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01/18/2013

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WHAT WENT WRONG? The Sarasota Republican Club asks 'the experts' to explain the results of the 2012 national elections and talk about how to turn things around — Scott Proffitt For its monthly meeting on Jan. 9, the Sarasota Republican Club served up a panel discussion to shine light on the results of the 2012 elections. The "chefs" were three veterans of conservative politics: Jamie Miller, Andres Malave and Johnny Jackson. Miller has worn a number of hats over the years. While "political consultant" is his current title, he has been an active field operative for the Republican Party, including taking on a major role in the 2000 presidential election recount that saw George W. Bush move into the White House. Malave is the field coordinator for Hispanic Outreach for Americans for Prosperity — an organization considered by many to be among the most powerful conservative advocacy groups in the country. Jackson is a conservative talk show host on WWPR AM 1490. The host for the evening was Mike Moran, president of the Sarasota Republican Club. (Full story here) CONFUSION REIGNS The North Port Commission once again debates the sale of Warm Mineral Springs, and it appears its stake in the property is up for sale — Cooper Levey-Baker The North Port City Commission this week reiterated its desire to rid itself of Warm Mineral Springs, in the process clarifying (maybe) what it meant when it first voted to sell last month. The City Commission voted 3-2 on Dec. 18, 2012, to sell the springs, the 81-acre "Fountain of Youth" the city and county jointly purchased in 2010. Distrustful of the Invitation to Negotiate process the county had suggested to solicit ideas to redevelop the property, the city sent a message: We want out. But that message was not exactly clear. (Full story here) For Advertising Info Sales@SarasotaNewsLeader.com (941) 227-1080 Click Any Headline To Go Directly To That Article AT A GLANCE TOP STORIES

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