Category 2014 Election

Nominate a centrist (Diet Republican) or Democrats will lose! Wait haven’t we been sold that **** before?

The party establishment is at it once again. Playing the game of fear to promote the idea of centrist, corporate-type candidates as the Democratic statewide torch-bearers in November.  The only way to stop Trump-styled fascism in this state is to nominate centrists who are from outside southern Florida and who can appeal to “swing voters.” […]

Can Democrats make a reasonable play at cutting western panhandle margins?

Recently Florida Democratic Party (FDP) officials led by President Sally Boynton Brown and Chairman Stephen Bittel made a long overdue visit to the western Panhandle, a vote rich area especially when compared to the areas east of the Apalachicola River (excepting Leon County of course) that previous regimes in the FDP have seemingly been obsessive […]

KILLING US SOFTLY: On abortion we’re one compromise away from third world status

This week I traveled to Tallahassee to “tell my abortion story” to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Along with two other women, we went to make women’s voices heard as the fate of the Mandatory Wait Bill (SB 724) was “considered.”I put “considered” in scare quotes because we all know that there’s no “consideration” in these matters. […]

Progressive Choice reappears in Marriage Equality case

During the spring and summer Progressive Choice Florida caused quite a stir through Democratic Party circles. Speculation was that the organization that dumped tens of thousands of dollars into mail and TV attacking Charlie Crist was simply a well-funded Republican front to try and prop up the failing candidacy of Nan Rich. The other motivation […]

Money and the Attorney General’s Race – Part I

NOTE: Kartik Krishnaiyer served as the Deputy Campaign Manager for George Sheldon’s Campaign and he did not contribute to this story.  The race for Florida Attorney General was supposed to be an interesting race. Back in August, it genuinely looked as if this may be a very exciting issues-based race to watch, with Pam Bondi […]

Monday Musings: Why Democrats need competitive primaries, UKIP emerging as a force, Jeb Bush and Republican nominating history, How the RPOF spends money differently than the FDP

While we are all are wondering who is going to run for Senate in 2016 and 2018, there is one thing that Democrats need to remember: we need a competitive primary process in order to build up field. While it will no doubt be expensive for each campaign (both in ’16 and ’18), the one […]

Monday Musings – 100th birthday celebrations, US Senate race, Jacksonville city elections and Fort Lauderdale Strikers title run ends,

I spent this past weekend in Kochi, Kerala, India for my grandfather, VR Krishna Iyer’s 100th Birthday celebration (He only turned 99 on Saturday but the way Indians count birthdays is to count the day you were born as your first birthday). My grandfather is a former member of the Madras State Legislature, the Kerala […]

Future passage of Medical Marijuana might require John Morgan to take a back seat

Despite losing an effort to legalize medical marijuana in 2014, proponents are looking to revive the effort for 2016 when turnout will increase thanks to a Presidential election and a US Senate race. While John Morgan was the driving force in 2014, he might well be need to be marginalized publicly for the effort to […]

Rep. Taylor’s leadership bid failing thanks to strong progressive voices

Dwayne Taylor’s bid to become Democratic House Leader is on life support. The progressive community throughout the state has rallied against the faction associated with former House Democratic Leader–designate Darryl Rouson’s coup attempt. This effort to tear apart the Democratic caucus has been actively backed by Republican legislators, corporate and insurance lobbyists as well as […]

Lessons of Hope and Caution from Gwen Graham

Gwen Graham’s victory was the one bright spot on election day, defeating Steve Southerland in Congressional District 2.  Her win gives hope for the red areas of the state, especially in the panhandle where Crist’s defeat was cemented, and gives hope for Democrats in rural North Florida in places that Democrats have not dared run […]