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

Civil rights

Floridians Affected By Amendment 4 Begin Registering to Vote

'Today is a new day,' says Demetrius Jifunza, the founder of the Sarasota chapter of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, the group that led the effort to pass Amendment 4.

01/08/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Politics

Elections Supervisor to Accept New Registrations From Those Affected By Amendment 4

Amendment 4, which goes into effect Tuesday, restores voting rights for most individuals with prior felony convictions who have completed their sentences.

01/07/2019 By Staff

Politics

Florida No. 14 in Ranking of States Most Affected By Federal Government Shutdown

The ranking is based on the number of federal jobs in each state, the amount of federal contract dollars the states receive and other data points.

01/03/2019 By Staff

Politics

County Commissioner to Outline Top Priorities for 2019

Mike Moran will speak at a Sarasota Republican Club dinner that runs 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17.

01/02/2019 By Staff

Breaking Away

R. Derek Black Was the Heir Apparent to America’s White Nationalist Movement. Then He Went to New College

A new book tells the remarkable story of how New College students came together to transform Black’s values and life.

01/02/2019 By Susan Burns

Young Blood

An Upswing of Under-30 Voters Puts Our Politics in Uncharted Territory

In November's general election, 13,019 voters under the age of 30 cast a ballot in Sarasota County. That was a more than 200 percent increase from the fewer than 6,000 voters under 30 in the 2014 midterms.

12/26/2018 By Giulia Heyward

Politics

Palmetto Firm Hires Defense, Energy Consultants

Hartwell Capitol Consulting recently added Walt Steiner and Roman Katynski to its team.

12/20/2018 By Staff

Politics

Talk on Local Election Results Rescheduled

Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner's planned presentation on the November results was delayed by the statewide recounts.

12/13/2018 By Staff

Politics

Florida ACLU Names New Executive Director

Micah Kubic will begin the job in January, when he will replace Howard Simon, who is stepping down after more than 20 years.

11/13/2018 By Staff

Politics

Recapping Tuesday's Local Election Results

Local voters on Tuesday reelected Vern Buchanan to another term, while also reelecting state Rep. Margaret Good, a Democrat.

11/06/2018 By Staff