Monthly Archives: July 2015

Flashback Friday: 50 Years of Medicare …Florida’s delegation vote

This week the nation celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Medicare.  Florida has benefited in particular from the program through the years but not everyone in our Congressional delegation embraced the program in 1965. That was even though we had only two Republicans elected from Florida at the time (and both representing large senior populations voted […]

Thursday Bookshelf : 1775 and why Florida didn’t join the American Revolution

Kevin Phillips 1775: A Good Year for Revolution is a definitive and intellectual look at the causes of the American Revolution. Like Phillips other woks we’ve reviewed here on the “Bush Dynasty” and the politics of the American wealthy and the developing theocracy that appeared during the 2000’s , Phillips makes any subject interesting. The former Republican political consultant […]

Jeb Bush’s failed legacy in Florida

GOP Presidential candidate Jeb Bush left the Governor’s office over eight years ago, yet his influence continues to dominate the legislative agenda of the state GOP. His views on education have been particularly damaging and each GOP legislator in our state must pass a “Bush litmus test” on education in order to be in the […]

Flashback Friday: Ivy League elite theories lead to Florida lynchings.

The Ivy League which is today diverse, multicultural experience was once upon a time the bastion of white, protestant elite and racist thought. The so-called Dunning School of history which grew out of Colombia University in the early 1900’s. Quoting Wikipedia: The Dunning School refers to a group of historians who shared a historiographical school of […]

Jeb’s Trump & vets hypocrisy

Jeb Bush claims to have a consistent “conservative” ideology. This week, he attacked Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump for his ridiculous words about Senator John McCain, a former POW in Vietnam. But in Bush’s statement released via Twitter, he rightly indicated that all veterans deserve respect.   Enough with the slanderous attacks. @SenJohnMcCain and all […]

Marco Rubio says President Obama has “no class? More on Rubio and the GOP’s “class” argument

Democratic President never have “any class” according to partisan ideological Republicans. Bill Clinton never should have played the saxophone on Arsenio Hall, Jimmy Carter never should have given an interview to Playboy and now President Obama. Florida’s Junior Senator was quoted in regards to a question about Donald Trump by Fox News saying: “We already […]

About that US Senate hearing and a possibly passive nativist media…

The US Senate’s hearing into corruption in global soccer including the game here in the United States went largely unreported in the media that covers the sport domestically, with most of its coverage based in publications that cover politics and government. For years, the powers that be at US Soccer and Major League Soccer (MLS) […]

St Pete Polls: Alan Grayson leads race for Democratic nomination

We’ve talked extensively in the past on this site about St Pete Polls but through the 2014 election cycle, learned that their turnout models were fairly accurate and generally got the right race winners and margins. St Pete Polls had a mixed bag in 2012, but then nailed the CD-13 Special Election in 2014, both […]

BEYOND THE PALE: misogyny has no place in District 9, in lawmaking or rhetoric

Mandatory ultrasound laws take the anti-abortion protestor and put him inside the exam room with the patient. These laws are literally designed to give the anti-abortion protestor legal standing in the context of a woman’s medical setting, and to make her pay for it to boot. Any politician who votes for coerced medical procedures as a […]

Darren Soto and the 2015 Session

The reaction to my article published Thursday morning about State Senator Darren Soto was visceral in some quarters while favorable in others. Let me explain why Soto is a target of mine and why I find some of defenses of him disingenuous. Democrats in Florida are badly in need of developing a values based party that […]