Monthly Archives: January 2014

Rick Scott’s Florida: Examples of why #ItsNotWorking, with Commentary

We here at the Florida Squeeze have long planned on doing a series regarding Rick Scott’s unfulfilled job promises and misleading job claims in early 2014. A simple narrative had developed that Governor Scott has put Floridians to work after Governor Crist cost the state jobs. This, however, is a simplistic way of looking at […]

The State of Rick Scott’s Florida – TFS Presents: #ItsNotWorking

Over the past 2 years, Floridians have been subjected to the grandiose bragging and credit taking of Governor Rick Scott, RPOF Chairman Lenny Curry and RPOF leadership, claiming that Florida has turned a corner- that we’ve created hundreds of thousands of new jobs and Florida’s economy is on the right track. Thats all well and […]

House District 44 Special Election: District Overview

As many of you know, Florida House District 44 is now up on the auctioning block. And as some of you may know, this is the place in Florida that I consider home. For nearly 20 years, I would go to Disney, I-Drive, Dr. Phillips football games (and see them destroy West Orange), any do […]

310th Anniversary of the Apalachee Massacre – a Decisive Event in Florida History

One of the most significant and gruesome events in Florida’s Colonial History took place 310 years ago this weekend. The Battle of Ayubale took place  slightly north of present day Tallahassee and it was a decisive event in which Florida under Bourbon Spanish rule (The War of Spanish Succession was taking place at the time between […]

TFS Pod 10: Pinellas County Legislative Seats

On this week’s pod we take a close look at six key legislative races in Pinellas County. The most competitive area over the last twenty years in State House races sees potentially five seats in play this cycle. Also we look at Senate District 22 currently held by Jeff Brandes. This seat is the most […]

Charlie Crist and “Obamacare”

Draw your own conclusions from this. 2013 Let’s Get to Work Ad: 2009:

Did Four Florida Democrats in Congress Sell Us Out to Wall Street?

Author’s Note:  This piece started out as an exposé on Wall Street’s influence over a certain South Florida Congressman that sits on the Financial Services Committee. As our research deepened, we came across startling discoveries: Patrick Murphy is not the only Florida Democrat taking Wall Street cash while voting in favor of their sponsored and in some […]

Trotter’s Take: Rick Scott solidifies base, Crist falters in latest PPP poll.

If there is one message we can take away from the latest Public Policy Poll, it is that the phenomenon known as Charlie-mania is now over. Even though Charlie Crist had a 12-point lead in May 2013, the race between the former governor and the current governor, Rick Scott, is now neck and neck. This […]

Thursday Bookshelf: The Golden Era of Florida Politics, the 1970s

Today we look at the 1970s and two brilliant books about the era in Florida politics. Senator Robert McKnight’s The Golden Years… The Florida Legislature, ’70s and ’80s , and Martin Dyckman’s Reubin O’D. Askew and the Golden Age of Florida Politics (Florida Government and Politics). The 1970s were a glory era in Florida politics as the fast […]

Personal News: My Grandfather is Honored on an Indian Postage Stamp

My grandfather, V.R. Krishna Iyer who is a former Indian Supreme Court Justice among other things has been honored on a postage stamp issued by India Post (the Indian postal service). He is currently 98 years-old and has had a long life in public service beginning in the early 1950s. It’s a great honor for […]