Tag Archives: house democratic caucus

School “choice” supporters playing in Special Election Democratic primary

School “choice” supporters this week dumped a hard-hitting negative mail piece against Rep. Reggie Fullwood.  The Jacksonville-based State Rep. is locked in a battle for reelection against a more conservative Democrat who is being backed by school voucher groups and covertly by  the remaining elements of the small dissident faction in the House Democratic Caucus. […]

Unwillingness of House dissidents to let go at the heart of leadership struggles

Editor’s Note: Kartik Krishnaiyer is traveling abroad for the next 12 days. His phones and email however still are active while he travels and he is in touch with many people across the state. Thus he will continue to cover the Florida political happenings throughout his trip which ends November 25th, though many blog posts […]

House Caucus dissidents creating unneeded ruckus and problems for our values

Over the last two days reports have been circulating that Rep. Dwayne Taylor (D-Daytona Beach) plans to challenge House Democratic Leader-Designate Mark Pafford (D-West Palm Beach) before or at the organizational session on November 18th. Taylor has been backed by a faction of dissidents, led by Rep. Darryl Rouson, who seem to have been more […]

House Democrats side with polluters and go missing on environmental protection

Last week the House passed Rep. Jimmy Patronis’ HB 999 by a 98-20 vote (19 Dems voted no, 1 Republican) despite a lobbying appearance from former Governor and Senator Bob Graham. HB 999 is a bill that would strip  protection from thousands of acres of wetlands across the state and prevents Environmental groups from suing […]

Session 2013: Will The Center Hold in the Florida Senate?

By Kartik Krishnaiyer Term limits have had a devastating consequence. The Florida Legislature has gotten worse and worse as we have gotten deeper into the term limits era.  Last year five moderate GOP Senators were term limited and  despite three huge Democratic primary victories for liberals (electing Geraldine Thompson, Jeff Clemens and Dwight Bullard over […]