The 2013 Mayoral race is history and Gow Fields lost to Howard Wiggs. I’ll leave it to Billy Townsend to tell you why he lost. I have some numbers for you right now.
I haven’t written much about the meltdown at LPD because The Ledger has done an exemplary job dogging the story. The reporters and editors and even business management deserve kudos for keeping at it and committing lawyers and money. Well done. But now that it’s all exploded — and I’m back from the old country […]
It appears the Lakeland City Commission will hold a vote of sorts on whether to allow same sex employees to include their committed partners on the city’s health insurance policy and other basic benefits enjoyed by other employees. The circumstances are a little odd, so let me explain briefly: As The Ledger reported a few […]
Back in 2010, before Marshall Goodman came under investigation for his expensive taste in Star Wars toys and general incompetence, the ex-USFP poobah hired former Polk County Commissioner Jack Myers to a $50,000-per-year part-time consulting job. No other candidates were considered, no resumes accepted. Just Marshall Goodman’s good word. As The Ledger put it at […]
Dennis Ross took to The Ledger Wednesday at some length to explain how easy and simple it is to understand his position on the debt ceiling and budget issues. “Figuring out my position on an issue is pretty easy these days. All one has to do is ask me–something The Ledger never bothered to do.” […]
Seth McKeel responded yesterday to a critical Ledger editorial with this preamble: In response to The Ledger’s editorial “Florida Legislature: Blame Legislators For Cuts,” I take personal offense to the accusations and unfair remarks levied at me by the editorial board. First of all, he should actually take professional offense. I don’t think anyone addressed […]
This does not make me happy. As close readers will know, my daughter is about to graduate from the theater department at Harrison School of the Arts. That will allow me, mercifully, to miss this latest and most unfortunate spasm of educational fratricide detailed across the top of The Ledger’s front page. In very brief, […]
I’m not going to belabor this, but it’s important to point it out. While Dennis Ross was tweeting “Pres. just said he will veto CR to fund our troops because Planned Parenthood & DC abortions are not funded. Shows his radical priorities,” the actual President of United States was carefully and secretly weighing the intelligence […]
I’m so old, I can remember back in 2006 when Dennis Ross publicly urged his fellow Republicans to help the scandal-plagued Polk County Opportunity Council get up on its feet–at a time nobody else was urging that. “We have to change that `elitist Republican’ image and support PCOC,” said Ross, R-Lakeland. “If the party is […]
Thirteen articles for week 13 of 2011 would only make sense. So, of course, we published 14. A big change was the addition of the Lakeland Flying Tigers section on the front page. (Look just below the latest 18 articles.) The Flying Tigers are Lakeland’s only pro-team and deserve front page coverage. Don’t you agree, […]
There wasn’t much controversy this week at Lakeland Local, even when normally even-tempered columnist Kemp Brinson wrote: “It just makes me sick. If I were you, I couldn’t do it. We deserve better from you, all of you.” When I first started publishing Lakeland Local over four years ago, I figured it would be text […]
Week 10 saw the announcement that Dan Stetson was leaving the Polk Museum of Art and a paean to Palatka. Lakeland Local flirted with joining forces with the Seminoles, but instead continued our money-free existence and we took a look at the ramifications of Bush and Rice at SEU. Lakeland Local columnists took on sociopathic […]
Why did none of you Randian supergeniuses tell me they were making a series of movies out Atlas Shrugged? How many are we talking, I wonder, 35? Maybe Galt’s 70-page monologue/manifesto will make its own movie. I wonder how it will translate to film. Shakespeare tended to keep his soliloquies to a page or two. […]
On April 20, 1992, Gow Fields took his seat as the appointed Lakeland city commissioner representing the Northwest District. Recommended for the position by the departing commissioner, Fields appointment was challenged by a group of area ministers and citizens. The group wanted a Democrat in the Northwest seat. The city commissioners stood firm with their […]
At today’s city commission meeting, after much public comment and a spirited discussion, the commissioners voted against the conditional approval of a hookah bar in downtown Lakeland. However, after a long recess and the Utility Committee meeting, Commissoner Edie Yates asked for additional discussion on the issue. The commissioners then voted to approve the hookah […]
I read with some interest a few weeks ago that Polk County Commissioner Jack Myers plans to run for Paula Dockery’s Florida senate seat. I read with particular interest his brief rationale for running:
“Everyone needs jobs. Everyone needs less government,” Myers, a Republican, said Saturday.
Ah yes, less government. If there’s anything Jack is about, it’s less government. Riiight. For starters, after running hard against the relatively modest gas tax approved by the 2000 County Commission, he voted in 2005 for the largest tax increase in Polk County history.
This is a truly astonishing poll. 51 percent of Republicans think that pathetic little ACORN engineered a massive conspiracy to turn the 2008 presidential election into an electoral college rout. Only 27 percent are sure Obama actually won. We live in pretty Republican county here, so I want to know what the people’s representatives and would-be representatives think: Do you agree with a majority of your party that ACORN stole the 2008 presidential election? If not, does this level of delusion within your party concern you? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be tracking all of you down for an answer, so you can save time and effort by emailing first.
Two Lakeland residents have filed to run in the special election for the District D (Southeast) City Commission. They will face off in the December 8th special election against incumbent Edie Yates. Election code called for the special election when candidate Edit Yates was left unopposed when James Goetz withdrew from the race. Their names and more inside…
Presented inside is the full text of a news release from the Polk County Public Schools. Please take a moment to read it.
Want to know what the President plans to say? The White House released a summary. It reads in part:
The President will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their learning. He will also call for a shared responsibility and commitment on the part of students, parents and educators to ensure that every child in every school receives the best education possible so they can compete in the global economy for good jobs and live rewarding and productive lives as American citizens.
Bad blogger. Bad. Bad. Bad. The vagaries of work and the end of the school year/beginning of summer nethertime have allowed me to abandon both of my readers out there – and Chuck. I’m sorry.
In my absence, Paula Dockery has become a viable candidate for governor. If you doubt it, check out this poll published in The Sentinel last week. It has her trailing Bill McCollum just 44-28 in the Republican primary.