Monthly Archives: January 2022
I owe Coach L an apology, as do so many others
Earlier in the month, The Miami Herald’s Michelle Kaufman wrote a poignant piece about University of Miami men’s basketball coach, Jim Larrañaga (Coach L) and the demands by the small contingent of fans who closely follow College Basketball in south Florida, that he step aside. The 72-year old Larrañaga is an absolute legend, but outside […]
Assault on reproductive freedom another deterrent for professionals to live in Florida
I have long rejected the narrative that battles over reproductive freedom are social issues that are discussions of morality. For me, that is precisely what the right wants you to think. The reality is this – access to legal and safe abortion and family planning options has always been a core economic issue and another […]
TFS+ early access – curtailing reproductive freedom another deterrent to professionals living in Florida
I have long rejected the narrative that battles over reproductive freedom are social issues that are discussions of morality. For me, that is precisely what the right wants you to think. The reality is this – access to legal and safe abortion and family planning options has always been a core economic issue. Early access […]
Cuts escalating as travel flatlines due to Omicron
First the good news, Delta will add Destin/Fort Walton Beach-New York-LaGuardia nonstops in March, the same month United shuts down its service to the airport completely. Frontier is moving Chicago-O’Hare nonstops to Tampa over to Midway Airport and dropping O’Hare-Miami nonstops immediately and adding Midway-Fort Lauderdale in its place next winter. Breeze will be placing […]
New TFS podcast series: Albion Florida, an objective look at colonial Florida in a time of politically-inspired historical whitewashing
I’m currently writing a narrative about colonial Florida titled “Albion Florida” which will have a specific emphasis on English/British interactions with the state. The book is in its final stages of its first draft. However, given the current efforts by the Governor and Legislature to whitewash Florida History and teach our children myths rather than […]
The Smathers Project: 1962 Democratic Fundraiser featuring JFK and Senator Smathers
Below is a film of a 1962 Democratic Party Fundraiser from the State of Florida Archives.
Biden a year in – The good and the bad
President Joe Biden’s first year in office has led to record low approval ratings. Yet he had done much correctly to this point, but without question much has gone wrong. The media is very much focused on legislative fights and inside DC baseball. Very little of this is meaningful to a polarized electorate which doesn’t […]
The Tallahassee Sit-Ins
On the newest episode of the Florida History Podcast, we discuss the Tallahassee Sit-ins a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights history of our state (and something maybe soon to banned from discussion in Florida public schools?) You can listen to the Florida History Podcast on Anchor (which hosts our show), Spotify, Google, Apple Podcasts, Radio Public, Breaker, Overcast, Castro or Pocket Casts. Overcast, Castro, Spotify, […]
TFS + – Audio, how Trump’s de-platforming enabled Ron DeSantis to become the “Pied Piper” of the American right
In this audio conversation, Brook Hines and Kartik Krishnaiyer discuss how Twitter de-platforming former President Trump created a voice that Ron DeSantis filled. Also, Krishnaiyer goes through a laundry list of tangible reasons he thinks DeSantis is worse than Trump. Listen at TFS+.
Have Florida Republicans learned redistricting lessons from the past?
As previously discussed on this site, I was intimately involved in the 2002 redistricting fights and watched the 1996, 2012 and 2014 fights with keen interest. In 2002, the GOP had complete control over the reapportionment process for the first time and they went wild, creating maps that Democrats could not compete on at the […]