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Friday, March 20, 2015


Published Friday, March 20, 2015

The School Board recently passed an item to make rowing an official club. That same week I read a quote: "Make sure everyone in your boat is rowing and not drilling holes when you aren't looking." It reminded me of some of the things I see happening.

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Published Friday, March 20, 2015
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They do so many fun things at Motorworks. I have visited on different nights and observed all kinds of activity: Sunday Beer Brunch and Yappy Hour; Monday Service Industry Night, Tuesday City Esquire Night, open mic jam, cornhole and bocce night, and Yoga in the Beer Garden night (wow). Wednesday is Ladies and Medical and Public Safety worker night (same discount deal), and paint night; Thursday is reserved for $5 flights (beer groupings), poker, and Karaoke night. Weekends are for great live music!

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Thursday, March 19, 2015


Published Thursday, March 19, 2015
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At Tuesday's meeting, the Manatee County School District Audit Committee received a long-awaited update from internal audit firm, Shinn & Co. During the report, the committee learned of an email in which one former superintendent – with the knowledge of another – directed staff to throw out a review committee's ranking of bids for tens of millions of dollars in school construction projects. The ensuing “re-ranking” resulted in a politically connected developer moving from number 8 on the list to number 1.

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Sunday, March 15, 2015


Published Sunday, March 15, 2015
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On Wednesday, the Manatee County School District Audit Committee will receive a long-awaited report from Shinn & Associates, the district’s internal audit firm. The report should finally provide answers to questions regarding monies spent (and misspent) from its 2009 COP bond.

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Saturday, March 14, 2015


Published Saturday, March 14, 2015

On March 9, governor (and likely presidential candidate) Scott Walker signed legislation making Wisconsin America's 25th "right to work" state. Anti-union conservatives rejoiced. They were joined by some self-described libertarians. But "right to work" isn't libertarian. In fact, it's the exact opposite of libertarian. It abridges freedom of association and right to contract for both unions and employers.

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Friday, March 13, 2015


Published Friday, March 13, 2015

In our busy lives as Americans, it is easy to stay in our routine and not find the time to expand our knowledge about the world. Sure, we can listen to the talking heads from our favorite news outlet or read a headline, but is it unfiltered news? The 3rd annual Conference on Worlds Affairs in St. Pete is an effort to accomplish this goal, and for those in attendance February 26-28, it was well worth the time and effort.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015


Published Thursday, March 12, 2015
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This week, the battle for control over the billion-dollar entity known as the Manatee County School District took another sordid turn, ensnaring the Bradenton Police Department in a new semi-scandal, after a private detective claimed that the chief of police ran his tags as a favor to a city councilman. 

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015


Published Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Considering the rushed manner in which Florida jumped to a new state assessment for its public schools, it was no surprise that the rollout was fraught with problems. State officials need to acknowledge this and negate any consequences associated with its results.

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Sunday, March 8, 2015


Published Sunday, March 8, 2015
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Governor Rick Scott issued the annual State of the State address as the 2015 Florida Legislative Session opened in Tallahassee on Tuesday. The governor spent much time celebrating the good news but received valid criticism for completely ignoring pressing issues, the outlooks of which seemed not nearly as rosy.

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Friday, March 6, 2015


Published Friday, March 6, 2015

The left is up in arms about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressing a Joint Session of Congress without coordination with the White House. Foreign dignitaries have addressed a Joint Session of Congress on dozens of occasions.

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Obituaries

Name Date
Elizabeth Bennett July 22, 2015
John Lawler July 21, 2015
Marilyn Doxey July 22, 2015
Donald Mills July 23, 2015
Allene O'Brien July 23, 2015
Irene Brothers July 24, 2015
Helen Mitchell July 23, 2015
Elizabeth Bennett July 22, 2015
Bobby Fields July 20, 2015
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