Category 2022 Elections

Guest Column: Ron DeSantis favorite Insurrectionist is now his hype man

By Thomas Kennedy Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is the first influencer to hold statewide public office. Attention-hungry and slow on his feet, the far-right Republican has spent the past four years engaged in a one-way conversation with his base, admitting only friendly conservative and acquiescent reporters to his publicly funded press events. While using Floridians’ […]

The Early Days of the Florida Turnpike

On this past week’s Florida History Podcast, we discussed the early days of the Florida Turnpike, its conception, construction and the political fights over not only its creation but its route. You can listen to the Florida History Podcast on Anchor (which hosts our show), Spotify, Google, Apple Podcasts, Radio Public, Breaker, Overcast, Castro or Pocket Casts. Overcast, Castro, Spotify, Radio Public and Breaker have App […]

Are “DeSantis Democrats” the new “swing”voters as part of a realignment in 2023 and beyond?

Preface: I don’t know the answer, I am just posing a question here. We’ve spent a lot of time on this site talking about the death of “swing” voters and how elections are now effectively turnout wars. That remains basically true, but as we discussed last week, specific issues like student loan forgiveness can swing […]

2022 in a nutshell: Student loan debt – the GOP blind spot which exposed the party’s hypocrisy

The GOP has recently taken to fancying itself as a party of anti-elitism that appeals to the working class. This reversal of history is tinged with irony, and got blown-wide open as hypocritical thanks to one huge pet issue of progressives – student loan forgiveness and debt. Since Donald Trump was nominated for the Presidency […]

Some circa 1940’s Florida Postcards

Rethinking the Turnpike – Service Plaza’s for tourist development

When I was young, Turnpike Service Plaza’s were effectively billboards for Florida. From the tall Orange Towers (photo below) to the promotion of Florida on the inside, the plaza’s had a very interesting feel. Florida does a wonderful job with its Welcome Center’s at the state line, and that concept should and could be brought […]

Building the overseas railroad

The building of the Overseas Railroad is one of great engineering feats in Florida’s history – in fact it might actually be one of the most amazing marvels in American history. Built thanks to Henry Flagler’s ingenuity and his deep pockets, the east coast railroad that had changed Florida was extended to the Keys to […]

DeSantis publicly rejects free market capitalism in alliance with Elon Musk

Last week, Elon Musk doubled-down on his support of Ron DeSantis as a potential Presidential candidate. On Tuesday, in Jacksonville, DeSantis rewarded Musk, by oddly pushing an anti-capitalist, anti-free market message while attacking the P.R. China (whose statism DeSantis emulates often but he doesn’t like their Covid policies- the reason was he was defending Musk […]

Political analysts missing the mark badly on the post-midterm commentary

Talking heads have a way of convincing average newspaper readers and cable-news channel viewers that they have some magic sauce to understand voters and elections in a way the rest of us cannot. Well, guess what? That is categorically untrue. Not only were political analysts with few exceptions, way off in forecasting the midterms (this […]

Localized issues and tribalism adversely impacting Dem Party in Florida

As Dave Trotter indicated earlier in the week and our Twitter Space Monday discussed, We have begun working on a full audit/ report about the failures of the Florida Democrats is underway. One of the huge surprises of this process thus far has been the emphasis of many we speak to, on more localized issues […]