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"We have Trump's wall transplanted down the middle aisle. The only way to do something about that is to chip at it."

- Jan Schneider, candidate for House District 16

[Politics]  Good Closes Fundraising Gap With Buchanan
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Updated with Foxall numbers.

Democrat Margaret Good raised significantly more in the month of December than Republican James Buchanan in the lead-up to a special election for state representative in District 72, but Buchanan still has raised more money in total, and continues to outspend his opponent.

Campaign finance disclosures released on Wednesday evening show that for the period of Dec. 1 through Jan. 4, the Good campaign pulled in $106,831 in monetary donations to her campaign, nearly double the $55,500 raised by Buchanan over the same period of time. But Buchanan, who started raising money in March when he planned to run in a neighboring district, has still raised more than $55,000 beyond Good’s total take, a greater difference than the gap between the candidates in the most recent fundraising period.

Libertarian Alison Foxall $3,480 in the Dec. 1 through Jan. 4 period, and $14,577 total. 

The special election in the Sarasota area district is scheduled for Feb. 13. 

Data from Florida Division of Elections

[Politics]  Schneider Holds Focus on Congress
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

You’d think after running for Congress in most elections held over the course of a decade, a candidate would get tired of attention. Jan Schneider, though, would like a whole lot more of it. Despite being a college associate of Hillary Clinton and embarking on her seventh run for Congress in Southwest Florida, it feels sometimes like the Democrat can’t get notice even within her own party. But as she raises fund to battle incumbent Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, she wants voters to know her campaign should be taken seriously, and that she intends this time to win.

“I’m old, but there’s an advantage to being old,” Schneider, 70, tells SRQ Daily. “I’m not just career building. I want to leave a legacy of doing what’s best for this district and this country, and I think this district has been ill-served for a while.”

She should have some name recognition for voters after running for Congress as a Democrat in 2002, 2004 and 2006. She also ran as an independent in 2008, when party leaders in Washington threw their support to Christine Jennings, who nearly won against Buchanan in 2006, and made clear to Schneider they did not want her in the primary. She challenged Buchanan again in 2016. In her last race, she won the Democratic nomination and went on to lose to Buchanan, getting 40.2 percent of the vote to the incumbent’s 59.8 percent. But she says her primary reason for running last time was to bring more progressives to the polls for the presidential election. This time, she hopes to win the seat and assist Democrats in taking back the House.

While she was focused on stopping the Iraq war when she first ran for Congress, she’s now focused on health care reform. She supports ObamaCare, but as a step toward a “Medicare-for-All” single payer system, and sees some potential for that to happen in coming sessions. She adamantly opposes efforts by some Republicans, notably Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, to convert Medicare to a voucher system or to raise the age of eligibility. “The current Florida 16th is the second oldest Congressional district in the country in terms of the age of population,” she notes. “It’s not that seniors are any more important than other issues, but they are in this district.” Along those same lines, she wants improvements in the Veterans Affair’s health care operations, which have been beset by problems for years,

Schneider to date is one of three Democrats running for House in District 16, and faces Sarasota attorney David Shapiro as well as Clinton field organizer Calen Dean Cristiani in an August 28 primary. While her opponents are based in the Sarasota area, Schneider hopes to benefit from having a stronger base in Manatee and Hillsborough, where the district is now centered.

She’s clearly focused on fighting the Republicans, though, and not just Buchanan. She labels President Trump a “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic liar.” She’d like Congress to start reining him in, though she feels instead Republicans just want to shut Democrats out. “It’s great to say you’ll work across the aisle, and I’m happy to do that, but we don’t have an aisle in Congress,” she says. “We have Trump’s wall transplanted down the middle aisle. The only way to do something about that is to chip at it.” 

[Recognition]  Sarasota County Schools Graduation Rate Rises for 2016-17

The Florida Department of Education reported today that the graduation rate for Sarasota County Schools for 2016-17 was 85.7 percent. The district remained well above the state graduation rate of 82.3 percent; its 2016-17 rate was an increase of .3 percentage points from the previous year. In 2016-17, Florida is calculating and reporting the Federal Uniform Graduation rate. Federal regulations require each state to calculate a four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate, which includes standard diplomas but excludes general equivalency diplomas, known as GEDs, both regular and adult; and special diplomas. The U.S. Department of Education adopted this calculation method in an effort to develop uniform, accurate and comparable graduation rates across all states. The Federal Uniform Graduation rate is currently used in Florida’s school accountability system in the high school grades calculation. The graduation rate is calculated by tracking the number of students who start in a school as ninth graders to the number in the same class who graduate four years later. 

Sarasota County Schools

[Recognition]  Libby's Captures Ninth Florida Trend Golden Spoon Award

As testimony to its ability to stay on top of culinary trends and provide a consistently honored dining experience since opening in 2008, TableSeide Restaurant Group’s Libby’s Café + Bar has been awarded its ninth Golden Spoon Award from Florida Trend, just one of five Sarasota restaurants selected for this honor in 2017. Honored as a Best New Restaurant in 2008, Libby’s then earned Golden Spoon Awards for 2009-2017.  In his selection, Restaurant Editor Chris Sherman made note of Libby’s as “A Southside Village neighborhood staple for lunch, dinner, brunch and in-between. It deals in comfort food and setting with smart modern touches.” The Florida Trend Golden Spoon follows Libby’s Café + Bar’s more than 100 other local, regional and national awards since opening, which include Open Table Diner’s Choice, Zagat Guide’s Top American Restaurants, Best Chefs America, Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and dozens of Reader’s Choice honors. TableSeide is a locally based, family-owned and operated restaurant group influenced by over 30 years of restaurant experience. 

Libby's Cafe + Bar

[Community]  Registration Open 2018 Gulf Coast Games for Life

Registration is open through Jan. 26 for the 2018 Gulf Coast Games for Life, a regional competition of amateur athletes ages 50 and older. Seniors will compete in more than a dozen sports for medals and qualifying for the 2018 Florida Senior Games State Competition. The games will take place Feb. 10-17 around Manatee and Sarasota counties. Registration for the 29th annual event, sponsored by Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources and Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources, is available online at scgov.net/parks or by mail. There is a one-time registration fee of $12, which includes an event T-shirt. Each event, including the first event, costs an additional $3. Events such as bowling, golf and tennis have additional facility fees. The age divisions are: 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74; 75-79; 80-84; 85-89 and 90+. The 2018 Gulf Coast Games for Life is one of the qualifying sites for the Florida Senior Games State Competition which will be Dec. 1-9, 2018, in Clearwater. 

2018 Senior Games for Life

[Synergy]  Florida Center for Early Childhood Receives Grant From Heron Creek Community Foundation

The Florida Center for Early Childhood, a local nonprofit serving at-risk children and their families in Sarasota, Charlotte, Manatee and DeSoto/Hardee counties, was awarded a $3,000 grant from the Heron Creek Community Foundation in North Port. The grant will be used to acquire classroom supplies and furniture for children with special needs at the North Port campus of the Starfish Academy, The Florida Center’s early education program. In 2017, The Florida Center added an infant classroom to the North Port campus, with help from The Heron Creek Community Foundation, to serve the growing need for high-quality early childhood education in North Port. The Florida Center for Early Childhood is a community-based agency that provides early childhood education, developmental therapies, mental health therapy, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders diagnostic and intervention services, training and home-based child abuse prevention services. 

The Florida Center for Early Childhood

[TODAY]  THEATER: Nine , January 11 – January 28, 2pm, 7:30pm or 8pm depending on day

Guido Contini is a wreck and dreading his 40th birthday, a dread that stifles the easy flow of his creative juices. He runs off to Venice in search of inspiration. In a swirl of present issues, revisiting traumatic memories and grasping at women likes straws, Contini finds himself on the verge of total annihilation.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 3rd Ave. W., Bradenton

[TODAY]  SEMINAR: An Evening With Audrey , January 11, 5:30-8:00pm

Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993) was one of the greatest fashion icons and screen legends in history whose innate style and kindness captivated the world. Pamela Fiori, former editor in chief of Town & Country and Travel & Leisure magazines and six-time published author, presents a portrait of a much beloved woman, award-winnng actress, devoted mother, humanist, passionate gardener and Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. Join SRQ MEDIA and WIB Trailblazer Honoree Pamela Fiori for an enchanting evening of sparkling cocktails, conversation and exploration into Hepburn’s luminosity through images, film and stories.

Mildred Sainer Pavilion, New College , 5313 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Emily Larned , January 12 – March 17

This exhibition celebrates the ten-year anniversary of Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts (ILSSA), a social engaged art project founded in 2008 to investigate labor, time, and what we value. A selection from the first ten years of the project will be featured, and ILSSA co-founder Emily Larned will be in-residence in the gallery for the first two weeks of the show.

Ringling College of Art and Design Gallery, 2700 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: createSRQ High School Juried Arts Exhibit , January 13 – January 15

Created to elevate arts education, createSRQ has become the area’s preeminent high school arts competition. The exhibit of over 200 pieces of art submitted by Sarasota County high school students will be on display at the Roskamp Exhibition Hall at Ringling College of Art + Design. The free exhibit is open to the public daily from 12pm to 4pm.C

Roskamp Exhibition Hall, 2700 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Fred Johnson Jazz Quartet , January 13, 8pm

Fred Johnson is an accomplished musician who has toured with the likes Aretha Franklin, Chick Corea and Miles Davis. A jazz, world music singer, and percussionist, Fred has been collaborating with Tampa Bay musicians for a series of performances with the theme of unity. Don't miss the evening of inspirational poetry, music, and art.

Fogartyville Community Media & Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALA: The Hospital Gala , January 13, 6:00PM

Join us for the 2018 Hospital Gala at the Rtiz Carlton to raise funds for the Sarasota Memorial Hospital's Emergency Services team. All proceeds work to ensure that our families and communities receive the best care and that the accidents or traumas people suffer from can have their urgent medical needs be addressed.

The Ritz Carlton, 1111 Ritz Carlton Drive Sarasota, Florida 34236

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: We Love Israel Shuk & Fair , January 14, 12pm

This event celebrates Israel's 70th anniversary of statehood. Attendees will be able to enjoy entertainment, food trucks and have the chance to purchase Israel-made products. Additionally, activities for children and educational opportunities are available. Admission is free and open to the public.

Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, 580 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: SWAC Speaker Series , January 17, 6:30PM

The Sarasota World Affairs Council Lecture Series is a collective of local discussions on world issues. It will continue in January with Raymond Baker. Baker is an author, businessman, and CEO who will be speaking at the Mildred Sainer Pavilion on global financial integrity. More specific topics which will be covered include how dirty money affects less-developed countries, human rights abuses, and economic inequality.  

Mildred Sainer Pavillion, 5313 Bay Shore Road Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  THEATER: Singin' in the Rain , January 18 – February 4, 2pm or

Don Lockwood, with humble roots as a musician, dancer and stuntman, must navigate his movie studio’s transition into “talkie” production. Lockwood falls in love with Kathy Selden, the lovely back-up singer dubbing over the tone-deaf Lina Lamont. A classic love-battle ensues and will determine who shall have their happy ending, as if audiences don’t already know.

The Players Centre for Performing Arts, 838 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  FOOD: Nosh & Knowledge , January 23, 7:00PM

Join the Jewish Housing Council Foundation over dinner on January 23 at Michael’s on East for the conclusion of Nosh and Knowledge. Investigative journalist and author, Carl Bernstein, will be here to share his experience reporting on the Watergate scandal with Bob Woodward as well as participate in audience Q & A. 

Michael’s On East, 1212 S East Ave Sarasota, FL 34239

[SOON]  THEATER: Native Gardens , January 24 – March 25, 2pm, 3pm, 7pm or 8pm depending on day

When lawyer Pablo and his pregnant wife Tania move into a new house next to Frank and Virginia, two members of the community, a dispute over a longstanding fence spirals out of control into a battle of comical proportions. Clashing on everything from taste and privilege to accusations of entitlement, when a molehill becomes a mountain, nobody wins.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: Amadeus , January 24 – January 27, 5:30pm, 7:30pm, and 8pm

The maniacal and quirky music prodigy stereotype exists for a reason. From Mozart’s impishness to Schubert’s obsessive work habits, this presentation explores the intriguing and outrageous stories behind many of the best known musicians and composers. Guest conductor Stefan Sanders will be joined by operatic tenor Jason Collins and Principal Bass John Miller.

Holley Hall, 709 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: A New Beginning , January 25, 10:30 AM

Join Selah Freedom for the Fifth Annual "A New Beginning" Fashion Event on January 25th. The event will feature a runway show showcasing stunning fashions, a champagne luncheon, sip & shop, and inspirational survivor stories.

Selby Five Points Park, 1331 1st St Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  BUSINESS: SB2 Luncheon: State of the Region and LOCALPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARDS , January 25, 11:00am-1:00pm

Join SRQ Media for the next installment of the 2017-2018 SB2 Luncheon Symposia series with SB2: State of the Region on Thursday January, 25 2018 from 11:00am-1:00pm at The Francis, Downtown Sarasota. Local experts will explore the economic link and symbiotic relationship between entrepreneurship and tourism in the Sarasota and Manatee region. The luncheon will culminate with the presentation of the SRQ LOCALPRENEUR OF THE YEAR awards honoring area trailblazers whose initiative and business savvy are helping our region grow.

Guest Panelists include: Elliot Falcione, Executive Director of the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau; Virginia Haley, President of Visit Sarasota County; Mark Huey, President and CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County; Brian Mariash, Senior Vice President and Wealth Management Advisor of Mariash Lowther Wealth Management; Jeff Mayers, General Manager of the Resort at Longboat Key Club; Rick Piccolo, President and CEO of the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport.

Tickets are $65/per person, which includes a mouth-watering plated lunch provided by The Francis. Reserve your spot online at SRQSB2.COM

The Francis , 1289 N Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  DANCE: Dance Makers –12th Annual concert , January 25 – January 28

Sarasota Contemporary Dance's annual concert featuring imaginative dance pieces by internationally acclaimed contemporary choreographers.

Jane B Cook Theatre, FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

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