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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 […]

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 […]

Veterans Day Parade brings Sarasota together to celebrate service

November 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

By Matt Defalco Sarasota’s Main Street was filled on Tuesday morning, as the Veterans Day Parade drew a crowd of all ages and backgrounds with one thing in common: reverence. Music, cheering, and applause were constant from the parade’s start at Osprey Avenue to its finish at Chaplain J.D. Hamel Park, where a ceremony was held to honor those who have served.  The parade had the sidewalks packed, and although the spectacle was more than […]

These Things I Know

October 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

(Reprinted from SRQ Daily) When it comes to family, I am a traditionalist. I believe in the tradition of loving parents and meals together at the end of each day. I thinks it’s good to fight with your spouse. Not to correct a mistake, but because the marriage is that important. Marriage is hard. That is why so many people get divorced. If two people are willing to make the commitment, then I support them. […]

The 2014 Florida Amendments. And Why You Should Know Them. Susan Nilon

September 13, 2014 // 1 Comment

There are three constitutional amendments that will be on the ballot this November.  Both Amendment One, the Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative, and Amendment Two, Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative, are initiated constitutional amendments – 683,149 signatures from at least 14 of the state’s 27 congressional districts were collected of Florida residents.  The Third Amendment, Florida Prospective Judicial Vacancies, is on the ballot because it received a sixty percent majority vote in both […]

It Doesn’t Always Pay to Run as a Republican

August 30, 2014 // 2 Comments

Reprinted from SRQ Daily It has been said for many years here, “If you want to win an election, you have to run as a Republican in Sarasota.”  And for years, we have seen many Democrats and independents switch parties when they decide to run for office.  For political operatives who are just looking for a win, it has been a strategy evidenced time and again.  But for the electorate, you get an elected body with […]

A Little Lesson in Hospital History

August 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

When I wrote about the “Push to privatize Sarasota Memorial Hospital,” two other media called it a rumor and insisted the public not worry.  I would like to share some history in the sale of another local not-for-profit hospital as reported by the Herald-Tribune back in 2004, the Bon Secour Hospital in Venice (now known as Venice Regional Bayfront Health.) In April, 2004:”It’s early in the process and we have made no decisions about a […]

Gambling With Bright Futures

May 11, 2014 // 3 Comments

The Florida Legislature every year dims the bulb on our children’s Bright Future. And although the economy is strengthening and the state for the first time in a few years is operating under a surplus, the Bright Futures Scholarship Fund has continued to be gutted. The lottery-financed, college-scholarship program, Bright Futures, began in 1997 with great promise. “The Florida Lottery’s mission is to maximize revenues for the enhancement of public education in Florida.” In the […]

I Am The Face of a Medicaid Recipient

April 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Florida Legislature is in a death spiral, once again, as to whether to expand Medicaid to the 750,000 Floridians not covered by the Affordable Care Act. It is estimated that 2,000 Floridians annually will be added to that category of the “working poor.” It is easy to paint an over-exaggerated picture of the people in need of government assistance. “Lazy, entitled, and dependent” were words used by Mitt Romney and echoed across America during […]

A House Divided Against Itself

March 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

[The Report]  A House Divided Against Itself              Susan Nilon, Susan@SarasotaTalkRadio.com   The Sarasota City Commission is about to set a precedent that will change the integrity of our local government. On March 3, during a regular city commission meeting, citizens and a former mayor testified in support of the City continuing to pay the legal fees of a lawsuit against one sitting commissioner. Impassioned testimony, based on principle and emotion, they stood behind the notion […]

Where the Lights are Much Brighter

February 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

As a child, I remember when it wasn’t safe to go downtown after 6 o’clock. Crime was at an all-time high. The stores closed at dusk. And everyone went home out of fear that something might happen. My perspective changed about crime in the city when I graduated high school and went on to a university located in North Philadelphia. While I was there, Tom Brokaw declared on national television that North Philadelphia was the epicenter […]

Being Outed: Time to Tell The World You Smoked Pot

January 16, 2014 // 4 Comments

When I interviewed Rep. Daryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, about his reasoning for not wanting to legalize Medical Marijuana, he called Marijuana a “Gateway Drug.” I have heard that term used before and in most circumstances I would have argued that point. That is until later that evening at my dinner table when my family and I were discussing the interview. A response I heard was, “If you think of it as a ‘Gateway Drug,’ it’s […]

When a Candidate Has Nothing to Say

November 30, 2013 // 1 Comment

  It’s an amazing thing to be asked to run for office. The decision is one that I don’t believe anyone takes lightly. But the will to run is not enough to win an election. Say what you will, but running a campaign is not all about fundraising and private parties. At some point, each candidate will have to get out there and shake some hands, talk to people outside of their inner circle and […]

The Ovary Penalty – it’s all smoke and mirrors.

November 16, 2013 // 0 Comments

How do women really compare to men when it comes to health care expense? In the current debate about healthcare, it is often used as an argument against the new health care laws  that men will now see their premiums go up because they will have to pay for the health care provided to women as well.  Men and women are both asking, “Why should men have to foot the bill for coverage that includes […]

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