The Valentine’s Day Massacre at Stoneman Douglas High School

Valentine’s Day, 2018 The headlines read: “PARKLAND, Fla. — A former student went on a shooting rampage at a Florida high school Wednesday, leaving 17 dead while panicked students barricaded themselves inside classrooms and frantic parents raced to the scene. ” – USA Today We ask ourselves how we could have prevented the mass murder that was committed by a Nikolas Cruz, the accused killer…

The Bias of a Judge

Reprinted from the SRQ Daily  Alexander Hamilton wrote: “The interpretation of the laws is the proper and peculiar province of the courts. A constitution is, in fact, and must be regarded by the judges, as a fundamental law. It therefore belongs to them to ascertain its meaning, as well as the meaning of any particular act proceeding from the legislative body.” – Federalist Papers #78…

Deceptive Practices Of Amendment 1

Reprinted from the SRQ DAILY SATURDAY PERSPECTIVES EDITION   |   SATURDAY OCT 8, 2016 Over $21 million have been donated by the Florida utility companies to the PAC called Consumers for Smart Solar, which produced Amendment 1 on this year’s ballot. Take note that Amendment 1 is a well-disguised effort to choke the life out of rooftop solar. See for yourself:Campaign Finance Activity. Your mailbox is…

Florida Sunshine Coalition

Another Attempt To Weaken Access To Public Records

In what appears to be an effort to substantially weaken Florida’s public records law and make it more difficult for citizens to gain access to public records, Representative Greg Steube has introduced HB 1021 and Senator Rene Garcia has introduced SB 1220. These bills will amend Florida Statute §119.12 to make the award of attorney’s fees discretionary even when a judge has made a finding that a public agency has wrongfully withheld public records from inspection.

When Discrimination is Your Religion: Florida House Bill HB 401

It was January 2013 when an Oregon LGBT couple filed a complaint against an Oregon baker for refusing to allow them to purchase a cake for their wedding.  The case made national headlines fueled by the bakery’s own social media efforts.  When the bakery was notified of the complaint, owners quickly took to social media and posted the couple’s personal information and grievances.  Immediately, the…

Pro-Birth Vs. Pro-Life

A young pregnant woman one week ago went into our local health department for care. Homeless and unemployed, her options were limited. One week later, she is now receiving regular prenatal care at the clinic and is enrolled in a housing program through Trinity Without Borders. Her baby now has a better chance of survival because of the care that we can offer her in our…

Fla Guardianship

Homelessness, the Law, and Fla Guardianship

It can’t be louder than this Sarasota Tiger Bay held a panel this past Thursday featuring the Constitutional Offices of our county.  And what some might think would be a “yawner” when the purpose was for each of them to give us an update on their department (including myself,)  what we witnessed instead was a moment in time that I could not have planned for…

How About An Amendment To Our Constitution?

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…

These Things I Know

(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…

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

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…

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

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,…

Being Outed: Time to Tell The World You Smoked Pot

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,…

The Prejudice of One Law

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…