Monthly Archives: April 2017

How conservative was Gwen Graham in Congress? Not very according to a leading conservative group

As I have mentioned many times through the years on this site, a hobby of mine for over two decades has been to study interest group ratings based on the voting record of members of Congress. The American Conservative Union (ACU)  who host the annual CPAC Conference has been rating Congress for 45 years since […]

What we are reading: The battle over recess – Corcoran blames Scott in Tweet

Recess policy has been one of the underlying issues of tension during the course of this legislative session. The recess issue has been a foremost concern this session among education advocates, parent groups and other stakeholders. The legislature has to this point stalled on the issue with some conservatives in the claiming a legislative mandate […]

What we are reading: The best congressional scorecard on Trump’s first 100 days

From Five Thirty Eight  comes this scorecard which is more detailed and arguably more useful than the ratings we tend to get from media outlets and even some interest groups. WARNING – you could get so lost on this page that you won’t come up for air until tomorrow! Link from Five Thirty Eight.   

Southwest applies for service to Turks and Caicos (from Fort Lauderdale)

Southwest Airlines this week has filed an application with the DOT to serve the Turks and Caicos Islands, a British Overseas Territory with nonstop service from Fort Lauderdale to Providenciales beginning in November. If approved Southwest would become the third airline serving the islands from Florida joining American’s service from Miami and JetBlue’s from Fort […]

Poll: Should Governor Scott veto the budget?

Governor Scott has aggressively used his “Let’s Get to Work” political committee to attack Republican lawmakers the last several weeks on spending priorities. The deal reached yesterday between the House and Senate was a compromise between an extremely ideologically-charged anti-government budget that came out of the House and a more reasonable one that came out […]

Flashback Friday: The Pork Chop Gang led by Charley Johns fights integration and disgraces Florida

Senator Charley Johns (D-Starke) is one of the best known figures in the political history of this state for multiple dubious reasons. The leader of the infamous “Pork Chop Gang,” Johns became Governor in 1953 after Governor Dan McCarty the first Governor elected from southern Florida died just months after taking office. Prior to 1968, […]

“YES” vote on Tuesday referendum helps but still doesn’t ensure MLS in St Pete

The Tampa Bay Rowdies want to move from the second division USL to first division MLS.  Tuesday’s city of St Petersburg referendum which will allow the city the flexibility to give the Rowdies a long-term lease for prime waterfront property is certainly low-risk for local voters as the Tampa Bay Times outlines (at least at this point […]