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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Pride and Prejudice: A City’s Struggle with the Homeless

December 14, 2013 // 1 Comment

Fear and loathing of the drug-addicted homeless who will undoubtedly flock to District One in numbers never before seen are what have prominent members of our city up in arms. From the moment Dr. Robert Marbut released his study, certain distinctive members of our city have had their nose out of joint because his top three locations are in District One, otherwise referred to as North Sarasota.   What most people, including our City Commissioners, […]

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 […]

We Have What It Takes

August 29, 2013 // 1 Comment

  Reprinted from SRQ Daily and SRQ Magazine   “Oh, if I could but live another century and see the fruition of all the work for women! There is so much yet to be done.” – Susan B. Anthony   Aug. 26 marks the 93rd anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Today, I am celebrating this event with several hundred women at the Sarasota Commission on the Status of Women – Women’s Equity Day celebration held […]

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 […]