When Discrimination is Your Religion: Florida House Bill HB 401

November 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

It was January 2013 when an Oregon LGBT couple filed a complaint against an Oregon baker for refusing to allow them to purchase a cake for their wedding.  The case made national headlines fueled by the bakery’s own social media efforts.  When the bakery was notified of the complaint, owners quickly took to social media and posted the couple’s personal information and grievances.  Immediately, the LGBT couple was subjected to a litany of hate and […]

Pro-Birth Vs. Pro-Life

October 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

A young pregnant woman one week ago went into our local health department for care. Homeless and unemployed, her options were limited. One week later, she is now receiving regular prenatal care at the clinic and is enrolled in a housing program through Trinity Without Borders. Her baby now has a better chance of survival because of the care that we can offer her in our community. There are only two places people who cannot afford […]

It’s Not Just About Michael Barfield

October 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

Before my parents, Father Jim and Nikki Nilon, donated the Bidwell House and the Crocker Church to the City of Sarasota, they housed their homeless mission in the buildings on Florida Avenue – two blocks from the Salvation Army.  For over two decades, they have devoted their lives to helping the homeless in Sarasota. I mention this because it is in their honor that I continue to assist in whatever way I can to change the way […]

Homelessness, the Law, and Fla Guardianship

August 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

It can’t be louder than this Sarasota Tiger Bay held a panel this past Thursday featuring the Constitutional Offices of our county.  And what some might think would be a “yawner” when the purpose was for each of them to give us an update on their department (including myself,)  what we witnessed instead was a moment in time that I could not have planned for and I was glad that I didn’t miss. Of the […]

Never Let A Scandal Go To Waste

August 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

Like a page out of the Jerry Falwell’s Moral Majority play book, and just in time for the Republican debates, the candidates were handed a gift from…well, Live Action. The anti-abortion group Live Action has been targeting Planned Parenthood with elaborate media hoaxes for over nine years now.  The recent video “expose” reeks of the previous one; released in February 2011, right before the last Presidential Primaries.  As if on cue, the Republican Candidates jumped […]

Can Pilon Hold Onto District 72?

June 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

This past Wednesday, Chair of the Republican Party of Sarasota, Joe Gruters, sat down with Jacob Ogles, Senior Editor of SRQ Magazine, and myself on my radio show, The Nilon Report.  It was on the show that he broke the news that Representative Ray Pilon had made the decision to run for his final term as District 72’s Representative instead of his intended race for the possibly vacated Senate seat by Nancy Detert. Which leads […]

What You Missed Last Week In Politics

June 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

Susan Chapman’s long awaited court trial has been postponed due to an over crowding of the court docket.  It seems most likely to be scheduled for August, but October has also been mentioned.  (Maybe that is why podcast listening numbers are going up on shows that we did with her and others involved in the court case.) Joe Gruters invite went out this week to attend his first official fundraiser.  The host committee consists of […]

Amendment to Appeal For Clemency – Florida’s voting rights

June 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

Florida is one of only three states with a lifetime ban on voting if you are convicted of a felony.  Any felony.  Not just rapists and murders, but people with felonies because they purchased cannabis, trespassed on posted commercial horticulture property, manufactured or delivered drug paraphernalia, sold used goods as new, failed to obtain workers’ compensation coverage, a tenant who removes property upon which lien has accrued with the value of more than $50, and […]

What You Missed Last Week in Politics

June 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

In case you were busy, here is what you might have missed in local politics last week: “The Grand Bargain” – Vice Mayor Suzanne Atwell Showing leadership, Vice Mayor Suzanne Atwell read a written statement that signaled to the new commission the issues that she feels are important.  Asking the commission to re-examine the City elections, Vice Mayor Atwell addressed her concerns about the timing of the elections, noting the “disenfranchises our citizens” evidenced by a […]

The Young Faces of the Sarasota Democratic Party

May 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

In an effort that we haven’t seen before with the latest city commission races, we have to be wondering what is the difference.  Who are the young faces on the campaign trail?  All but one are products of Sarasota County Schools and all have come to an understanding that it is not enough to sit on the sidelines.  Here are the young democrats who are making the difference. Kevin Griffith – Vice Chair of the […]

Senator Nancy Detert – the Gatekeeper

May 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

Almost a year ago, a rumor started to take root that Florida Senator Nancy Detert would vacate her seat two years before she was termed out because of her interest in running for the Sarasota County Commission seat that will be vacated by County Commissioner Christine Robinson in 2016.  While Senator Detert has neither denied nor confirmed the rumor, the rumor has started a firestorm of her fellow Republicans in their mad dash to be the […]

And The Winner is: The Sarasota Democratic Party

May 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

Tuesday, May 12, for the city of Sarasota, history was made.  The Sarasota City voters created a commission that is made up of a majority of women, two commissioners are African-American, and every commissioner – a Democrat. Taking a look at the election outcome in both District 2 and 3, the results are pretty tell-tale for the Democrats and Republicans in the race.  Respectively, the percentages were almost identical for the candidates in how much […]

Former Mayor Kelly Kirschner Embraces Partisanship

April 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

A robo call went out the other day with a voice identifying himself as Kelly Kirschner …Democrat.  His robo call goes on acknowledging his support of the candidates, Normile and Zimmerman, both Republicans in the race for Sarasota City Commission seats.  In an ironic twist, Kirschner identifies himself with the same party that he has demanded to remain out of the city race. Since last November when the appointment of Normile and Zimmerman to the City Commission […]

The Year of the Woman

April 24, 2015 // 1 Comment

One thing that the City of Sarasota can be proud of is the amazing amount of female candidates that it yields every election.  There are now three women at the commission table. And if next month’s election goes a certain way, there will be four women at the commission table. Women are also in the majority on the Sarasota County School Board and have two seats on the County Commission. The Sarasota County Democrats have […]

Normile’s Robo Call Ask Outsiders To Stay Out.

April 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

Normile’s Robo Call Monday night, city voters received a robo call from a North Port phone number.  It was Candidate Eileen Normile telling voters that she did not condone the negative mailers that are being sent out to disparage her opponent, Liz Alpert. The pressure must have been mounting from the phone calls and emails that she received after the first mailer went out.  Irate voters were incensed with the intrusion of negative campaigning into […]

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