The Phoenix Flyer

Will the FL Legislature really switch over to blue?

By: - September 28, 2018 4:28 pm

There’s been a lot of talk — and hope — about a “blue wave” that could usher in Democratic legislative majorities across the country, including in Florida’s House and Senate chambers.

But whether that will really happen may be unlikely, according to a Tampa Bay Times story.

“Republicans have a firm grasp on both chambers, with a 23-16 advantage in the Senate and a 79-41 edge in the House,” the story says. That’s a tough picture, but “insiders and experts say Democrats have their best chance to regain control of one or both chamber in decades.”

We’ll see. The Nov. 6 election in Florida is less than six weeks away.

If Republicans hold their majorities in the House and Senate — or even capture one of the chambers — and Democrat Andrew Gillum wins the governor’s race, there would be a lot of work ahead on Gillum’s progressive agenda.

The Times story said: “If Republicans maintain control of the House, which seems likely, then it’s going to be very difficult for Andrew Gillum to get most of his agenda through the Legislature,” said Aubrey Jewett, a political science professor at the University of Central Florida.


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Diane Rado
Diane Rado

Diane Rado has covered state and local government and public schools in six states over some 30 years, focusing on policy and investigative stories as well as legislative and political reporting. She is married to a journalist and has three adult children.