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Think every citizen has the right to vote? Not around here

BY: - March 29, 2021

Voting: It’s not for everyone. The Founding Fathers only wanted some of us to vote, not all of us, and who are we to question rich, white, slave-holding gents from the 18th century? To that end, the Republican Party is working overtime to make it much, much harder for the wrong sort to go around […]

Two years into his tenure, Gov. DeSantis faces pitfalls, victories and the all-encompassing COVID-19

BY: - January 4, 2021

The word “COVID” appears just twice in a report card released shortly before the new year, in which Gov. Ron DeSantis acknowledges “a year of challenges” but also “historic feats, innovation and resiliency.” Yet DeSantis’ administration — now at the halfway point of his term and up for reelection in 2022 — will be judged […]

How state political parties — including in FL — helped big money pay for this year’s elections

BY: - November 24, 2020

WASHINGTON — State parties played an unprecedented role in financing the presidential election this year, making it possible for the national political parties to raise eye-popping sums from individual donors — and keep more money than they might otherwise be allowed. That’s all thanks to a 2014 Supreme Court decision that eliminated the overall limit on […]

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Floridians have until midnight today to register to vote on Nov. 3

BY: - October 5, 2020

UPDATE: This evening, the Florida Democratic Party raised concerns about the Florida voter registration website crashing on the last day to register to vote. Terrie Rizzo Chair of the Florida Democratic Party issued a statement: “This is just latest attempt from the Republican leaders in Florida to limit democracy. The Florida Voter Registration website not […]

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In swing states like FL, young Black Americans not sold on Biden, the Democrats or voting

BY: and - August 9, 2020

Most political analysts define “swing voters” as those who swing their support from one party to the other between election cycles – determining winners and losers in the process. According to this conventional wisdom, the “swingiest” voters are working-class whites in the Midwest, who supposedly hold the keys to the White House. Meanwhile, by contrast, pundits often portray […]

New report: Vote-by-mail fraud is rare and it doesn’t benefit Democrats

BY: - August 5, 2020

Despite President Donald Trump’s criticisms and some Republicans suggesting the vote-by-mail method is likely to result in fraud and benefit Democrats more, a new report by Integrity Florida says otherwise. The report titled “VBM: A Safe Option for Florida Voters” says voting-by-mail doesn’t help the Democratic Party, but it does result “in higher ballot rejection […]

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Oh, for a return to the days when the Grand Old Party was actually grand

BY: - July 27, 2020

Younger readers may find it impossible to believe, but many Republicans used to be perfectly reasonable people. Some of them were even what you might now call “progressive,” deep believers in racial equality, women’s rights, and environmental stewardship. Without Nathaniel Reed of Jupiter Island, every inch of South Florida would have been paved during the […]

Joe Biden wins enough delegates to take on Donald Trump; FL will be a crucial swing state for the election

BY: - June 6, 2020

Former vice president Joe Biden has accumulated the delegates needed to secure the Democratic nomination for president. “Folks, tonight we secured the 1,991 delegates needed to win the Democratic nomination. I’m going to spend every day fighting to earn your vote so that, together, we can win the battle for the soul of this nation,” […]

A woman for VP? What about U.S. Rep. Val Demings of Florida?

BY: - March 13, 2020

WASHINGTON — Speculation about the Democratic Party’s vice presidential nominee is heating up — and a Florida lawmaker is at the center of the national conversation. After only two terms in federal office, U.S. Rep. Val Demings is among those who are being mentioned as possible running mates to former Vice President Joe Biden, the […]

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In the believe-it-or-not category: Some top Republicans are supporting Dems in the 2020 presidential race

BY: - March 2, 2020

You might wonder why some of Florida’s best known Republican political consultants are way out on a limb in support of Democrats in the 2020 presidential race. It’s a long and interesting story. At its root is complete frustration with President Donald J. Trump. Two of these consultants live in Tallahassee, where they’ve made a […]

New digital ads target Trump’s proposed safety-net budget cuts

BY: - February 13, 2020

President Trump promised to protect Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security during his State of the Union address. Days later, the administration proposed a budget for the next fiscal year that includes large cuts to those safety-net program. Priorities USA, a Democratic-aligned super PAC, is running a series of digital ads to bring attention to the […]

Federal judge tosses state law that put Republican candidates at the top of the ballot

BY: - November 15, 2019

Was Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ narrow electoral victory over Democrat Andrew Gillum last year aided by an unconstitutional state law that put Republican candidates at the top of the ballot? That argument gained ground with U.S. District Judge Mark Walker’s ruling Friday, considered monumental by supporters. It said that the state law that favors the […]