Author Archives: Katy Burnett

The FDP Mess and US Senate Hopefuls

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz (also DNC Chairwoman) has been in the news recently, both for hinting that she is considering a Senate run and for her stance on marijuana over a very public spat with John Morgan.  While her Senate aspirations have encouraged some Democrats around the state, who are faced with an almost empty […]

A Progressive’s Guide to the 2015 Legislative Session – Issues: Education

Testing is becoming a big issue on the right and the left, with both sides drawing lines around over-testing.  With the awful debacle of testing around the state this week, everyone is paying attention and parents are angry.  Legislators are demanding the Governor Scott halt the testing, school districts are trying to   What this […]

State of the State: Fluff, Awkwardness, and Mark Pafford’s Rhetorical Questions

Rick Scott tried to prepare us for the rambling speech by opening with a joke about his speaking skills. Unfortunately, it did not help or make it any less painful. The state of the state was flat, boring, and the openly-cued clapping was cringe-worthy.  Rick Scott tried to put forward an idea of “Florida exceptionalism” […]

A Progressive’s Guide to the 2015 Legislative Session – Issues: Water

Everybody is talking about water due in large part to the overwhelming popularity of Amendment 1.  The 75% passage rate changed the dialogue in Tallahassee: now at least the Legislature has recognized this is an important issue for voters on both sides of the aisle.  While there will be huge battles of the allocation of […]

A Progressive’s Guide to the 2015 Legislative Session: An Overview

With the Republicans back with a super-majority in the house, an almost super-majority in the Senate, and a secure seat for Governor Rick Scott in the governor’s mansion for the next four sessions, there is little hope the next two months will be easy for progressives.  This week begins one of the greatest defensive battles […]

Democrats hire Deputy Executive Director – Reaction

After the abysmal 2014 election cycle, democrats around the state have cautiously been searching for a sign of change from the Florida Democratic Party. While small changes have surfaced – the questionable LEAD Committee and the announcement of a new party position – for the most part, the blue voters who have been waiting for […]

2016 Legislative Races Preview: Part 2 – The Senate

Part II – The Senate This is the year for even numbered seats, so there are twenty seats up for election. With only two competitive races in the Senate in 2014, this has to be the year for Democratic gains in the Senate because the chances for ’18 are slim (although hopefully Democrats will be […]

2016 Legislative Races Preview: Part 1

With the 2014 election behind us and brutal legislative session around the corner, Democrats across Florida are looking toward 2016 with tentative hope, as down-ballot Democratic candidates generally do better in a presidential year and there is a desperate need for change on the horizon.  With a Senate and a Presidential race on the line, […]

Florida Democrats at a crossroads: Making DECs really work

After the November elections, there was a lot of blame going around among Democrats throughout the state. Many of the criticism landed at the Florida Democratic Party and while many of the criticisms are valid, there are other elements that need to be discussed before 2016.  Many of the problems exist in the field.   […]

Monday Musings – Rick Scott Inaugural, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and immigration reform, legislative right-wing agenda, Broward County or Fort Lauderdale?

While there are some big names coming to Rick Scott’s inauguration, the event keeps being played down as a low key affair. Even though the Governor has much to celebrate, the $800,000 affair will be the most under-celebrated inauguration in recent history. However, a look at the donors make it very clear who will be […]