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The execution of Jose Antonio Jimenez in Florida late Thursday marked the 25th such killing this year, up two from last year. That makes 2018 the fourth year in a row in which fewer than 30 people were executed in the United States. That, incongruously enough, is progress. Since the U.S. Sup…

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Florida’s unprecedented three statewide recounts in razorthin elections revealed no clear corruption, despite reckless claims to the contrary. They did expose flaws in the state’s election system, particularly regarding mail ballots that have become the predominant voting method of choice.

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The Venice City Council is fixing a problem that doesn’t really seem to us to exist. In the process, it may be depriving itself of valuable public input.

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As the sun rose higher last Saturday and Sunday mornings, the Legacy Trail in Venice and Nokomis became busier with walkers, joggers and people on bicycles of all descriptions — sleek, pricey road bikes; beach cruisers with fat tires; tandems, everyday mom-and-pop bikes and garage-sale beaters.

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In the 2020 election, some, but not all, South Sarasota County voters will get to cast ballots for County Commissioner Nancy Detert of Venice, if she runs for re-election.

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The race for the Sarasota County Commission District 4 seat pits an incumbent Republican with strong ties to the business and development community against a young Democrat making her first foray into elective politics.

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Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission took over a year to formally propose eight amendments for this year’s ballot. In reality, the eight were a mash-up of supposedly similar items. Similar, that is, if you consider offshore oil drilling and indoor vaping to be vaguely in the same category.

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Constitutional Amendment 5 on this year’s ballot is little more than the gift of an excuse for lawmakers to use when they do not properly fund programs such as education, health care and mental health.

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It is rare that we recommend passage of any amendment to our state Constitution. We believe it is the duty of our elected representatives to take care of business and not have to pass their responsibility to amendments that can be created by the public or special interests.

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