Category 2016 US Senate Race

The False Mirror: If my candidate doesn’t win, we’ll lose the Presidential election

According to Jean Piaget, all children go through a phase of egocentrism, when their developing brains don’t yet differentiate the child from the rest of the world, and other people. For example, a child might give his mother a toy dump truck for her birthday, thinking that’s exactly what she’d want. Because that’s exactly what […]

St Pete Polls: Alan Grayson leads race for Democratic nomination

We’ve talked extensively in the past on this site about St Pete Polls but through the 2014 election cycle, learned that their turnout models were fairly accurate and generally got the right race winners and margins. St Pete Polls had a mixed bag in 2012, but then nailed the CD-13 Special Election in 2014, both […]

WHO STOLE THE SOUL: Defining the battle for the “soul of the party”

  It’s been said of Florida’s highest-profile 2016 Democratic primary races, that they’re battles for the soul of the party. It’s strange nomenclature, even if on the the face it seems clear cut. It’s not obvious what the party’s soul actually is, what it looks like, or how we’d know if was won or lost. […]

GUEST COLUMN: Alan Grayson is the visionary we need for the Senate

GUEST COLUMN BY KAREN COOPER WELZEL, former Polk County Democratic Executive Committee Chair, member Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida. A dour German philosopher once said: All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. Alan Grayson is a perfect example of the […]

Let’s be frank about this LEAD Task Force Report — UPDATE/correction

Elizabeth Warren famously talks about Larry Summers giving her advice early in her career in the Senate, telling her she could be an insider or an outsider. “Outsiders can say whatever they want. But people on the inside don’t listen to them. Insiders, however, get lots of access and a chance to push their ideas. […]

Guest Editorial: Shouldn’t 100% be good enough?

By Sean Phillippi No one can be an expert in absolutely everything.  The world is too big, too complex, and evolves too quickly for any single person to keep up with every major issue that affects society.  So, in order to create a comprehensive platform, any cause or entity needs a space where a diverse group […]

Patrick Murphy: Flavor of the month, or real staying power?

The handwriting was on the wall. Rep. Patrick Murphy at the ripe young age of 32 was going to be the Democratic nominee for US Senate in 2016 and when Jeff Atwater opted not to run he was going to be a US Senator. But politics turns on a dime and what seemed inevitable just […]

Grayson’s ‘Just War’ of Words proves he’s got something to say | update 1

Clutch your pearls and hover over your favorite fainting couch. It’s primary season, so if you don’t already have one, here’s a link to DIY your own Fainting Couch and Toddler Bed. Build yours this weekend, because with 17 months until the election this baby is apt to see some action. Check out this couch […]

GUEST COLUMN BY SEAN PHILLIPPI: “No good, just bad and ugly for Grayson”

Dear Democratic friends — With the potential for a fractious primary in the U.S. Senate race on the horizon, I wanted to make sure you were all aware of some recent news stories about Congressman Alan Grayson. I truly believe his candidacy would prevent Democrats from retaking the Senate.  In fact, conservative GOP groups are already […]

Guest Column: Democrats have good options beyond Patrick Murphy

By Veronica Wade It’s official.  The Florida U.S. Senate seat is up for grabs as Marco Rubio has made his intentions to run for President clear.  To date, there are but two people who have  filed to run for the vacancy on the Democratic side:  Patrick Murphy, Congressman from Florida’s 18th District, and newcomer Pam […]