Posted on August 7, 2013 by Dave Trotter
So, in the last few minutes on Twitter, the Florida Democratic Party has put out a tweet which has shown the “accomplishments of Allison Tant”. And if you are wondering if that is a little odd….yes, it is odd. Rarely, if ever, do non-parliamentary political parties boost their leader’s accomplishments, especially if they are so insignificant as the facts which are shown in the FDP’s latest tweet. Here is the picture they added to the tweet:
In this tweet, they talk about extremely insignificant things regarding the Florida Democratic Party. They talk about tweets, Facebook likes, the JJ dinner and so on. Honestly, these thing don’t add up to much, considering candidate recruitment and overall fundraising has been dismal for the party.
But who is this tweet intended to target?
Usually, political parties use their Facebook and Twitter accounts to either promote their candidates or policies, or to question the candidates and policies of the opposition. Why do they do that? Well, usually to get the voters to support of oppose a political party. These social media accounts are usually used to win elections.
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Posted on August 7, 2013 by Dave Trotter
Well, last week, Congressman Alan Grayson put it foot in his mouth yet again. Oddly enough, he was insulting people who support him, and not those that he opposes.
In an interview with Channel 13 in Orlando, Grayson said “I think that would be a shame, but what really pushes immigration to the side is the fact that many people in the Republican Party don’t want to do anything that would help brown people. There’s an underlying insinuation of racism in the way that Washington, D.C. Republicans look at this issue.”
Of course, the right is having a field day with this quote, but Democrats within Grayson’s district should really wonder if he is the right congressman for them. Maybe it is time for a Darren Soto or someone else to step up to the plate. Yes, it is a risk, but possibly a risk worth taking.
But this editorial isn’t about who should run and who shouldn’t. In fact, this editorial isn’t about Grayson’s classification of Hispanics as brown people. Instead, it is Grayson’s classification that those who are against immigration reform have some sort of hidden racist agenda.
But does Grayson’s off-the-cuff remark expose a larger problem that Democrats might have with the electorate? I think so.
As I have mentioned in one of my recent posts, I am very conservative on immigration. The reason why I am conservative on the issues is because of the economy. Currently, we do not have enough jobs for Americans. So, how can we make sure the American workforce is at full employment when we allow others coming into this country, legally or illegally, to compete for these jobs? I look at immigration as an economic issue, not a social issue.
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Posted on August 4, 2013 by Dave Trotter
Republicans with overwhelming advantage over Democrats on every level.
Every month, or after every filing deadline, I will be looking at the candidates running for state offices, seeing who has the edge. This purely looks at both parties and see if they are living up to expectations or not. So, this is the first “Election Progress Report”.
Governor’s Race - As of right now, we have Rick Scott and Nan Rich in the running. Eventually, we are expecting Charlie Crist to enter the race. But when will that be? As of right now the Republicans have the advantage purely because of the amount of money raised. But this might tighten up as time passes. Nobody really has an advantage in this race as of right now.
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Posted on August 3, 2013 by Dave Trotter
It has been a while since I have had the Political Hurricane active. This is mostly because I have looked at the state of politics in both Florida and the United States and it has made me uninterested. But recently, I have decided to get back into writing about Florida politics.
There are two reasons why this is the case. The first, and main reason, is that I am no longer a Democrat and consider myself non-partisan. The reason that I have made this change is because the Democratic Party (not just in Florida, but in general) has moved away from the issues that I consider important. The reason why I was a Democrat was because I am very liberal on economic issues and consider economic issues vastly more important than social issues. But Democrats have completely moved away from economic issues and purely focus on social issues. Charlie Crist is a pure example. Economically, he was a right-winger that was horrible for the State of Florida. But because he is socially liberal, the Democrats have accepted him with open arms.
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Posted on July 4, 2013 by Dave Trotter
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In the early 1960s, William C. Havard and Loren P. Beth wrote a book called The Politics of Mis-Representation, which looks at politics in general in the State of Florida. This book was written before the implementation of the 1968 Constitution, but still, Havard and Beth came to one conclusion that the influence of urban areas outweighed that of the rural areas. Because of this shift, they said that the rural Pork-Chop Gang (the conservative Democrats in the Florida Legislature) would eventually lose out to the preference of urban voters. They were eventually proven correct, as candidate’s like Robert King High and Bob Graham, both from Dade County, performed strong on the statewide Democratic Primary stage. Even Reuben Askew, who performed poorly in Dade County in both the Democratic Primary and Runoff in 1970, still came from the most urban part of the Florida Panhandle at the time. Escambia County was also the second largest county in north Florida next to Duval County.
It can almost be argued that the last nominee for governor from rural Florida was Fuller Warren back in 1948, right as the large population boom to South Florida was just starting to take hold after the conclusion of World War II. All the other nominees for governor came from geographical locations where their population was substantially higher than rural counties.
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Posted on June 23, 2013 by Dave Trotter
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When looking at vote-splitting, there is a misconception that voters perform this task in order to “have a balance of power”. But there is no proof that this has even been the case. No candidate has ever run a campaign which states “vote for me because we need to vote for an equal amount of Democrats and Republicans”. Yet this misconception does exist in the United States. Still in the case of Florida (as well as most of the nation), voter preference usually occurs because of political philosophy, political party identification or candidate preference. But is Florida moving from a vote-splitting state to a straight-ticket voting state?
In 1986, Republicans captured the Governor’s Mansion with Bob Martinez defeating Steve Pajcic 54.6% to 45.4%. While Martinez did win, the Democrats swept the other constitutional offices. Ticket-splitting was still a trend in mid-term elections. For example, Santa Rosa County, which gave Martinez a 33% margin of victory, voted for all of the other Democrats for constitutional offices.
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Posted on June 19, 2013 by Dave Trotter
Yesterday, Quinnipiac University released their latest poll on Florida’s race for governor. Despite still being down to Charlie Crist, Governor Rick Scott closed the gap from 14% in the last Quinnipiac poll conducted in March to 10% in this latest poll. In addition to the closing of the poll numbers, the approval rating for Scott has jumped from being in the high-30s to 43% in this poll. In other match ups, Scott is leading former senator Nan Rich 42% to 36%, yet 84% of voters are unfamiliar with Rich. Bill Nelson also held a 10% lead over Crist, 48% to 38%. The only person of interest that wasn’t polled was Alex Sink. But in the previous March Quinnipiac poll, Alex Sink only held a 5% lead over Soctt.
So, what do these polls numbers mean?
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