Florida Democratic Party

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    November 25, 2014

    Jose Javier Rodriguez: Master of the Minority

    In this week's Miami New Times, we profile 30 of the most interesting characters in town, with portraits of each from photographer Stian Roenning. See the entire Miami New Times People Issue here. After November's Republican shellacking at the polls, you'd imagine the few Florida Democrats who emer ... More >>

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    November 14, 2014

    Florida Democrats Chair on Election Loss Fallouts: "The Bed-Wetters Need to Shut Up!"

    After some embarrassing losses in the midterm elections, the Florida Democratic party is full of some finger pointing and infighting at the moment, but the party's State Chairwoman Allison Tant is sick of it. She told the News Service of Florida that, "the bed-wetters need to shut up, and we need ... More >>

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    November 13, 2014

    72-Year-Old Bill Nelson Charged With Reinvigorating Florida Dems for a New Age

    Senator Bill Nelson is just about the only problem the Florida Democratic Party doesn't have. The 72-year-old senator is in his third term and always cruises to an easy reelection, and has held one elected office or another since 1973 save for a four-year gap in the early '90s. But is he really the ... More >>

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    November 10, 2014

    Florida Democrats Will Never Win Until They Foster Young Black Politicians

    Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke calls out the Florida Democrats for failing to get black voters to the polls. Well, Charlie Crist and the medical marijuana init ... More >>

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    November 5, 2014

    Florida's Democratic Party Is a Joke, but Who Is the Punchline: Its Leaders or Voters?

    For four years, Florida Democrats giggled with glee at every Rick Scott failure. They practically drooled with expectation as Scott's approval ratings sunk further than a boat in the Bermuda Triangle. They thought there was no way they could lose to this guy again, but last night they did, and Charl ... More >>

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    October 29, 2014

    New Times Un-Endorsements: Vote for Anyone Next Week but These Six Fools

    In daily newspaper conference rooms across the state, editorial writers in shirts and ties or conservative dresses have been meeting every candidate for public office and carefully scrutinizing their records, all so they can offer readers a sober, reasoned recommendation about who deserves their vot ... More >>

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    August 18, 2014

    Scott Leads Crist by Six Points in Latest Poll

    Leave it to Florida Democrats to somehow screw up a race that less than a year ago seemed impossible to lose. According to the latest poll released by the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Rick Scott leads Charlie Crist by 3 points in a head-to-head match up. That lead increases to six points when Libe ... More >>

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    July 10, 2014
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    July 8, 2014

    Charlie Crist Is No Friend to African-Americans in Florida

    Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke finds parallels between inner city violence and wars abroad. The Democratic Party in Florida is such a joke that its best candid ... More >>

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    June 24, 2014

    The Ads in Charlie Crist-Rick Scott Race Are Getting Ugly

    We're still five months away from when Florida elects a new governor, but the latest round of advertisements in the race have gotten ugly. Florida Republicans are urging television stations not to air a new ad from Democrats highlighting the legal problems of Scott's former companies. Meanwhile, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2013

    Florida Dems Pick Up a State House Seat in a Special Election

    Less than a year after gaining seats and ending the Republican's supermajoirty in the state house, Florida Democrats picked up another seat last night in a bit of a special election upset. Despite being out-funded by a near 3-to-1 ratio, first time candidate Amanda Murphy beat Republican Bill Gunter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    Rick Scott in No Hurry To Name New Lt. Governor

    Florida has been without a lieutenant governor now for 86 days, the longest stretch the position has been vacant since it was reinstated in 1969. Gov. Rick Scott, however, is in no particular rush to fill the seat. When Jennifer Carroll resigned form the job on March 11 amidst a scandal involving ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2013

    Manny Diaz's Run for Governor Might Be Over Before It Even Began

    It's a particularly strange time for the Democratic Party of Florida, considering that two of the bigger names considering a run for the party's 2014 gubernatorial nomination have never held office as a Democrat before. Now one of them, former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, may pull out of the race before ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2013

    Florida Bill Would Require Bullet Buyers to Take Anger Management Classes

    State Senator Audrey Gibson, a Democrat out of Jacksonville, has caught the ire of gun right groups after introducing a bill that would require anyone who wishes to buy ammunition in Florida to complete an anger management class. The bill would also require a three day waiting period for the sale of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    Floridians Prefer Rubio Over Bush for Prez in 2016, But Like Hillary Clinton Even More

    Another day, another poll that shows that while Marco Rubio is the clear early frontrunner for the Republican nomination in 2016, he can't quite match up to Hillary Clinton in a general election yet.The latest poll from Public Policy Polling was only of Florida voters, and shows that Rubio would bea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    Big Time Democrats (Including Bob Graham) Warming Up To Idea of Charlie Crist Running for Governor as Dem

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2012

    In Early Voting Debacle in Doral, Carlos Gimenez Fails To Lead

    As the 2012 presidential election in Miami-Dade County spirals into calamity, alcalde fuerte Carlos Gimenez is doing nothing to stop another embarrassing, national indictment of our Banana Republic's voting system. Despite long lines of voters who waited two-to-six hours to cast their ballots during ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    Report: GOP Putting Pressure on David Rivera to Resign

    Things just keep getting worse for Rep. David Rivera. According to The New York Times, powers that be in his own party are pressuring the congressman to resign just days before early voting begins. Marco Rubio apparently has even been asked to intervene and talk some sense to his friend and former T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    Dear Dems, Please Do Not Run Charlie Crist for Governor

    Dear Democratic Party of Florida,Rumors have been swirling that Charlie Crist would be joining your party ever since he got his ass handed to him Tea-Party style in the 2010 Senate race. Now there's very specific gossip going around that he'll announce his official membership in your party in a Sund ... More >>

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    August 15, 2012

    Miami Beach Elects Florida's First Openly Gay State Legislator, David Richardson

    Until last night, Florida was the largest state in the union to have never elected an openly gay candidate to its state legislature. Yes, even Texans elected an openly gay representative all the way back in 1991.That changed last night as voters in Florida 113th House district, which encompasses par ... More >>

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    April 18, 2012

    State Sen. Nan Rich to Run Against Rick Scott in 2014

    Florida's next gubernatorial election is more than two years away, but if Gov. Rick Scott's popularity remains below sea level, there's a good chance a Democrat could emerge victorious for the first time since 1994. The question is, of course, which Democrat?State Sen. Nan Rich, the top Democrat in ... More >>

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    April 12, 2012

    Florida GOP and Dem Chairs Act Like Children in Allen West's Commie Comment Flap

    In our latest example of why we hate politics in Florida because way too many people involved act like children, let us now examine the letters sent between the chairs of the Florida Democratic Party and the Republican Party of Florida this morning over GOP Rep. Allen West's comments about how he he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    Do Florida Democrats Have a Hispanic Outreach Problem?

    ​Democrats in Florida have a huge registered voter advantage over Republicans, but you couldn't tell that by looking at the leadership in Tallahassee and the Republican super majorities in both house of the state legislature. There's a few reasons for that situation (including the Republican-contr ... More >>

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    June 13, 2011

    Could Charlie Crist Take on Rick Scott in 2014 As a Democrat?

    ​Gov. Rick Scott's leadership hasn't given Floridians much to celebrate. He's the most unpopular governor in America, and his poll numbers don't appear to be getting any better. But Democrats see a silver lining in the dark cloud. Scott's deep unpopularity gives them renewed electoral hope. I ... More >>

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    April 29, 2011

    Rick Scott's Administration Really Hates Sunshine Laws

    ​"Are there things we don't want you to know? Yes," Brian Burgess, Rick Scott's communication director (or misdirector in many cases) tells the Times/Herald's Tallahassee Bureau. "There are things we don't want to broadcast to our opponents."Florida's Sunshine Laws are supposed to foster an o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    Rod Smith Will Be the Next Chair of the Florida Democratic Party

    ​Hey, looks like Rod Smith will finally win an election. The failed candidate for Governor in 2006 and Lt. Governor in 2010 is all be guaranteed to be the next chair of the Florida Democratic Party. Supposedly Smith's record of astounding personal failure in statewide races and wishy-washy moderat ... More >>

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    November 23, 2010

    Rising Star Andrew Gillum, 31, Enters Race for Florida Democratic Chair

    ​Florida Democrats desperately need a Marco Rubio of their own, and 31-year-old Andrew Gillum, a commissioner for the City of Tallahassee may be the answer. He's not running for statewide elected office (yet, anyway), but has entered the race to replace Karen Thurman as the chair of the Florida De ... More >>

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    November 12, 2010

    Florida Democratic Party Chair Karen Thurman Resigns

    ​Florida Democratic Party Chair Karen Thurman has offered her resignation letter. Even though she had reportedly been telling several folks even before this month's elections that she was preparing to retire, the election results drove home the fact that the state party desperately needed a shake ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    Rick Scott is Governor Because South Floridians Are Too Lazy to Vote

    South Florida Cat Forgot to Vote​What the hell did you have going on Tuesday where you couldn't vote? Yes, I'm talking to you, South Florida. Because a stronger turn out in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach which happen to be the most populace counties in the state and all voted super strongly fo ... 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 20, 2010

    Sore Loser Maurice Ferré Endorses Rick Scott To Spite Dems

    Maurice Ferré, who 25 years ago was the mayor of the City of Miami, thinks he didn't get a fair shake in his long shot run for Senate in the Democratic primary. Somehow he's claiming this is "an insult to every Hispanic voter in our state." So what does he do to get back at the Democratic party? He ... More >>

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    September 29, 2010

    Meek Ad: Charlie Crist Used to Love George W. Bush, Sarah Palin

    ​As most other Democratic senate candidates in the nation try to scuttle to the political middle in the face of a climate that's supposedly hostile to liberals, Florida's Kendrick Meek is in the unique position of reminding everyone, proudly, that he's a tried and true Democrat. That's because Ind ... More >>

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    August 17, 2010

    Alex Sink to Pick Boring Rod Smith as Running Mate

    ​According to two state papers, Florida gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink is set to announce Rod Smith as her running mate this Thursday at an event in West Palm Beach. Yawn. A former state senator, Smith lost the 2006 Democratic primary for governor to similarly boring Jim Davis. The move seems t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2010

    President Obama Coming to Fontainebleau Next Month for Fundraiser With Alex Sink

    ​Democrats love partying at the Fontainebleau. Bill Clinton held a fundraiser at the hotel's club LIV earlier this summer, and President Obama, who's no stranger to the megaresort, will return to town August 18. He'll be on hand to raise funds for the Florida Democratic Party a ... More >>

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    May 19, 2010

    Dems Ask Bill McCollum to Pay Back $120K He Paid to George Rekers

    McCollum paid Rekers six figure to testify against gay adoption​The dominoes continue to fall after New Times exposed anti-gay activist and "researcher" Geroge Rekers's ten-day trip to Europe with a twinky, young male escort he met through The blow back has reached Attorney General Bi ... More >>

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    May 18, 2010

    Polls: Rubio Regains Lead, Apparently Any Republican Can Beat Alex Sink

    Do you even recognize these candidates? ​Hey, Democratic Party of Florida, you do realize that you're supposed to win elections don't you? You're aware that President Obama won this state in 2008, and that you have a pretty hefty voter registration advantage over Republicans? You know that your ma ... More >>

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    November 12, 2009

    Miami-Dade Democratic Chairman Booted by State Party

    ​Just days after sending out a fiery letter calling for the resignation of Florida Democratic Party chair Karen Thurman -- a letter that made liberal use of his word processor's bold and underline features -- Miami-Dade Democratic chairman BJ Chiszar has been given the boot. Chiszar's le ... More >>

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    June 1, 2009

    News Roundup

    LocalFather Lay Minister Cutié gave his first sermon as an Episcopalian, and apparently his old Church is a little pissed he's made such a big deal about the switch. [USAToday]No, but seriously. It's not a good week for the Catholic Church in Miami. They'll be closing 13 churches. [H ... More >>

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    April 6, 2009

    Tallahassee Discovers Twitter, Goes a Little Overboard

    I'm not immediately sure how this is useful, but there's a new website for people in Tallahassee to get excited over. It's called the Florida Gaggle, and its main feature is that it aggregates the Twitter feeds from politicians, politicos, and reporters. How exciting! It also aggregates the same fi ... More >>

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    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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    January 7, 2009

    Florida Democrats Lacking Latino Candidates

    Absent from the list of possible candidates for the Democratic nomination for either governor or senator in 2010 are Latinos. It's nothing new. The Democrats have never run a Latino for governor or the Senate, and they've never elected one to the U.S. House of Representatives. In fact, one would be ... More >>

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    December 12, 2008

    And Now Some Dumb Words from Your State Political Parties

    You know what is really, really hot right now? Governor corruption! Especially involving governors who are quite particular about their hair. So the Democratic Party of Florida decided to get in on this hot political meme by issuing a memo from spokesman Eric Jotkoff charging Charlie Crist with his ... More >>

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    October 21, 2008
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    January 25, 2008
  • News

    March 23, 2006

    Gonzo Gore

    The ex-vice prez sure can talk. Who knew?

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    September 23, 2004


    The federal ban on assault weapons never worked, as Miami-Dade Police Ofcr. Keenya Hubert painfully learned

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    December 13, 2001

    Blues for the Fire Department

    Add Willie Latimore's name to the Opa-locka Three

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    December 14, 2000

    Democracy Is Messy

    And it doesn't get any messier than a gaggle of Democrats gathering to elect their own leaders

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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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