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…

Never Let A Scandal Go To Waste

Like a page out of the Jerry Falwell’s Moral Majority play book, and just in time for the Republican debates, the candidates were handed a gift from…well, Live Action. The anti-abortion group Live Action has been targeting Planned Parenthood with elaborate media hoaxes for over nine years now.  The recent video “expose” reeks of the previous one; released in February 2011, right before the last…

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,…

When a Candidate Has Nothing to Say

  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…

Words Mean Everything

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…

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…

Buchanan to Hold Forum on Tax Reform

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,”…

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

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…