Florida Democratic Party

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    October 3, 2014

    Florida Democrats Call for Rick Scott to Return Loan from Alleged Fraudster (UPDATE)

    Update: Rick Scott's campaign has announced that it will donate the full amount of Patel's contribution to charity. From the Orlando Sentinel: Rick Scott has agreed to make a charitable contribution of $2,800 to offset a campaign contribution from businessman Nik Patel, who was arrested Tuesday on ... More >>

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    August 26, 2014

    Conservative Group Sent Old Charlie Crist Robocalls to Potential Voters

    As ever, there have apparently been shenanigans leading up to today's primary voting day. A conservative group known as, well, the Conservatives allegedly sent out Charlie Crist robocalls to potential voters telling them that he's all about conservative values. Problem is, the recordings are from b ... More >>

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    August 26, 2014

    Broward Primary Election Results: Live-Blog

    Hi. Hello. How are you? It's Primary Election night, and lots and lots of races are being decided by the very little of you who actually showed up to vote. But, no worries. We got you covered on the winners as the results come in. See which judges will be cleaning up our streets. See which guy wi ... More >>

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    July 17, 2014

    Charlie Crist Names Annette Taddeo-Goldstein as Running Mate

    Back in January, Gov. Rick Scott named Miami-Dade Property Appraiser Carlos Lopez-Cantera as his lieutenant governor and eventual reelection running mate. This was seen as a good move at the time to lock down the Hispanic vote. But on Thursday, Charlie Crist has doubled, tripled, and quadrupled dow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    GOP Refusal to Expand Medicaid Costs Florida 68,000 Jobs

    We know that Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford's stubborn, hypocritical decision not to expand Medicaid in Florida (aided and abetted by Governor-for-the-Moment Rick "Robot" Scott) is costing the state $50 billion in federal aid over the next ten years -- and likely resulting in the deaths of a ... More >>

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    June 26, 2014

    Nan Rich Brings Grass-Roots Campaign for Governor to Lake Worth

    Nan Rich's relentless campaign for the Florida Democratic Party's nomination for governor touches down in welcoming territory tomorrow, the gay-friendly, multi-ethnic confines of Lake Worth, AKA "South Florida's Coolest City." See also: - Can Nan Rich Lead Democrats to Victory Over Rick Scott ? Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2014

    Medical Marijuana: Alan Clendenin, Florida Democratic Vice Chair, Breaks With Wasserman Schultz on Amendment 2

    The backlash over Debbie Wasserman Schultz's opposition to the amendment to legalize medical marijuana in Florida has trickled into Monday with the vice chairman of the Florida Democratic Party publicly separating himself from Wasserman Schultz's stance. Alan Clendenin sent out a news release procl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2014

    Former Broward State Sen. Nan Rich Opens Campaign Headquarters in Weston

    Irene Secada sat in the back of the campaign headquarters doing mental math. About 80 people were crammed and sweating inside of a Weston shopping mall suite to see Nan Rich, the 72-year-old former state senator and lifelong Democrat, open her gubernatorial campaign headquarters. Although the majori ... More >>

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    May 12, 2014

    Gov. Rick Scott Could Sign Stupid "Anti-Sharia Law" Bill Because... America

    This past legislative session was a rare productive period for your usually fractious Florida lawmakers. Not only did the state's representatives pass meaningful legislation; they somehow managed to do so without going full tilt into the Red State shenanigans that usually make Florida a punch line o ... More >>

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    April 4, 2014

    Florida Dems: GOP Failure to Expand Medicaid Equals Six Deaths a Day

    Heartened by Obamacare's hitting the 7 million enrollment mark needed to make the system work, Florida Democrats are making a renewed push for a key element of the program, Medicaid expansion. It is likely to be a major issue in the fall elections. See also: - Florida Is Becoming an Unlikely Obamac ... More >>

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    August 23, 2013

    Agenda 2014: Florida Progressives Holding "Unconference" in West Palm Beach Tomorrow

    Political progressives from all across Florida are gathering tomorrow for a day-long conference in West Palm Beach under the banner "Agenda 2014 - Policy Positions for Progress." The group will focus on issues rather than candidates, though according to the meeting's mission statement: "The confer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2013

    Democrats to Boycott Campaign Contributions from GEO Group?

    A campaign is underway to have Florida Democrats -- both the party and elected officials -- pledge to refuse campaign finance contributions from global private prison operator GEO Group, the Boca Raton-based company whose history includes a record notorious for human rights abuses. See also: - FAU ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    Rick Scott Doesn't Want Undocumented Immigrants' Kids to Have Drivers Licenses

    Sorry kids of undocumented immigraaants. You're just gonna have to hitchhike to get to class on time. Thanks to Governatron Rick Scott, who vetoed the "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" bill, which would have allowed you to have a temporary Florida driver's license. The measure would have giv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    "The Hallmark Kid" Ryan Lipner: Running for Governor, Taken Seriously

    Last week, an earnest group of political candidates and potential voters wore their backs out in uncomfortable folding chairs for a few hours at a storefront clinic of SW 22nd Street. The event was the South Florida Democrats' monthly debate. A moderator asked each of the four panelists questions. O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2012

    Broward County Didn't Do Enough to Help Voters Cast Ballots Early

    The refrain at the Broward County Supervisors of Elections goes something like this: We told voters everything they needed to know. It's not our fault the lines were so long. We've been preaching absentee ballots for months. People knew everything they needed to. Believe us: They did. We did absolut ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2012

    Absentee Voting Extended in Palm Beach

    In the least shocking news ever, turns out voting in Florida has been a goddamn mess. Rick Scott refused to extend early voting, people had to wait in line for up to 9 hours, Florida Democrats sued the state to extend early voting, polls opened Sunday, then closed again, chaos has ensued, and now Do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2012

    Allen West Accuses Florida Democrats of "Nefarious Actions"

    Commie Hunter, master conspiracy theorist, and Romance novelist Allen West went on Fox & Friends this morning and accused the Florida Democrats of "nefarious actions" when it comes to all this "asking for an extra day to vote in early voting" fiasco. "[I] think you're starting to see some nefa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    Rick Scott Denies Request to Extend Early Voting by One Day

    During the 2008 elections, early voting lines went long. So then-Gov. Charlie Christ extended early voting, allowing more people the chance to vote. That was pretty much when the Republicans started to hate him because a lot of them blamed Obama winning Florida on that move. Because everyone being a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    Frederica Wilson Had Worst Attendance Out of Florida's Congressional Delegation

    ​No member of Florida's congressional delegation missed more votes this year than South Florida Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson.In fact, South Florida Democrats -- excluding Rep. Alcee Hastings -- had some of the worst attendance records in the state, as Wilson, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    Disappointment: The Rick Scott Story

    ​Gov. Rick Scott's reaction on Wednesday to a former staffer for Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll being charged with illegally recording a conversation: "It is a disappointment." (He said that twice.)His reaction to the part of that audio recording in which Carroll's chief of staff said the governor isn' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    Florida Democratic Party's New Fundraising Technique: Identifying the "Rickpublicans"

    ​Forget Kevin Bacon, the Florida Democratic Party is playing the "Six Degrees of Rick Scott."How do you play? Well, apparently by launching a website identifying the state's "Rickpublicans."Sure enough, hometown favorite Rep. Allen West landed a Bacon Rick number of one, with a direct connection t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Democratic National Committee: Florida Would Lose 473,000 Jobs Under Tea Party Economics

    ​In advance of tonight's GOP presidential debate, the Democratic National Committee has released a report claiming that 9.5 million American jobs would be lost if a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution were implemented by next year -- including the loss of 473,000 jobs in Florida.The reas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2011

    Rick Scott Taking Suggestions for Jobs to Do; We Opine

    ​Gov. Rick Scott's office announced yesterday that he's ripping off former Gov. and Sen. Bob Graham's idea of working with Florida's commoners in their workplace.In what Scott is calling "Let's Get to Work" days, he started his first job today at a doughnut joint in Tampa, selling rings of fried d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Democrats Call on Allen West Censure and Apology, Neither of Which Are Likely

    ​Patrick Murphy, the Democrat who wants to take over Rep. Allen West's seat in 2012, says West's attack on Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz shows he's "incapable of controlling himself," and says he should face a censure.Florida Democratic Party Chairman Rod Smith today demanded an apology from West, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    Where Was Rick Scott This Weekend? Possibly Trysting With the Koch Brothers

    Have you seen this man?​Eric Jotkoff, the Florida Democratic Party Communications Director, has a question: Where was Gov. Rick Scott this weekend?"Anyone else concerned that Rick Scott left the state during hurricane season during wildfire emergency and not tell anyone?" Jotkoff posted on T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2011

    Should Florida GOP Return Donations?

    Stephen Prosper JusticeHarry Sargeant III​Yesterday, The Washington Post revealed that Delray Beach billionaire and oilman Harry Sargeant III may have bilked to the US government -- and, by extension, the US taxpayer -- to the tune of $200 million, while supplying jet fuel to American troops in we ... More >>

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    March 18, 2011

    Did a Florida Oil Man Bilk You?

    ​All of us belt-tightening, recession-hardened Americans love "fiscal responsibility" and "free markets." A politician merely says the words "free markets" or "fiscal responsibility" in a sufficiently grim tone and we go wild, like little Asian girls getting their first glimpse of a 22-year-old Pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    Sheriff Al Bans Tats and Gold Teeth

    Dallas Morning News No more of this kind of thing.​New Florida Democratic Chairman Rod Smith wants to hear from people about what needs to be done to improve the party. "We need your help," Smith wrote on the party's website. "Please let us know your thoughts and ... More >>

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    December 14, 2010

    Ritter and Klenet Kept Eating Out After Campaign Was Over

    Okay, so you're tired of hearing about the Stacy Ritter and Russ Klenet campaign fund, but I just can't quit it yet. Revelations keep coming to the surface. We already have the extravagant dinners, the family phone bills, the dinner in Manchester VT, the bedsheets and pillows from Target, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    State Finds Apparently Bogus Ritter Campaign Donations

    ​When disposing of all the campaign cash she and her husband didn't spend on dinners, family phone bills, and other luxuries, Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter decided to do the Florida Democratic Party a favor: As seen above, she contributed $5,000 to party coffers. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    Head of Florida Dems Thanks Supporters for "Brighter Future"?

    Where were the Dems while this guy won?​Yes, a wave of anti-Obama, pro-Tea Party sentiment swept the country Tuesday. But even considering the national trend, Florida Dems took a beating that can't simply be blamed on the miserable economy or a knee-jerk desire for change.Going into Election Day, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    One Blog, One Vote

    I'll be writing more about the infamous crusher handshake later, but a few people have asked me who I'm voting for (or would vote for if in a certain district). I got it a lot in the primary too. So I thought I'd go ahead and spit it out. Don't call these endorsements. I wo ... More >>

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    September 22, 2010

    Allen West's Tough Campaign Talk Makes It Hard to Claim Victimhood

    FlickrDid a Democratic blunder put Allen West at the mercy of identity thieves?​A Florida Democratic Party hit mailer about Allen West's personal financial history failed to redact the congressional candidate's Social Security number. If it really is an "oversight," as the Democrats are claiming, ... More >>

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    August 13, 2010

    Allen West Offers Glimpse of His Netflix Queue

    Allen West definitely approves this message.​Congressional candidate Allen West has entered the home stretch of his campaign against incumbent Democrat Ron Klein, but it appears he's still finding time to unwind with the occasional Netflix DVD. Based on the speech he gave this week at the ope ... More >>

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    June 28, 2010

    Florida Democrats Want Apology From Allen West for Taking Money From Texas Congressman Who Apologized for Apologizing to BP

    Flickr: tdmyersSay Sorry! (Or you lose.)​It's like a circular firing squad, but with apologies. Let's break this down in chronological order.1. During a congressional hearing, Texas Rep. Joe Barton apologized to BP executives for what he said was a "shakedown" by the Obama administration to force ... More >>

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    June 22, 2010

    Do Florida Democrats Have Nefarious Plans to Win Elections by Running Phony Tea Party Candidates?

    Flickr: pereiravilleTea party activists line up outside an town hall in Orlando to jeer Alan Grayson.​It sounds like the sort of diabolically genius plot that usually comes from Republicans, but there's reason to wonder whether Florida Democrats have conspired to put tea party candidates on ballo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    Poll Confirms the Obvious: Kendrick Meek's Campaign a Disaster for Florida Democrats

    Flickr:​There's nothing particularly dynamic about the U.S. Senate campaign being run by Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene -- except when you compare it to the one by Miami Congressman Kendrick Meek. Greene doesn't really have a message, unless you count his constant bellyaching abo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2010

    Allen West Stokes the Hate in Jupiter

    A video being circulated by the Florida Democrats, apparently from a speech that Congressional candidate Allen West gave last night to supporters in Jupiter. Making a congressman -- West's opponent Ron Klein -- "scared to come out of his house"? OK, so West hasn't explicitly asked his supporters to ... More >>

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    March 23, 2010

    Attorney Teams Up With Banker to Tell Teachers How to Teach

    Photo:flsenate.govJeff Atwater, education visionary​John Thrasher and Jeff Atwater worked as an attorney and a banker, respectively, before they became state senators and declared themselves experts on how to educate your Florida child. You see, it's quite simple: Good teachers inspire students wh ... More >>

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    December 29, 2009

    Morning Juice: Rothstein Links Threatening Sink Campaign; McCollum the Anti-Crist?

    ​Let's skim through the headlines for this Tuesday morning in Broward and Palm Beach:Shortly after Scott Rothstein's law firm made a $200,000 donation to the Florida Democratic Party, gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink's chief of staff helped the firm to be placed it in consideration for lucrative ... More >>

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    August 28, 2009

    Shameless: Crist Taps LeMieux for Senate

    It seemed too nakedly cynical to be possible -- and yet it just happened. Pass the smelling salts.We warned Charlie Crist this could be his Harriet Miers moment. He didn't listen -- to us or to the people in his campaign who must have had the same anxieties. If Crist gets just half the public backla ... More >>

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    April 20, 2009

    High Voter Turnout a Crisis That Calls for Quick Republican Action

    The media klieg lights are always on, but they dim just a tad around the close of the business day Friday. Everybody's off to happy hour, or making the week's last commute home. Media consumers take a break to spend time with friends and family, and it may be late in the weekend before they bother t ... More >>

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    March 27, 2009

    Gov's Race Preview? Sink Hits McCollum

    With Charlie Crist looking more and more like the 2010 Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, there's been an uptick in intensity between the pair who might be the finalists in a race to replace him.The Florida Democrats think they've gotten some traction by tweaking Republicans for waste. Some of thei ... More >>

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    February 19, 2009

    A Bad Time to Be a Butler

    Photo: MaskworldDemocrats desperate to put some dents in Gov. Charlie Crist's high approval ratings are chastising him for keeping a butler and a personal chef on the state payroll at a time when cops and teachers are being laid off. In a statement released today, Florida Democratic Party Chair Kare ... More >>

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    December 22, 2008

    Ain't Nothing Happy About these Holidays for Rep. Franklin Sands

    The Weston Democrat and minority leader of the Florida House has had a hellish holiday season. A week ago, Sands opened Monday's edition of the Palm Beach Post to a story about how he allegedly used Democrats' willingness to give to the Florida Democratic Party as a basis for deciding who deserved a ... More >>

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    October 23, 2008
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    October 23, 2008

    Privacy Schmivacy

    Tell the world how you vote!

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    October 16, 2008

    Broward County Absentee Ballots Carry Party Affiliation

    Critics fear labeling on return envelopes could lead to ballots getting intentionally lost

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    October 2, 2006

    Hallelujah and Praise E & P

    After reading the Miami Herald, Sun-Sentinel, and Palm Beach Post bend over backward not to credit New Times for breaking the 2003 Mark Foley story that led to an infamous press conference and, shortly thereafter, the now-disgraced (and now-former) congressman's dropping out of a U.S. Senate race. ... More >>

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    July 10, 2003

    Relax -- We've Got Ideas

    The Graham campaign tries to show its mettle in Hollywood -- Grahamlessly

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