Charlie Crist has announced he’s running for Governor for a third time – he was elected to the office as a Republican in 2006, becaming an independent during the last weeks of his final legislative session in 2010, and ran as a Democrat, winning the nomination but losing a close General Election in 2014. National […]

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is seen as an doctrinaire conservative by the political press, who much like activists seem driven far more by social issues than economic ones. DeSantis’ desire to push the buttons of COVID-denial and appeal to anti-Vaxxers has him pushing yet another Soviet-styled attempt to crush free enterprise in Florida. Today, DeSantis […]

Florida Democrats are correct – the sweeping “reform” suggestions of the GOP to stamp out the imaginary “voter fraud” that allegedly (according to Newsmax and OANN) swept the 2020 elections are completely unnecessary and unwarranted. Though it must be stated the GOP may actually be overreaching and ultimately hurting themselves with these “reforms” should they […]

CPAC, that annual cattle call of opinion leaders on the right hosted by the American Conservative Union (ACU) will for the first time in its history leave the Washington DC area in 2021. The ACU which non long ago was led by Floridian Al Cardenes is now led by the mega-MAGA insider Matt Schlapp. Yes […]

In recent weeks, south Florida’s elected officials led by Miami Mayor Frances Suarez (a man skillfully adroit enough but also so lacking in actual political conviction to be found in Trumpian, Never Trump GOP and Neoliberal Dem circles) have been pushing the region as a destination for those “stuck” in New York or the San […]

In the motherhood Hall of Fame there is one special section for moms who make their kids feel guilty, shaming them into doing things they don’t want to do. Honorable mention to all the Jewish moms out there. Cuban moms have a special knack for guilt inducing diatribes with all the drama of the worst […]

I promised a series of Cuban/Florida politics, I promise I will get back to that I will get back to that in due time.   Two comments on Twitter got me to thinking last week. The first was Ms. Dionne Warwick asking the question, “what’s going on down there in Florida?” The second was Kirstie […]

On January 6th Republican representatives within the government voted to reject the will of the people, while a Republican mob from without tried to overthrow the government.  Does this day signal the future of the Republican Party and the conservative right or will it be regarded as an anomaly in a fractured landscape of media noise? […]

By Dr. Rachel Pienta Post-election headlines for the last twenty or so years could easily be recycled.  “Dems in disarray, shell-shocked Democrats” were two popular phrases in circulation after November’s surprise. We have been here before. Political folks and media pundits used to say that Florida determined the presidency.  I always found that to be […]

This has been a sad week in American history – though I begin this commentary with an ode to my colleague Brook Hines who coined the cleverly brilliant term “Parler Putsch” to describe this week’s effort at a insurgency by right-wing groups to overturn the results of November’s US Presidential Election. Parler is a right-wing […]

The raid conducted by law enforcement officials last week on Rebekah Jones home reinforced what Florida under long-term GOP rule has become – a state where the governing class conducts itself in a manner where arming citizens with information is discouraged and any competition of ideas or questioning of policies is strictly discouraged. What has […]

Visit Dave Trotter’s new site Voting Trend. This post was cross-posted from the new site which will focus not only on Florida but voting trends across the globe. Yes, it was Miami-Dade. Still, to put blame solely on Miami-Dade would be wrong. When all the results are certified, Miami-Dade will have provided the largest net […]

The late Dempsey Barron is a titan of Florida Political History. This week on The Florida History Podcast we discuss Barron, the most influential member of the State Senate in Florida’s contemporary political history. Serving from 1960 to 1988, Barron was the undisputed king of the Senate. You can listen to the Florida History Podcast […]

In the Second Spanish Period (1784-1821) East Florida was characterized by general lawlessness and the ability of those held in bondage in the United States to runaway to Florida and achieve freedom. A community of African-Americans was thriving in the 1810’s until Florida became an American possession and it was destroyed on the orders of […]

I’ve lived in the Florida Panhandle since 2008, when I moved to the area our Congressman was Jeff Miller. I liked Jeff, we didn’t hear much from Jeff. Since Jeff retired I started thinking, if you don’t hear that much about your Congressional Representatives it means they’re probably working hard for the district.  Jeff did […]

Fern Forest Nature Center is one of the most unique urban park landscapes in Florida. The park is a uniquely preserved ecosystem and oasis in the middle of heavily urbanized Broward County. Enjoy the videos below.

The historic 1952 Governor’s Race won by Dan McCarty of Fort Pierce, was the first modern campaign in Florida’s History. Like all Florida elections in this period, the real race was in the Democratic Primary. We discuss this election on this week’s Florida History Podcast. You can listen to the Florida History Podcast on Anchor (which hosts […]

Florida was never, until recently has been treated as an equal by American historians. But in recent years more scholarship has demonstrated how Florida was a shining light in the 1600’s, how St Augustine was a more cosmopolitan and “free” city for non-whites in the colonial period and how Florida played a role in the […]

On this week’s Florida History Podcast, episode 100 we discuss why we love Florida History and why we’ve never had a Floridian elected President or Vice President. 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 […]

Tall Cypress Natural Area in Coral Springs is one of the most unique and bio-diverse natural areas in urban southeastern Florida. The area was preserved in the early 1990’s due in large measure to the efforts of students at nearby Coral Springs High School.