Monthly Archives: July 2013

Florida vs. the rest of the south in Presidential elections

Continuing with recent historical themes on the site, we have decided to rank each former Confederate state in terms of Democratic performance for every Presidential election from 1952 to 2012.  Prior to 1952, the GOP had not carried a single southern state since 1928 when Florida was one of three states in the south to […]

TFS on the Radio: Is Detroit the future of the American economy?

TFS’ Scott Gaillard will host a two-hour radio program today on 1600 the Beach in Jacksonville. Joining him will be TFS’ Justin Snyder and Kartik Krishnaiyer. The program will air from 4-6pm today on 1600 the Beach. 

Zest of the Day: Throwback Tuesday, when NW Florida wanted to leave the state

Not that long ago…it’s been a debate for a hundred and fifty years but as recently as 1982 it was a political issue. This article is from the Ocala Star-Banner.  It quotes Rep. Tom Tobiassen then a Republican (Tobiassen switched to the Democratic Party that same year and served until 1992 in the House as […]

Throwback Tuesday: 1980, when north Florida got it right and the rest of the state got it horribly wrong

We’ve spent a lot of time the last few weeks talking about the “dixiecrat” vote in north Florida as well as the interior of the state. These voters overwhelmingly supported George Wallace in 1968, running as an Independent, stuck with Wallace in the 1972 Democratic Primary leading him to an overwhelming statewide victory and then […]

PolitiFact rates latest Rubio Health Care claim “Pants on Fire”

So Senator Rubio has been caught with his pants on fire again in his comments to FOX News the other day about the Affordable Care Act…no shock here.  Rubio has now been found to have stated “mostly false,” “false,” or “pants on fire” claims 32% of the time PolitiFact has investigated since 2010. So much […]

Zest Of The Day: 4 in 5 Americans Near Poverty; No Work

Time for a reality check: Call me crazy. Call me a radical. But when 80% of Americans are near the poverty line its time for a New Deal. It’s time to stop calling this “recovery” a recovery and have a real discussion about whats going on in our economy- grand theft by the top 1% […]

If elected Governor again, would Charlie Crist actually govern from the left?

The continued obsession with Charlie Crist has continued among Democrats in recent months growing to a fever pitch. Speculation about Crist’s plans and his presence in the Democratic Party fuels passion on all sides of the debate. But Crist himself will have to make a critical decision. For a man who has seemed to depend […]

Tracking Florida’s Presidential drift from reliably Republican to lean Democrat

Today let’s  compare a county break down the 1996 Presidential Race where Bill Clinton as an incumbent won the state overwhelmingly (keep in mind Clinton lost Florida in 1992 by under two points) to Barack Obama’s three point win 2008. These were the two best results by Democrats in Florida since Harry Truman’s 1948 victory. […]

Zest Of The Day: Halliburton Pleads Guilty To Destroying Documents in Spill Case… Gets $200,000 Fine and 3 Years Probation

Story Here! Discuss.

Remembering the unjust racist verdict that led to Florida’s largest ever urban riots

In 1980 the City of Miami erupted with the worst urban riots in the United States since the Watts riots of 1965. But what led to these riots was an unjust “not-guilty” verdict in the trial of several police officers accused of killing Arthur McDuffie. The trial which was moved from Miami to Tampa featured […]