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Should the Orange County Tax Collector be an elected position, or eliminated?

President_Woodrow_WilsonEffectiveness and efficiency.

These are the cornerstones of public administration. When Woodrow Wilson wrote his ground-breaking article “The Study of Administration” in the Political Science Quarterly in June of 1887, he spoke of how public administration should be more efficient, much like business. Included in his article is what has become known as Wilson’s “administration dichotomy”, where the future president advocates that public administration and politics should run separately. While politics does play a role in shaping policy, the administration of that policy should happen in a non-political manner

A few decades later, Leonard White added that effectiveness should also be included into the mix. While overall efficiency was nice, what was the point if it was not effective. White, and those who follow him, would start using methodological concepts to determine the best route for public administration.

But one point that most classic writers of public administration agree on is that politics and administration should not mix. But, of course, that is the case in Orange County. For decades, political parties have been pouring money into Orange County’s constitutional offices. While these offices should only be deemed as administrative services, politics plays a role, which can lead to cronyism and corruption.

In more recent publications regarding public administration, the debate as to whether to hand off administrative services to private companies has been hot. Heating up around the 1990s with the Bill Clinton Administration and the concept of “reinventing government”, privatization has been highly criticized because those who have a close working relationship with public managers are usually favored when it comes to contract bids, and anything else that would require privatization. The same concept holds true with partisan elected positions which are only administrative in nature. Those who are loyal to either a political party or person holding high positions within the elected administration are usually the ones who get the jobs. In many cases, these people do not have the experience for the position that they now hold. In a nutshell, bringing in political cronies makes the system less efficient, breaking Wilson’s philosophy regarding administration.
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Is odd Tweet by FDP trying to justify Allison Tant?

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:

BREvyhFCEAAZfRZIn 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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Does Alan Grayson’s “insult problem” show a bigger problem for Democrats?

1375291654302Well, 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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July Election Progress Report: Florida Democrats still lacking in candidate recruitment.

Republicans with overwhelming advantage over Democrats on every level.

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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Changing of The Political Hurricane.

Greetings everyone.

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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Is South Florida losing electoral clout in mid-term elections?

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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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Have Floridians become “straight-ticket voters”?

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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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