Author Archives: Kartik Krishnaiyer

The politics of Michael – how past hurricanes impacted Florida’s elections

Hurricane Michael was a historic storm but just the latest to potentially impact Florida close to an election.

Michael in historical terms

As a veteran albeit amateur Hurricane watcher, I have a lot of adjectives to describe Michael. Let’s start   with historic, once-in-a-lifetime, scary, frightening, etc, etc. Below we’ll attempt to begin framing an educated discussion of this storm as we seek to create a dialogue about its impact in the coming weeks and months. In historically […]

Remembering Hurricane Eloise’s run at the Panhandle

In 1975, Hurricane Eloise became the first Major Hurricane to strike Florida since Hurricane Betsy in 1965. The storm made landfall near the Bay County/Walton County line as a Category 3 storm. It made landfall just to the west, by about 15-20 miles where Hurricane Michael is projected strike in the next day. A note on […]

Kavanaugh’s confirmation, the historical loss of American global moral authority and vulnerability of women globally

Judge Brett Kavanaugh will now be Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh. The United States has proven once again in the eyes of the world it’s drifting far from the moral leadership it long clung to globally. In so many ways the confirmation of Justice Kavanaugh is the culmination of a long drift toward overt moral hypocrisy […]

Brett Kavanaugh’s America: Elite entitlement and the modern GOP personified

Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s indignation which was on full display for the world to see last week at a special Senate Judiciary Committee hearing was about his vision of America and the United States’ he’s lived his life in. It’s a country where entitled prep school educated males who go to Ivy League schools and are […]

Is the “Brightline effect” poised to change the way we casually travel?

Unveiled to much hullabaloo in southeastern Florida, Brightline has become a sensation. The rail service has wowed customers with higher-speed travel and scintillating service. Now Brightline is looking to change train travel across the nation. Call it the “Brightline effect” Brightline isn’t really for commuters (especially one like me who has a Hybrid and can […]

Talented actor Andrew Gillum excelling in the role of his life

Is he a progressive or a centrist? An environmentalist or pro-development? Is he for universal health care or aligning with the insurance industry? Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, the Democratic nominee for and likely Governor of our state, has been in elected office since the age of 23. Like most politicians he’s flipped and flopped on […]

A vote for Rick Scott is a vote AGAINST Florida’s interests – Why Bill Nelson MUST be reelected

Florida has undergone a metamorphosis politically since the mid 1990’s. Republicans, most of whom have little reverence, knowledge or curiosity about the state’s history have taken charge dominating all levels of state government and influencing national elections as well. During this period of time the GOP has developed a lock step mentality which has put […]

Irma a year later: Assessing the rubble of Florida’s disaster and preventing failure again

A year ago, the entirety of peninsular Florida was impacted by a storm named Irma. Powerful as it had been when it impacted the Leeward Islands and other parts of the Caribbean, a slight wobble which took into northern Cuba significantly took away its bite as it approached Florida. Peninsular Florida also had the added […]

Recalling “Murder at Matecumbe” the Labor Day weekend tragedy in the Keys

The National Hurricane Center in 2014 reclassified the 1935 Keys Labor Day Storm, one of the greatest tragedies in Florida’s History as the strongest storm to ever hit the US mainland. The storm hit 83 years ago today on September 2, 1935. One of the great tragedies of the Labor Day storm was the death of hundreds of […]