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Thursday, December 25, 2014


Published Thursday, December 25, 2014

The largest taxing district ever created in Manatee County has been approved. The goals of the Southwest County Improvement District (SWTIF) are voluminous, but whether they'd like to admit it or not, county commissioners had the power to achieve any of them without creating a new taxing district.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014


Published Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Dateline London: Over 1,200 arrested; 16,000 police, and the violence just moves to other towns. Children as young as 9 years old are being arrested by police. Prime Minister David Cameron says, "If you're old enough to throw a rock through a window, you're old enough to go to jail." Are the London riots a harbinger of things to come?

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Published Wednesday, December 24, 2014

At Tuesday's BOCC meeting, Manatee County Administrator Ed Hunzeker delivered the county's 2013 Annual Report. But what was to be an assessment of what condition our condition is in, turned out to be a ballyhoo of accolades saluting fellow officials for a job well done. That praise often seemed to be a highly controversial notion.

 

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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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Name Date
Ronald Krohn March 26, 2015
Dana Miller March 27, 2015
Hazel Morrison March 24, 2015
Wanda Rollins March 24, 2015
Charles Tennesen March 23, 2015
Stanley Gralka March 6, 2015
Frances Thomas March 14, 2015
Alma Dauman March 4, 2015
Dorothy Weeks March 14, 2015
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