Category 2018 Election

Where do Florida Democrats go from here? Some quick suggestions to start.

Florida’s Democrats once again under-performed relative to expectations on Tuesday. But perhaps expectations need to be tweaked while a truly deep dive into the parties troubles is commenced. Having lost 21 of the last 22 races for Governor and Cabinet (including 12 in a row), Florida at the state level lacks true electoral competition. You […]

Opinion: Florida’s Governor’s Race has been dumb and dumber. Nelson is the clear choice for Senate.

This column represents the views of Kartik Krishnaiyer alone and no other writer affiliated with this site.  Florida already has a bad reputation for various reasons. Perhaps much of this owes itself to a national press that since the late 1990’s has been seemingly obsessive about anything related to the state. But another aspect of […]

Fear and Loathing in 2018

It’s less than a week until election day and we’re all going to die. A mass shooting in Pittsburgh by an anti-Semite, 15 pipe bombs sent through the mail to left-wing political figures and a racially motivated shooting in Louisville, Kentucky.  On the international front, hundreds, and possibly thousands, of Hondurans are headed toward the […]

Could the emerging I-95 corridor become the Dems Florida firewall? Environmental issues hurting the GOP badly it appears.

The vote projection models provided daily here at the Florida Squeeze by my colleague Dave Trotter have been invaluable to understanding how the 2018 election is shaping up to be potentially different than the most recent contests in this state. Growth rates have slowed in Florida over the last eight years and the population though […]

Ahead of Hurricane Michael, State Rep Amy Mercado calls for extension of voter registration period

“Gov. Scott should extend the voter registration deadline to October 16” Today, Representative Amy Mercado released the following statement: “We should be making it easier for people to vote, not harder. Gov. Scott should extend the voter registration deadline to October 16 and allow everyone in the path of the hurricane to be able to […]

Local Race Endorsements for August

We have a few local races we’re recommending candidates for in the August primary.  They are listed below:   Patricia Rumph – Orange County Commission District 2 Nicollete Springer – Orange County Commission District 4  Robin Harris – Orange County Commission District 6  Beam Furr – Broward County Commission District 6 Nora Rupert – Broward […]

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 […]