On the first ay of the brand new year, the House voted 257-167 to approve the Senate bill that would avoid major tax hikes and spending cuts and keep us all from falling over the so-called "fiscal cliff," which would've been a terrible way to start 2013. The GOPers wanted to amend the Senate's bill ... More >>
Well. It's here. The 2012 Election is finally, coming to a slow and merciful end. Time to close the polls, tally the votes, and hope that Florida didn't screw things up too badly. Keep it here as we update the winners, and losers, and tell you who's President, who won the Senate race, who won wha ... More >>
On Wednesday, Democratic Florida Sen. Bill Nelson released an ad: He hates oil spills, it said. He likes education and his wife. It made no mention of his Republican opponent, which, if polling is to be believed, will be Rep. Connie Mack.Then, late Thursday, another ad. This one? Not as nice."Connie ... More >>
Former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist is backing Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson in the race for the Florida Senate in yet another instance of Crist's batting for the other team.Crist said yesterday, per the Tampa Bay Times, that he will be attending a fundraiser for Nelson at the home of promi ... More >>
Another chapter has been written in Rep. Connie Mack's devolution from a lackluster congressman into a sneering, whining toadstool of a Senate candidate, and it's a stupid one. It started, more or less, back in April, when Mack's father, former Sen. Connie Mack III, wrote a letter to the Tampa Bay T ... More >>
How mad is Rep. Connie Mack at Barack Obama? So mad. And Big Socialist Barry is going to be on a tour of Florida in the next few days, so it looks like Mack decided to get all hopped up on scotch and 5-Hour Energy drinks and write a really mean letter to him in the newspaper.Can't confirm the scotch ... More >>
On Sunday, the Tampa Bay Times editorial board members explained to readers why they thought Republican Dave Weldon was a better choice than Rep. Connie Mack to face Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in the fall. They were not kind:Rep. Connie Mack IV of Fort Myers has the famous name, the endorsements, t ... More >>
It's an election year, and something good happened to the incumbent president. You know what that means: The opposition party is about to do a lot of yelling.We're dealing, of course, with the U.S. Supreme Court's refusal to knock down Obamacare's individual mandate -- you know, the one that we're a ... More >>
Remember 2010, when the Medicare scooter-riding lunatic fringe of the Republican Party swept to power? Two years later, the people who gave you Allen West and Michele Bachman have stopped making daily headlines, but their influence is still strong.Billionaire oil barons Charles and David Koch, the s ... More >>
Last month, MAOS blogger (and new Sunshine Brigade member) Chaz Stevens submitted a complaint to the Federal Election Commission after we questioned whether Rep. Connie Mack's $18,000 postcard "mistake" actually constituted an illegal campaign contribution.Mack, who today announced an endorseme ... More >>
There has been a lot of blogspace spent on the Sunlight Foundation's latest study, which found that the speech patterns of members of Congress have gotten markedly simpler over the past 15 years or so."Is Congress getting dumber, or just more plainspoken?" its headline asks, and the whole country at ... More >>
All across Florida... people are running. For Senate.The latest entry into the hunt for Sen. Bill Nelson's seat is former Florida Rep. Dave Weldon, who served seven terms in the House before retiring in 2008 to spend more time with his family. Apparently he got tired of them.
While it's not clear if a Republican can beat Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in November, the fight for the Republican nomination has no shortage of interesting rhetorical maneuverings.The most recent spat between George LeMieux and Rep. Connie Mack started over a web ad the LeMieux campaign released t ... More >>
MAOS blogger and professional filer-of-complaints Chaz Stevens says he submitted a formal complaint to the Federal Elections Commission yesterday in connection with our coverage of Congressman Connie Mack's illegal campaign mailer incident.
Birthday wishes are in order! Best start baking the cakes now -- it's cool, you can just get the money out of the federal treasury.Last week, we wrote about Rep. Connie Mack's illegal mailers that he sent to 90,000 Floridians. The postcards said they were a "legislative update" to the "Mack Penny Pl ... More >>
There isn't any evidence to prove that Rep. Connie Mack intentionally used $18,000 in taxpayer money to send political postcards all over the state, but there isn't anything about the situation that makes Mack look good.If you haven't heard about it already, all the recent hullabaloo is ov ... More >>
Republican Rep. Connie Mack IV's Senate campaign has hit a bump in the road -- a bump shaped like an electorate that doesn't want to vote for him. He's come up short in poll after poll, and papers in Florida and elsewhere have pointed it out. Well, one person is not having it -- Mack's dad.Former Fl ... More >>
Herman Cain is trying to work his magic again, this time by being featured in the new advertisement for U.S. Senate Republican hopeful and former Ruth's Chris steak house CEO Craig Miller.
Former House Speaker Newton Leroy "Newt" Gingrich is apparently a thing in the GOP presidential race now, with the most recent poll released this afternoon showing nearly half of Florida Republicans opting for him to be the party's nominee.Gingrich somehow managed to raise his poll numbers with a ... More >>
FlickrConnie MackWhereas "someone else/not sure" was the overwhelming leader in previous polls for the Republican nomination in next year's U.S. Senate race, Rep. Connie Mack's entrance into the race changes things a bit.Mack enters with the support of 32 percent of Republican voters, according t ... More >>
Thursday, Allen West appeared on Glenn Beck for a chat with Judge Andrew Napolitano -- a true libertarian and genuinely good guy, who nowadays earns his keep as Fox's answer to Harvey Fierstein and/or Bee Arthur. The subject under discussion? The government shutdown which may occur should Congress b ... More >>
The St. Pete Times political blog, The Buzz, just posted this interview with Florida Democratic Party Chair Karen Thurman: At about the 90-second mark, Thurman responds to criticism that the party lacks a "bench" by touting Jack Seiler's victory in the Fort Lauderdale mayoral race. If a Democrat win ... More >>
McCollum (left) and Crist are the frontrunners.The Quinniapac University Bobcats cannot wait for us Floridians to pick our own U.S. Senator in 2010. Besides, Florida will probably have its votes stripped by Howard Dean again, anyway. So Quinniapac staged the election for us and... hello, U.S. Senato ... More >>