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From Rising Star to Failed Prospect: How it All Went Wrong for Gwen Graham

By Steen Kirby From the minute she announced her campaign for Governor in May 2017, up until the polls closed on August 28th, former Congresswoman Gwen Graham of Tallahassee was seen as the favorite for the Democratic nomination, but as soon as the election day totals started to roll in it all came crumbling down […]

Nominate a centrist (Diet Republican) or Democrats will lose! Wait haven’t we been sold that **** before?

The party establishment is at it once again. Playing the game of fear to promote the idea of centrist, corporate-type candidates as the Democratic statewide torch-bearers in November.  The only way to stop Trump-styled fascism in this state is to nominate centrists who are from outside southern Florida and who can appeal to “swing voters.” […]

Florida’s shifting Democratic because of minority voters! Not really…

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 […]

Patrick Murphy should be mad at the Democratic Party…here’s why

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 […]

Occam’s Razor and FDP’s sudden sexual harassment resignations

Something isn’t adding up about the sudden resignations of the Florida Democratic Party Chair Stephen Bittel and President Sally Boynton Brown.  Following reports of “creepy behavior” and boob-themed desk accoutrement, Bittel quickly stepped down from his position as party chair on Friday, and yesterday, after an open letter that seemed to indicate every intention to […]

Chasing FDP reform in 2017 part 2: The State Committee

The Florida Democratic Party’s State Executive Committee has been the subject of much conversation through the years. The committee has fallen into a rut where many members have used positions to create a private fiefdom or personal power. This is especially true of representatives from urban counties. Let’s table rules reform in terms of vote […]

Chasing FDP reform in 2017 part 1: staff and vendors

Every time we have an internal shift within the Florida Democratic Party (FDP) be it an election for chair or the reform of rules the role of party staff and vendors comes to the forefront. Assessing the role of staff and vendors needs to be a priority for whomever wins the election as party chair […]

2017 FDP chairs race – a look back

By Dr. Rachel Pienta Like many Democrats across the nation, I’ve been engaged in some political introspection since November. For this Florida Democrat, the national victories of the Obama presidency served as a soothing blue balm to counteract the red tide that has dominated state politics since the mid-1990s.    In the final weeks of […]

The FDP needs to look beyond southeast Florida and transactional Democrats

In our Friday survey of TFS readers over 80% of those voting indicated they prefer either Stephen Bittel or Dwight Bullard for Florida Democratic Party (FDP) Chair. That’s fair considering those are the two most prominent candidates and the battle has been framed as a showdown that will be decided at Tuesday’s Miami-Dade DEC meeting. […]

Bill Nelson, 2018 and the FDP

US Senator Bill Nelson has put his finger on the scale in favor of FDP Chair candidate Stephen Bittel. Nelson’s move could well be enough to ensure Bittel’s victory but perhaps Nelson, the lone statewide elected Democrat the last six years will need the party to grow in strength and stature to see himself reelected […]