Category RPOF

Why are GOP legislators rushing to move the Florida Presidential Primary?

Two words – Jeb Bush. On Monday, legislators rushed through the House Ethics and Elections Committee a measure that would move Florida’s Presidential Primary back to March 2016 from its current late January date. The Senate passed a similar measure quickly through committee. For years, the Florida Primary was a critical moment in the nomination […]

Governor Scott’s shallow inaugural appeal

Having been returned to office by Florida’s electorate despite failing to meaningfully grow Florida’s economy in his first term, Governor Rick Scott will appeal to residents to relocate to Florida. Since this Governor and his allies in the legislature proudly gutted the growth management laws that worked for 30 years, a potential influx in population […]

Florida political winners and losers for 2014

NOTE: Our Tuesday poll feature will return next week. It’s that time of the year for reflections. 2014 was an election year and with it came the usual array of winners and losers. A difficult year for Democrats across the country as well as here in Florida saw clear winners and losers.

Florida Democrats at a crossroads: Republican economic failures

Florida Republicans have long sold economic growth and tax cuts as the fundamental core of the party’s messaging. While other issues such as school vouchers, restricting women’s reproductive freedom, undermining marriage equality and undermining restrictions on gun ownership have been the sexy headlines in Florida’s papers. But the Republican brand has been based on tax […]

On the passing of Tom Slade

One of the most influential people in Florida’s last half century of politics passed away on Monday. Tom Slade, more than any other single man is responsible for the political climate Floridians live in today. The lasting and permanent Republican majorities in the state of Florida were built largely by him, with deputies implementing his […]

GOP Arrogance on Redistricting Continues in Special Session

This morning Florida House and Senate committees have been hard at work on Redistricting. The GOP has submitted maps which are likely to pass given the partisan conformity of the legislature. These maps submitted by the majority party reflect the arrogance and recklessness of the current leadership of the Legislature. Having failed to deliver constitutionally […]

Florida Republicans Walking a Tightrope on Redistricting By Putting Politics Over Florida’s Citizens

Florida Republicans seem self-assured entering the Reapportionment Special Session which begins Thursday in Tallahassee. Having been rebuked for drawing unconstitutional districts, the leadership of the legislature seems to have no problem crying that a minor disruption to the election cycle is somehow worse than the citizens of the state being denied fair representation in unconstitutional […]