Politics

Former Lawmaker to Speak at Republican Club Dinner

Former state Rep. Julio Gonzalez, R-Venice, will discuss the American Constitution and the federal court system on Thursday, March 21.

03/15/2019 By Staff

Politics

Luncheon Will Recognize Sister Cities Leaders

The Sister Cities Association of Sarasota is honoring mayors that have been instrumental in leading Sarasota's relationship with its eight sister cities.

03/06/2019 By Staff

Bang the Gavel

New Florida Senate President Bill Galvano Outlines His 2019 Priorities

Galvano, a Bradenton attorney and Republican first elected to the state Senate in 2012, was sworn in as Senate president last fall, making him one of the three most powerful officials in state government until he steps down in 2020.

02/27/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

New hires

Manatee County Names New Acting County Administrator

The Manatee County Commission voted Tuesday to appoint Cheri Coryea as the county's acting administrator, effective Friday, March 1.

02/26/2019 By Staff

Politics

GOP Women's Luncheon Covers 'Law Enforcement Today'

The Republican Women's Club of Sarasota is holding an event with Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight, Sarasota Police Chief Bernadette DiPino and Venice Police Chief Tom Mattmuller.

02/20/2019 By Staff

Animals

A Greyhound Advocate Encourages People to Adopt

With the end of greyhound racing in Florida in sight, the executive director of a nonprofit that works to end dog racing encourages Floridians to take in dogs.

02/19/2019 By Staff

Politics

Congresswoman From Orlando Headlines Democratic Party Dinner

Rep. Val Demmings, D-Orlando, will serve as the keynote speaker at the annual Kennedy-King Dinner of the Sarasota County Democratic Party on Sunday, Feb. 24.

02/18/2019 By Staff

Real estate

Bradenton Realtor Named President-Elect of State Association

Barry Grooms, a co-owner of Bradenton's SaraBay Suncoast Realty Inc., was recently installed as the 2019 president-elect of Florida Realtors.

02/14/2019 By Staff

Rising Star

Rep. Margaret Good Nominated for Emily's List 'Rising Star' Award

The award is named in honor of former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

02/11/2019 By Staff

Recap

Former FBI Director James Comey on Truth, Trump and Loyalty in Ringling College Library Association Town Hall

Comey talked to the crowd at Van Wezel Hall about leadership, ethics—and his firing.

02/04/2019 By Kay Kipling

Politics

Marco Rubio to Speak at Trade Group's Annual Dinner

Rubio will speak at the 67th Annual Installation & Awards Dinner of the Gulf Coast Builders Exchange on Thursday, Feb. 21.

02/01/2019 By Staff

Media

Talk By New Yorker, CNN Contributor Rescheduled

Jeffrey Toobin's Sarasota Tiger Bay Club luncheon has been changed to Thursday, March 7.

01/30/2019 By Staff

Politics

Report Estimates Federal Shutdown Cost the Economy $11 Billion

The partial shutdown of the federal government that ended last Friday led to $11 billion in reduced economic activity, according to new estimates published by the Congressional Budget Office.

01/29/2019 By Staff

Politics

Lawmakers File Bills to Ban LGBT Discrimination in Employment and Housing

The "Florida Competitive Workforce Act" would outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

01/24/2019 By Staff

Politics

'Meet the Leaders' Event Focuses on Upcoming Legislative Session

The Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County event will feature state Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, and political analyst Susan MacManus.

01/23/2019 By Staff

Politics

$15 Minimum Wage Could Be on Next Year's Ballot

John Morgan announced Tuesday that organizers have collected enough signatures to begin the process of placing a potential constitutional amendment on the 2020 ballot.

01/22/2019 By Staff

Politics

Sarasota Added to U.S. Civil Rights Trail

The Sarasota area was added to the trail because of the Lido Beach "wade-ins"—protests created to push Sarasota to desegregate local beaches.

01/22/2019 By Staff

Politics

Sarasota Officials Named to Top Posts in State Republican Party

State Sen. Joe Gruters and Sarasota County Commissioner Christian Ziegler were recently named chairman and vice chairman of the Republican Party of Florida.

01/14/2019 By Staff

Civil rights

NAACP's Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Takes Place Feb. 2

The event begins at 9 a.m. at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Bradenton.

01/09/2019 By Staff