Author Archives: The Florida Squeeze

Live! Election Day in Florida

We’re calling it a night and working on some analysis for tomorrow! Speak to y’all soon.  11:50 pm EST (Brook Hines): Rick Scott has rushed to claim victory while Nelson is not conceding due to voting issues in south Florida.  11:15 pm EST (Kartik Krishnaiyer): It appears the Democrats will be up to 45 or […]

New TFS series, Hidden Florida debuts this weekend

Here at The Florida Squeeze we’re working hard to diversify the content we have on this site beyond just political and historical commentary about the state. In the coming weeks and months we’ll continue to unveil more items related to life in Florida – not just politics and history but other items as well. Falling […]

From Rising Star to Failed Prospect: How it All Went Wrong for Gwen Graham

By Steen Kirby From the minute she announced her campaign for Governor in May 2017, up until the polls closed on August 28th, former Congresswoman Gwen Graham of Tallahassee was seen as the favorite for the Democratic nomination, but as soon as the election day totals started to roll in it all came crumbling down […]

Local Race Endorsements for August

We have a few local races we’re recommending candidates for in the August primary.  They are listed below:   Patricia Rumph – Orange County Commission District 2 Nicollete Springer – Orange County Commission District 4  Robin Harris – Orange County Commission District 6  Beam Furr – Broward County Commission District 6 Nora Rupert – Broward […]

State Senate & House August Endorsements

STATE SENATE Gary Farmer in SD 34 Farmer, one of the leading progressives in the legislature has been challenged in the primary by former State Representative Jim Waldman, whom Farmer defeated two years ago in a primary. Waldman’s record as House member was questionable. Jason Pizzo in SD 38 Pizzo has a great resume but […]

Democratic Congressional Primary Endorsements

Unfortunately, from our perspective we have a host of uninspiring Congressional races. We have opted to pass on most of the primary races, including CD-5, the most watched Democratic congressional primary in the state,. ________________________________ In the hotly-contested primary in CD-5 between Alvin Brown and Al Lawson we have two career moderates talking progressive. While […]

TFS August Endorsements: Governor and Cabinet

Over the next few days we’ll be rolling out our endorsements for Democratic primaries and non-partisan offices on the August 28 ballot. We’ll start with the Governor and Cabinet. In the next few days we will also release our recommendations for Congress and State Legislature as well as selected local races. We do not intent […]

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 […]