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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Democrats are calling out one of their own

April 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

Emails and conversations have been meandering about the Sarasota City Elections that stemmed from an interview that I did with Sarasota Democrat Party Chair Christine Jennings and Treasurer and former Chair, Rita Ferrandino.  It is in those emails that fellow Democrats took to task the fact that the local party is not supporting another fellow Democrat, Commissioner Susan Chapman. The indignation comes with the rationale that Commissioner Chapman has been a lifelong Democrat and she […]

Sarasota Scullers captain finds success on and off water

December 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

Being diagnosed with diabetes is a major obstacle for anyone to overcome. 10 years ago, Daniel Kemp was diagnosed with type one diabetes. While it forced him to make changes in his life, he has not let it impede him. A team captain at the Sarasota Scullers, Kemp overcomes the difficulty that diabetes creates daily, and was even recently awarded an honorable mention on the honor roll of USRowing. “I think he has decided to […]

The Elephant in the Room… the Cost of Health Care Reform

August 19, 2012 // 3 Comments

This article was originally published on Oct 5, 2008 Health Care Reform has been on the tip of everyone’s tongue since President Bill Clinton asked his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton (not a Senator then) to spearhead the campaign to change the health insurance industry and enable access to coverage for all Americans – equally. Here we are, 16 years and two Presidents later and nothing has changed. This year promises to be different. This Presidential election involves […]

The Power of Nun!

August 12, 2012 // 4 Comments

One Sunday when I was six, my grandmother was not feeling well.  She came to me and said that I was going to have to go to church without her.  I was six.  We lived in Philadelphia.  The church was at least 10 city blocks away from her apartment.  I was to go on my own and on the way back, stop off at the pasta maker to pick up the ravioli’s for that night’s […]

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