Dan Gelber

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    November 4, 2014

    Florida Election Results Live Blog

    Okay. This is it. The polls have closed and it's time to tally up them votes. After all the hand-shakes, and ads, and campaigning, and spending of millions upon millions of dollars, the time has finally come to announce who the winners are in Florida's midterm election. We could be in for a long n ... More >>

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    June 13, 2014

    Charlie Crist at Prayer in Temple, Wows Dems at Boynton Beach Rally

    How grand was Charlie Crist's arrival at yesterday's Democratic Party rally in Boynton Beach? See also: - Is Charlie Crist Florida's Next Governor? The silver-haired politico entered handshaking, working his way through the crowd as it rose to its feet; then he spotted, across the hall, the Rev. ... More >>

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    December 6, 2012
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    December 3, 2012

    Why Jack Seiler Should Pretty Pretty Please Not Run For Governor

    Over the last few weeks, as the political yammering mercifully subsided and we sank into the off-season of national intrigue and drama, out of the quiet rose the name Jack Seiler. That's because Fort Lauderdale's mayor is mulling a run at governor. And though that 2014 election may seem as distant a ... More >>

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    January 11, 2011

    Dave Aronberg, Pam Bondi's New Pick to Fight Pill Mills, Has His Work Cut Out for Him

    Disarming pain clinics with a single smile.​Now that Rick Scott has nixed the state Office of Drug Control, which was instrumental in getting anti-pill-mill legislation passed, the duty to try to curb the illegal pill-mill industry falls on whoever will take it.Enter Pam Bondi, your new Republican ... More >>

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    December 16, 2010

    Worst Campaign Ads of 2010

    It's an election season most of us would rather forget. But in the spirit of holiday cheer, here's a quick trip down memory lane. The worst (or best?) political ads of 2010:5. Lizbeth Benacquisto's rape ad. The Republican state Senate candidate used the ad to address her position on abortion. Not to ... More >>

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    November 3, 2010

    Concede? Hell No. Secede!

    ​It just happened. Florida has officially elected the man who oversaw the greatest Medicare fraud in U.S. history as its governor. You might think I would welcome this sort of thing. I remember when I covered the 2000 recount thinking at the end of it, after the U.S. Supreme Court gave t ... More >>

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    November 2, 2010

    Election Day Notes

    Let's start this thing off with a couple of blog votes. On Amendments 5 and 6, it's pretty easy: If you like gerrymandering, vote against them. As for me, it's a yes vote on these two. On the judicial race between John Fry and John Howes for County Court Judge in District 1, I've made a decision. T ... More >>

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    October 29, 2010

    Friday Morning Hits

    -- Remember those shady attack ads aimed at Florida Attorney General candidate Dan Gelber accusing him of being "toxic to Jewish education"? Pam Bondi Campaign Gelber and Bondi at last night's Univision debate.​Initially, it didn't appear that Gelber's opponent, Pam Bondi, ... More >>

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    October 25, 2010

    Anatomy of the Gelber Attack: From Amway To Huizenga

    Sometimes  negative campaigning lives up to its bad name. The weekend attack on Florida Attorney General candidate Dan Gelber is a perfect example of the kind of sleazy negative campaigning that should make your skin crawl. In the ads sent out this week ... More >>

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    October 19, 2010

    Photo Fun

    This photo of Gov. Charlie Crist and Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter could be a classic someday​. They look so darned happy. Inside see more. 

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    July 22, 2010
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    July 15, 2010

    Sen. Dan Gelber Dogged by Connection to BP

    Photo by the Coast Guard​These days, politicians are probably better off in a sex scandal than tied to BP. That's why state Sen. Dan Gelber, who's running for attorney general, just can't seem to shake his connection to the company responsible for wrecking the Gulf.Gelber, a Democrat from Miami Be ... More >>

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    May 4, 2010

    Sen. Mike Bennett's Porntastic Day in State Senate Chamber

    Apparently, Sen. Mike Bennett's friends send him nudie pictures, which are to be opened only on the floor of the Florida Senate, while Dan Gelber is talking about an abortion bill. Bennett, a Republican from Bradenton, clicked off the image immediately.Then he turned on some dog porn, it appears. Or ... More >>

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    February 16, 2010

    Legislators Hope To Take On Pill Mills​We'd like to think of it as some sort of response to our extensive expose of South Florida Vice, though maybe that's presumptuous. Either way, the "pain clinic" problem is simply too big for anyone with a conscience to ignore. A Florida Medical Examiners Commission report estimated that ... More >>

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    December 16, 2009

    Dan Gelber on Ethics Reform: Sign Me Up

    Flickr: UN1SONGelber​Not all Florida politicians are gun-shy about ethics reform. Yesterday, after failing to get commitments from three high-profile Republicans, I asked attorney general candidate Dan Gelber whether he would support a bid by the Florida Commission on Ethics to give it more power ... More >>

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    November 6, 2009

    Reactionary Politics You Can Love

    Flickr: UN1SONGelber​Usually, we're skeptical when a campaigning politician cites a breaking news story as a basis for new legislation, but we'll suspend that cynicism for the moment. State Sen. Dan Gelber, Democratic candidate for Florida attorney general, has seized on the recent corruption case ... More >>

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    October 12, 2009

    Kendrick Meek Campaign Suddenly Saddled With Electability Questions

    Meek​The St. Petersburg Times and Miami Herald teamed up for an article in yesterday's editions that voiced concerns among Democrats that their leading senatorial candidate, Congressman Kendrick Meek, isn't "high-profile" enough to beat Charlie Crist. It's a strange moment to raise that question - ... More >>

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    August 13, 2009

    Gelber Unloads on Bushies Who Politicized Federal Proscutors' Offices

    The Democrats' side of the Florida Attorney General race, between Sens. Dave Aronberg and Dan Gelber can feel like a meeting of the Mutual Admiration Society. But it's just not healthy to be always so measured and tactful, which is why it must have felt good for Gelber to wind up and then tee off on ... More >>

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    July 30, 2009

    Aronberg Derails Gravy Train for State Contractors

    Flickr user: UN1SONAronberg (pictured) may have found a pinata for his AG's campaign​Sen. Dave Aronberg from Greenacres has convinced the Florida Department of Transportation to abandon its practice of awarding automatic annual raises to private contractors, and now the Florida Attorney General ca ... More >>

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    June 9, 2009

    Florida AG's Race: Hot 'Nuff for Ya?

    Flickr User: banzainetsurfer"Self-immolation" may not be quite the right metaphor for the Dems' chances in the AG's race.You'll have to pardon Florida's Democratic voters if they're not as eager about the attorney general's race as Dan Gelber is. The state senator from Miami Beach announced his cand ... More >>

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    June 1, 2009

    Gelber "Steps Back" From Senate Race

    That's video from Saturday's Netroots Coalition meeting in Miami Beach, where State Sen. Dan Gelber acknowledged his intention to leave the U.S. Senate race. Miami-Dade Democratic activist Larry Thorson posted it last night on the Daily Kos, along with his congratulations for the Democrats avoiding ... More >>

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    May 20, 2009

    Finally, a State Poll That's Relevant

    Flickr User: drewanteyeTill recently, every poll for the 2010 Florida election was filled with "ifs." If Crist runs for Senate will you vote for him? If Alex Sink runs for governor, will you vote for her? With the flurry of campaign announcements the last few weeks, the new poll from Mason-Dixon is ... More >>

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    April 22, 2009

    In 18 Months, Florida Voters To Stop Music; Pols to Look Feverishly for Seats

    This blog has neglected the 2010 mid-term elections that are only 18 (eighteen!!) months away. It is the longest game of musical chairs. Ever.In the race for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, Kendrick Meek has surged to frontrunner status, raising $1.8 million in the first quarter -- roughl ... More >>

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    April 3, 2009

    Florida's 2010 Races Taking Shape; Meek Looking Strong

    Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Kendrick Meek, of Miami,continues to tear up the fund-raising circuit -- an article in today's Roll Call says Meek will report $1.5 million in campaign dollars in the year's first quarter, which ended March 31. His primary competition for that nomination, Florida ... More >>

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    April 3, 2009

    An Idea for the Democrats in the Senate Race: One-on-One Hoops, for All the Marbles

    Seriously, wouldn't that be fun? Kendrick Meek versus Dan Gelber. Both were college athletes in another sport: Meek played linebacker at Florida A&M, while Gelber rowed for the crew team at Tufts University. And yes, I know that linebacker translates better to basketball and that at age 42 Meek ... More >>

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    March 13, 2009

    Kendrick Meek Coming to Broward Tomorrow to Collect a New Endorsement

    U.S. Senate candidate Congressman Kendrick Meek of Miami will be coming to Pompano Beach tomorrow morning to snag another labor endorsement.The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, AFL-CIO, with offices on South Andrews Boulevard, will officially back Meek's bid for the Democratic nomi ... More >>

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    March 9, 2009

    Meek Inching Closer to Frontrunner Status

    It would be one thing if a South Florida paper was heralding U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek as the frontrunner in the U.S. Senate's Democratic primary for 2010. It's a far more auspicious thing that a Tampa Bay paper is making that claim, albeit with some hesitation. Along with Orlando, Jacksonville and th ... More >>

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    February 24, 2009

    Gelber Will Totally Tweet the Legislative Session

    Photo by Tracy RussoGelber will be your Twitter friend.Oh, it is a great day to be a Florida wonk! State Sen. Dan Gelber, vying to become U.S. Sen. Dan Gelber in 2010, has announced via blog that he'll be giving updates on the coming legislative session via Twitter, right here.Most of you know that ... More >>

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    February 13, 2009

    New Poll: Crist in Pole Position

    A "double" what? Sorry, I don't speak French. Just check out the Strategic Vision poll released yesterday on Florida's 2010 U.S. Senate race. It attaches numbers to some obvious truths, such as Gov. Charlie Crist getting 54 percent of the votes against other prospective candidates in a Republican pr ... More >>

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    February 11, 2009

    Will Netroots Rally for Dan Gelber?

    Howard Dean was the first darling of the "netroots" -- the progressive and liberal blogs which were a wailing wall and fundraising catalyst during the Bush years. Then Dean folded. Barack Obama was their next crush, and that turned out pretty well.Will the netroots have as much power as they did in ... More >>

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    January 30, 2009

    Down Goes Sansom

    House Speaker Ray Sansom stepped down today. He's the one who lobbied to win state funds for a college, which then gave him a $110,000 job -- a chain of events that Sansom would have us believe were unrelated. Sansom has said he "welcomed" an investigation, which is good, because he got one -- actua ... More >>

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    January 29, 2009

    The Stage Is Set: Katherine Harris, Will You Please Run for U.S. Senate?

    Man, I turn my head for one day (to work on some print edition goodies) and all hell breaks loose in that 2010 Senate race. Democratic Rep. Allen Boyd is out. Democratic State Sen. Dan Gelber is in. Attorney General Bill McCollum is out. It's such a free-for-all that even Tampa's Democratic mayor is ... More >>

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    January 23, 2009

    State Republican Does Not Want A Billion Dollars

    Rep. Anitere Flores should be grateful that only dorks like me watch Issues, the Sunday political program on our local public television station WPBT. I can't imagine she'd have wanted her constituents in Kendall / University Park / Westwood Lakes to watch her appearance this past Sunday.Here's a li ... More >>

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    January 21, 2009

    Quinniapac Picks the Next U.S. Senator, Governor for Florida

    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 >>

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    December 5, 2008

    Dark Horse Dem Emerges in Race for Martinez Seat

    On the Democrat side of the Florida's 2010 U.S. Senate race, the field keeps getting larger, with Congressman Allen Boyd, of Monticello, looking like a contender. Boyd (right) runs with the congressional Blue Dogs -- socially conservative Democrats who walk and talk so much like Republicans, it can ... More >>

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    November 17, 2008

    Note To Obama: Ritter Is All Yours

    There's a lot of talk about Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter going to work in Washington for the Barack Obama administration. I know this is simple politics, a payback, and I have a plea for the president-elect: Take her. Please. Let's face it, Ritter can't do nearly as much damage in Wa ... More >>

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    January 31, 2008
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    October 16, 2007
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    November 17, 2005

    One Way to Skin the FCAT

    More Than Wasted Time

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    September 15, 2005

    The Agony of DeFede

    Unions glom onto the Herald columnist's legacy

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    June 3, 2004

    The Great Slurp

    Gov. Bush's Scripps gamble is sucking up state funds -- and the Everglades with it

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    December 28, 2000

    Minority Madness

    Wisecracking Democrats in Tallahassee were steamrollered during the presidential contest. But they didn't take it lying down.