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Repulicans Barbetta And Caragiulo Unhappy with Grutters Supporting Republicans

Barbetta, Caragiulo, Gruters

    Republicans Barbetta And Caragiulo Unhappy  With Grutters Supporting Republicans By Jon Susce    May 4, 2015 As if the Sarasota City election couldn’t get any weirder, something comes up to make it even more politically bizarre!Republicans Joe Barbetta and Barbetta’s caddy Sarasota County Commissioner, Paul Caragiulo along with their political enforcer, 68 times convicted felon Michael Barfield are very unhappy with the Sarasota County Republican Executive Committee Chairman, Joe Gruters. Their displeasure with Gruters stems from the fact that the chairman of the local Republican Party is supporting two Republicans, Eileen Normile and Stan Zimmerman in the ongoing campaign for Sarasota City Commission. The reason Barbetta, Caragiulo and Barfield

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Dubensky Delivers For Benderson, Rodriquez And Patterson

Dubensky Delivers For Benderson, Rodriguez, Ley And Patterson April 21, 2015 By Jon Susce In the Godfather trilogy there is a scene when Vito Corleone informs a man seeking a favor from the mobster, that if the Godfather grants him the favor he seeks, there will come a time when the mobster will ask for a favor in return. Did the time come for Judge Peter Dubensky to pay back the mobsters who control Sarasota and Manatee County Government? Or, as Tom Lyons wrote in the Sarasota Herald Tribune, referencing what most people find shocking and regard as Dubensky’s weird ruling, “The judge must have been paid off.” How else

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Hamilton inept neighborhood activist, political operative

  May 2015 Diana Hamilton Inept Neighborhood Activist, Political Operative And Mouthpiece For Chapman Hater By Jon Susce The SRQ magazine publishers continue to allow their columnist and closet Sarasota City Commissioner “hater,” Jacob Ogles to provide so-called neighborhood activist and political operative, Diana Hamilton with a forum to feed the weird obsession she has with Commissioner Susan Chapman. In addition, Hamilton is given space to attack the appointments of two other Sarasota City Commissioners, namely Suzanne Atwell and Willie Shaw.   Ogles along with Hamilton and Susan Nilon, who recently came out of the closet as a Chapman “hater,” are the voice of the macho wing of the Republican

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Benderson’s Attempt To Turn A Playgroud/Park Into A Parking Lot Fails

By Jon Susce If anyone wanted to see a prime example of how the present Sarasota City Commission differs from the Sarasota County Commission, who are controlled by major campaign finance contributions from Randy Benderson and his million-dollar developer cronies, they should have been at the recent Sarasota City Commission meeting where Benderson official Larry Feinberg was told that Benderson is not going to turn a playground and park into a parking lot. If anyone had any doubt regarding how Randy Benderson allows his representatives to deal with public officials in an outrageous, scandalous fashion, they need to listen to how City of Sarasota attorney Bob Fournier candidly described the

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Awarding Culverhouse $20 Million Was More About A Corrupt Sarasota County Government Than A Land Use Issue

Culverhouse

Jury Awarding Culverhouse $20 Million Was More About A Corrupt Sarasota County Government Than A Land Use Issue 3-16-2015 By Jon Susce             No matter how the Sarasota Herald Tribune lead editorial writer, Tom Tryon and SHT columnist, Tom Lyons attempted to spin the awarding of over $20 million to Hugh Culverhouse Jr. to be all about a land use issue among prominent Sarasota County developers; it was obvious to those who can’t be confused by the facts, that the Culverhouse initiated lawsuit was much more than a land use dispute between local developers. To the dismay and utter embarrassment of the inept journalistic duo of

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Patterson Taking “Cruise To Nowhere” To Avoid Possible Criminal Charges

Nora Patterson

By JON SUSCE Alan Roddy, the Sarasota County attorney representing former Sarasota County Commissioner Nora Patterson, has filed a motion stating that Patterson’s appearance as a witness in the Hugh Culverhouse Jr., multi-million dollar lawsuit against Randy Benderson and Henry Rodriquez, “will cause a severe hardship and substantial expense” for Patterson. According to Roddy’s motion, former County Commissioner Patterson and her husband, attorney John Patterson have conveniently planned an ocean “cruise to nowhere” scheduled to take place between March 3rd and March 14th, 2015. Thus according to Ms. Patterson, she will be unavailable to appear in court to testify for most-likely the entire duration of the trial. Patterson states the

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