Sarasota

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 […]

Power To The People – What Is Happening To The Internet?

June 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

One of the most frustrating experiences everyone shares in Sarasota is the relationship they have with their cable and internet provider. For several thousand dollars a year, you can get hundreds of program and still have nothing to watch, constant buffering, slow downloads and lousy customer service. The only option for consumers is to switch back and forth between the two companies, Verizon and Comcast, in order to get anyone to pay attention to you. […]

The Librarian’s Opus

March 29, 2014 // 2 Comments

Spending time in the school libraries was something I cherished. It was the only place I could go to read a book of my choosing. The person in charge was responsible for propping up my knowledge with as much creative flair as I could handle, and the only agenda was to entice me to read more. The keeper of books is the keeper of knowledge. I have never met a librarian who did not think […]

Is Sarasota Ready for a 4th Go-around to Support an Elected Mayor?

January 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

Under the name of “Revised Charter Caucus,” people such as Linda Holland (Chair) and Diana Hamilton are holding meetings at The Hub to work with a group of city dwellers to that support having an Elected Mayor in the City.   Their main purpose is to change the current government structure, remove the position of City Manager, and have an Elected Mayor with Five Single Member District Commissioners.   They have chosen to bypass the […]

Bottoms Up! WSRQ Talk Radio Hosts Raise Awareness and Blood Alcohol Levels

December 5, 2013 // 1 Comment

  Tune in to WSRQ 1220 AM & 106.9 FM on Friday, Dec. 6th from 4 – 6pm   Sarasota, Fla. – WSRQ Sarasota Talk Radio listeners are in for a holiday treat with a sobering message this Friday. Local radio personalities Bill Robertson, Susan Nilon, John Tortorella and Kirsten Sponseller will hit the airwaves on Friday, Dec. 6 from 4pm – 6pm to demonstrate how alcoholic beverages stack up against breathalyzer tests performed by […]

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 […]

Words Mean Everything

November 10, 2013 // 2 Comments

Reprinted from SRQ Magazine I sat in the audience of the Tiger Bay Banquet dinner this past Tuesday where Michael Smerconish was the key-note speaker. His topic was the political divide in our country and how the days of the moderates seem to be a thing of the past. He reflected on the direct correlation between Congress and the media, especially cable news and talk radio. Michael attributed this polarization directly to figures like Rush […]

The Prejudice of One Law

October 12, 2013 // 5 Comments

Reprinted from SRQ Magazine Two man argue on a street. Shouting can be heard. A shot is fired. Police officer arrives. One man is dead on the ground. The other man is standing over the body holding a gun. No witnesses. Two men argue on a street. Shouting can be heard. A shot is fired. Police officer arrives. One man is shot, but alive. The other man is standing there holding the gun. No witnesses. […]

Buchanan to Hold Forum on Tax Reform

March 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

Sarasota, Florida – U.S. Representative Vern Buchanan announced today that he will host a forum on tax reform.  Buchanan is Florida’s only member of the powerful U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, which is reviewing current federal income tax law and chairman of the small business working group. “The current tax code punishes everyone from families to employers trying to compete in the global marketplace,” said Buchanan.  “I am working in Congress to fix our […]

Q&A with Cathy Antunes, independent candidate for Sarasota County Commission, District 2

October 20, 2010 // 0 Comments

September 16th, 2010 by Susan Nilon in News, Politics reprinted from Creative Loafing Cathy Antunes found herself in the public eye in 2008 when she challenged the Sarasota County Commission to openly discuss all aspects of the Ed Smith Stadium arrangement between Sarasota and the Baltimore Orioles. I met with Ms. Antunes to discuss why she decided to run for Sarasota County Commissioner. “The public needs a representative who will look for public input. We need to make sure we […]

Q&A with Joe Barbetta, Republican Sarasota County Commission incumbent, District 2

October 20, 2010 // 0 Comments

October 19th, 2010 by Susan Nilon in News, Politics reprinted from Creative Loafing Joe Barbetta (R) is running for re-election, for his second term as Sarasota County Commissioner in District 2, facing a surprisingly strong challenge from independent Cathy Antunes. I had a chance to sit with Commissioner Barbetta to gain some insight on the issues that are important to him. CL: What made you want to run for a second term? Joe Barbetta: These are some tough economic times and I […]

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