Category 2014 Election

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 […]

Unwillingness of House dissidents to let go at the heart of leadership struggles

Editor’s Note: Kartik Krishnaiyer is traveling abroad for the next 12 days. His phones and email however still are active while he travels and he is in touch with many people across the state. Thus he will continue to cover the Florida political happenings throughout his trip which ends November 25th, though many blog posts […]

Election 2014: Winners and Losers – Part IV

– Part 1  – Part 2 – Part 3 BIGGEST WINNER SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS AND TALLAHASSEE LOBBYISTS Special interests, corporate lobbyists and Tallahassee insiders celebrated Rick Scott and Pam Bondi’s reelection along with the Republican super-majority in the House. Fear about Charlie Crist’s populist campaign and rhetoric about corporate greed, the insurance industry, climate change, protecting […]

Election 2014 Winners/Losers Part III

Part I Part II LOSER SCOTT ARCENEAUX The FDP ‘s Executive Director was not directly responsible for the 2014 electoral debacle. But the reality now is that Arceneaux who is a brilliant original thinker and analyst of political trends now has presided at least in theory over two of the worst election cycles in Florida Democrats […]

The 2014 election, Allison Tant, the Florida Democratic Party: A Crossroads

A while ago, I made a post on exactly how I was going to grade Democrats after the election. I wanted everyone to know how I measured and how I would score. D-  is how the season came out.  They lost more house seats than I gave options for, but they held at 14 in […]

Election 2014 Winners/Losers Part II

This is Part II of our election breakdown.  Part I can be viewed here and we will wrap up our list tomorrow with a third installment.  Stay tuned! LOSER JOHN MORGAN AND BEN POLLARA Despite the national Republican tide, legalization of cannabis took major steps forward nationally on Tuesday – except in Florida where Amendment […]

House Caucus dissidents creating unneeded ruckus and problems for our values

Over the last two days reports have been circulating that Rep. Dwayne Taylor (D-Daytona Beach) plans to challenge House Democratic Leader-Designate Mark Pafford (D-West Palm Beach) before or at the organizational session on November 18th. Taylor has been backed by a faction of dissidents, led by Rep. Darryl Rouson, who seem to have been more […]