Monthly Archives: January 2016

What if Bernie loses Iowa? (hint…not much)

Polling and results in early races are fun to watch, but they predict very little. While it’s interesting that no candidate has lost the nomination after winning both Iowa and New Hampshire, that doesn’t mean it’s scientifically proven that winning Iowa and New Hampshire ensures a party nomination. Correlation is not causation. It will signal […]

Looking for Democratic Hope in the State Senate Map, Part 1

Looking at the Big Picture All eyes around the state are on the Senate in a big way, as the redistricting ruling suddenly bringing a glimmer of hope for democrats on the state level. With a number of competitive seats on the table, legislative Democrats see a path to relevance for the first time since […]

Marco Rubio’s Miami and legislative buddy Ralph Arza – potential problem for the GOP

Senator Marco Rubio is the great hope of establishment conservatives and the right-wing pressure groups that have influence over the GOP. The narrative goes that Ted Cruz is too conservative (though his record and rhetoric are virtually indistinguishable from Rubio) and Donald Trump is too much of a wild card that will crash to defeat. […]

Book Review: Jimmy Carter in Plains, The Presidential Hometown

Forty years ago this month Jimmy Carter won the New Hampshire Primary setting up his 1976 march to the White House. Carter, who had begun the campaign as a largely unknown governor of Georgia was catapulted to stardom thanks to hard work, strong grassroots efforts and a humbleness unbecoming of a politician. In the wake […]

The real threat to abortion in Florida isn’t an all-out ban

HB 865, the all-out ban on abortion attracted national media attention this week, but this bill won’t end abortion in Florida. It’s a distraction. Instead, what’s more likely to end abortion services in Florida this session are so-called TRAP bills that threaten to close any number of the 65 abortion clinics in Florida, 16 of which […]

TFS Radio # 9 – Iowa, Marco Rubio, Florida Legislature continuing war on women and environment

Katy Burnett, Brook Hines and Kartik Krishnaiyer discuss the latest political developments from Iowa, New Hampshire and Tallahassee. You can listen here and leave comments via our partner Rabble.TV or in the embedded player below:     TFS Radio is a collaborative effort of The Florida Squeeze and Rabble TV. Via our partner Rabble.TV you can listen […]

Anti-Intellectualism, pandering, treason and the Marco Rubio candidacy

Florida’s Junior Senator is one of the most dangerous people to be taken seriously for a major party nomination in the post World War II era. In the past, the GOP was a hierarchical party, requiring nominees to “do their time” before being placed in a General Election. Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bob Dole, […]

Marco Rubio opens GOP debate attacking President Obama’s patriotism and Americanism

Senator Marco Rubio couldn’t take the light mood of the initial minutes of the FOX News Google debate set by the moderators and front runner (at least on stage) Senate Ted Cruz. The one-term Senator who has not bothered to actually serve his state during much of that time went right for the jugular implying […]

Tampa Bay Rowdies to host invitational with MLS clubs

If you cannot beat them, join them! Tampa Bay Rowdies owner Bill Edwards is thought to be among the NASL owners who have pushed the second-division league into a rogue course within US Soccer, where the upstart league challenged Major League Soccer (MLS) at every turn imaginable. NASL has been backed in this quest by […]

Challenger – 30 Years Later; What the non-commemorations say about America

Today should be treated the way we view anniversaries of Pearl Harbor, 9/11 and JFK Assassination from where I sit. On January 28, 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger exploded at Cape Canaveral shortly after takeoff. The crew of seven on the STS-51 mission perished immediately. Admittedly, I am biased, having grown up in a NASA family […]