Author Archives: Kartik Krishnaiyer

Governor DeSantis and the 1845 Moseley flag

I appreciate in a way probably unique to most folks in this state that we have an actual Floridian as Governor, after suffering through eight years of a retired Health Care executive from somewhere else masquerading as a Governor. The previous Governor pretended he knew something about our state, but more often than not showed […]

United adds summer panhandle-Denver service and this week’s other Florida airline news

United Airlines will fly nonstop from Denver to Pensacola and Destin/Fort Walton beach this summer. The route were previously only flown around Spring Break. I am also told Panama City might get similar summer treatment from Denver, but that was not announced. Demand for beach destinations in Florida are rising as pent-up demand drives a […]

The GOP and Conservative media’s Dr. Fauci obsession is just diabolical

The right-wing media and GOP love nothing more than having a strawman to beat up on as they frame elections as a battle between “real Americans,” and fear of the other. Dr. Anthony Fauci is the latest in a long-line of right-wing bogeymen, but has a unique career path compared to the most recent prior […]

Why the Smathers Project?

In this week’s Florida History Podcast we explain why we’ve embarked on an extensive re-examination of the career of the late Senator George Smathers. 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, Radio Public and Breaker have App Store apps for free which enable you […]

That conservative media spin cycle we keep talking about? Here it is – Speaker Pelosi did NOT buy a Florida mansion.

Last week, conservative and far left Twitter went crazy as Nancy Pelosi was purported to be buying pricey Florida real estate. Conservatives said this showed the out-of-touch elitism of the Democrats, while the extreme far left said it showed Pelosi’s career of rewarding political donors was culminating with a purchase of real estate worth $25 […]

George Smathers, Latin America and other foreign affairs

Another area of focus for our fore-coming Smathers project will be foreign affairs, trade and immigration policy, areas where Senator Smathers got involved involved in the nitty-gritty of his Senate duties. His close relationship to three US Presidents and the transitory nature of Florida during the 1960’s are also critically important in understanding this area […]

What’s ahead with “The Smathers Project” – an insight into a critical period in Florida History

As we teased earlier this month, we’re going to periodically take a closer look at the late US Senator George Smathers record as it’s become a subject of controversy among many activists here in Florida. Smathers’ record is complicated and his ties to some of the leading figures in American history are indisputable. Here is […]

Is right v left no longer the real ideological battle? Is it really Community v individualism?

In the coming days, we’ll explore this idea – the growing view that while we’re divided by culture the actual ideological battles aren’t between right vs left but they are revolve more around personalities and the idea of community goals v individual ones. Or maybe it’s a battle between interconnected Communalism v classic Libertarianism? Before […]

This week’s Florida commercial aviation news

Frontier Airlines is adding Orlando to Little Rock and Miami to Buffalo nonstop service. Frontier is cutting Atlanta to West Palm Beach, Chicago and Milwaukee to Tampa as well as Albany, Islip and Providence to Miami. Sunwing is cutting Fort Lauderdale to Toronto in winter. This particular route is currently flown by four other airlines. […]

No Florida History Podcast this week

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! We’ll return with a new podcast next week.