Tag Archives: Democrats

Rules Reform – Differing perspectives in a divided party

Since we began discussing rules reform on this site several weeks ago vastly differing perspectives on this subject have been presented to us from the different people within the party. We have also been told by those outside the party structure that this discussion borders on a red herring that is completely meant to divert […]

2016, Florida Democrats and the myth of moderate candidates performing well

Much has been made in the last three months of the need for Democrats in Florida to “engage moderate voters,” in the wake of poor electoral performances in 2014. No question exists that moderates have a role to play, particularly in rural areas where the party has seen a complete collapse in support since the […]

House Democrats and campaigns

We wrote on Tuesday about the massive strides being made by House Democrats in the legislative arena, but did not focus closely on the campaign side. Today, House Democrats sit on 39 seats, the same number the party entered the 2012 election cycle with. But the 2010 cycle which reduced Democrats to 39 seats was […]

Florida Democrats at a Crossroads: Term limits , legislators, party building and office shopping

The advent of term limits helped to change the culture of state legislators in 1990’s. Previously many regardless of ideology worked hard to build a party that competed in elections and had a few guiding principles but was largely a big tent operation. Term limits being implemented coincided with the collapse of the Democratic Party […]

President Obama, Florida Democrats, Political Operatives and “Moderation”

In the last few weeks I have had some interesting and borderline maniacal conversations with people regarding the future of the Democratic Party in terms of messaging and policy. An almost universal consensus has developed among insiders, particularly those who are involved on the consulting end that the path forward involves moderating the Democratic message […]

Florida Democrats at a crossroads: Making DECs really work

After the November elections, there was a lot of blame going around among Democrats throughout the state. Many of the criticism landed at the Florida Democratic Party and while many of the criticisms are valid, there are other elements that need to be discussed before 2016.  Many of the problems exist in the field.   […]

Florida Democrats at a Crossroads: The I-75 Corridor

Post election it became fashionable for Tallahassee-based political writers to credit Rick Scott’s margins along I-10 as the reason for his victory. This was a justified analysis but perhaps an easy one to make particularly sitting in Tallahassee. I, on the other hand, looked at another Interstate Highway, one with far more population neighboring it […]

Florida Democrats at a crossroads: The moderate voter myth

Much has been made recently of the need for Democrats in Florida to “engage moderate voters,” in the wake of poor electoral performances in 2014. No question exists that moderates have a role to play, particularly in rural areas where the party has seen a complete collapse in support since the mid/late 1990’s. But it […]

Florida Democrats at a crossroads – Broward County and the FDP

Democrats from Broward County like to believe they are the ones that matter most – the ones that win the state for Democrats. While Broward provided the margin of victory for Lawton Chiles in 1994 and President Obama in 2012 while also essentially winning the state for Al Gore in 2000 (Miami-Dade can be blamed […]

Thursday Bookshelf: Democrats in the South and Midwest

A review of A National Party No More: The Conscience of a Conservative Democrat and What’s the Matter with Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America. Two books, two perspectives on the decline of Democrats in the South and Midwest from a decade ago. I bought both these books in the summer of 2004 while embroiled in […]