“All politics is local”  said Tip O”Neill,  Speaker of the House from 1977-87.

O’Neill’s dad told him this after his only election loss – a run for the Cambridge City Council.  Tip’s dad pointed out he had taken his own neighborhood for granted.  Tip understood he didn’t work hard enough in his own backyard.

If you live in Sarasota, FL, this blog is about your backyard.   It provides The Detail you need about what is working and what isn’t in local government.   The Detail provides information you may not find anywhere else.


The Detail is written by me, Cathy Antunes, with guest posts from other community contributors.  A resident of Sarasota County since 1999, and a resident of the City of Sarasota since 2003, my public advocacy activities include:

  • President, Sarasota Citizens for Responsible Government
  • Vice-President, Sarasota County Council of Neighborhood Associations (CONA)
  • Member, Coalition of City Neighborhood Associations


If you vote in Sarasota, FL, this blog provides The Detail to help you make informed local choices.   Ever walk into a voting booth, look at the local races, and feel like you didn’t know as much as you wanted to know?  Read The Detail and you’ll know more.  Don’t live or vote in Sarasota?  The Detail may be interesting to you for it’s information on local Florida politics.  As one recent transplant shared: “This place is like the wild west!”  Indeed.   If you like the content, be sure to follow my blog!


Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone.  The people themselves are its only safe depositories.

Thomas Jefferson


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