The Miami area hasn't held a presidential nominating convention since both the Democratic and Republican parties held their conventions in the Miami Beach convention center back in 1972. Despite Florida's transition into one of the most crucial swing states over the past two decades neither have ret ... More >>
On one hand the defection of a former state Representative from the Republican party to the Democrats should be an embarrassment for the GOP, but it really speaks more to the sad state of Florida's Democratic party that people are already mentioning that state rep as a possible Charlie Crist running ... More >>
Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi has been doing a lot of fundraising lately, but she hasn't drawn a Democrat opponent yet. Well, George Sheldon, who most recently was an undersecretary in President Obama's Department of Health and Human Services, has announced he'll run, setting up a duel that ... More >>
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is such a part of Miami-Dade's political firmament it's hard to imagine the moderate Republican losing her seat until she's ready to retire. But a new poll shows Ros-Lehtinen trailing a generic Democratic opponent by two points. Is this just a temporary manifestation of the ... More >>
Charlie Crist's possible return to the top of Florida's government, this time as a "Democrat," just got a whole lot easier. Alex Sink, the state's former CFO and the Democratic nominee in 2010 who lost to Rick Scott by about one point, has announced that she will not run again in 2014. This is bad ... More >>
Rick Scott is personally reaching out to businesses in other states to try and get them to relocate to Florida. Which, OK, sure, we're all for, but because Scott is apparently and almost comically incapable of doing anything without controversy, it seems he's only trying to poach companies from stat ... More >>
Polling sites will open today in Miami-Dade for an election that might not actually come to pass. Yes, you can head to several early-voting sites beginning today to cast your ballot on the contentious Dolphin Stadium renovation referendum, but the election might end up just getting cancelled.
If recent Democrat convert Charlie Crist decides to run for governor, as he's widely rumored to do, he'd wipe the floor with incumbent Republican Rick Scott 53 percent to 49 percent. Though, several other possible Democratic candidates also beat Scott in head-to-head match-ups, Crist leads Scott by ... More >>
Maybe it was the bungled Election Day, or the Stand Your Ground backlash, or the drug testing programs gone awry, or just the fact that he still looks like a cyborg sent from the future to slash entitlement programs. Either way, Gov. Rick Scott continues posting historically bad poll numbers.A new Q ... More >>
Charlie Crist's latest flirtation with the Democratic party may not please all Democratic officials in the state, but Florida's Democratic voters overwhelmingly want him to officially register as a Democrat. And although some theorize Crist may run against Rick Scott for governor in 2014, the Dems d ... More >>
Florida's most moderate former Republican has endorsed Florida's most moderate Democrat, Bill Nelson, over his Republican challenger, Connie Mack IV, in a move that should surprise no one but is sure to have people talking. Since leaving the Republican Party during his own bid for Senate, Crist has ... More >>
There are worse things for politicians to be than boring moderates, sure, but Bill Nelson is a boring moderate through and through. So, it's really no surprise that his stance on gay marriage is predictably off in some vague, boring, moderate middle land.
This, for some reason, is the only image we have on file of Summerwind. Would you like to own a yacht that once hosted the likes of Lindsay Lohan and Mike Tyson? Would you like to to be the captain of a boat that was described as something like a Studio 54 of the seas for dorks complete with alle ... More >>
The state has important issues to deal with. Yet the legislature is spending lots of time grappling with the pressing problem of license plate aesthetics and appropriateness. Jesus plate-gate will apparently soon come to an end, though. Sen. Gary Siplin (D-Orlando) has basically said the plate featu ... More >>
Last month President Obama repealed the ban on federal funding on stem cell research, but that doesn't necessarily open the door to state funding. Yesterday, the state house voted to keep language in a bill that would bar universities from using state money for embryonic stem cell research 68-46. Th ... More >>
via Wikimedia CommonsCan we tax plastic surgery instead? The Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau has been following a proposed porn tax with quite some fervor lately, but the State Legislators can't seem to talk about the proposal with a straight face. Republican Sen. Carey Baker said he'd heard someone ... More >>
In the Fifties and Sixties, North Bay Village was a place where seedy mobsters and corrupt politicians came home to roost. At one point in its 63-year history, a law-enforcement report concluded North Bay Village, a man-made three-island city along the John F. Kennedy Causeway, had "Dade's larges ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
If Florida counted in the primaries.
The Summer That Changed Miami Beach by Seymour Gelber
And it doesn't get any messier than a gaggle of Democrats gathering to elect their own leaders
He's inexperienced. He's hefty. He's the First Brother-in-Law. And he's coming soon to a ballot near you.