As a Journalist, My Confidence is in the FBI

All Leads come with a Bias For every lead that I was given as a journalist, it came from someone who was motivated to get the information out into the sunlight. That informant usually benefitted from the exposure of the story.  Sometimes, I would receive stacks of documents in unmarked envelopes left at my door with no identification and no one to verify its source. …

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…

We Have What It Takes

  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…

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,”…

Cowboy Diplomacy in 46 Seconds

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…

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

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…