Monthly Archives: July 2015

Guest Column: Senator Darren Soto’s Progressive Record

By Jimmy Auffant / FDP State Committee Member While I respect Mr. Krishnaiyer and usually find his writing insightful and well-reasoned, I was shocked and disappointed to read his recent article about State Senator Darren Soto. Soto has dedicated his life to serving others as a Civil Rights attorney – where he provides pro bono representation […]

Flashback Friday: Flying the Sunshine to Florida

1970’s were a glory era in Florida politically and economically. Tourism and job growth exploded while the economy diversified. With visionary leaders like Governor Reubin Askew, the state projected an image of efficiency, smart growth, environmental consciousness and most of all paradise to the rest of the country.One company that benefited from Florida’s robust growth […]

WHO STOLE THE SOUL: Defining the battle for the “soul of the party”

  It’s been said of Florida’s highest-profile 2016 Democratic primary races, that they’re battles for the soul of the party. It’s strange nomenclature, even if on the the face it seems clear cut. It’s not obvious what the party’s soul actually is, what it looks like, or how we’d know if was won or lost. […]

US Senate FIFA hearing yields deafening silence in media (VIDEO)

Yesterday,  the US Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance and Data Security held a lengthy public hearing about the FIFA scandal. You would think this would have been a major news event within the world of American soccer. But coming just 10 days after the US women lifted the World Cup trophy […]

“Democrat” Darren Soto – A favorite of Big Business, School “Choice” Advocates and Conservative Bloggers

State Senator Darren Soto (D-Orlando) will announce his candidacy for Congress (current District 9, but subject to reapportionment changes) later today. Soto seeks to replace Rep. Alan Grayson, whose voting record is about as progressive as it gets. From where we sit at TFS, Soto is one of our least favorite Democrats in the legislature. […]

Republican Redistricting arrogance never ceases

The sense of entitlement and need to continue manipulation of processes related to the redistricting process is a common Republican theme in the State of Florida. Yesterday, House Democratic Leader designate Janet Cruz (D-Tampa) sent a sharply worded letter to House Speaker Steve Crisafulli (R-Merritt Island). The contents are below and we applaud Cruz for this […]

Flashback Friday: Jimmy Carter vs Ronald Reagan in Florida

We’ve spent a lot of time on TFS through the years talking about the “Dixiecrat” vote in north Florida as well as the interior of the state. These voters overwhelmingly supported George Wallace in 1968, running as an Independent, stuck with Wallace in the 1972 Democratic Primary leading him to an overwhelming statewide victory and […]

Clearing up some reapportionment misconceptions

Florida’s Supreme Court rightly threw out several Congressional districts basically invalidating the entire state map on Thursday. Under the “Fair Districts” law, Florida’s Congressional map was a complete disgrace. Florida’s Republicans have arrogantly drawn maps that skirt the boundaries of the law. The long-standing arrogance and sense of entitlement that Florida’s Republican leadership has demonstrated […]

Thursday Bookshelf – President Jimmy Carter “Turning Point”

President Jimmy Carter’s 1992 book, Turning Point: A Candidate, a State, and a Nation Come of Age is the story of Carter’s first run for public office. In 1962, Carter sought a seat in the State Senate and was the victim of blatant vote stuffing. At the time Georgia was still resisting desegregation laws, and elections […]

GUEST COLUMN: Alan Grayson is the visionary we need for the Senate

GUEST COLUMN BY KAREN COOPER WELZEL, former Polk County Democratic Executive Committee Chair, member Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida. A dour German philosopher once said: All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. Alan Grayson is a perfect example of the […]