Category Florida Democrats
The Pork Chop Gang and the birth of modern progressive Florida politics – The Florida History Podcast Episode 6
Episode 6 of The Florida History Podcast focuses on the era of The Pork Chop Gang, a group of rural legislators who controlled the politics of the state tightly until the 1950’s and whose power was not completely broken until the Constitution of 1968. We examine Charley Johns, Senate President, Acting Governor and one of […]
WRITERS NOTE: WHEN I REFER TO “FLORIDA DEMOCRATS” OR “DEMOCRATS IN FLORIDA,” OR “THE PARTY” IN THIS ARTICLE I AM NOT REFERRING TO THE FLORIDA DEMOCRATIC PARTY, WHICH AS A STANDALONE ENTITY IS NOT ITSELF THE OVERRIDING PROBLEM IN THIS STATE. I REFER TO A GROUP OF ELITES, MANY OF WHOM DO NOT HAVE ANY […]
Analysis: How easy will reversing history in one “wave” be for Florida Democrats? The RPOF gives a playbook.
Florida Democrats are hoping to ride a “blue wave” Tuesday in order to reverse a quarter century of history in this state. As our latest exclusive modeling shows, this is closer reality than a week or two ago. The Democrats almost certainly will end a statewide office losing streak where the party has won only […]
STATE SENATE Gary Farmer in SD 34 Farmer, one of the leading progressives in the legislature has been challenged in the primary by former State Representative Jim Waldman, whom Farmer defeated two years ago in a primary. Waldman’s record as House member was questionable. Jason Pizzo in SD 38 Pizzo has a great resume but […]
For Florida Democrats historical context is lacking. Why Levine and Gillum on paper aren’t as flawed as assumed.
Having lost 17 of the last 18 elections for Governor and the statewide Cabinet, you would think Florida’s Democrats would be looking for new blood, new ideas and fresh energy. But the establishment of the party loves to double down on tired old thinking and lazy stereotypes. They also love to maintain power at all […]
The fact that Joy Ann Reid hails from Florida and has a program on MSNBC has made it difficult to even have appropriate private conversations about her work. But the reality is that Reid is a classic political propagandist, someone who parks liberal/progressive ideology and the values associated with the left at the door to […]
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 […]
In recent weeks, former Congressman and US Senate nominee Patrick Murphy has reappeared from the dead and has actively began floating the idea of a “fusion” ticket for Governor with former Republican Congressman David Jolly. Today we’re not going to asses the merits of such a ticket, because despite yesterday’s MSNBC appearance, the whole thing […]
As I am sure y’all have noticed, I’ve been absent from these pages for several months now. Where have I been? An unforeseen event, the shocking US Soccer Men’s National Team elimination from the World Cup at the final qualifying hurdle thus leading to an open Presidential Election for US Soccer President (eight candidates with […]
Editor’s Note: In wake of this week’s double electoral defeats for Democrats in nearby locales, we are re-running this piece which got fewer page views than most of our articles from April 2017. It makes an important point about a convenient narrative for the Democrats and media related to Florida’s future electoral politics. We’ve […]