Monthly Archives: August 2013

Has the RPOF killed Chairman Curry’s “Civility Project?”

In March when Lenny Curry rolled out his “Civility Project” I among others laughed it off.  I felt Curry’s attacks on female leaders then smacked of sexism. However, over the course of the last several months Curry has been far more civil and dignified than his RPOF predecessors who ranged from nasty, to petty to […]

Zest of the Day: Floating City on Biscayne Bay?

Really? From Miami Today. 

Spineless Democratic Legislators take a pass on “Stand Your Ground” and further the party’s woes in the process

The failure of several Democratic legislators to show any sort of political courage on “Stand Your Ground” this week is shocking, appalling and again demonstrates why the party finds itself in the position of being a permanent minority. An unwillingness to stand on principle or truly understand what voting trends in the state and nation […]

Zest of the Day: Tampa Bay Rowdies Head Coach Ricky Hill speaks about racism

Some shameless self-promotion, but one of two new video programs about soccer I am launching this week debuted last night. This one called “Voices of Soccer” premiered with an interview of Ricky Hill, a former English soccer star now managing the Tampa Bay Rowdies here in Florida. Given our recent emphasis on racism on this […]

Throwback Tuesday: First Siege of Pensacola Failure (1707)

On this day in 1707 the first English/Creek Indian siege of Pensacola was lifted and the Spanish remained in control of West Florida. This was part of the hostilities associated with Queen Anne’s War.  We discussed the siege of St Augustine in April when the British came dangerously close to taking East Florida. However the […]

Zest of the Day: All Aboard Florida seeks downtown Miami property for train hub

From the Miami Herald. 

CFO Candidate Drops Out – Media focused on wrong issues related to bankruptcy

Democratic CFO Candidate Allie Braswell dropped out of the statewide race today following  scrutiny related to his personal finances originally exposed in the Florida Times-Union. Matt Dixon’s article was accurate about Braswell’s personal bankruptcies and financial problems but what has not been discussed is the number of corporations that have used the Federal Bankruptcy laws to […]

Kurly’s Kommentary- The Arab Spring evolves: Army intervention justified and correctly redefines democracy in Egypt

    by Steven Kurlander Imagine this: Unhappy with high taxes, harsh economic fiscal policies and a lingering depression, revolutionaries led by angry war veterans storm courthouses to stop hearings on tax foreclosures and enforcement of tax liens. They then form a militia and the rebellion begins against our government. At first, government officials […]

Zest of the Day: Segregation factor in the Florida Democratic gubernatorial primary of 1956

I stumbled upon this comprehensive study of the 1956 Democratic Primary for Governor from the UF Library. This was a primary election  where Leroy Collins held off multiple candidates running hard on racial issues. While Collins like almost all Florida Democrats of the 1950s embraced racial segregation his tone was substantially more moderate on the […]

Zest of the Day – End of an era: Nonpartisan Palm Beach County Voters Coalition to disband

From George Bennett in the Palm Beach Post. I was once a member of the Voters Coalition but have always have mixed feelings about the group which I will save for another day.