Category Florida Congressional Races

Monday Musings: Leadership Blue, Glo Smith and Race, Carole Crist deals with Possible Sexism, Rick Scott and Rural Voters, Travel to Washington DC

Congratulations to the Florida Democratic Party and Chairwoman Allison Tant on a successful (Jefferson-Jackson ) Leadership Blue weekend. The commitment the FDP is making to a field program is laudable though in fairness it is too late for 2014 to make a big difference. Still the mere discussion of this by the party chair is […]

Rethinking Rural Campaign Strategies for Progressives

I spent Wednesday afternoon driving through rural counties on the way to Tallahassee and I noticed the different types of political advertisements on the way which made me once again begin to ponder rural Florida politics.  There were several colorful anti-Obama signs, lots of local election signs in various colors and forms, and even a […]

Congressional Race Ratings – May 21, 2014

Beginning this week, each Wednesday until Election Day we will take a look at our ratings for Congressional races. Following qualifying for state and local offices in June we will be running similar features for State House and State Senate (an initial rating of both State House and State Senate race will be released before […]

Thoughts from a lazy Sunday afternoon — CD 13 and Pinellas Democrats

By The old guy sitting on the bench, Guest Columnist Sixty years ago, in a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court found that the doctrine of ‘separate but equal’ was in fact unequal. Standing here today I wonder what has really changed. Yesterday my wife and I had went shopping for groceries and other things we need […]

Congressional District 13: Disastrous debacle sets Pinellas Democrats back

[FL-13 is] the most botched House race of 2014. – National Journal Pinellas County is unlike any other metropolitan county in Florida. In stark contrast to neighboring Hillsborough, the three Central Florida urban counties and southeast Florida, Pinellas tends to be less transient and more insular in many ways.  Yet the local Democratic Party seems […]

BREAKING: “Democrat” Ed Jany Drops Out of CD-13 Race

The Tampa Bay Times is reporting that Democratic Party-backed Ed Jany, candidate for Congress in the 13th district, has withdrawn from the race. The former US Marine was slated to run against recently-elected Republican lobbyist David Jolly. Many (including myself) had been critical of Jany’s candidacy, and many questions were being asked about Mr Jany’s […]

Monday Musings – DCCC mess, Kelli Stargel’s maternalistic nonsense, RPOF failure to steward our Springs, Lenny Curry, Vouchers

Editors’ Note: This week we begin a new column, Monday Musings where our writers sound off on various topics related to the state of Florida.    It is difficult in words to fully describe the mess the DCCC has made in Congressional District 13. Beginning with a campaign that flushed a double-digit lead down the […]

Guest Column: CD-13 in a nutshell in wake of David Jolly’s win

Editor’s Note: This is the first column we have published under an alias and that is not our regular practice and we will never have staff writers post articles or comments under an alias. But in this case we have made an exception regarding a story and we will for this particular writer in the […]

Inside the numbers in Jolly vs Sink – Was the targeting flawed?

We have heard various theories as to why Democrat Alex Sink was defeated by Republican David Jolly in a high-profile nationally watched Congressional special election last month. We’ve written extensively about the failures of the Sink campaign, who blew double-digit lead to lose on Election Day. The role of the Florida Democratic Party and Democratic Congressional […]

Alex Sink vs David Jolly – The decisions that cost the Democrats

Much has been written about the Democratic Party’s failures in the FL-13 Special Election last week. From speaking to people throughout the state in the past several days, we can put together a theme of the critical mistakes made by the Democratic Party and the Sink campaign. The Florida Democratic Party (FDP) sent several staffers […]