Author page: Derek Cosson

Brian Spencer is a racist

I believe in the fundamental American ideal that all men are created equal. Of course, it’s an ideal on which America has never come close to delivering. But that’s the entire point of America: we are bound together, united by a common goal of striving toward that more perfect union. So I believe that the very least white people can do is call out…

How I’m voting on judges

This year, the ballots of Pensacola-area voters feature retention questions on six judges: one Florida Supreme Court justice and five First District Court of Appeals judges. Why? That’s just the way it works in Florida. In some states, judges are appointed and that’s just that. In others, judges are elected. In Florida, we elect local judges (county and circuit courts) while state judges…

How I’m voting on Florida’s proposed constitutional amendments

Every couple of years come election time, friends and family are always asking me about the proposed constitutional amendments on their ballots — because there are always proposed amendments, and they’re almost always confusing.  Unfortunately, Florida law allows for proposed amendments to be placed on the ballot even when they’re deceptively worded or even combine multiple unrelated issues into one amendment. Sometimes…

Gulf Power gives big to Florida conservatives

Since the beginning of the year, the Gulf Power Company has contributed more than a quarter of a million dollars to mostly conservative PACs and candidates, including controversial figures like Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis.  DeSantis — who is running against Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum, a black man — has been criticized for what some call racist comments. In an Aug. 29…

If you don’t vote, you’re an asshole

This Tuesday — October 9 — is the deadline in Florida to register to vote in this year’s general election, and I want to be clear about something: If you’re eligible to vote and don’t, you’re an asshole. I don’t care if that language bothers you. Get off your ass and vote. Or hell, stay on your ass and vote. You can…

The big money behind Brian Spencer

Make no mistake — Brian Spencer is trying to buy his way into the Pensacola mayor’s office. In just three months, Spencer’s campaign and associated PACs have raised well over a quarter of a million dollars. Where’s all that money coming from? Here are the biggest donors: Brian and Crystal Spencer — $25,000Ray Russenberger and family — $22,000J.J. Talbott and family —…