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Orange County Grassroots Activists Making A Real Difference

Orange County stands alone among large Florida counties for its strong and effective progressive infrastructure. Despite repeated efforts by the Legislature to dilute the voting power of minorities and non-Republicans in the county, the area continues to become more and more progressive. We have through the past few months featured stories on progressive efforts throughout […]

The Plague of Write-In Candidates on Florida’s Closed Primary System

While we at  the Squeeze released our endorsement list this morning, I wanted to highlight something that we don’t talk about much about write-in candidates.  There are 16 write-in candidates on the ballot in November and in a few cases, they are the only alternative to the incumbent.   Write-in candidates do not appear on the […]


Media outlets are reporting the Ukrainian National Guard opened fire on CIVILIANS in the city of Krasnoarmeysk. Story is unfolding in real time. Make sure you also check out The Interpreter as well for their live blog of what’s happening in the ground. This news, on top of earlier reports that Putin did not pull […]

Poll: Crist Maintains Large Lead Over Scott

By Jim Saunders, The News Service of Florida. Reprinted with permission. THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, April 30, 2014……….With strong support from women and independents, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist continues to hold a hefty lead over incumbent Republican Rick Scott, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.Crist, who was elected governor in 2006 as a […]

Fare Play: Should Florida be over Uber?

Is it a car service? Is it an app? Is it the next great step forward for the “sharing economy?” Another David vs. Goliath showdown, where innovation squares off against entrenched and outdated local control? The Uber debate is not easily broken down by a prevailing ideology or caucus factions. Age has played a critical […]

Thursday Bookshelf: We Can End Global Poverty

I know what you’re thinking. No way. That this vision could never really materialize into a reality. But, Nobel Winning Economist and Grameen Bank founder, Muhammad Yunnus as made that vision his ultimate goal in this life.  Yunnus’s ambitions do not end at eliminating poverty, rather they extend into addressing gender discrimination, health care access, […]

The Crist Files: Crist and Developers as Governor

Yesterday we took a look at Governor Charlie Crist’s record on issues of environmental protection. However this record is contradicted by his  record on growth management. Much like Crist’s other positions, a web of conflicts dots his public record and the zig zags are easily explained by what election was upcoming and the political climate […]

Happy Birthday Zora Neale Hurston

Today’s Google Doodle is dedicated to a great Floridian Zora Neale Hurston who was born on this day in 1891. She moved to Florida at three and spent the bulk of her life afterwards in the Sunshine State. As one of the great African-American authors of all-time she made an invaluable contribution to African-American literature […]

A Bill Nelson for Governor potpourri

According to national media reports, Senator Bill Nelson is considering a run for governor. Florida papers have been hounding him and editorializing about it since at least April. And of course the source above, MSNBC’s Hardball, has built its reputation such as it is by living every day like it’s silly season. But this newest round of speculation […]

Veterans Day/Armistice Day

Today is Veterans Day, an important day here in the USA where we honor those brave women and men who have fought to preserve our freedoms and way of life. This weekend I have been dealing with “Remembrance Day”  in the United Kingdom which like Veterans Day in the USA is November 11th which was […]