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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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Thursday, November 20, 2014


Published Thursday, November 20, 2014
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On Tuesday evening, a new Manatee County School Board was seated. It was the first time in modern history that a majority of its members had classroom teaching experience. The body then elected its new chair. It felt like a new beginning in more ways than one. With its darkest days behind it and fiscal stability restored, the district seems poised to move into calmer waters where more attention can again be focused on its primary function of educating our young. 

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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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Obituaries

Name Date
Murle Collins January 24, 2015
Edna Gregory January 27, 2015
Norma Schmidt January 28, 2015
Carol Hill January 25, 2014
Elaine Danielson January 23, 2014
John Rosshirt January 25, 2015
Lawrence Walsh January 23, 2015
Robert McConnachie January 22, 2015
Sarah Anne Ware January 20, 2015
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