Politics

 
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, […]
July 18, 2015

Flori-duh Politics: It’s about to get crazy in here

Over the next few months, political junkies and others those who follow such news will be seeing a lot of articles and editorials about the ongoing redistricting fight in Florida. This is a very brief summary of the situation so far. November, 2010: Florida voters approved two constitutional amendments designed […]
June 7, 2015

Rand’s Road to Rulership

Warning: This is satire. It is not based on information obtained from or provided by any candidate. It’s highly unlikely that Rand Paul will be elected President, because it’s highly unlikely that he can win the GOP nomination. That’s partly because the GOP exists in a state of extreme denial […]
May 23, 2015

What would Edwards Deming do about racism?

Journalists, political pundits and candidates are lining up to make the pronouncement that the Big Issue for 2016 will be criminal justice reform — encompassing everything from police conduct and prosecutorial policies to minimum mandatory sentencing, restoration of felons’ rights, and mass incarceration: the hot new buzz-phrase of the year. […]
May 3, 2015

Five Fascinating Florida Facts

Newcomers to Florida often experience a form of socio-political shock — especially if they have come from places where the first word in the place-name they came from is “New.” (As in York, Jersey, Hampshire or England…) A lot of that has to do with a common misperception that results from […]