Author Archives: Katy Burnett

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 […]

How the Republicans Can Win the Senate Redistricting Fight

Cheers, political jabs, and more mockery came this week as the legislative Republicans asked the court to draw the Senate maps instead of having a five-day trial next month.  They argued that any map they will submit will automatically be on trial and because there was not clear factors to consider like the Congressional maps […]

Guns Are Not the Great Equalizer Between the Sexes

In Tallahassee, the debate over guns on campus is heating up again, with more committees passing the bill through this week. Tallahassee-based State Representative Michelle Rehwinkel-Vasilinda has taken a lot of pressure from the FSU community to listen to their concerns, yet instead she signed on to co-sponsor the bill.  While she is term-limited out […]

House Races and the Democratic Campaign Bench

It is no secret that the Florida Democrats desperately need to pick-up some seats in the house this next election cycle. While there is little hope in pushing any progressive reforms, there has to be defensive measures in play to curtail Representative Corcoan’s “Burn It Down” philosophy when he takes over in the 2017 session. […]

It’s Time to Talk Candidate Recruitment – Part Two

We talk a lot on this blog about building a bench, so for the weekend of convention it seems fitting that we try to focus the discussion candidate recruitment. The future success of the Florida Democratic Party depends on drastic changes in the way that they draft, mentor, and train candidates, so it seems logical […]

It’s Time to Talk Candidate Recruitment – Part One

We talk a lot on this blog about building a bench, so for the weekend of convention it seems fitting that we try to focus the discussion candidate recruitment. The future success of the Florida Democratic Party depends on drastic changes in the way that they draft, mentor, and train candidates, so it seems logical […]

The Florida Legislative Races in 2016: Political Climate

Since 1998, Republicans in Florida have held a majority in both chambers of state government as well as the Governorship, leading to one party rule. In that time, Democrats have switched back and forth between minority and super-minority status in the state house, switching back and forth between non-Presidential and Presidential years, even though Florida […]