.

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