New Sarasota Mayor Jen Ahearn-Koch appointed, advocates construction growth strains infrastructure
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New Sarasota Mayor Jen Ahearn-Koch appointed, advocates construction growth strains infrastructure

On Friday, Nov. 8, the city commissioners of Sarasota unanimously appointed a new mayor, Jen Ahearn-Koch, to replace the previous Mayor Liz Alpert. Elected at-large to the commission in 2017, Ahearn-Koch served as vice mayor last year, setting up a smooth transition to this position.…

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Airstrikes on Gaza: a personal perspective from Palestine
From a 2003 protest in Beruit this banner reads "Life, Land and Liberty to Palestine. Stop the massacre."

Airstrikes on Gaza: a personal perspective from Palestine

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia CommonsFrom a 2003 protest in Beirut this banner reads "Life, Land and Liberty to Palestine. Stop the massacre." On Nov. 12, an Israeli missile struck the home of Baha Abu al-Ata, a commander in the political faction known as Palestinian Islamic…

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City commissioners reject current Selby Master Plan

After months of negotiation, the Sarasota Planning Board held its long awaited meeting to finalize the city commissioners decision for Selby Gardens’ “Master Plan” on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at Sarasota City Hall. A supermajority vote from the city commissioners was necessary for Selby to move…

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Statewide elections bring historic wins for Democrats
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Statewide elections bring historic wins for Democrats

Last week, the results of multiple statewide elections were announced. While Republican Tate Reeves won the governorship in Mississippi, Democrats saw significant wins in Kentucky and Virginia. With all precincts reporting in Kentucky, Democrat Andy Beshear beat Republican Gov. Matt Bevin by 5,198 votes—0.36 percent…

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DeSantis announces proposal to raise teacher salaries
Governor DeSantis's $603 million proposal would raise starting salaries to $47,500.

DeSantis announces proposal to raise teacher salaries

Photo courtesy of Gage SkidmoreGovernor DeSantis's $603 million proposal would raise starting salaries to $47,500. When Florida Governor Ron DeSantis ran in November 2018, he was not known across the country for wanting to make education a priority, but for telling his two-year-old daughter to…

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Professor Mark Paul speaks on the future of economics and the Green New Deal
Professor Mark Paul on the panel with Maeve Cohen, Enrique Zapatas and moderator Eric Beinhocker.

Professor Mark Paul speaks on the future of economics and the Green New Deal

Photo courtesy of Blavatnik School of GovernmentOn the panel sits (from left to right) Enrique Zapatas, Maeve Cohen, Professor Mark Paul and moderator Eric Beinhocker during the Challenges of Government in 2019 Conference at Oxford University. On Oct. 31, the Blavatnik School of Government at…

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Clambake raises $318,000 for student scholarships
Photo courtesy of Vianey Jaramillo The Clambake now takes place at the bay, but it was once held at a local beach.

Clambake raises $318,000 for student scholarships

Photo courtesy of Vianey Jaramillo The Clambake now takes place at the bay, but it was once held at a local beach. The Clambake, a traditional annual fundraising event, held its 41st celebration Thursday, Nov. 7 at the bay. Approximately 390 guests networked among themselves,…

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