Monthly Archives: March 2015

Kartik’s Monday Musings: Patrick Murphy, Coral Reefs, Fla Dems Rules Reform

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 […]

Is “one county, one vote” really a credible idea for Florida Democrats?

Rules reform is a necessary component of making the Florida Democratic Party more viable as a functioning institution. FDP Chairwoman Allison Tant is correct when she and those around her push for changes in the rules and the breakup of the fiefdoms that have dominated the internal workings of the State Committee through the years. […]

TFS Endorsement – Nick Janovsky for St Pete Pride Celebration Grand Marshall

TFS Editor-in-Chief Kartik Krishnaiyer had the chance to work with Nick on George Sheldon’s Attorney General’s race. He was impressed and pleasantly surprised to see Nick’s statewide political and fundraising network put in action and his ability to easily build and execute on a communications, fundraising, and political plan. Nick would be a great Grand […]

Florida featured in Brady Campaign parody video

“Brady background checks have stopped 2.4 million gun sales to prohibited purchasers, but only 60% of current gun sales include a background check.” (from the site). But of course here in Florida, we spend each March and April discussing guns and watching the legislature continue to pass laughable gun measure after gun measure. Background checks […]

JetBlue and Silver to partner on intra-Florida flights

 JetBlue, the largest airline at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and the second largest at Orlando International Airport will place its B6 code on several Silver Airways flights within Florida beginning at the end of March.  Not included in this codeshare are flights between Jacksonville and Fort Lauderdale as well as flights between Fort Lauderdale and […]

Theatre of the Absurd: Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel-Vasilinda endorses Guns on Campus

UPDATED: Representative Rehwinkel-Vasilinda did vote for the guns on campus bill, along with Representative Katie Edwards.   The guns on campus bill is one of the more contentious issues being debated this session.  Although this issue has come up before, Senator Thrasher has always managed to defeat the bill.  Now that he is gone to […]

Critical Criminal Justice reforms move forward

HB 783, the progressive Criminal Justice reform legislation sponsored by Rep. Katie Edwards (D-Plantation)  advanced through the Criminal Justice Committee Monday afternoon. The legislation is predictably supported by the state’s public defenders but opposed by prosecutors throughout the state. Rep. Edwards has worked with Republicans, some of which believed her proposal was too far reaching […]

Guest Column – Patrick Murphy:  The Democratic Party’s Dream Candidate

By Matthew Isbell  Several major names in the Florida Democratic Party have been mentioned as possible contenders for the Senate seat in 2016.  With Rubio still deciding on his plans, many Democrats are looking to advance onward.  Despite a low bench on the state, Democrats still find themselves with several possible candidates.  Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, the […]

Monday Musings – West Palm Beach Mayoral Race, Pat Bainter and the Gainesville Commission, Kristin Jacobs emerging as a statewide star, Need for Primaries, Battle of Natural Bridge Anniversary

Both Florida and Palm Beach County Democrats are crowing about West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio’s big victory. Certainly the Palm Beach County party deserves loads of credit for activating its electoral infrastructure and defeating Kimberly Mitchell who would have emerged quickly as a state GOP star by such a large margin. Mitchell’s extensive family and […]

Florida Democrats still need Charlie Crist

A fashionable narrative that has developed among some Florida Democratic insiders since the November 2014 electoral debacle is that Republican-turned Independent-turned Democrat Charlie Crist created the environment for electoral defeat. But when you consider the evidence objectively, Crist almost won the Governorship DESPITE the long decayed statewide infrastructure of the Florida Democratic Party and the […]