Category 2016 Legislative Races

Florida Democrats and the State Senate in 2016 – a massive missed opportunity

2016 was billed as a Democratic wave year here in Florida – the combination of new, fairer Congressional & State Senate maps and Hillary Clinton versus Donald Trump would push the party to victory. But instead what ensued was yet another cycle of missed opportunities and outright losses for Florida Democrats – a cycle where […]

Democrats failed to take advantage of top of the ticket down-ballot again in 2016

In 2010, 2012 and 2014 Democrats failed to take advantage of decent performances at the top of the ticket in legislative races. We’ve written about this extensively in the past but given some new data it bears repeating. In 2012 President Obama carried 54 State House districts but the Democrats only elected 44 members (which […]

Election Day LIVE!

6:00pm ET Kartik (@kkfla737) All indications are positive for the Democrats…but I remind people that 2004 fooled many analysts. Granted that was before the days of Twitter and Nate Silver, etc but Democratic confidence was supremely high at 6:00pm ET…by 7:30 pm ET I was convinced John Kerry had lost the state. 5:00pm  ET Kartik (@kkfla737) Several […]

Progressive Caucus urges vote for Buesing

Democratic Progressive Caucus President Urges Progressives to Vote for Buesing    “Bob Buesing has a proven track record of working on behalf of our community.”    Tampa, FL – Susan Smith, President of the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida, released the following statement on the hotly contested State Senate race in SD 18: “While Joe Redner […]

Big sugar pulling Democratic strings again?

It appears the addiction Florida Democrats have to the cash resources and other promises made by the sugar industry continues. In House District 85, a Democratic-leaning, Republican-held seat in Palm Beach County, many influential Democrats both locally and on the state-level are taking a pass on the race. The district was carried by President Obama […]

Conservative groups playing hard in Democratic primaries

The push by conservative groups to continue dominating the legislative process in the state of Florida has this year intensified with unprecedented spending and interest in Democratic primaries. Since most seats in the legislature and Florida’s congressional delegation are essentially decided in partisan primaries, groups aligned with Republican interests have wisely chosen to engage heavily […]

School “choice” supporters playing hard in Democratic Primaries

Former State Representative Jim Waldman and current Rep. Gwen Clarke-Reed  have gotten a power assists in State Senate District 34 race from a group associated with John Kirtley, the Tampa-area venture capitalist that is the chief funder of school “choice” efforts in the state of Florida.  The Florida Federation for Children a group headed by Kirtley has […]