Donna Dupuy

 
April 18, 2015

Where “The Conversation” goes from here

Driven by mainstream news coverage of the shootings of black men by white law enforcement officers, corporate initiatives like Starbucks’ “Race Together” campaign, and social media commentary such as that generated by YouTube sensation Dixon White (a/k/a Jorgé Moran), both the volume and the intensity of “The Conversation” are increasing […]
April 8, 2015

Florida Cops and Racism: Just a few bad apples?

Last week, three North Florida prison guards affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan were charged with conspiring to murder a black man after his release from the facility where they worked. Last month, three Fort Lauderdale police officers were fired and a fourth resigned after an investigation found they had […]
March 30, 2015

There IS such a thing as bad publicity

As a marketing/PR professional who has worked with a number of attorneys, I appreciate the value of various kinds of publicity – including, on occasion, what we call “stunt work.” But there’s a limit to what common decency and basic good taste can tolerate, and divorce attorney Howard Iken, who […]
March 21, 2015

Florida’s Major Parties Ignore Reality at Their Own Risk

News Item: The trend of newly-registered Florida voters rejecting both major political parties continues unabated as the combined total of voters known as NPAs (no party affiliation) and minor-party voters has surpassed the total of a major party in 11 counties.(Tampa Bay Times, 3/16/15) Once upon a time in a […]
February 28, 2015

POTUS Hopefuls Are at Home in Florida

Back in the 1970s, dozens of mafia dons and hundreds of their associates migrated to South Florida from New Jersey to elude a dogged crime commission investigator named Joe Rodriguez. The long-running wave of relocation became known as the “Jersey Flu,” and forever changed the character of the area, particularly […]
February 13, 2015

Open Primaries: A Cure for What Ails the Political System

Pop quiz: Which is worse: the SCOTUS decision on Citizens United or closed primaries? Most folks who understand the political process as a result of actual experience will be hard-pressed to choose, but I believe a strong case can be made for closed primaries. Why? Because those exclusionary elections, which […]
March 22, 2012

How to Write a Republican Stump Speech

When Joe Biden joked in 2008 that all of the sentences uttered by Rudy Giuliani consisted of “a noun, a verb and 9/11,” he actually revealed the GOP’s secret recipe for stump speeches. Listening to the Republican candidates for President, one can easily observe how it works in practice. Each […]