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The Manatee County Commission District 3 Republican primary will feature Talha "Tal" Siddique and April Culbreath. In September of last year, Siddique announced that he would challenge Manatee …

The Manatee County Commission District 5 Republican primary will feature Dr. Robert McCann challenging the appointed incumbent, Ray Turner. Turner was installed in the seat nearly a year ago to …

The Health of Little Sarasota Bay

Sarasota County is executing a study on the Little Sarasota Bay Gulf to Bay tidal connection called " Continued Investment in Water Quality for Health of the Bay.” They have contracted Applied …

The global plastic waste crisis has reach alarming proportions, prompting widespread calls for global action. Some 300 million tons of plastic are produced worldwide each year, with a significant …

Grassroots Group Wants to "Take Back" Manatee County

Campaigns are in full swing with candidate messages reaching voters, but a new "voice" hopes it can reach local voters with its message about special interest influence ...

The Manatee County Commission District 7 Republican primary will feature two incumbents, D-7’s George Kruse and D-3’s Kevin Van Ostenbridge, the latter of whom dropped out of his district …

On Friday evening, September 8, 2023, an item was added to the Manatee County Commission September 12 meeting agenda. Item 55 was a motion to move the Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court’s …

The next Manatee County Supervisor of Elections will be decided in the August Republican Primary. The race pits Scott Farrington, who until recently was the county’s deputy SOE, against …

With energy production accounting for upwards of 75 percent of global greenhouse emissions and more and more companies looking to reduce their carbon footprints, it makes sense that a whole new …

On those rare occasions when my neighborhood friend and I talk about politics, our discussions typically end with us agreeing to disagree. I say “typically” because there are exceptions. …

The Full Funding of Half Truths

On May 31, my current opponent, Kevin Van Ostenbridge, jumped out of his Dist 3 race and into my at-large race. I called this from the dais back in October. After three generations of living in the …

Our County Government has been corrupted, and we, as Republicans, are at fault. It is our Republican majority that has elected the worst commissioners in our county’s history, after disguising …

The environmental impact of traditional air conditioning systems is significant. Fortunately, there are several advancements in A/C technology that allow you to stay cool while minimizing your carbon …

Climate Change and Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

Every once in a while, I run into someone who doesn’t believe there is a correlation between the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and the mean global temperature. I don’t …

In its  Dobbs  ruling two years ago this June, the Supreme Court overturned  Roe v. Wade . Since then, abortion restrictions have had devastating effects not only on pregnant people …

DeSantis Neuters Ethics Commission

Last week, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill 7014 into law, effectively gutting the only accessible corrective mechanism Floridians have at their disposal when their elected officials engage in …

On October 5, 2023, Manatee County Commissioners approved the elimination of our Local Wetland Policies. After attending the meeting and looking at the requirements of the State of Florida and our …

Cannabis is an increasingly popular recreational and medicinal drug that is capable of producing psychogenic effects. As more states legalize cannabis for some medicinal and recreational uses, …

To err is human, the old axiom goes, and we Republicans proved ourselves all too human in 2020 when we put Kevin Van Ostenbridge (KVO) on the Manatee County Commission. Now, in 2024, we have the …

A Tale of Two SOE Candidates

On Thursday, James Satcher and Scott Farrington participated in a debate organized by the Lakewood Ranch Republican Club. The difference between the Republican candidates for Supervisor of Elections …

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