I have been watching State of the State speeches since Lawton Chiles delivered his 1995 speech (in which he made reference to his former US Senate colleague from Mississippi John Stennis, just to make sure we were paying attention). These are generally very straight forward affairs loaded with policy talk and feel-good rhetoric. Jeb Bush […]

How do you identify? If you were asked to describe yourself without using your name, how would you respond? Identity is tricky a concept but important to understanding behavior. Where you stand tends to be where you sit, after all. In the U.S. few would identify with their state, outside of Texas, Alabama and maybe, […]

Omicron has hit and it could provide us with the biggest wave yet of Covid. This weekend we have seen scores of cancellations of sporting events from NFL, NHL and College Basketball games here in the United States, to Premier League and Football League soccer matches in England to other entertainment events in Europe. The […]

On the newest episode of the Florida History Podcast, we discuss the Tallahassee Sit-ins a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights history of our state (and something maybe soon to banned from discussion in Florida public schools?) You can listen to the Florida History Podcast on Anchor (which hosts our show), Spotify, Google, Apple Podcasts, Radio Public, Breaker, Overcast, Castro or Pocket Casts. Overcast, Castro, Spotify, […]

In this audio conversation, Brook Hines and Kartik Krishnaiyer discuss how Twitter de-platforming former President Trump created a voice that Ron DeSantis filled.  Also, Krishnaiyer goes through a laundry list of tangible reasons he thinks DeSantis is worse than Trump. Listen at TFS+.

As previously discussed on this site, I was intimately involved in the 2002 redistricting fights and watched the 1996, 2012 and 2014 fights with keen interest. In 2002, the GOP had complete control over the reapportionment process for the first time and they went wild, creating maps that Democrats could not compete on at the […]

This month marks 40 years since the tragic Air Florida crash into a bridge over the Potomac. Air Florida had been one the airline darlings of the post-deregulation commercial aviation era that began in 1978, but by 1984 had ceased operations. Rapid expansion which turned the carrier into a domestic and international force had come […]

Over at TFS+ we’re running a series of audio discussions between Brook Hines and Kartik Krishnaiyer discussing the long-term radicalization of the GOP BEFORE Donald Trump was on the political scene. It’s an important discussion given the recent trend in the mainstream media to act as if the GOP was a mainstream force until 2015.

This week, commercial aviation discussions have been centered around the botched American roll out of 5G networks, an embarrassment that continues the perception abroad that the United States is in decline relative to other western democracies. No other major industrialized nation has had this sort of clunky problem around the roll out of 5G as […]

Over at TFS+ on Monday, we broke down the specifics around Governor DeSantis proposed Congressional map. At the time I wrote that piece, I was convinced the map was the “hidden” or “secret” map I was long expecting- the partisan gerrymander that split Duval County in half and manipulated lines around the Tampa Bay area […]

Joe Biden has had a rough first year in office Of course, the Biden White House could do better on messaging. Of course, the Biden White House could have done better on COVID testing.  Of course, the Biden White House could have done better with its legislative strategy.  But none of this is the point.  […]

On this week’s Florida History Podcast we discuss the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. here in Florida with an emphasis on his actions in the state. You can listen to the Florida History Podcast on Anchor (which hosts our show), Spotify, Google, Apple Podcasts, Radio Public, Breaker, Overcast, Castro or Pocket Casts. Overcast, Castro, Spotify, Radio Public and Breaker have App Store apps for free […]

On this MLK Day, it is important to think about a time when a southern President who prior to 1957, had opposed Civil; Rights effectively partnered with Martin Luther King Jr. The amount of scholarship developed along with screenplays/movies about this period has exploded recently. This also helps explain the gradual shift in terms of […]