Monthly Archives: September 2014

The Race for Attorney General in Florida: Issues, Ground Games, and Money

The race for attorney general is getting far less press attention than the dogfight for Governor between Rick Scott and Charlie Crist, however, the implications of this race could be just as important for the people of Florida.  There are stark contrasts between these two candidates, as Pam Bondi is a product of the current […]

Monday Musings: Rick Scott’s Economy #It’sNotWorking, Scotland, Absentee Voting, National Voter Registration Day, Possible bad news for Beckham, Climate March, Media Negligance

The Rick Scott economy is working… for the wealthy. New US Census figures show that poverty remains high in the Sunshine State. One out of every six Floridians was living in poverty last year, including one out of every four children according to census data. To make matters worse, as I have written for the […]

District 2 the latest fiasco for poorly run Broward SOE

I have  lots of gripes with the Broward Supervisor of Elections office. Unlike her counterparts in Palm Beach, Orange, Hillsborough, Leon and Miami-Dade, Broward SOE Dr. Brenda Snipes has done little to educate voters about upcoming elections and to make voting more accessible to the masses. Broward County is the best performing Democratic urban county […]

Flashback Friday: 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane

This week marks a sad anniversary, the 86th of the the worst natural disaster in the history of Florida. In 1928, southern Florida was still recovering from the 1926 “Great Miami Hurricane” which adjusted for inflation remains  far and away the most expensive Hurricane in this history of the United States. The 1926 storm was […]

Thursday Bookshelf: The Roosevelts

As companions to Ken Burns’ The Roosevelts  on PBS the following books, all available on Kindle are highly recommended.     The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism   Theodore Rex   Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Florida tax system unfair, says WalletHub

Florida ranks as one of the worst states for tax fairness according to WalletHub . Among the 50 states, Florida ranked third from bottom in terms of tax fairness for the poor, fourth from bottom in the liberalism of the state/local tax system and fifth from bottom in overall tax fairness. The full report can […]

Democrats far from dead in State House races

Our friends at Saint Petersblog citing data from a polling firm we think highly of, St Pete Polls have run a succession of articles showing a strong Republican tide in State House races. They even theorize the GOP should be able to jump above 80 seats in the House (a majority they enjoyed from 2004 […]

Monday Musings: 9/11 Memories, Crist Field and Turnout operation, Who is Leslie Wimes, Orange County, Joe Negron and Home Rule Hypocrisy

On 9/11/01 I was a student at New College of Florida. As you may remember, President George Bush was in Sarasota (where New College is located) and of course the whole campus has organized protests for that morning. I had gone to class and when I came back, one student was sitting out in the […]

Five must watch PBS Documentaries

With the debut of Ken Burns’  The Roosevelts tonight on PBS, we will once again surely see why Public Broadcasting produces and airs better TV documentaries than anybody. Here are five must watch PBS historical documentaries from this admitted PBS junkie.   Ken Burns: The Civil War  The granddaddy of all TV documentaries came out […]

Guest Column: Campus Vote Project Working to Help Florida Students Vote

By Cici Battle/Campus Vote Project Florida Coordinator People who follow electoral politics often lament the low voter turnout for midterm compared to presidential election years.  In a state like Florida, it means that fewer voters turn out to elect a governor than go to the polls to elect a president.  College students, in particular, represent […]