The musings from Katy Burnett @BurnettKaty will appear shortly in another post.
While much has been made in the past few weeks including on these pages about a need for a progressive challenge to Congressman Patrick Murphy in the 2014 US Senate Primary, it appears that few if any big names will actually step up to the plate for this race. So once again Florida Democrats will almost certainly nominate a perceived moderate who is a male for yet another statewide run against a conservative Republican. Personally, I would rather see a progressive, preferably a female progressive like Congresswoman Kathy Castor run and be nominated. The untested statewide male/moderate formula has not worked before for Florida Democrats, but Murphy might be different. First off, he’s emphasized local issues including the Indian River Lagoon clean-up which cross party lines and he is from a part of the state that has not provided many Democratic statewide candidates. Also he is a much younger candidate than those fielded before. On the down side, he doesn’t really come across as a fighter. Murphy likely begins the race as an underdog to any Republican, but should he be nominated, perhaps he will give Florida’s Democrats something different. Only time will tell though if he is in fact really different. – KK @kkfla737
The LA Times had an excellent story this morning about the cost of coral restoration off the coast of South Florida. It’s well worth a read and a reminder that even when Climate Change is not an initial cause of problems, it often exacerbates already established ecosystem issues. – KK @kkfla737
Last week, we ran a story that was well read and circulated about the potential rules reforms within The Florida Democratic Party. The “one county, one vote” idea which we oppose has its proponents both in urban and rural counties. Another solution could be a hybrid of the current setup, “one county, one vote” and the use of legislative districts might be the most logical compromise. Still another option could be the use of the current weights, but enlarging the committee to allow for more representation and diversity. But one thing that can be firmly established is that while the rules of the Florida Democratic Party have an arcane and illogical feel to them, the correlation between these rules and the consistently poor electoral performance of Democrats in this state is minimal if any. – KK @kkfla737