Author Archives: Kartik Krishnaiyer

Florida History Podcast future topics

Open thread – leave ideas for future topics in the comments section.

Florida’s first statewide African-American official – Jonathan Clarkson Gibbs

On this week’s Florida History Podcast we discuss Florida’s first statewide African-American official, Jonathan Clarkson Gibbs. 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 to subscribe and listen on your iPhone if […]

Highlands Scrub: A Florida Desert

The Highlands Scrub Natural Area is in Broward County and resembles a Florida desert.

What the Democrats need to hear (but don’t want to)

Today’s print edition of The New York Times contains an op-ed by Ezra Klein that popped up online on Friday. It discusses progressive numbers guru David Shor’s view of the political landscape and his ominous warnings for Democrats. Based on my own reading of the electorate which I will admit was iffy from the 1990’s […]

Virgin Atlantic resuming Orlando-Manchester and other Florida airline news

This week Virgin Atlantic announced it would resume Orlando-Manchester and London-Heathrow nonstop service in November. London service had been suspended due to the Delta Variant, Manchester, I believe has not been flown since March 2020. Following last week’s suspension of Southwest Airlines service from Fort Lauderdale to Grand Cayman until April, American has suspended Miami-Grand […]

DeSantis dangerous attacks on the media intensify

A month ago we discussed the spin cycle Governor DeSantis has in place working with various portions of the right-wing media ecosystem. A week earlier, we discussed DeSantis Press Secretary, Christina Pushaw an import from California, by way of Eastern Europe who had turned public information and communications into flat-out aggressive bullying online. The last […]

The DeSantis era Florida GOP pivot on race could open door for Democrats

Florida’s population today is more non-white than anytime since the passage of the Federal Voting Rights Act in 1965. Yet in 2020, Florida went more Republican at the top-of-the-ticket than any election since 2004 (top-of-the-ticket races were: 2006 US Senate, 2008 Presidential, 2010 US Senate, 2012 Presidential, 2014 Governor, 2016 Presidential, 2018 US Senate). Winning […]

Gaslighting from the top – Governor DeSantis never does look at himself in the mirror, does he?

Florida has accounted for 17% of all US COVID deaths since June. Meanwhile Governor DeSantis is using rhetoric reminiscent of the Southern Democrats during the Civil Rights era on his Twitter feed to go after the Biden Administration. What is also true is DeSantis is gas-lighting. The reality is this – credible threats have been […]

Josiah Walls – Florida’s first African-American Congressman

On this week’s Florida History Podcast, we discuss the unique experience of Josiah Walls, Florida’s first African-American Congressman. Walls, like so many Freedman in the Reconstruction South experienced the highs of political empowerment and then the lows of disenfranchisement and isolation once Democrats retook complete control of the state. You can listen to the Florida […]

Terry McAuliffe Ad – “Don’t Florida our Virginia”

I didn’t see this ad when it first aired six weeks ago, but has been brought to my attention – Terry McAuliffe who is currently running to become Governor of Virginia again takes aim at GOP nominee Glenn Youngkin’s professed admiration for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. By the way, McAuliffe has deep Florida ties as […]