Tag Archives: Rick Scott

Bill Nelson and Russia: The Senator has lost his sense of what drives the Florida electorate

I’ve been watching with some amusement from half a world away, Senator Bill Nelson obsession with Russia which mirrors the types of conspiracy-laden conversations that take place on CNN panels. Nelson’s obsession this week with all things Russia while he continues to trail Governor Rick Scott in what is supposed to the a Democratic wave […]

Find Your Perfect Beach: A Tale of Poor Planning for Customary Use on 30A

  By now, you have heard people grumbling about Rick Scott signing the Private Beach Anti-Customary Use Law (HB631) this year. The new law has opened a can of worms that may take years to sort out. It has also laid bare some of the state’s most inept leaders and corrupt political missteps to finally […]

Climate change denier Governor Rick Scott certainly isn’t a scientist or meteorologist

Governor Rick Scott loves tropical weather. It gives the not-so-native Floridian who had just relocated to our state permanently in time for the 2004 and 2005 Hurricane season’s an opportunity for face time in front of a statewide audience. The rapid development of Tropical Storm Emily which hovered over the state Monday gave Scott an […]

Governor Scott isn’t a lame duck after all

Governor Scott isn’t a lame duck after all. Today the Governor reached a deal with the legislature that funds HIS priorities at a far greater rate than the legislature had approved in the regular session that ended about a month ago. As the Governor prepares his veto message related to the budget a Special Session […]

Parents and educators urge Governor Scott to veto HB 7069

Republican legislative leaders particularly House Speaker Richard Corcoran won a major battle with the passage of HB 7069 in the legislative session’s dying moments on Monday May 8. Today educators and parents across the state urged that the Governor veto the legislation. Normally, there would be faint hope that Governor Rick Scott would veto such […]

What we are reading: Governor Scott’s veto options

A full column on these issues is coming, likely this weekend but for now the Tampa Bay Times outlines Governor Scott’s options to veto either the entire budget, portions of the budget or specific bills tied to funding that have arrived at his desk.  My sense is that at this point Governor Scott cannot afford […]

Take a deep dive into Tallahassee politics with Kartik on PNN

LISTEN TO KARTIK’S INTERVIEW: This week Kartik joined me on Progressive News Network to discuss all things Tallahassee, as I ran the show for Rick Spisak. Get the whole podcast here at the PNN portal.  First up: What is populism? Many elites in the Democratic Party would like us to believe that populism, by definition, is a right-wing […]

Will North Carolina be the new model for Florida Republicans?

The State of North Carolina has become an international embarrassment. Since the GOP takeover of NC legislature in 2010 and the victory of Pat McCrory in the 2012 Governor’s race, the state has become further and further radicalized at the political level. Despite being a purple state at the national level and perhaps the most […]

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 […]

TFS Podcast: White working class voters, 2016 like 2004 and 2000, foreign policy in the US Senate race, will Rick Scott try to influence the result and more

On the latest edition of the TFS Podcast Brook Hines and Kartik Krishnaiyer look at the Presidential race and the flight of white working class voters away from the Democrats. The current landscape in Florida is discussed as well. While most in the media use 2008 and 2012 as a frame of reference for how […]