The Equal Civil Rights Rally was about more than same-sex marriage

Published Nov. 19, 2009 About 130 LGBT-rights activists took to the streets of downtown Sarasota last Saturday afternoon to make their voices heard at the Equal Civil Rights Rally. The attendees met up at Five Points and marched to the bayfront with banners waving and rainbows flying. After a few speakers, some rally chants and […]

Q&A: Sen. Bob Graham

Published Nov. 10, 2009 Former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham is currently Chairman of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism and a member of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. He speaks in Sarasota next Wednesday. Sen. Bob Graham 7:30 p.m. Wed., Nov. 18, Hyatt Regency Sarasota, […]

The Python Hunter gets wrapped in controversy

Published Sept. 29, 2009 (Photo courtesy naplesnews.com) Justin Matthews’ staged capture of a 14-foot python landed him in hot water with local media and the authorities, but he’s not apologizing For three years Justin Matthews has given daily educational wildlife presentations at Mixon Fruit Farms; the 47-year-old owner of Matthews Wildlife Rescue uses the enclosures at Mixon to […]

Light a candle for Vern’s hard heart

Published Sept. 1, 2009 The Sarasota County Democratic Party will be holding a health care reform candlelight vigil to commemorate all the Americans who have suffered or are suffering under our nation’s broken health care system. The event will come to light outside the offices of Rep. Vern Buchanan at 235 N. Orange Avenue from 7:30-8:30 […]

Why are so many separate groups competing to promote downtown Sarasota?

Published Aug. 28, 2009 Sarasota loves it some groups. The Downtown Partnership of Sarasota formed 30 years ago as a merchant association whose mission was to “be the voice of downtown.” It must not have been loud enough, because the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce decided that it needed to create The Coalition of Business Associations (CBA), The […]

An interesting comment on our Buchanan town hall videos

Published Aug. 27, 2009 Not long after I posted the videos I took at Rep. Vern Buchanan’s Aug. 20 town hall meeting on YouTube, someone wrote a comment on one of them that I thought was a bit disturbing. This comes from user starfruitproductions: “I went to this town hall meeting. When my family and I arrived, […]