The importance of the youth vote in a red county
Escambia County in Florida’s Panhandle has long been considered Republican country. Even NextGen Florida, the progressive young voter registration giant, has only recently employed a field organizer in Escambia to make inroads in an area largely ignored by Democratic campaigns. But with all the talk about a youth vote fueling a Blue Wave in this […]
Caldwell vs. Fried: Should Florida’s Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner expand the state’s marijuana industry?
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has long been the department that oversees an agricultural industry belonging to an Old Florida – oysters and citrus, beef and dairy. But this year’s race might change that. An outspoken medical marijuana advocate, Democratic candidate Nicole “Nikki” Fried, wants to introduce industrial hemp to the Sunshine […]
DeSantis health care plan draws skepticism
After months of procrastination, Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis revealed a health care plan for Florida on Wednesday, less than two weeks before the Nov. 6 election, highlighting access to health care coverage even for people with pre-existing conditions and allowing employees to take their health plans with them from job to job. DeSantis, who […]
After all the hard work to register young people to vote, will they?
Election Day is right around the corner and groups that have been hard at work for months motivating young people to register to vote are now thinking about what lies ahead: Will all those efforts pay off? Will registering to vote lead to voting? Will young people really leave their dorms or their houses or […]
NextGen Florida’s new $1.2 million digital ad campaign caters to young people and progressive issues
Young voter registration and mobilization giant NextGen Florida is launching a $1.2 million digital ad campaign to “get out the vote” as the Nov. 6 midterm election draws near. The ads running until election day will appear on various online platforms catering to young people, such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Reddit, Hulu Vevo, Spotify, […]
Preparation, people, luck – plus determination in the face of disaster: What it takes to pull off an election in Florida.
It’s no small task to run an election in the nation’s third-largest state. It takes tens of thousands of workers and a massive amount of coordination. And to top it off, Hurricane Michael raged through North Florida and knocked out communications for a wide swath of the Panhandle. In some counties, there aren’t homes left […]
NextGen Florida final count: over 50,000 young voters registered by Tuesday deadline
NextGen Florida – the Sunshine State’s affiliate of the national young voter registration organization – announced Tuesday that organizers had registered 50,773 young voters, ages 18 to 35, ahead of the Tuesday registration deadline. Political analysts have long been skeptical about the effectiveness of the “youth vote” in Florida, especially during midterm elections where voter […]
Human Rights Campaign working to mobilize equal rights voters ahead of Florida November election
A national LGBTQ civil rights organization, the Human Rights Campaign, is working to mobilize LGBTQ and “equality voters” to tip the balance for Democrats in close races in Florida. The campaign is focusing on the roughly 700,000 LGBTQ voters and over 3.2 million “equality voters” in Florida that it has identified who support progressive policies […]
A closer look at Florida Constitutional Amendment 6
About this Florida Phoenix series: Florida voters could face a whopping twelve different proposed amendments to the state Constitution on Nov. 6 – one of the longest lists ever. The amendments cover a wild ride of subjects, including complex changes to tax policy, banning offshore oil drilling and greyhound racing, expanding gambling, automatically restoring voting […]