Category 2018 Governor

From Rising Star to Failed Prospect: How it All Went Wrong for Gwen Graham

By Steen Kirby From the minute she announced her campaign for Governor in May 2017, up until the polls closed on August 28th, former Congresswoman Gwen Graham of Tallahassee was seen as the favorite for the Democratic nomination, but as soon as the election day totals started to roll in it all came crumbling down […]

Progressives might just win the Governorship while losing the movement’s soul in the process

Editors Note: A full appendix of links related to this article and Mayor Gillum can be found at the conclusion of the article.  Florida progressives celebrated loudly Tuesday night with Mayor Andrew Gillum’s nomination for Governor. The late spending on behalf of Gillum by several independent groups that refer to themselves as progressives was the […]

Good riddance, Gwen Graham – a sure-fire loser in November is retired by the Democrats. Now let’s retire her handlers

I have a confession to make. I was going to have a hard time voting for Gwen Graham in November – regular readers of this site know this. I feel bad for Graham in a way – I’m not sure she was ever left to her own devices in this campaign – a badly bungled […]

Leading progressives have thrown in with Andrew Gillum – it’s a horrible mistake

Progressive groups in Florida and from out-of-state have spent millions in the last few weeks to prop up the Gubernatorial candidacy of Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum. During this campaign, Gillum has strongly articulated progressive principles (except on the death penalty where his position is wishy-washy at best) and would be the state’s first African-American Governor […]

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.” […]

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 […]

The Democratic governor’s race is wide open – while November remains daunting

With just over two months remaining until Florida Democrats will choose a nominee, the race remains fluid with a field of largely flawed candidates. All five of the major candidates have compelling stories but also significant drawbacks that could jeopardize the ability of the party to win the office in November. The GOP will nominate […]

Choice of Yamiche Alcindor as Gubernatorial forum moderator causing some angst among progressives

Last Tuesday, a coalition of progressive groups announced the moderators for the first south Florida Democratic Gubernatorial Debate, which is oddly dubbed the “Florida Freedom Forum.”  (It has become consultant-driven a fad on the left to try and imitate and mimic the rhetoric and code from the right, but the term “freedom” particularly in the […]