Author Archives: The Florida Squeeze

Express Lane: Dems looking to rally in Early Voting after a week of GOP success; antisemitism rocks Florida with DeSantis seemingly unwilling to condemn it; The good and bad of Chairman Diaz’s endorsements

We’ve never seen such a one-sided week in Florida politics in terms of real ballots cast. The GOP has effectively run the table throughout the state outside of Leon, Pinellas and Alachua Counties in early voting so far. The Democrats have tapped Karla Hernández, the party’s Lieutenant Governor nominee to try and turn things around […]

Express Lane: MES despicable racist TV Ad, DeSantis doesn’t return dirty Khawaja money, continued controversy in the Tallahassee Mayors Race, Dems being clobbered in Central Florida Early Voting

State Senator Annette Taddeo, the Democratic Nominee for Florida’s 27th Congressional District, is hosting press conference today alongside leaders in the Black community following false attacks from María Elvira Salazar and her GOP allies in a television campaign ad claiming a community meeting Senator Taddeo attended in her official capacity as a state senator at Second Baptist […]

Express Lane: Grow Tallahassee at it again, Democrats target the panhandle and Crist fundraising

What’s wrong with this ad from right-wing Grow Tallahassee? Well everything. First off both Dream Defenders and Florida Rising are grassroots organizations born and breed in Florida. They are not “national progressives.” Secondly, “embracing” endorsements from grassroots-oriented membership organizations should be a fundamental part of running for local office. Mayor John Dailey has had no […]

Express Lane: Tallahassee Round-up! Manny Diaz’s Bizarre Mayoral Endorsement; Grow Tallahassee Strikes Again for Scandal-Plagued Nick Maddox

Today has been a wild one for those following Leon County politics. Florida political observers of all stripes are closely watching Tallahassee local elections, where a discredited, unpopular status quo led by Mayor John Dailey is facing a challenge from a dynamic movement for common-sense grassroots reform. The Chair of the Florida Democratic Party Manny […]

Express Lane: George LeMieux is still a thing and striking thing about DeSantis newly-released endorsements. Debate fallout, Demings lack of a ground game and Al Lawson’s legend continues to grow

Ron DeSantis was endorsed today by Charlie Crist‘s former Chief of Staff, and the man he appointed to the US Senate, George LeMieux. Endorsements generally don’t move votes particularly the endorsement of someone, who despite multiple tries could never get elected to office himself, even to the State House! Others signing LeMieux’s “former Crist associates […]

Twitter Space today @ 4:30 et – VBM’s/Florida Election Update. Early Voting starts tomorrow.

We will have a space today that replaces the Express Lane column-

Express Lane voting after Ian – Lee County overall VBM turnout higher than Orange County, Volusia very high also thus far; Cohn-Lee debate; Property insurance

Many of us were concerned that Southwest Florida would have trouble voting after Ian, but as it turns out Lee County, despite being the eight most populated county in the state, is currently sixth in returned ballots, ahead of Orange County which has twice as many people. Orange County was badly impacted by Ian, and […]

Express Lane: Some context on Democrats 20 + years of futility in Florida; Crist headed to Lee County tomorrow

Florida has for twenty years been a red state even if elections of US Senate and President indicated it was purplish. At the state level, Democrats were last competitive in the late 1990’s. Here are some real eye-popping stats: So it can be argued what appears to be happening here since 2016 is the top-of-the-ticket […]

Express Lane: VBM numbers indicate that Florida Democrats up against it on multiple fronts

Note: The Express Lane will run early today, as we have a space on Twitter at 3pm to discuss everything that is happening Facing an increasingly popular incumbent governor in Ron DeSantis, Florida Democrats have to be alarmed looking at VBM return numbers thus far from across the state, outside of Palm Beach, Leon and […]

Jacksonville City Council Maps Thrown Out; Latest Ian fatality counts by county

On October 12th, Judge Marcia Morales Howard issued a stay on the City of Jacksonville’s municipal lines, effectively meaning the maps cannot be used in the 2023 election cycle.  The suit brought by the ACLU, NAACP, the Northside Coalition and others alleges that the city illegally, Intentionally, packed black voters into four districts solely based […]