Political Corner: Election Night 2017

In this edition of “Political Corner,” SNN’s Grant Boxleitner and Herald-Tribune Political Editor Zac Anderson discuss Tuesday’s election night results and what it means looking ahead to 2018. Anderson says President Donald Trump and his policies played a role in the governor’s victory by Democrat Ralph Northam in Virginia and Mayor Rick Kriseman, also a Democrat, winning re-election in nearby St. Petersburg.   The post Political...

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Buchanan Wants More Gun Regulations

SARASOTA-U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan wants regulation for bump stocks after the Las Vegas shooting. The Longboat Key congressman tweeted that bump stocks should be restricted. According to the Herald Tribune, the tweet read “Bump stocks generating automatic rates of fire should face the same restrictions as automatic weapons.” Bump stocks increase the rate of fire for semiautomatic weapons, simulating fully automatic fire. Many of the 23...

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Civil Rights attorney weighs in on Manatee County Schools code of conduct

MANATEE- An email sent out by manatee county schools addressing the national anthem and pledge of allegiance has sparked a controversy. Taking a knee during the national anthem started last year with Colin Kaepernick protesting racial injustice. Now Manatee County is seeing high schooler’s protesting their local government after the director sent out an email to area high schools letting them know that students are required to stand...

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Head of USF Resigns After Poor Leadership

POLITICS-The Head of University of South Florida–St.Petersburg has resigned over how she handled Hurricane Irma. USF officials wanted to fire Regional Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska for her incompetence and “lack of leadership,” but a resignation was negotiated on Monday. In a letter obtained by WFLA, USF System President Judy Genshaft wrote to Wisniewska “you resisted a directive to evacuate the students.” WFLA also learned Wisniewska...

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Putnam School Bill
Aug09

Putnam School Bill

Sarasota-Republican candidate for governor Adam Putnam said that a controversial education bill signed into law earlier this year was “a bridge too far.” According to the Herald Tribune, before a tour of Booker High School, Putnam said, “While there were individual elements of it that were positive, the way they put it together I think it should have gone back to the drawing board.” The legislation was the top priority for House...

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Local congressman discusses plan for tax reform
Aug02

Local congressman discusses plan for tax reform

SARASOTA — U.S. Congressman Vern Buchanan is back on the Suncoast for the August recess, and he’s talking about tax reform. That’s considered the next major legislative priority on Capitol Hill. Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, tells SNN he understands people are dissatisfied with the dysfunction in Washington, D.C. But he’s confident that tax reform to help residents and businesses can get done by the end of the year. “After the first of...

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