Politics

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 […]

Dark Money hitting hard again in Sarasota

April 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

With all of the hullabaloo that we have heard from the members of Council of City Neighborhoods Association (CCNA) about the Democratic Party staying out the city races, one has to wonder why they are so quiet on the mailers that are being sent to trash candidate Liz Alpert.  Well, that’s because the PAC that is sending out these mailers is supporting their candidate, Eileen Normile. Mailers of half-truths and distortions are being sent out by […]

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 […]

Crash Test Dummies

April 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

We are in the peak of season in Sarasota, and I don’t mean tourist season.  I mean the political season.  And it’s very apparent at the City Commission with the two commissioners working hard to get things done during their respective election campaigns.  As incumbents, they don’t have much to run on since they were only appointed last November.  Their effort is in earnest.  Because showing unity and a solid direction, pay off could be […]

Nonpartisan Doesn’t Mean Non-Biased

March 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

I wrote about non-partisan elections last month and the value of political parties in the effort to help get a candidate elected.  Since then, members of Coalition of City Neighborhood Associations have made a point to come up to me to address this issue.  As if my opinion was a personal affront to their organization, they argued the merits of no party interference.  As they stood there wearing their candidate buttons and T-shirts telling me […]

Nonpartisan Races Not What You Think

February 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

Nonpartisan races—what should unite us with its core intent—continue to divide us in ways that one would never have thought. Established to control partisanship amongst candidates, the rules dictate no political party shall be indicated on the ballot and no candidate should identify which party they are a member of. Yet in order to register as a voter, and therefore a candidate, one must declare a party affiliation. Most people have a romantic notion nonpartisan […]

The Military Prepares For The War On Our Changing Climate.

November 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

With very little fanfare, the Florida Veterans for Common Sense released a report this month entitled, “Why it is so urgent that we take action to reduce carbon emissions; and what we can do about it.”  It begs the question, “How will the U.S. Military maintain global dominance in the face of ever-worsening changes of the global climate.” “ISIS is a pin prick compared to the threat of Climate change.” Gene Jones, the President of […]

How About An Amendment To Our Constitution?

November 18, 2014 // 1 Comment

This election season, the one thing I heard over and over from our politicians was “we should not amend our state constitution with things like Medical Marijuana and money for land conservation.  These things should be left up to the state legislature.  Let us do our job.”  And when pressed further, I would hear, “Do we really need how we handle pregnant pigs in our state constitution?”  Makes a lot of sense, right?  Practically speaking, […]

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 […]

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