A Fracture Developing Among Conservatives

September 12, 2012 // 0 Comments

by Tony Citarella A booming, ferocious, cacophony of protests erupted just off the floor of the Republican National Committee last week, protests one would never expect to hear at the RNC, because they were coming from Republicans, directed at Republicans. “Shame on Mitt Romney!!!” “This convention is a farce!!!” “Shame on the RNC for voter suppression!” Few in the media have reported the extent to which these demonstrations could affect the outcome of the Presidential […]

Cowboy Diplomacy in 46 Seconds

September 3, 2012 // 0 Comments

by Kevin King, Political Writer   46 seconds. In his 37-minute acceptance speech to the Republican National Convention, the nation and the world, Mitt Romney spent just 46 seconds of it outlining his foreign policy agenda. Had there been no applause, the following would have consumed just 23 seconds of Thursday’s speech: “Under my presidency our friends will see more loyalty and Mr. Putin will see a little less flexibility and more backbone.” “We will honor America’s […]

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 […]


December 3, 2010 // 0 Comments

Sarasota, FL: For the first time in three decades, elephants will stroll down Main Street in the annual Downtown Sarasota Holiday Parade tomorrow Saturday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m. The parade starts at U.S. 301 and Main Street and travels southwest along Main Street to Gulfstream Avenue. Two Indian elephants will participate in the parade. As a way to recognize Sarasota’s deep roots with elephants, tigers, clowns, trapeze artists and more, this year’s theme for […]

Sarasota Mayor Kelly Kirschner decides not to run for re-election to City Commission

November 16, 2010 // 0 Comments

November 16th, 2010 by Susan Nilon in News, Politics, Sarasota-Manatee Sarasota Mayor Kelly Kirschner has decided not to run for re-election. After serving just one term, he made history as the youngest mayor in Sarasota history. CL met with him what to discuss what led to his decision and what he will do next. CL: There has been a lot of speculation as to whether or not you will seek a second term. It is my understanding that you have decided not to […]

Local Rally Emphasizes Get Out the Vote Message

October 29, 2010 // 0 Comments

 Sarasota Rally to Restore Sanity Open to all Island Park, downtown Sarasota near Marina Jack  Saturday, October 30, 2010           10:30 a.m. This Saturday, October 30, when Jon Stewart of The Daily Show and tens of thousands of Americans gather in Washington, D.C. for a rally to restore civility to politics, a local, satellite event is being held at Sarasota’s Island Park for those who cannot travel to D.C. It is an inclusive event for any […]

Top 10 Reasons NOT To Sign Another 30-Year Contract With FPL

October 29, 2010 // 0 Comments

By Don Hall, Transition Sarasota In advance of the Sarasota City Commission Meeting on Monday, November 1, where there is likely to be a vote on whether or not to renew a 30-year franchise agreement with Florida Power & Light, it makes sense to bring together in one document the most salient arguments against signing this highly problematic contract: 10. Eliminate a hidden tax on the public: The 5.6% franchise fee that the city is given […]

Election 2010: Q&A with Mark Hawkins, Democratic candidate for Sarasota County Commission, District 4

October 27, 2010 // 0 Comments

October 22nd, 2010 by Susan Nilon in News, Politics, Sarasota-Manatee A 50-year resident of Sarasota, Democrat Mark Hawkins sits down with Creative Loafing to talk about how he plans to improve Sarasota County. CL: What inspired you to run for office?Mark Hawkins: Sarasota County building department put out an ordinance that — for the most part — shut down all remodel and construction of existing building on all barrier islands. It put Realtors, contractors, architects, and everyone that was involved out of […]

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 […]

Election 2010: Q&A with Nora Patterson, Republican incumbent for Sarasota County Commission, District 4

October 20, 2010 // 0 Comments

October 12th, 2010 by Susan Nilon in News, Politics reprinted from Creative Loafing Republican Nora Patteron is running for her 4th term as Sarasota County Commissioner against newcomer Democrat Mark Hawkins. She served on the Sarasota City Commission (1991-1998) before she gained her County seat. CL: Are there any things in particular from your time in the commission that you can say, “I want to see it through?”There are positive things that I want to see through, but there are […]

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 […]

Help design a 30-year energy plan for our city.

September 8, 2010 // 0 Comments

Design our energy future Sarasota Power needs you to help design a 30-year energy plan for our city. Right now, the City of Sarasota has to decide whether or not to renew a 30-year agreement with Florida Power and Light (FPL).  In addition to the FPL franchise agreement, the city of Sarasota is also considering owning and operating a municipal utility, purchasing our energy from some other source, or just operating without a franchise agreement. […]

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