State News in Review – November 2018

With the elections behind us, the transfer of power has begun. In this post, I’ll start with some transition-related news, then turn to the ongoing business of government.Long-time readers may notice a few changes in this month’s State News in Review, and I plan to continue them going forward. I now include in the post:News about … Continue reading State News in Review – November 2018

Recap and reflections on the November elections

Once again, Florida’s elections made national news. I assume you've seen the results (click here for the state’s and here for Collier County’s), so in this post, I’ll dive a little deeper. First, I’ll share my thoughts about their implications for public policy and for the people of Florida. Then I’ll briefly comment on the … Continue reading Recap and reflections on the November elections

Local News in Review – October 2018

More than a year after Hurricane Irma devastated Southwest Florida, our County and City governments are still dealing with its effects ... the County Commission continued its efforts to facilitate more affordable workforce housing and to reach agreement on whether to make the zoning changes necessary to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in the County ... and … Continue reading Local News in Review – October 2018

State News in Review – October 2018

Tuesday, November 6, is Election Day! The polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. You may vote only at your assigned precinct based on your legal residence. Use the Collier Supervisor of Elections’ Precinct Finder or call (239) 252-VOTE.With elections top-of-mind, I’ll begin with the latest on voter turnout and campaign finance … Continue reading State News in Review – October 2018

It’s time to mail your Vote By Mail ballot!

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6. The U.S. Postal Service recommends that you mail your Vote By Mail (VBM) ballot one week before the due date to account for any unforeseen events such as weather issues and to allow for timely receipt and processing by the election office, you should mail it no later than Tuesday, October 30. A postmark … Continue reading It’s time to mail your Vote By Mail ballot!

Voting on the Collier County Sales Surtax

Vote Early in Collier CountyOctober 25 - November 3Collier County voters have the opportunity to vote for or against a County Sales Surtax (surtax) on the November ballot. How I’ll vote on this item has been the most difficult decision I faced on this ballot, and I know that others have been struggling with it as well.In … Continue reading Voting on the Collier County Sales Surtax

Voting for Collier County Judge

Collier voters have the opportunity to vote for one of two candidates for County Judge in the upcoming election: Blake Adams or Jim Moon.In this post, I’ll explain what a county judge does, share what I learned about the candidates through online research, in meetings with both candidates, and from conversations with community leaders and … Continue reading Voting for Collier County Judge

Voting on the judicial merit retentions

Early Voting in Collier CountyOctober 25 - November 3All Florida voters have the opportunity to vote for or against the retention of one Florida Supreme Court justice, and Collier County voters will vote on the retention of four judges of the 14-county Second District Court of Appeal this year. This type of vote is called a merit retention vote.In … Continue reading Voting on the judicial merit retentions

Voting in the Collier Mosquito Control District elections

Early Voting in Collier CountyOctober 25 - November 3If you live in the Collier Mosquito Control District (map here), you have choices for two of its Board seats on your ballot: Seat 1 and Seat 2. In this post, I’ll review what the CMCD is and does, share what I’ve learned about the candidates, and tell you … Continue reading Voting in the Collier Mosquito Control District elections