Monthly Archives: November 2014

Time for Democrats to think logically about the white vote

Coming off yet another off-year election debacle for Democrats both in Florida and nationally much of the narrative has focused on what Democrats can do differently. The discussion after three weeks has fallen into some lazy assumptions –  The Democrats either need  to shift en masse to the middle of the political spectrum or simply […]

Monday Musings: Why Democrats need competitive primaries, UKIP emerging as a force, Jeb Bush and Republican nominating history, How the RPOF spends money differently than the FDP

While we are all are wondering who is going to run for Senate in 2016 and 2018, there is one thing that Democrats need to remember: we need a competitive primary process in order to build up field. While it will no doubt be expensive for each campaign (both in ’16 and ’18), the one […]

Time to discuss some basic candidate recruitment ideas for Democrats

The poor candidate recruitment of the Florida Democratic Party has been a constant talking point on this site since we launched. The discussion around candidate recruitment has only intensified in the few short weeks since the November 4th election disaster for Democrats. FDP Chairwoman Allison Tant has been very forthright in stating that the party […]

House Democrats and the 2016 campaign – Expanding the map a must for success

Florida’s Democrats have been through two plus weeks of introspection following the Election Night defeats. I personally came out strongly in favor of Allison Tant keeping her job as FDP Chairwoman and Rep. Mark Pafford becoming House Democratic Leader. Now that Pafford has to been confirmed as leader, a move we wholeheartedly support it is […]

Florida pro soccer teams stumble badly on the PR front this week

Editors Note: The Kartik Report will relaunch January 1st with a new look and new content. The site which was in existence from 2006 to 2010 focuses on Florida-oriented soccer news. In the interest of full disclosure, he previously served as the Director of Communications for the NASL and both the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and […]

Personal/professional news, new TFS features and writers news

I’m taking a bit of a diversion this morning (US Time) to announce two things professionally. First off, I will be bringing back The Kartik Report  on January 1st. This site was a soccer website focused on Florida events which operated from 2006 until early 2010. I was forced to shut down the site after […]

Party controversies fading as Democrats move forward following Pafford victory

While traveling overseas I have been reading with some amusement the analysis of a few people regarding the House Democrats situation and the internal controversies at the Florida Democratic Party. The problem is many of these issues have been manufactured as an effort continues to undermine the move forward being attempted currently by Democratic leaders. […]

The Florida House and Failed Democratic Campaign Leadership

While the Crist defeat was perhaps the most painful for Democrats to bear around the state, the return of the super-majority of Republican control in the House will have far more consequences. While the Crist victory was at least close enough to not be an embarrassment, the defeat of six house incumbents was a shock […]

Poll: Should Dwayne Taylor drop out of the House Leader race?

Should Rep. Dwayne Taylor (D-Daytona Beach) abandon his quest to wrestle Democratic leadership from Rep. Mark Pafford (D- West Palm Beach) before tonight’s caucus meeting?

Monday Musings – 100th birthday celebrations, US Senate race, Jacksonville city elections and Fort Lauderdale Strikers title run ends,

I spent this past weekend in Kochi, Kerala, India for my grandfather, VR Krishna Iyer’s 100th Birthday celebration (He only turned 99 on Saturday but the way Indians count birthdays is to count the day you were born as your first birthday). My grandfather is a former member of the Madras State Legislature, the Kerala […]