In recent weeks, former Congressman and US Senate nominee Patrick Murphy has reappeared from the dead and has actively began floating the idea of a “fusion” ticket for Governor with former Republican Congressman David Jolly. Today we’re not going to asses the merits of such a ticket, because despite yesterday’s MSNBC appearance, the whole thing […]

By Dave Trotter Nowadays, North Florida is just an afterthought when it comes to statewide Democratic primaries. In the 2014 primary for governor, North Florida only consisted 18.94% of the overall primary vote total. Compare that to 29.38% it represented in 2002, and it is easy to see the influence of North Florida has lessened […]

President Trump’s decision to arbitrarily violate the Iran Nuclear Deal and continue to align American interests with the repressive Saudi Arabian regime signals to the world that the US is far from concerned about human rights, misogyny and the treatment of immigrant guest worker populations. It also indicates the United States isn’t open to persuasion […]

Speaker Richard Corcoran isn’t running for Governor and is endorsing fellow Republican Adam Putnam. For many the question was whether Corcoran would emulate the statewide success of ex-Speaker Marco Rubio, whom he once worked for or the laughable end for dangerously extreme former Speaker Johnny Byrd whose 2004 campaign for US Senate was seen as […]

It’s hard to believe, but the Polk County powerhouse of advocacy in the immigration reform community—Young American Dreamers—will celebrate its eighth anniversary on May 19. To mark the special day the group will be celebrating with a cookout at Lake Blue Park in Winter Haven. With members ranging from elementary school children to college-aged young […]

By Dave Trotter Well, we finally figured out that Alan Grayson will be running for Florida’s 9th Congressional District. Not only will this be an extremely interesting race to watch electorally, but also rhetorically. Over the years, there has been a lot of cross pollination between the staff and supporters of both candidates. Old wounds […]

US President Donald Trump waded into the debate over hosting rights for the 2026 FIFA World Cup on Thursday, in a manner than only the current occupant of the White House can. The interpretation of and fallout from this tweet has dominated much of the global (non-US) news cycle the last 48 hours. For example, […]

When Dennis Ross announced his retirement from Congress less than two weeks ago, local Democrats started scrambling for potential candidates in Florida’s 15th Congressional District.  The seat which since 1992 has essentially been anchored by western Polk County, now is more influenced by the burgeoning areas of eastern Hillsborough County. The three Congressman elected in […]

Editors note: With  2018 a Gubernatorial election year,  noted Florida historian and author Robert Buccellato has written a series on past gubernatorial campaigns. We ran part 1 of his series detailing Dan McCarty’s historic 1952 win, the first by a south Floridian today. Part I on Governor McCarty can be found here.    McCarty would spend the following […]

In 1968, Alabama’s Democratic former Governor George Wallace who had become a national figure with his “stand in the schoolhouse door” ran for President on the ticket of the “American Independent Party.” The candidacy despite coded words like “crime,” “law breakers,” and “patriotism” was about one thing- race. Wallace had been a populist earlier in […]