Donna Dupuy

 
February 4, 2016

How to spot a failing campaign

Anyone who has ever done combat duty in politics knows what a campaign heading south looks like. Senior managers and staff disagree on strategy and direction. Funding for essentials is denied or canceled while money is spent on swag and frippery. And the candidate makes wild, unfounded accusations about the […]
December 8, 2015

Fear & Greed: The Great Motivators

Whatever else may be said about him – and there is more than plenty to be said – Donald J. Trump is, above all else, a master of the art of marketing. He therefore understands that the two Great Motivators of human behavior are Fear and Greed. Like his idol, […]
November 3, 2015

The Fixer?

Merriam-Webster defines a “fixer” as “a person who intervenes to enable someone to circumvent  the law or obtain a political favor.” Floridians know Jeb in this capacity all too well. Here’s a look at some of his greatest hits. Jeb “fixed” Florida’s public schools by pushing for an education commissioner appointed by […]
September 27, 2015

The Dirty Trickster Behind The Donald

Richard Nixon’s face is tattooed on his back. The Miami Herald last year awarded him the title of “America’s most notorious political hatchet man.” Over 40-plus years in politics, he has laid waste to candidates and causes from Florida to the Ukraine, and he boasts about all of it on […]
September 13, 2015

Why Florida needs a constitutional amendment to restore felons’ voting rights

Roughly ten percent of all Floridians of voting age are not allowed to vote because they were convicted of felonies. Even after they have served their time, made any restitution required and satisfied all other conditions of their sentences, these 1.6 million Floridians still cannot vote. Florida’s policy on restoration […]
August 13, 2015

Faith & Begorrah on the Campaign Trail?

Can a non-Irish candidate win Florida’s 18th Congressional District? In a political environment where party affiliation matters less with every passing day, it’s a question worth pondering, especially if you’re a wonk – or a betting person. CD18, which covers Martin, St. Lucie and northern Palm Beach counties, is one […]
July 25, 2015

The Rise & Fall of The Donald

While reactionary anti-statism and his status as a billionaire TV celebrity are rightly credited for The Donald’s ascendance in various polls, and the media certainly have helped by taking the bait and falling for every trap he has set, there is another, more significant factor contributing to the phenomenon of his candidacy, […]