Tag Archives: Florida politics

Hurricane Irma’s highest body count

While I’ve been posting about missing cable and internet and running out of James Salter novels to read, seniors are dying from heat exhaustion. In Hollywood Hills about twenty miles north of me, Hurricane Irma claimed her highest death toll. … Continue reading

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Twenty-five years ago…

Twenty-five years ago this week, I lowered the volume on the Joy Division squall to hear the other squall outside. My calm scowling dad ordered me to join the rest of the family in the kitchen, the only room with … Continue reading

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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen to retire in 2018

Well. The Democrats have an easy pickup now: U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the dean of the Florida legislative delegation and the first Cuban American elected to Congress, is retiring at the end of her term next year, saying it’s time … Continue reading

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Dispatches from an old friend

When last we heard from Frank Artiles, the Florida House member was pushing for a bill that would confine bathrooms to the birth gender of their users. When referring to the transgender, he spoke like Douglas MacArthur addressing North Koreans. … Continue reading

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Carlos Curbelo and the politics of moderation

Good news for Democrats: Carlos Curbelo is the most vulnerable House Republican ahead of the 2018 elections because his district is so damn Democratic, according to the Cook Political Report

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Plutocratic messianism and public education

Janet Reitman’s Rolling Stone essay on Betsy DeVos explains how Christians and billionaires have created a racket that operates under the fiction of public education. One of those consortium, the Council for National Policy, hides Christian policy behind its bloodless … Continue reading

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Hialeah — center of Hispanic voter registration universe

Hialeah consists of Cubans in my grandmother’s generation who are in their decrepitude or, like Abuela, nostalgic about la patria. However, the men and women twenty to thirty years her juniors, like the woman who takes care of her, have … Continue reading

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‘They’re not rapists or criminals; they’re janitors.’

Although several polls have shown Florida remaining frustratingly within Donald Trump’s short-fingered reach, he ain’t winning the state without Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties, and certainly not without the redoubtable I-4 corridor , home to an alert and empowered … Continue reading

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Big Sugar and its sweet Florida deals

During the Fourth of July long weekend, many Floridians on the Treasure Coast saw green more than red, white, and blue: a toxic algae bloom clogging canals and fouling beaches. Extreme heat was a factor (today’s our ninth straight morning … Continue reading

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‘What their sexual persuasion is does not enter into it’

A little over twenty-five years ago, the last raid on a gay club happened in South Florida: In a Friday night show of force, 100 armed officers masked drug agents and the U.S. Border Patrol raided the gay bars. Sheriff … Continue reading

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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and the limits of GOP compassion

In 2008, fuming over Barack Obama’s support of the so-called Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and his obvious waffling over gay marriage when Florida had an amendment on the ballot defining marriage between a man and woman, I didn’t vote for … Continue reading

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Clinton vs Trump: May update

Uh: Hillary Clinton is so much more popular than Donald Trump among Miami-Dade County voters that even a significant number of Republicans support her in the likely presidential match-up, a new local poll has found. Clinton leads Trump by a … Continue reading

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