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Thursday, December 18, 2014


Published Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Tucked into last weekend's $1.1 trillion federal spending bill were rollbacks of key regulations passed in the aftermath of the 2008 bank meltdown. Senator Elizabeth Warren, who was a member of the FDIC Advisory Committee on Economic Inclusion at the time, was one of the most vocal opponents of the wild west environment that saw Wall Street turn mom and pop banks into Vegas casinos. This time, and from a larger soap box, Warren is again blowing the warning whistle. Americans would be wise to listen.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Published Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Though I have no readily available argument to your observations on the reality of poor chances for Democratic candidates to have much success at the local level - we are outmanned, out-moneyed and out-mapped - I will vigorously defend our efforts, as well as our attention to state-wide and national races.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014


Published Sunday, December 14, 2014
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A Miami Herald headline following the November 2014 elections read: A Fight Over Democratic Leadership in Florida. My first thought was: Who cares? Fighting over leadership in the Florida Democratic Party seems a bit pointless. In fact, the Florida Democratic Party itself has come to seem a bit pointless at times these days.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014


Published Thursday, December 11, 2014
 

At a recent meeting, Manatee County BOCC Chairman Larry Bustle said he didn't know what to do about the more than one third of county residents living in or near poverty. Potential answers may be closer than he thinks but will mean help from fellow Republicans controlling the state legislature. 

 

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Sunday, December 7, 2014


Published Sunday, December 7, 2014
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The 2016 Presidential election is still 23 months away but at some of the most consequential levels, it's already begun. Here's a look at some potential candidates and what they bring to the table. 

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Thursday, December 4, 2014


Published Thursday, December 4, 2014
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The 2016 Presidential election is still 23 months away but at some of the most consequential levels, it's already begun. Here's a look at some potential candidates and what they bring to the table. 

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Sunday, November 30, 2014


Published Sunday, November 30, 2014
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In its last meeting, the Bradenton City Council engaged in some shady business, hastily approving plans for a major riverfront apartment project involving a politically connected developer without having properly advertised the item or otherwise soliciting public input. The project could be a benefit to the community but raises a few red flags that residents should pay close attention to.

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Friday, November 28, 2014


Published Friday, November 28, 2014

Who doesn't want to reduce the amount of their electric bill, increase the value of their home, protect themselves against rising energy costs and remove billions of metric tons of global warming pollution from ever being produced? The answer is: your elected officials.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014


Published Thursday, November 27, 2014
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The world seems to be made up of two kinds of people: those who view Black Friday as an integral part of our social fabric, and those who see it as the scourge of the holiday season. I am firmly entrenched in the latter camp. If you feel my pain, here are some great (and socially responsible) ways to shop for the holidays without diving down into the muckety muck of the big box retailers. 

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Sunday, November 23, 2014


Published Sunday, November 23, 2014
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This week, the Senate defeated a bill to enable the Keystone XL oil pipeline that has been proposed to transport tar sand oil from Canada to the U.S. The "victory" is likely symbolic, given the fact that Congress is about to flip when the new members are seated. But there's more to the issue than just oil.

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Obituaries

Name Date
Thelma Mathis December 14, 2014
Robert Cooper December 9, 2014
Sarah Robinson December 12, 2014
Harry Wujcik December 13, 2014
Annie McNally December 12, 2014
Pritamdas Chatani December 11, 2014
Alice Taft December 7, 2014
Arlene Stromberg December 8, 2014
Donald Ross December 10, 2014
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