Author Archives: The Florida Squeeze

Congressional District 9 and identity politics – A risky game?

By Dave Trotter Over the last few weeks, there have been rumblings about the role that identity politics might play in the upcoming Congressional District 9 primary between Congressman Darren Soto and former congressman Alan Grayson. While it has not happened yet, things could get nasty if it does take a turn in that direction, […]

The importance of North Florida in the Democratic primary for governor

By Dave Trotter Nowadays, North Florida is just an afterthought when it comes to statewide Democratic primaries. In the 2014 primary for governor, North Florida only consisted 18.94% of the overall primary vote total. Compare that to 29.38% it represented in 2002, and it is easy to see the influence of North Florida has lessened […]

Do Patrick Murphy and Susannah Randolph hold the keys to victory in Grayson vs. Soto CD-9 Dem primary?

By Dave Trotter Well, we finally figured out that Alan Grayson will be running for Florida’s 9th Congressional District. Not only will this be an extremely interesting race to watch electorally, but also rhetorically. Over the years, there has been a lot of cross pollination between the staff and supporters of both candidates. Old wounds […]

Remembering the 1952 Gubernatorial Election Part II

Editors note: With  2018 a Gubernatorial election year,  noted Florida historian and author Robert Buccellato has written a series on past gubernatorial campaigns. We ran part 1 of his series detailing Dan McCarty’s historic 1952 win, the first by a south Floridian today. Part I on Governor McCarty can be found here.    McCarty would spend the following […]

Remembering the 1952 Florida gubernatorial election – part 1

Editors note: With  2018 a Gubernatorial election year,  noted Florida historian and author Robert Buccellato has written a series on past gubernatorial campaigns. We ran part 1 of his series detailing Dan McCarty’s historic 1952 win, the first by a south Floridian today. Part II on Governor McCarty will run later this week.   By Robert Buccellato In honor […]

GUEST COLUMN: Graham-Cassidy is a Category 5 catastrophe for Florida’s families

GUEST COLUMN by Tim Heberlein Hurricane Irma may be over, but Florida’s families will face the storm’s aftermath for months to come. Those with the greatest barriers and least resources before the storm will face the greatest hardships in recovery, especially low-income women and families who have suffered injury, lost wages, and displacement. At a […]

Message from the editorial board of The Florida Squeeze

A column published earlier today on the Florida Squeeze, referencing activist Leslie Wimes, has been withdrawn for failure to meet editorial standards. The piece is being evaluated by our team currently and has been removed from the site. Although the tone of the piece was intended to be facetious and is based on what many […]

TFS Editorial: Is the new FDP President the right person for the job?

Florida Squeeze Pod: FDP President says poor (white) folks don’t vote issues By now you have heard about the reprehensible comments made by Florida Democratic Party President Sally Boynton Brown where she argued that people who are struggling to make ends meet do not vote on “issues.” Instead they vote because they are emotional beings. Unable […]

Flashback Friday: The “Graham Cracker” ticket wins the 1978 Election

Editors note: With Gwen Graham’s entrance into the Governor’s race recently, we have some recollections of the origins of the 1978 race where Graham’s father, Bob emerged from dark horse to Democratic nominee and then to Governor.  Noted Florida historian and author Robert Buccellato gives this vivid account of the origins of the Graham juggernaut that would […]

Flashback Friday: Underdog Bob Graham pursues the 1978 Democratic Nomination

Editors note: With Gwen Graham’s entrance into the Governor’s race this week, we have some recollections of the origins of the 1978 race where Graham’s father, Bob emerged from dark horse to Democratic nominee. Noted Florida historian and author Robert Buccellato gives this vivid account of the origins of the Graham juggernaut that would win five […]