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Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Published Tuesday, November 18, 2014
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The elections are behind us and after a particularly emotional school board race, the time is upon us to look forward. Regardless of who you supported or voted for, Dr. Mary Cantrell won the race and will be seated on the new board. A close look at her qualifications suggests that she has done much to earn the support of our community, and there is every indication that she has the potential to be a dynamic board member who can benefit the district and our community. 

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Sunday, November 16, 2014


Published Sunday, November 16, 2014
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Lakewood Ranch residents are known to generally show little interest in county issues that extend west of the interstate. Recently, they showed up en masse to oppose a 7-story residential development in their East County enclave but were slapped down by the BOCC. Smart growth advocates who regularly watchdog the commission let out a little collective chuckle at the scene. It seemed to say, Welcome to Manatee County. In case you haven't noticed, you live (and vote) here.  

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Thursday, November 13, 2014


Published Thursday, November 13, 2014

It happens every year. I guess you can call it a professional hazard, though I suspect it's common to amateur political junkies as well – election night, followed by a bad case of the Post Election Blues. Fortunately, I've found a cure.

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Published Thursday, November 13, 2014

Many people seem to think that this country well be saved now that we will have a Republican controlled Senate after January 20. Maybe not. 

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Sunday, November 9, 2014


Published Sunday, November 9, 2014
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Republicans were expected to do well on Tuesday, but any way you look at it, they surpassed even the most optimistic expectations. On a local, state and national level, Tuesday night belonged to the GOP.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014


Published Thursday, November 6, 2014
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Tuesday's local elections focused primarily on two races. All three of our state legislators got walkovers and our local Congressional contest was over before it started. Aside from a few of our city races that all went according to conventional wisdom, the collective interest was focused on races for the county commission and school board, where Carol Whitmore routed Terri Wonder and Mary Cantrell beat Julie Aranibar.

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Monday, November 3, 2014


Published Monday, November 3, 2014

Libertarian candidate for Governor of Florida Adrian Wyllie visited the historic fishing village of Cortez last week. The underdog candidate found a receptive audience who knew a thing or two about fighting from the fringes.

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Sunday, November 2, 2014


Published Sunday, November 2, 2014
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Tuesday is the big day. Florida will choose its governor with the seeming inevitability of a razor thin margin that could come down to recounts and dueling attorneys, but we could see similar drama on the local front as well.

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Friday, October 31, 2014


Published Friday, October 31, 2014

The grand finale of the Whitmore-Wonder debates concluded Tuesday night at the Palma Sola Botanical Gardens during the Annual Conservation-Environmental Summit, co-sponsored by Manatee Fish and Game Association, Inc. and Manatee/Sarasota Sierra Club. There were few additions to the candidates' doctrines. But what stood out to many in the audience of the nearly 70 attendees was Whitmore's fear of litigation and her articulate talent to delude fact.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014


Published Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Early voting opened last weekend and will run through this Saturday at expanded locations throughout Manatee County. Tuesday is Election Day, when you can vote at your assigned precinct. There are important races all over the ballot that will impact your quality of life, especially on the local level. If you care about the future of your community, you need to get out and participate.

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Obituaries

Name Date
Lilian Gonzalez April 18, 2015
Donna Hill April 18, 2015
Roy Tunstall April 17, 2015
Robert Dekar April 16, 2015
Duward Bunch April 15, 2015
Tom Mobley April 8, 2015
Kay Anderson April 11, 2015
Kristine McGuire April 12, 2015
Donald Gifford April 6, 2015
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