Monthly Archives: September 2014

The NRA makes endorsements and rates legislators

The National Rifle Association (NRA) has made its endorsements for the 2014 General Election and rated legislators. As would be expected most Democrats fared poorly on the NRA scorecard while most Republicans were rated highly. The organization endorsed every Republican for the statewide cabinet and gave Charlie Crist who at one-time was an NRA backed […]

Monday Musings: Katy at Harvard, Washout in St Pete, Dangers of Facebook jinxes, Modi at MSG

I had the wonderful privileged to go hang out at the Harvard Institution of Politics this weekend to attend a conference on Bipartisan Advocacy. Walking through the IOP is like the magical wonderland for political nerds – everything you touch or walk by is a part of history. I got to hang out with Christine […]

Queen of Transparency not so Transparent – More on Mayor Teresa Jacobs

On Friday, we discussed the lawsuit filed against Orange County by Organize Now with the assistance the First Amendment Foundation.  Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs whose major issue in her 2010 run for County Mayor was “ethics and transparency” in government has once again demonstrated how entitled a politician she has become. Mayor Jacobs response […]

Lawsuit Being Filed Against Orange County for Public Records Violations

Today, Organize Now filed with the assistance of the First Amendment Foundation, a lawsuit that seeks immediate relief for violations of Florida’s open government laws by Orange County. Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs is at the center of the controversy as the filed suit seeks to answer questions about who has access to the mayor’s Dropbox […]

Flashback Friday: September of 1964… Hurricanes Cleo, Dora and the Beatles rock Jacksonville

September 1964, 50 years ago was a momentous month in Florida history. The state was recovering from Hurricane Cleo which hit southeast Florida in late August with particular venom, destroying the Storyland amusement park  which never reopened and passed over the Coral Springs Covered Bridge after destroying most of the city. The Fort Lauderdale News did […]

From Condo Commandos to activism – The changing face of Southeast Florida Democratic politics

When I worked my first complete election cycle in southeast Florida, stories about the fall of the “Condo Commandos” were already abundant in Broward County though they were reaching an apex of power in Palm Beach. This was the 1998 cycle and it was a wipe-out year for Florida Democrats. Three cabinet Democrats were reelected […]

Marco Rubio encountering media critics on foreign policy flip-flops

Marco Rubio has consistently gotten things wrong on foreign policy, a subject he knows little about and should stay away from. Florida’s Junior Senator but leading media star simply spouts out talking points or finds new ways to contradict the administration even if it means he is constantly flip-flopping. Within the last 48 hours both […]

November Expectation Rubric for Florida Democrats

As most of you know, I am a student at the University of Florida in Political science.   As one who had to be graded often, I find that clear expectations are the key to a good grade.   With this in mind, I decide to write my grade rubric for Democrats for November in state Government.  […]

Call for Endorsement Recommendations

We at the Squeeze are working on releasing our endorsements for the November election and while there are few competitive federal and state races, politics on the local level matter just as much.  We mention time and time again how we need to build our bench and how we have to recruit talent on the […]

NextGen ads and Crist environmental record could help revive Democrats in SW Florida and the Treasure Coast

Democrats suffered some serious backsliding in 2012 in two important growing regions of the state – southwest Florida and the Treasure Coast (minus St Lucie County which has acted more as an appendage of southeast Florida, than like northern Palm Beach, Martin or Indian River counties in recent elections). My explanation for this is simple: […]