Tag Archives: Florida politics

Go ahead, deplore the deplorables

If I were a Democratic strategist, I would spare no expense to persuade these Orlando retirees to vote for Bill Nelson this fall:

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Protests can work

And sometimes in the midst of death we get life: Publix is backing down in a standoff with survivors of this year’s mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida high school, saying it has suspended political contributions. The regional supermarket chain, … Continue reading

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The innovative capacity of Florida lawmakers

In an unprecedented bit of collaborating, the editorial boards of the three major South Florida newspapers published exhortations to their communities on Saturday warning about the immediate danger posed by sea level rise. More remarkably, they accept the consensus: there’s … Continue reading

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Studies in abjection, pt. 234

This is why Democrats lose. Dear Mr. Soto: Thank you for contacting me about President Trump, and his nominees for federal agencies. President Trump has nominated Acting Director Gina Haspel to serve as the next director of the Central Intelligence … Continue reading

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‘Democratic enthusiasm for the 2018 election is off the charts’

Hi, Colorado! Can you, like, fly into Florida and can the asses every statewide Democrat in my home state? Democrats have secured a candidate on the ballot in every 2018 Colorado congressional, statehouse and major statewide race. The last candidate … Continue reading

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Rick Scott and vote suppression

Now that Governor Rick Scott has announced a Senate challenge to William Henry Harrison confidante Bill Nelson, his record as an opponent of voting rights should hand Florida Democrats a victory. The Miami Herald compiled a dandy list of Scott’s … Continue reading

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More autumns for the patriarchs

After more than forty years of a Castro as president of Cuba, the National Assembly of People’s Power has, well, assembled to pick a successor. Mimi Whitefield: “The significance of this event cannot be overstated. The new leadership is composed … Continue reading

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Marco Rubio’s day of reckoning

Black Americans have most to fear from whites doing them harm, but I doubt they comprise a majority of the National Rifle Association’s membership. Also: gay Americans. I wonder how many of them attended C-PAC yesterday; speeches like this put … Continue reading

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Taking aim at a modest proposal

I’ve read Facebook acquaintances who should know better writing a variation on, “Let’s train teachers to carry weapons.” My answers: (1) I’m not paid enough to teach a hundred students per section yet you want to train me to murder … Continue reading

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The state with the prettiest name, part #851

A dandy distillation of Florida’s gun laws, i.e. none. Print and hang on your fridge! You don’t need a permit or license to buy a gun, nor do you have to register a firearm. You don’t need a permit to … Continue reading

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Florida’s ‘nonsensical’ disenfranchisement of felons dealt a blow

A throwback to post-Reconstruction ideas about what to do with menacing black felons completing their sentences and voting against the racist system and to shopworn twaddle about recidivism, Florida remains one of three states where felons have to beg to … Continue reading

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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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