Category 2018

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 […]

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 […]

Young American Dreamers celebrate 8 years of advocacy and service in Polk County

It’s hard to believe, but the Polk County powerhouse of advocacy in the immigration reform community—Young American Dreamers—will celebrate its eighth anniversary on May 19. To mark the special day the group will be celebrating with a cookout at Lake Blue Park in Winter Haven. With members ranging from elementary school children to college-aged young […]

Do Patrick Murphy and Susannah Randolph hold the keys to victory in Grayson vs. Soto CD-9 Dem primary?

By Dave Trotter Well, we finally figured out that Alan Grayson will be running for Florida’s 9th Congressional District. Not only will this be an extremely interesting race to watch electorally, but also rhetorically. Over the years, there has been a lot of cross pollination between the staff and supporters of both candidates. Old wounds […]

The most dangerous man in the western world will soon hold the key to the future?

How much damage can a US National Security Adviser really do to the global order? We’ll soon find out, as the most dangerous man in the western world, Ambassador (an undeserved title) John Bolton will certainly change the trajectory of world events. Perhaps his hard-line attitude toward Russia has already been felt with today’s expulsion […]

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 […]

The meaning of Christmas for the United States

In what is becoming an increasingly secular nation, Christmas isn’t celebrated as the festival of “Americana” that it once was – nor should it be. It always has struck me as odd that people who don’t embrace religion find Christmas to be a Holiday of note – perhaps its for family and the children this […]

Lessons from Alabama for Florida Progressives

Doug Jones win in the US Senate Special Election in Alabama is a game changer in the way Democrats should appreciate races in southern states and areas influenced by southern culture. The “greater south” is an area that encompass a large geographic swath and areas where the Democratic Party of the 21st Century has struggled. […]

Irma expose Latvala and Morgan as not ready for prime time (yet)

Political careers are often made or broken by tragedies and adverse events. Just ask George W. Bush, Rudy Guilliani, Kathleen Blanco, Ray Nagin and others. We’ve discussed previously on this site how the botched post-Hurricane Andrew period led Governor Lawton Chiles down to an approval rating in the low 20’s. Hurricane Irma and how it […]