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Tuesday, December 23, 2014


Published Tuesday, December 23, 2014
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Seeing as we're about to enter another nasty Florida electoral season, I figured mid July would be a good time to get out on the road and remind myself of all the things I love about this state that I've called home for the last 13 years, so that I might recall them as answers when I inevitably ask myself what the hell I'm doing here amid the absurdity that is sure to precede November 4.

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Published Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Surely, every refuge has its price. But don't tell that to the Manatee County Commission. They believe the county's snowballing development is a blessing, that their pedal to the metal concrete expansion is going to take the county to never-ending prosperity. But there's trouble here in paradise, as the idolized development commissioners so expeditiously embrace seems certain to take the county to its knees.

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Sunday, December 21, 2014


Published Sunday, December 21, 2014
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The big story this week was Sony Pictures' decision to pull the release of a mid-budget farce comedy after cyber-attacks that may have involved the North Korean government. This, despite the fact that an historic and truly monumental foreign policy achievement was realized, while the utility industry won the right to further screw Florida consumers. It was the kind of week that made you embarrassed to work in the media.

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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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Obituaries

Name Date
David Scherer May 23, 2015
Donnaree Santangelo May 25, 2015
Lynda Hughes May 25, 2015
Bobby Lewis, Sr. May 20, 2015
Leland Deck May 22, 2015
Edward Huffman May 13, 2015
Cheryl Werner May 9, 2015
James Champlain May 15, 2015
Morton Pitt May 16, 2015
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