politics

Gardner reflects on 33 year career before retirement

Gardner reflects on 33 year career before retirement

On an evening in 1995, Paul Gardner and his wife were cresting the top of the Navarre Beach bridge when they spotted a breathtaking view, thousands of lights along the coastal community known as Navarre. The couple were headed home from a celebratory dinner. Gardner had just secured a promotion to Operations Manager at Holley […]

10 Things to Know for Friday

10 Things to Know for Friday

1. NATIONWIDE SEARCH FOR PERPETRATOR OF MAIL BOMB PLOT Investigators have been searching coast-to-coast for the culprit and motives behind the series of explosive devices sent to critics of the president, with fresh focus on a postal facility in Florida. 2. POLITICS QUICKLY OVERSHADOW HOPES FOR ACCORD With the country on edge over a widening […]

10 Things to Know for Thursday

10 Things to Know for Thursday

1. PACKAGES TO DE NIRO, BIDEN SEIZED, SIMILAR TO PIPE BOMBS Suspicious packages addressed to actor Robert De Niro and former Vice President Joe Biden are intercepted, and investigators say they are similar to crude pipe bombs sent to former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and CNN. 2. ‘IT’S ALMOST SCARY TO TALK POLITICS WITH […]

Q&A Meet the candidates for District 1 U.S. House of Representatives

Q&A Meet the candidates for District 1 U.S. House of Representatives

What motivated you to run, and what will your top priority be? “I love my country but have been disappointed with leadership that led us into wars without commitment to fight and win.  I have been dismayed in a government that colluded with big banks and credit rating agencies that crushed our citizens and small business […]

Osborne challenges Williamson for Florida House seat

Osborne challenges Williamson for Florida House seat

Time is running short for candidates throw their hat into the ring for the 2018 election season, and in a surprise development a new candidate has announced she will challenge incumbent Jayer Williamson of Pace for the Florida House of Representative District 3 seat. Bobbi Sue Osborne of Jay filed to open a campaign fund […]

Gaetz pays a visit to Santa Rosa County schools

Gaetz pays a visit to Santa Rosa County schools

With Congress on its summer break, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz made a stop in Santa Rosa County last week to talk politics with local students. Since taking office in January as the representative for Florida’s 1st Congressional District, Gaetz has made a habit of visiting locations such as schools and town halls throughout his district […]

Navarre grad takes on Tallahassee

Navarre grad takes on Tallahassee

Navarre High School graduate Jake Hebert never intended to go into politics. His passion lay elsewhere, he says. But at the age of 22, Hebert has represented more than 341,000 university students, met with legislators at the state Capitol and lobbied for reforms of Florida’s university system. Read the full article in the March 30 […]

Congressman talks politics, faces critics during tour of Santa Rosa

Congressman talks politics, faces critics during tour of Santa Rosa

U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz spent most of his inaugural Open Gaetz Day Thursday touring Santa Rosa County and discussing his views and the views of his constituents on issues including Veterans Affairs, the Environmental Protection Agency, building a wall at the Mexican border and Obamacare. Read the full article in the March 2 issue of […]

High school gets students registered to vote

High school gets students registered to vote

Navarre High School students “exercised their rights” Friday, Oct. 7, during the school’s voter registration drive. Classes filed into the cafeteria for a presentation on the basics of Florida elections. Presenter Erin Begley explained Florida’s importance as a swing state, how closed primaries work and what new voters will experience when walking into the polling […]

Prosecutor drops Broxson probe

Prosecutor drops Broxson probe

The state prosecutor in Tallahassee has closed his investigation into a complaint that State Sen.-elect Doug Broxson violated a campaign law involving special interest groups during his successful race against Mike Hill. “I don’t see this going anywhere,” said State Attorney Willie Meggs in a phone interview with the Navarre Press. “I don’t see that […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 14

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 14

DEMOCRATS IN THE U.S. HOUSE SAY TRUMP DONATION TO BONDI SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED House Democrats are calling for a federal criminal investigation into an improper $25,000 donation Donald Trump’s charity made to a political group supporting Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi after her office said it was weighing legal action against Trump University. ROYAL CARIBBEAN […]

Broxson wins mud fight for state Senate

Broxson wins mud fight for state Senate

Emerging from a campaign that brought out the worst in both candidates and some supporters, Doug Broxson defeated Republican Mike Hill for the northwest Florida state Senate seat by about 3,600 votes, winning 57.59 percent of those cast. Although neither Broxson nor his campaign returned a reporter’s phone calls Tuesday night, Hill said, “I’m disappointed […]

Broxson criticizes water utility endorsements

Broxson criticizes water utility endorsements

Doug Broxson has been phoning members of the Holley-Navarre Water System board to express concerns over their plan to endorse a candidate for the Northwest Florida Senate seat he is seeking. Broxson, the Republican state representative for Santa Rosa and northern Okaloosa counties, told the Navarre Press he objects to appearing for an interview before […]

New courthouse encounters trial and tribulation

New courthouse encounters trial and tribulation

For a building in which evidence is supposed to carry the day, the proposed new Santa Rosa County courthouse in Milton appears in need of a strong closing argument. Burdened by the sales-tax increase that will require voters’ support to fund it, the new courthouse is mired in politics and indecision. Read the full article […]

The Conventions: Why Words Matter In Politics

The Conventions: Why Words Matter In Politics

With all the hype surrounding the possibility of an unconventional convention taking place for Republicans this election cycle, understanding what a “brokered” or “contested” convention is becomes important. Also important is an understanding of how a national political convention works and just how volatile a process it is. Read the full article in the Mar. […]

Electing a President: Understanding the Electoral College

Electing a President: Understanding the Electoral College

This election cycle commands the attention of a greater number of Americans than many in the recent past. Whether the increased number of people turning their attention to politics and the electoral process is because of frustration and anger or hope and foreseen opportunity remains in the eye of the individual. As citizen voters we […]

New faces join race for Miller’s seat

New faces join race for Miller’s seat

The congressional race for U.S. House District 1 is heating up with numerous candidates who have recently filed an intent to run.  A total of 2,298 signatures of registered voters are required to enable a candidate to actually qualify in lieu of paying a hefty $10,440 qualifying fee. The signatures must be received by the […]

Breach on the beach over ‘ragtag’ label

Breach on the beach over ‘ragtag’ label

Former Air Force pilot John Lewis, who flew in Korea and Vietnam, led fellow members of the now-resigned Navarre Beach Beautification Committee to protest County Commissioner Rob Williamson’s recent labeling of them as “ragtag” volunteers. “I’ve never been called ‘ragtag’ before,” said Lewis, a retired lieutenant colonel, speaking to the commission at its meeting Monday. […]

Byrom looks back on a life of public service

Byrom looks back on a life of public service

Many people hope to live a long, healthy life, have a loving family and build a successful career. William Henry “Cotton” Byrom has done that and more in his 87 years. The former longtime mayor of Milton, who also served two years in the state legislature and a dozen years as chairman of the Santa Rosa […]

Milton’s 100-hour mayor

Milton’s 100-hour mayor

“History was definitely made,” said Wesley Meiss, new mayor of the City of Milton, during an Oct. 14 special session to install new city leaders. Meiss succeeded the city’s first black mayor, R.L. Lewis, who served just 100 hours in the seat. Meiss noted Mary Johnson, the city’s first black female elected to the council, […]