Author Archives: Kartik Krishnaiyer

Holiday book recommendation: Poisoning of the Press and the Rise of Washington’s Scandal Culture.

The Trump Presidency with its attacks on the media, these last few campaign cycle sand the 24-hour cable news channels combined with Twitter, Reddit, Facebook, are the tipping point of the political press being poisoned we’ve been told. Or perhaps this is just the latest chapter in the evolution toward a completely scandal-driven, personality-based brand […]

Give the gift of soccer ownership this holiday season

This holiday season you can give the gift of soccer club ownership and voting rights for the low price of $25. Join Himmarshee FC and you’ll get some of the coolest gear around, a vote on every decision the club makes and provide support for organic grassroots soccer. Himmarshee FC also is active in the […]

Holiday book recommendations: Kevin Phillips on the Bush family

Kevin Phillips, who was dubbed in 1995 by one of my Political Science Professors at the University of Florida as “the smartest Republican around,”  is widely viewed as the chief architect of the 1968 Nixon “Southern Strategy” which for 20 years remade the Presidential Electoral map. Beginning in that fall semester in 1995, I began […]

Holiday book recommendation: A Most Disorderly Court

A Most Disorderly Court: Scandal and Reform in the Florida Judiciary (Florida History and Culture) by Martin Dyckman is yet another important time piece by the former St Petersburg Times Associate Editor. Dyckman’s knowledge of the 1970’s Florida political landscape is second to none among reporters and having covered the events closely, he was able to first pen Reubin […]

Famous Floridian Friday Claude Pepper holiday book recommendations

For the holidays we recommend both  Red Pepper and Gorgeous George: Claude Pepper’s Epic Defeat in the 1950 Democratic Primary (Florida Government and Politics) and Claude Pepper and Ed Ball: Politics, Purpose, and Power (Florida History and Culture) While most modern historians and political activists would point to November 7, 2000 as the most significant election in […]

Holiday book recommendation: Finding Dan McCarty and Jimmy Carter in Plains

Finding Dan McCarty, by Robert Buccellato, an important work on the evolution of Florida’s political history is a must read for any junkie of state government. I’m honored to have contributed to this work writing an afterward which was about the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s in Florida politics. From the book: A thin layer of glass separated him […]

Throwback Thursday: The Civil War in Florida- union blockade

Florida was the least populated state in the Confederacy during the Civil War. But with by far the longest coastline in the nation, the Union had to take seriously the ability of the smugglers to use Florida to get weapons and other raw materials to the Confederate Government. At the outset of the war, the […]

Holiday book recommendation: My Andrew Story

Editors note: Beginning today through Christmas Eve we will recommend a book for holiday gifts each day.  Each of these books have been reviewed before on this site but the narratives are updated for December 2018. Hurricane Andrew’s fury was witnessed by South Dade residents and concerned citizens all over the region. But nobody has a more authoritative and credible voice on all matters Andrew and for that matter Atlantic basin Hurricanes in […]

Famous Floridian Friday: Lawton Chiles final term

This week marks the 20th anniversary of Governor Lawton Chiles’ untimely passing.  At the time Governor Chiles was ending his days in the Governor’s Mansion, preparing to hand the state over to Jeb Bush whose policies were very different than his own. All our readers know Chiles’ history, from walking the state in the 1970 […]

Throwback Thursday: The Clinton Impeachment and Florida

Florida played a central role in the impeachment of President Clinton which happened 20 years ago this month.  The nation nor our state have yet to heal from the wounds opened by the hunting of the President by conservative forces and elements of the media. Of course those elements were aided by President Clinton’s own […]