U.S. Democratic Party Politics

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    November 7, 2014

    Democratic State House Leader Mark Pafford Sizes Up the Election

    Election Day's coast-to-coast drubbing of Democratic candidates may have party leaders reeling elsewhere, but Florida's blue brigade is at home with adversity, having endured minority status in the state Legislature for almost two decades. See also: - Rick Scott Is Governor Again Because Broward Di ... More >>

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    September 23, 2014

    Why Democrats Are Reportedly Turning Their Backs on Debbie Wasserman Schultz

    Florida's own Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who has been the chair of the Democratic National Committee since 2011, has been a rising star in Washington. She had high ambitions and was a trusted mouthpiece by the Obama administration. But lately, Wasserman Schultz has been making headlines for the wron ... 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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    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 >>

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    June 6, 2014

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz Calls Medical Marijuana Initiative "Too Broad" (UPDATE)

    Update: National Press Secretary for the Democratic Party Mike Czin has released a statement concerning Wasserman Schultz's comments. "She was speaking as a mom and a member of congress on her personal concerns on a local issue," Czin says. "The Democratic National Committee has not taken an offici ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2014

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz to Follow Chris Christie Around Florida this Weekend

    New Jersey Governor Chris A Bridge Too Far Christie is hitting up Florida this weekend on a Rick Scott fundraising tour, and Democratic National Committee chief Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz will pretty much be following him around with her own press conferences. Wasserman Schultz plans to attack S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2013

    Rick Scott to Broward Voters: I Want to Buy Your Vote

    Gov. Rick Scott swung through Fort Lauderdale yesterday as part of a campaign-style "tax cut tour" to galvanize support for a quixotic $500 million tax cut he wants to jam through the state Legislature this coming term. Calling it his "primary goal" for next year, Scott again reiterated the appare ... 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 3, 2013

    Can Nan Rich Lead Democrats to Victory Over Rick Scott?

    Nan Rich's long shot campaign for governor keeps piling up points by the abuse it suffers. First the state GOP decides to take shots at her for her history as a defender of women's reproductive rights. Now she makes headlines when her own party denies her the right to speak at its Jefferson-Jackson ... 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

    October 22, 2012

    Man Arrested for Throwing a Penny at Democratic Party Office

    Gary Root, a 71-year-old registered Republican from Naples, was arrested on a misdemeanor charge after he protested Obama in the most sarcastic way ever. Root was apparently unhappy with being taxed, so he went over to his local Democratic Party headquarters and threw a penny at the workers inside ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    Charlie Crist Will Switch to Democrat, According To Rumors

    See also: Dear Dems, Please Do Not Run Charlie Crist for GovernorIn probably what is the least-shocking news ever, former Governor Charlie Crist might be switching over to Democrat this week. Saint Petersblog's Peter Schorsch tweeted out that a rumor is going around the Republican National ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz Donates to Allen West Opponent Patrick Murphy (UPDATED)

    Update, 4/19: Got comment from Wasserman Schultz's camp. Added to the story.Original post, 4/17:Between January and the end of March, South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz donated $73,000 to Democratic campaigns across the country. It's not surprising -- she's chair of the Democratic ... More >>

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    January 23, 2012

    Lois Frankel Endorsed by Democratic Legislators Ahead of Possible Primary

    ​Democrats Lois Frankel and Patrick Murphy have maintained that they're both hell-bent on defeating Republican Rep. Allen West in this year's election.On the other hand, it's not 100 percent that they'll both want to run against West considering the redistricting process, so both Democrats have be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz Accused of Blaming Tucson Shooting on Tea Party (She Didn't)

    Fox "News"​If Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said something profoundly stupid, we'd be all over it.Unfortunately, this is a case of a Fox News writer saying something profoundly stupid.When the headline "DNC Chair Blames Tea Party for Tucson Shooting" comes with a chopped-up video clip and an ellip ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2011

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz Quote a Finalist for PolitiFact's "Lie of the Year"

    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz​Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is a finalist for PolitiFact's 2011 "Lie of the Year" award(?), thanks to her accusation that Republicans want "Jim Crow laws."Wasserman Schultz joins President Obama -- who was nominated twice ... 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

    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

    April 23, 2011

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz Fires Away In Support Of Gun Control

    via Sun SentinelDebbie Wasserman Schultz and Gabriel Giffords, who was shot in the head earlier this year.​The Florida House's self-defeating restoration of plans for a prescription drug database to help fight our state's lethal abuse epidemic caught quite a buzz last week. But Congresswoman Debbi ... More >>

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    April 18, 2011

    Democrats Honor Criminally Charged Politico With "Emeritus" Position

    The Kings Point Condos have long been a tumor on Broward County's body politic. The Democratic-voter-packed condo complex for the elderly is in the heart of Tamarac -- and Tamarac, of course, is a nest of bribe takers that has recently become the corruption capital of not only Broward but also ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Obama Keeps Slight Edge in Florida

    via Fort Report​Despite resistance to federal health care reform and the governor's refusal of a federally funded high-speed rail project, President Barack Obama maintains slightly favorable approval ratings among Floridian voters. And the most formidable of his potential Republican opponents is a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    Democratic Party Operative Says He Sees the Light

    By day, Ron Mills is a Democratic area leader and president of the Dolphins Democrats, an influential and active gay political club. Miami Herald Mills, left, with another Republican, Sheriff Al Lamberti, and fellow Democrat Michael Albetta, right.​By night, he quietly worke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2009

    Wasserman Schultz Beats Breast Cancer

    Around this time one year ago, I was researching an in-depth article on Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the fast-rising Democratic congresswoman who represents the West Broward suburbs and still manages to be a minivan-driving soccer mom for her Weston family. I had no idea until this weekend that at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2009

    Karen Thurman Talks About Gubernatorial Race

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2009

    Senate Dem From Weston Lands Gig for 2010

    There has never been a female leader of the Florida Senate's Democratic Caucus -- and there won't be till 2010, when Sen. Nan Rich, the Weston Democrat, assumes the role. She will get the formal designation at a press conference in Tallahassee at 10:30 this morning."It's long overdue," said Rich of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 7, 2008
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    May 29, 2008

    Lady of the House

    She's got three kids, 650,000 constituents, and millions of watching eyes. Debbie Wasserman Schultz can't keep them all happy.

  • News

    May 15, 2008

    Show Us Some Green

    America's most colorful third party could use some attention — and some cash.

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    August 21, 2007
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    June 21, 2007
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    May 15, 2007
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    October 4, 2006

    As Suspected ...

    ABC News' Brian Ross, who broke the Foley story, tells the Wall Street Journal that his tipster was a "Capitol Hill source." I'm telling you, these e-mails were being passed around like cupcakes and bribes in D.C. It seems more and more apparent, however, that the source didn't trust the Palm Beach ... More >>

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    August 25, 2006

    Gangs and Politics

    Gotta check out this story in the Palm Beach Post by Stephanie Slater and Dianna Smith about a deadly war going on between two Haitian gangs. It all stems, apparently, from a small-time music label called Top 6 Records. The B-Town Boys, one of the groups involved in Top 6, are breaking out -- and th ... More >>

  • News

    May 18, 2006

    Nail Ceasar!

    Does the local Democratic Party really need a dictator for life?

  • News

    October 28, 2004

    Be Very Afraid

    Broward's elections office has been hijacked by Republican activists. Blame local Democrats.

  • Subtropical Life

    May 13, 2004
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    April 1, 2004

    Prelude to a Butt Whippin'

    The GOP eyes a George W. Bush victory in traditionally Democratic Palm Beach County. Here's why.

  • News

    September 18, 2003

    The First Train to Clark-ville

    Lauderdale hosts a candidacy in its infancy

  • News

    July 24, 2003

    Still Steaming

    A pair of filmmakers dredges up all the rage and frustration of Election 2000

  • News

    February 27, 2003

    The Jackass Whimpers

    Bush's war has sent the Democratic Party scurrying for cover

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    February 6, 2003

    Miriam for President

    Broward County's beleaguered vote supervisor is only following tradition

  • News

    October 17, 2002

    The Dogs of War

    The people don't want to attack Saddam, but our elected representatives sure do

  • News

    June 17, 1999

    Et Tu, Dolphins?

    The members of Broward's backstabbing political club are at it again, and this time Democratic honcho Mitch Ceasar had to break it up

  • News

    September 3, 1998

    The Brat PAC

    Broward gays have a new voice in the Political Advocacy Coalition, which has the old voice -- the Dolphin Democratic Club -- up in arms

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