Category 2018 Election

Florida Progressives need to vote values not party – history informs of us why

As we approach another party primary which has been divisive, the calls for unity and coming together are as loud and nauseating as ever. As a longtime active Democrat in Florida, I’ve sacrificed principle and my values before to back deeply-flawed candidates who were nominated. In retrospect, doing this did nothing but further solidify a […]

Democrats cheering on Ron DeSantis should be careful what they wish for

In the past few weeks, I have heard from more than a handful of Democrats who haven’t learned a powerful past lesson of Republican primaries in Florida – cheering on the most extreme right-wing candidate for an office and hoping to face them in November has often meant that candidate wins the office outright. But […]

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.” […]

Will Trump’s bombastic barbs toward Canada hurt Florida?

President Trump’s insistence on a war of words and deeds with Canada, our neighbor to the north has created a political theater that is consuming both sides of the border. But the stakes for us in Florida might be even higher than that for much of the rest of this nation. Florida is heavily dependent […]

Moderation when liberty is on the defense is a vice – now more than ever

The last two weeks have reminded all Americans who believe in some sort of social justice and egalitarianism how far of the path the United States has gone. From an inhumane immigration and migrant policy reminiscent of far-right authoritarian states of yesteryear, to SCOTUS decisions that limit the actual ability of the courts to reign […]

Jeff Greene’s return to a statewide primary might be suspicious

The sudden return of Billionaire developer Jeff Greene- yeah that Jeff Greene to a statewide Democratic primary sent shock waves through political circles in Florida on Monday. Greene’s decision to run for Governor, much like his ill-fated decision to run for US Senate in 2018 cannot be viewed in a vacuum. It is potentially part […]

Florida’s shifting Democratic because of minority voters! Not really…

We’ve heard virtually ad nauseum for years that Florida is shifting perhaps irrevocably toward the Democrats because of the increase in the Hispanic and foreign-born population. While the upward shifts in Democratic vote can be observed in some core urban areas (Miami-Dade County went from 52% Democratic in the two-party vote for President to 65% between […]

The importance of North Florida in the Democratic primary for governor

By Dave Trotter Nowadays, North Florida is just an afterthought when it comes to statewide Democratic primaries. In the 2014 primary for governor, North Florida only consisted 18.94% of the overall primary vote total. Compare that to 29.38% it represented in 2002, and it is easy to see the influence of North Florida has lessened […]

Will the March For Our Lives Become a March to the Polls in November?

By Dr Rachel Pienta Eight years ago, I had the opportunity to interview Mary Leigh Watters Blek for a scholarly anthology on women and activism. That name may not be familiar to many people, but the woman who partnered with her to give birth to an event that would be known as the Million Mom […]

Tallahassee beware: One month on from Parkland, southeast Florida has awakened politically

Southeast Florida is more distant from the seat of power in this state than any other part of Florida. That distance has through the years created an indifference, an ignorance and perhaps a total disinterest in what happens in state government. The metropolitan area stretching from Jupiter to Florida City is the most unique part […]