Monthly Archives: June 2014

Ten Dollar Tuesday – Josh Katz for Orange County School Board

Last week, I highlighted the bitter battle that is going to take place in the Senate and the importance of throwing support behind Judithanne McLauchlan because a veto-proof Republican majority in the Senate will be disastrous all around.  This week I am going to go in another direction and instead just highlight a school board race in […]

Allison Tant’s ‘Five Pillars of Success’ – How is she doing?

Everybody is talking about it; all over the state, headlines over the weekend reported on the end of filing on Friday and nobody has anything good to say about Florida’s Democrats. Is this the worst of the worst for candidate recruitment? Certainly a contender. While recruitment was going to be rough on a year that […]

Monday Musings: Cabinet Offices, Qualifying Deadline, Democratic Woes, Reggie Fullwood, Palm Beach Traffic, World Cup

After Friday, my mind immediately jumped past 2014 elections and I begin to think about 2016 and 2018 already. The most unsettling piece to come out Friday is that obviously no one getting ready to run for governor in 2018 against Adam Putnam. Democratic constitutional office candidate recruitment is perhaps the worst in recent memory […]

The Media Doing Its Job Well on Iraq

The mainstream media served as a rubber-stamp in 2003 for the US Invasion of Iraq. While some people, myself included who followed foreign affairs and Middle East politics felt that the invasion was going to open a can of worms we didn’t want to see exposed, the press and most politicians bought into the premise […]

Looking Ahead to Election 2014 and Beyond

Over the last several months negativity and infighting has filled the comments section of this blog. While we all know  that 2014 is likely to be a difficult year for Florida Democrats, now that candidate qualifying is closed it is important to reiterate that so much more unites people who are center-left or liberals than […]

Thursday Bookshelf – The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida and the Politics of Paradise

Time Magazine National Editor Michael Grunwald’s The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise was written nearly a decade ago but remains a timeless and important book for those interested in Florida to read. I originally finished the book on a transcontinental flight from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles in 2006. The book was […]

Patrick Murphy provides a playbook for Florida Democrats success

This week we learned what has been rumored for two months now – that Congressman Patrick Murphy, one of only eleven Democrats sitting in a Congressional Seat won by Mitt Romney in 2012 will not be a top target for the national GOP. The NRCC  released its list of  national targets earlier this week and FL-18 […]

A Glimmer of Hope in Charlie Crist’s Cuban Appeal

Last week, Kartik laid out excellent reasons why Charlie’s Cuban stance is heavy-handed and risky and above all else, exceptionally foolish for a candidate for Florida during an election year. He then goes onto suggest ways to soften the blow here. As usual, his analysis is brilliant, concise, and well-calculated. I read the same articles that are freaking out […]

Wednesday Open Thread

It’s qualifying week! Leave your comments, questions and deep thoughts here.

Contra Conventional Wisdom, Cuban Embargo Contentious in Miami

A poll released today by Florida International University found that Cubans are more divided on the issue of sanctions against Cuba than is commonly believed. According to FIU researchers, 52% of Miami-Dade Cuban-Americans support ending the embargo — among 18 to 29 year olds, that number rises to 62%. Of particular interest is the differential between […]