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Hopes Pleads "Not Guilty"

Scott Hopes, a former Manatee County administrator charged with three third-degree felonies, has entered a plea of “not guilty.” Public records filed with the Clerk of …

Two Manatee County residents have submitted applications to Governor Ron DeSantis to be appointed as Supervisor of Elections when Mike Bennett retires on March 1: Bennett's Chief of …

We’re now two-thirds of the way through the 2024 Florida legislative session, and, as the saying goes, the writing is on the wall on some pieces of legislation that likely won’t pass.

Feds erred in transferring wetlands permitting to FL agency, U.S. judge rules

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has overruled the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s relinquishment to the state of Florida the authority to regulate development in protected wetlands, …

A review of public records shows how the Manatee County Government’s communications division has changed in recent years and just how much the division has grown. TBT   …

Manatee County to Install School Zone Speed Cameras

At Tuesday's meeting, the Manatee County Commission unanimously approved the installation of school zone speed cameras throughout the county. Immediately after, the board approved an agreement …

When a government official is elected to a seat of public service or appointed to public office, the privilege comes with the foremost responsibility of upholding the public’s trust.

No Charges in Baugh/Rahn Sunshine Allegations

The State Attorney's Office will not pursue charges against Manatee County Commission Chair Mike Rahn and former commissioner Vanessa Baugh. The two were alleged to have violated …

At Tuesday's Manatee County Commission meeting, board members were given a presentation on a planned park in northwest Manatee County, the cost of which surprised at least one …

More information is becoming available concerning criminal felony charges brought against Manatee County’s former administrator Scott Hopes. Hopes was booked at the Manatee …

A Manatee School District elementary teacher and teacher’s aide are facing criminal charges for allegedly tying a seven-year-old student to a chair during recess …

Former Manatee County Administrator Scott Hopes has been charged with three felonies by the State Attorney's Office. The Manatee County Sheriff's Office began an investigation …

In December, the United States Border Patrol processed 225,000 migrants who entered the U.S. illegally, more than any other month in the agency's history. While most of the migrants …

Trump claim of presidential immunity turned down by federal appeals court in D.C.

Former President Donald Trump can be prosecuted for charges he schemed to overturn the 2020 election, a three-judge panel of a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday, rejecting …

Cartoon Character Skewers Manatee County Politics

Nobody in Manatee County politics gets spared by the anonymous makers of “The Real KVO."

County Gives Beruff Private Street and Oversized ADU

Public records are raising questions about whether the county is enforcing its own rules and whether the county’s Land Development Code is being applied equitably …

The Florida Commission on Ethics has concluded its investigation into Manatee County Commissioner Kevin Van Ostebridge over a citizen-launched complaint that he violated ethics …

Gov. Ron DeSantis currently makes $141,400 in his full-time job as Florida governor, which right now is lower than at least ten other governors around the country, but under a proposal ( PCB APC …

What Are Your Local Legislators Up to in This Year's Session?

The state’s legislative session kicked off Monday, January 9, and is set to continue through Friday, March 8. Bills sponsored by local lawmakers are working their way …

U.S. Supreme Court schedules March 26 oral arguments in abortion pill access case

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on March 26 in the case that could significantly curtail access to a prescription drug used for both abortions and miscarriage care.

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