Monthly Archives: March 2015

Guest Column: Democrats need to think logically about 2016 US Senate Race

By Sean Phillippi Little if anything in life is free.  Almost everything, especially in politics, comes at a cost.  This is certainly the case when one is standing on political principle.  The largest costs are usually those that we don’t expect or foresee.  Recent developments in Florida’s 2016 US Senate race bring to mind a shining […]

Sleepwalking through winter – A Fort Lauderdale Strikers update

The Fort Lauderdale Strikers winter of discontent has given way a spring of eternal hope. New Strikers Managing Partner Ricardo Geromel who seemed too young and naive for the job just six weeks ago suddenly looks like a dynamo whose management credentials are beyond question. What happened to turn the fortunes of the organization so […]

LEAD Task Force update

Word has leaked through various channels that the much talked about and largely maligned LEAD Task Force will issue a report in early April. On the surface this would be encouraging although as my colleague Katy Burnett likes to point out, even early April gives the Republicans a five month head start for the 2016 […]

Flashback Friday: George Wallace, Leroy Collins, Selma and the 1968 US Senate Race

In 1968, Alabama’s Democratic former Governor George Wallace who had become a national figure with his “stand in the schoolhouse door” ran for President on the ticket of the “American Independent Party.” The candidacy despite coded words like “crime,” “law breakers,” and “patriotism” was about one thing- race. Wallace had been a populist earlier in […]

Guest Column: Tallahassee Mayor to Launch Family First on Friday

By Dr. Rachel Sutz Pienta On Friday, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum will hold a community Summit on Children, to kick off his Family First Agenda. You can watch the event here beginning at 8am ET Friday. A Gillum-penned op-ed appeared online at The Huffington Post. In the article, Gillum made the argument for investing in children: […]

Thursday Bookshelf: A Most Disorderly Court: Scandal and Reform in the Florida Judiciary

A Most Disorderly Court: Scandal and Reform in the Florida Judiciary (Florida History and Culture) by Martin Dyckman is yet another important time piece by the former St Petersburg Times Associate Editor. Dyckman’s knowledge of the 1970’s Florida political landscape is second to none among reporters and having covered the events closely, he was able to […]

Alvin Brown leads in Jacksonville – What does it mean?

Despite what the naysayers might claim, Democrats do have life in the State of Florida. Big city mayors and city council elections have long been a key to the party’s revival in the state. It could be argued however that Democrats have done little with this assembled bench as the hole the party faces seemingly […]

Breaking barriers to health care access in Florida

Florida’s ideological legislature has on two occasions left almost a million Floridians, all of whom are working class without health care. Republican legislators have consistently ignored multiple studies that indicate more jobs will be brought to Florida thanks to the expanded healthcare sector.  They’ve ignored that small businesses who they claim to want to help will […]

Emirates beginning Orlando service in September

Emirates of Dubai, which is one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, will begin service to Orlando on September 1, 2015. The airline which has recently been embroiled in controversy thanks to Delta’s CEO for alleged links to terrorists has also been cited by European and American activists as being subsidized by the Government of […]

The Rubio Renaissance

We’ve long mocked the foreign policy credentials and domestic rhetoric of Florida’s Junior Senator, but it appears at this point in time, Marco Rubio is making a very calculated, somewhat quiet yet effective comeback on the national stage. Rubio has risen from being falling star, dead Presidential candidate and potentially endangered one-term Senator to top-tier Republican […]