Dan Gelber

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    September 12, 2012

    Sorry Charlie: Alex Sink Actually Democrat's Favorite In 2014 Gov Race, According to Poll

    Earlier this week, we brought to your attention to an odd poll that claimed 61 percent of Democratic voters wanted former Republican Charlie Crist to be the Dem's gubernatorial candidate in 2014. The numbers seemed way off, and now a new poll is out showing that actually Alex Sink, who ran for gover ... More >>

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    December 8, 2011

    Cabinet Members Pam Bondi and Adam Putnam Join Anti-Casino Push

    ​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 >>

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    May 31, 2011

    Dan Gelber: Rick Scott Doesn't Care About Florida People

    ​Former Miami Beach Democratic-state-senator-turned-failed- attorney-general-candidate Dan Gelber doesn't want his political relevance to fade away (and the man may have a bright future in Florida politics yet), so he's reminded everyone he's still around by posting a blistering attack on Florida' ... More >>

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    November 3, 2010

    What the Hell is Wrong with the Florida Democratic Party?

    ​The Florida Democratic Party has nearly 600,000 more registered voters in the state than the Republicans, yet last night they failed miserably in delivering on a single important race. Their Governor candidate lost to a man who ran a company involved in the biggest Medicare fraud case in American ... More >>

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    October 22, 2010

    Gay Adoption Ban Dead: Bill McCollum Will Not Appeal Ruling

    Martin Gill and his sons are now legally a familyAn appellate court's decision that Florida's ban on gay adoption will stand, meaning potential gay parents through out the state will be able to adopt. Attorney General Bill McCollum's office had until 5 pm today to decide whether or not to ... More >>

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    October 19, 2010

    Ads in Attorney General Race are the Best Legal Drama on TV

    ​Republican Attorney General candidate Pam Bondi's latest campaign ad is pretty damn good. Actually we're not sure if it would work better as an actual campaign ad or a trailer for an upcoming CBS legal drama. It's pure Hollywood, with stirring string music, ominous sound effects, and a spooky sou ... More >>

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    September 27, 2010

    Republican Sen. Alex Villalobos Endorses Alex Sink for Governor

    ​State Sen. Alex Villalobos, the former Republican majority leader of the Senate, has looked at the top of the Republican ticket in Florida this year and he doesn't like what he sees. He's already endorsed independent Charlie Crist in the Senate race and democrat Dan Gelber in the Attorney General ... More >>

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    August 6, 2010

    Dave Aronberg Insults Dan Gelber for Being From Miami in Democratic Attorney General Primary

    ​With the primary election just weeks away, even previously boring races are beginning to heat up. The battle for the Democratic nomination for attorney general is getting slightly crazy, with Dan Gelber and Dave Aronberg, both Florida senators, making lawyer disses. Gelber dismissed Aronberg as a ... More >>

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    June 30, 2010

    Man Shot in Head After Returning From Vacation and Finding Burglar in His House

    A man and his family returned to their home on the 3600 block of NE Fourth Street in Homestead early this morning after a long vacation. They noticed it seemed like someone had broken in during the absence, but soon realized the burglary was actually in progress.Caught in the act, the burglar shot t ... More >>

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    June 3, 2010

    Kevin Burns Shrugs at $118,000 Judgment and Other Financial Woes

    ​State senate candidate Kevin Burns knows a thing or two about mounting debts. After all the former North Miami mayor played an instrumental role in convincing Miami-Dade County courts to create a mortgage foreclosure diversion program two years ago so folks like him stay in their homes. At the ti ... More >>

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    May 14, 2010

    Charlie Crist Hints at Vetoing Controversial Abortion Bill

    via The Glow Box​When news broke that Charlie Crist would run for Senate as an independent, it was speculated that he'd spend the rest of his term as governor issuing a few controversial vetoes that would separate him from the Republican party. He already did so with the education bill, and is now ... More >>

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    May 4, 2010

    Sen. Mike Bennett Caught Looking at Porn During Abortion Debate

    from the Sunshine State News ServiceSen. Bennett looking at porn on the Senate floor​During the closing days of Florida's 2010 congressional session, Senators were fiercely debating a controversial bill that tells women and their doctors what to do with their bodies. Republican Sen. Mike Bennett o ... More >>

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    October 27, 2009

    News Roundup

    The President of the United States was in town last night, here's what he did:Was greeted by both protesters and supporters... [SoFlTimes]...Including Kendrick Meek, Dan Gelber, Alex Sink and Manny Diaz. [NakedPolitics]Rallied the democratic base at a fundraiser. [Herald]And raised nearly $1.5 milli ... More >>

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    October 12, 2009

    News Roundup

    Gerald Posner speaks about the ol' coke days of Miami-past: "You could go to a dentist and pay him with an eight-ball. You could rent a boat with cocaine. It sounds like a bad movie, but it's true." [WSJ] The Miami Hurricanes took easy care of the FAMU rattlers in a game of college football. I ... More >>

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    September 16, 2009

    Is Charlie Crist Indoctrinating Our Children With Bland Moderatism?

    ​Normally politicians' Twitters are horrendously boring things. Dan Gelber's is no exception, except for about a minute ago when the state senator from Miami Beach and attorney general candidate roasted Charlie Crist, and in effect, RPOF chair Jim Greer.​​Crist visited Toussaint L'ouverture El ... More >>

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    August 11, 2009

    Actually, It's a Different Bob Martinez Who Might Be a Frontrunner for the Senate Appointment

    via Colson.Com​So, we kept hearing that Bob Martinez, as in the former one-term governor, was in the mix to be appointed to the Senate. The thing is, well, he's 74 years old, which isn't necessarily a barrier to be a senator. But he was not a very popular governor thanks to a botching an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2009

    Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp Finally Announces Run for Attorney General

    Mustached Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp will file paperwork today to kick off his bid for attorney general, becoming the first high-profile Republican to do so. It seems likely, like many of the state races in 2010, the Republican establishment will rally around him, giving him a clear path through the p ... More >>

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    June 30, 2009

    Hey, Here's Another Poll: McCollum Still Leading

    Ron Sachs Communication commissioned Mason-Dixon to do another one of those polls y'all love. Nothing all that exciting, so let's deal it out down and dirty: Gov: Bill McCollum is still leading Alex Sink 41%-35%. At this point, the advantage might be owed to the fact that McCollum, thanks to his ... More >>

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    June 26, 2009

    News Roundup

    Pet robbery: "When one of the women started stuffing chihuahua puppies into a black bag, store employee Rafael Sanchez, 32, noticed and approached her." [Herald]Miami is the sexiest city in America according to trip advisor. Don't let it go to your head. Oops, too late. [SFBJ]"The vote to terminate ... More >>

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    June 12, 2009

    Dave Aronberg Really, Really Likes Rush (the Band, Not the Limbaugh)

    The Buzz takes there "5 Questions" video series to Democratic Attorney General candidate Dave Aronberg. The first few minutes are all blah-blah "this is why I should be elected stuff," then some talk about who has the bumper sticker advantage (?), but then at the 3:22 mark Aronberg takes time to ... More >>

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    June 8, 2009

    Gwen Margolis Signals State Senate Return Run

    There are a few quirks in the practice of democracy here on the state and local level that I just don't get. Two of which Gwen Margolis knows all to well. Last November Gwen ran for Miami-Dade property appraiser and convinced 281,899 of you to vote for her, far more than her three competitors. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2009

    "Hot Bachelor" Dave Aronberg Officially Enters Attorney General Race

    With no one coming forward to challenge Alex Sink in the Governor's primary, and Kendrick Meek holding a sizable advantage on the fundraising front and Dan Gelber dropping out in the Senate race, it seems that the Democratic primary action may boil up in the Attorney General's race. State Senat ... More >>

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    May 20, 2009

    Crist Cruising Competition, McCollum Favored Over Sink

    via azwaldo's flickrPolls are very, very meaningful and exciting. The picture of the 2010 races aren't even in perfect focus yet, but that doesn't mean it's too early for a poll. Mason-Dixon unleashed their first poll post-Crist-for-Senate announcement, and things don't look too good ... More >>

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    May 15, 2009

    Let's Play Identity Politics For a Moment

    So after the NRSC endorsed Charlie Crist over Marco Rubio in the Republican Senate primary, a lot of people implied it was a snub to Hispanics. We thought this was silly. Crist has won three statewide campaigns in a row, is an extremely popular governor, and has a national profile. He's going to win ... More >>

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    May 11, 2009

    Charlie Crist Expected To Announce Senate Bid Tomorrow

    In the past month the idea that Charlie Crist would run for Senate has gone from hot political rumor to almost foregone conclusion, and news broke this weekend that it is indeed fact. Republican Party of Florida chairman Jim Greer told the Pensacola News Journal last night that Crist will annou ... More >>

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    April 15, 2009

    Dear Politicians, Please Exploit Your Family Dogs

    The liberal, elitist media would like you to think that Barack Obama is the first ever dog-owning politician in history. Charles Beauregard "Bo" Hussein Kennedy-Obama (yes, we've made that joke today but we will continue to call him that until the Obama administration produces his birth certificate. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2009

    Hot New Senate Campaign Gimmick Alert: Petitions!

    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 >>

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    April 1, 2009

    Meek Outraises Gelber By Over 3-to-1

    Warhol, ok. Both Democratic U.S. Senate candidates announced their fundraising haul for the first quarter of 2009 today. Rep. Kendrick Meek, who benefited from a few fundraising appearances by none other than Bill Clinton, raked in $1.49 million. That's roughly on track with other early, non-i ... More >>

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    March 12, 2009

    Why Aren't There Any Straight, White, Christian Dudes in the Senate Race?

    Did you hear openly gay North Miami Mayor Kevin Burns running for Senate? Silly gays, you can't even get married or adopt children. What makes you think you can be Senator? Actually, it's kind of sad that a he's become the "Gay candidate," and he wants to clear that up. The St. Pete T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2009

    The Talented Senator Damon? Not If We Draft Judge Judy

    The proposed debate between Matt Damon and eminent conservative windbag Bill Kristol never went down, but that hasn't stemmed the hopes that Damon may be up for a public political showdown. Seems Mark Weaver over at the Florida Progressive Coalition Blog (as pointed out by our juicy brethren) thinks ... More >>

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    February 24, 2009

    Senate 2010: Who Is Winning The Netroots So Far?

    Oh, we know, we know, it's so early in the campaign, but with State Senator and US Senate Candidate Dan Gelber's announcement today that he'll Twitter his way through the 60 day legislative session up in Tallahassee, we decided to role out a feature we've been toying with for a while. So new is it t ... More >>

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    February 23, 2009

    Kevin Burns Has a Campaign Gimmick Too

    With a field for the 2010 Senate Race filled with a bunch of long shot candidates, everyone has to have a gimmick, because, hey, it worked for Walkin' Lawton Chiles and Bob "Work Days" Graham. Dan Gelber promises to complete 100 days of public service and buy up a million Google ads (net roots!). Ke ... More >>

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    February 18, 2009

    Crist Could Be Elected Ms. Florida if He Wanted, but Floridians Like Him as Gov

    Oh, that Charlie Crist -- he's so popular. Quinnipiac, always interested in exactly how popular, finds that Charlie can be pretty much elected to anything he wants. But 41 percent of Floridians prefer he seeks re-election as governor, compared to 22 percent who would like to see him run for Senate. ... More >>

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    February 16, 2009

    North Miami Mayor Kevin Burns to Run for Senate

    In our very important four-point treatise on netroots campaigning, we predicted "gay candidates will be the hot new netroots cause, just watch," and now, right here in Florida, that theory will be put to the test. North Miami Mayor Kevin Burns will tomorrow officially kick off his campaign to see ... More >>

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    February 12, 2009

    Polls: Charlie Crist Would Win Senate Race 2-to-1

    Floridians can only juggle the names of 4 or 5 state politicians in their heads at a time, and right now the only Democrat in the mix, Bill Nelson, is already in the Senate. So it's not surprising that a new Strategic Vision poll shows Charlie Crist winning pretty much every match-up with any given ... More >>

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    February 9, 2009

    Dan Gelber's 100 Service Days Not At All Like Those Chiles & Graham Things, He Swears

    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 >>

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    February 4, 2009

    Rod Smith Might Be Considering Losing Another Primary Election

    When it comes to the 2010 Senate election, just about anybody who's nobody is getting in. Rod Smith, a former state Senator of the conservative Democrat variety, made a decent run in the 2006 Gubanotorial primary, but ended up losing to Jim Davis. Along the way though he picked up some key newspaper ... More >>

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    January 27, 2009

    News Roundup

    Dan Gelber is officially in the Senate race. Will his Miami Beach values play in other parts of Florida? Probably not, and the democrats will end up nominating Hugh Rodham again, anyway. [CBS4]Commissioner Joe Sanchez is expected to formally announce he's running for mayor of City of Miami. [JustNew ... More >>

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    January 27, 2009

    Tampa Mayor Might Jump into Senate Race

    With 22 months left before the election, there are still plenty of surprises left in this Senate race. The latest of which is that Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio told the Tampa Bay Tribune she's considering running in the Democratic primary:"It was not something I was considering when there was a possibilit ... More >>

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    January 16, 2009

    With Sink's Senate Hopes down the Drain, Gelber Gears Up

    Alex Sink's decision not to enter the Senate fray was big news, but not all that shocking. We wrote yesterday it seemed she was much more keen on staying in Tallahassee, possibly running for governor in either 2010 or 2014. What is shocking is that now both sides of the field are more or less wide ... More >>

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    January 16, 2009

    The Week That Was: Celebrating our Freedom of Choice

    Some fanatical pro-life group got itself all worked up because Krispy Kreme dared to use the word "choice" in some dumb Inauguration promo. This weekend I choose to eat one Krispy Kreme doughnut for every page view that post received. I will probably be dead by Saturday. Meanwhile the Hollywood Fore ... More >>

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    November 28, 2008

    Miami Beach Mayor Says We're Too Poor for Democracy

    Another Miami-Dade city, another city commission appointment controversy in the works. This time around, Miami Beach is trying to decide whether to fill Dan Gelber's vacated seat with an appointee or hold a special election. An election would cost as much as $400,000, and Mayor Matti Bower told the ... More >>

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    November 5, 2008

    Looking Forward to 2010

    Is it too early to be thinking about this? Jeez, we just endured almost a solid year of heavy election coverage, shouldn't we get a break? Nope, let the speculation for 2010 begin. Charlie Crist is in a comfortable spot for re-election. Though, Florida's economy has further tanked during his term w ... More >>

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    September 15, 2005

    Crash Dummy

    Unions glom onto the DeFede legacy

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    May 12, 2005


    State Rep. Dan Gelber

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    April 22, 2004

    Welcome to Fabulous Tallahassee

    Where your humble state legislators work hard by day and play hard by night

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    February 28, 2002

    Resegregation Now, Resegregation Forever!

    Are charter-school conversions the vanguard for public education or a scam for resegregating the learning experience and making a lot of money?

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    July 20, 2000

    Donkey Demise

    Miami-Dade's Democratic Party is a shambles. Blame Joe Geller, candidate and chairman.

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    November 10, 1993

    The Great Barrier Beef

    Federal Judge James Lawrence King's car got caught on a mechanical gizmo at his new office building -- and boy, did he see red!

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