Welcome to a life of mooching, meetings, and trying not to get caught making out with your aides.
Ever wonder why over the past decade Florida's elected officials seem to have become increasingly partisan? It might just be a general change in mood of politics across the nation. It might be gerrymandering that renders so many state legislative districts uncompetitive. Or it might be par ... More >>
Are Democrats warming up to the idea of Charlie Crist becoming their 2014 nominee for governor? Over the weekend, two high profile Florida Democrats took the airwaves and seemed to have nothing but nice things to say about Crist, including Bob Graham, who even after years out of office remains one o ... More >>
Given Florida's swing state importance, large population and Southern-but-not-quite status, you'd think that someone from this state would have been on a national presidential ticket by now, at least as a running mate.The media is currently rife with speculation that Senator Marco Rubio could be Mit ... More >>
It was an entrance worthy of Vladimir Putin.Joe Biden roared his air boat to a halt in the Everglades. Miccosukee war paint smeared his face. Swamp spray glistened on his bare chest. The Veep then tossed a giant, dead Burmese python at the feet of a gaggle of reporters and screamed: "Are you not ent ... More >>
The fight against the rise of destination casinos in South Florida just got two of its biggest supporters yet. Sitting Attorney General Pam Bondi and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, both elected Republican members of the cabinet, announced their support of the No Casino campaign today.The t ... More >>
An excuse to use this image again? Yes, please. As part of his "Let's Get to Work" publicity stunt, Florida Governor Rick Scott will be spending the day working at the Port of Miami. Scott was spotted in a hardhat, orange vest and work gloves at the port early this morning, and will spend time wo ... More >>
Former Democratic governor and senator Bob Graham still reigns as one of Florida's most respected and beloved politicians, and his workdays remain legendary. Throughout his career, Graham would make it a point to work full eight-hour days at common jobs throughout Florida. Stuck with some of the wor ... More >>
To talk about respected, legendary Florida politicians is to talk about Bob Graham. The former Governor and Senator was one of the few politicians to manage sustained cross-party popularity and still looms large over the state as an occasional source of wisdom. Yesterday, the retired moderate Dem ... More >>
"Bike Lane" Loranne AusleyEver since Lawton Chiles embarked on a 1,003 mile walk across Florida and ultimately became the state's Senator in an upset victory, some candidates in the state have had a habit for folksy campaign stunts. There was Bob Graham's working days, Kendrick Meek's&n ... More >>
Bob Graham, the deal maker?Jon Ausman is a representative for Florida on the Democratic National Committee, and boy does he have a good idea on how to prevent Marco Rubio from winning the senate race. He wants former Governor and Senator Bob Graham to sit down with Charlie Crist and Kendrick Meek ... More >>
via walkwithbud.comLawton "Bud" Chiles III, son of the last Democrat to hold the Governor's office in Florida, is running for Governor as an independent. Why exactly? No one is sure. He was costing along getting double digit support in some polls, possibly thanks to name recognition, but hasn't had ... More >>
This time next week, (let's hope) you'll be basking in the glow of a three-day weekend, but for now, let the threat of showers make you glad you flaked on that visit to the car wash yesterday. Because former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham doesn't care if your whip is sparkling -- he wants to talk to you ... More >>
Warning to anyone who wants to believe MSNBC reporter Carlos Watson's recent profile of Marco Rubio, in which the former House Speaker is praised as the "GOP's Barack Obama": It's a trap! Watson, a Miami native, proclaims, "He's young. He's attractive. He easily c ... More >>
These dang Florida Democrats can't seem to run for Senate without some sort of campaign gimmick. Lawton Chiles had his walk, Bob Graham had working days, and Dan Gelber is undertaking 100 days of public service. Rep. Kendrick Meek might be leading in fundraising, but he is totally losing in the gimm ... More >>
Florida's University Chancellor Mark Rosenberg resigned last fall, and returned to FIU where he previously served as provost. John Delaney, President of the University of North Florida is serving in the interim, but the hunt is on for the full time replacement. Rosenberg's tenure was marked wit ... More >>
It's difficult to make the leap directly from the state Senate to a state-wide elected office. But it's not impossible. Lawton Chiles got elected to the US Senate in 1970 by taking a 91 day, 1,003 mile walking trip across Florida. Bob Graham was elected to Governor in 1978 after starting a Workdays ... More >>
Absent amongst all this hullabaloo over who might seek the senate seat in 2010 is any murmur, any indication, any rumor of who the Dems might put up for Governor. Yeah, there's this wild card chance that Charlie Crist might run for senate, and if that happens expect CFO Alex Sink to declare her cand ... More >>
For weeks now, I've been toying with the idea of posting all of the achievements of George W. Bush on his last full day in office. Of course this was going to be satirical in nature. Noting things like how we haven't had a terrorist attack on our soil since 2001, despite the fact experts like Bob Gr ... More >>
Political math god Nate Silver put together a handy pie chart showing that the career stop for a majority of current U.S. senators is a U.S. House seat. Good news for Kendrick Meek, Connie Mack IV, and the handful of other representatives who might be angling for the seat, but don't expect to see a ... More >>
Former Florida Senator Bob Graham stopped by The Colbert Report last night, to talk about a report he put out as chair of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism (The video is above, scroll forward to the 7:30 mark). Colbert is supposed to be a com ... More >>
The kids are not alright. A Broward first-grader held a knife to a classmate for a dollar. [Herald]69% of Americans are totally cool with gay adoption. Nearly 3/4 favor some kind of legal recognition for gay relationships. [Sun-Sentinel] Florida's Environmental Regulation Commission voted 6-1 ... More >>
Hillary Clinton held a rally for Obama in Broward yesterday. Joe Garcia, Raul Martinez and Bob Graham were there. No one dropped to the floor to simulate a referee, but the crowd loved it nonethe less. [CBS4] Expect traffic downtown for the Obama rally. The Obama campaign urges you take public trans ... More >>
A prison stay and bankruptcy can't keep him down.
1. Obama and Huckabee win Iowa Caucus – The results have pushed Obama to the front runner for the Democratic Party and demonstrated Huckabee’s appeal to conservative Christians, who launched him to the foreground in the race. 2. Miners come to the Everglades – Several mining companies have ... More >>
The Florida Board of Governors, which oversees our belaguered university system, voted on Thursday increase tuition by five percent. They want to make us pay. I wish they’d just stop. So does Gabe Pendas, president of the United States Student Association, the nation’s largest and oldest st ... More >>
In this political season, Miami's high-profile campaign contributors favor Republicans and Democrats
Making contact and getting spirited
Howard Dean is aiming for the White House, but first it's Miami Beach
Time for their Easter Parade
What do Hillary Clinton, Bob Graham, and Dorrin Rolle have in common? They're all wooing helpful partners
Someone please tell Bill Nelson that not everyone in the Democratic Party looks like him
So you weren't among those lucky few who dined with the king and queen? Consider it a compliment.
Opposition to developing an airport in Homestead continues to grow
Guess who's coming to vote? Guess again.
On one side are politicians and influential business interests. On the other are environmentalists and some very wealthy private citizens. In the middle is Homestead Air Force Base. Dead ahead: An explosive confrontation.
He was born to wealth, he built the wildly successful Bal Harbour Shops, and he always seems to get what he wants -- no matter what
Let's say you've got a serious zoning problem. Here's what you do: Show up at county hall with armed with allies and solid arguments. Surely your elected representatives will do the right thing.
What better place than a golf course to hold an environmental conference?
The continuing success of lobbyist Ron Book: Perverse proof of how much lawmakers need lawbreakers