About that confederate flag...

Jun 24, 2015


I don't like that Governor Scott wears a confederate flag on his boots, but I am far more concerned that he arbitrarily curtailed early voting knowing it would likely disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of voters, mostly minority and African-American.
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Is Jeb educable?

May 16, 2015


Watching Jeb's last week as not a candidate for President reminded me just how educable he isn't. His 4-day Iraq invasion question was a real adventure. His perceptible discomfort at answering questions he didn't like was painful.
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Don't be a jerk.

May 1, 2015


Just because you have power doesn't mean you're incapable of a mistake. Don't be afraid to second-guess yourselves. Tallahassee can be a bubble. Your colleagues and the lobbying corps, consultants and assorted sycophants will all reaffirm your judgment until you are convinced everyone else is an idiot and you are the only one in the state — perhaps the world — that gets it.

Hubris is a weakness not an organizing principle.

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Rubio & Bush Hometown Loves Obamacare

Apr 14, 2015


Interestingly, both men had jobs before they were seeking this one. When Jeb was Governor of Florida (and Marco the Speaker of the Florida House) they addressed health care and had opportunities to promote their solutions.
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Please, let's leave this spotlight to Indiana!

Apr 3, 2015


It's almost like the Florida House became jealous that Indiana was getting too much national attention for its intolerance.
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Bailey-Gate takes an ominous turn (updated)

Jan 20, 2015


That's not just bad optics. It's a federal crime to conspire to falsely deprive someone of their liberty under color of law (Title 18 USC 241). It's also a state crime to make false statements in criminal investigations, misuse an official position and act falsely under color of authority (F.S. Chapters 837, 838, 843).
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Legislature's redistricting handiwork destined for courts

Jan 16, 2012


After more than two years of bickering over reforms meant to curb political abuses, the Florida Senate on Tuesday plans to debate maps for congressional and legislative districts that preserve Republican majorities and, its authors say, meet legal muster with Fair Districts.

Likewise, Dan Gelber, a former legislator and general counsel for Fair Districts Now, said his membership submitted maps last week "to give the Legislature an opportunity to pass a map that complies with the criteria" of amendments 5 and 6.

But Republicans in charge of redistricting have fired back at the "cynical litigation strategy" by arguing the new maps disenfranchise black voters and that the deadline for public maps passed more than two months ago.
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Bill Nelson's Survival Strategy

Jan 11, 2012


As Republicans try to link Nelson to Obama at every turn, strategists in the state in both parties concede that he has cultivated a reputation as a noncontroversial figure, distinct from national Democrats. That's another reason he can win in Florida, even if Obama can't.

"Nelson is one of the few Democrats with a statewide identity, and that really distinguishes him from everybody else, who is generally going to be tied to a national trend line," said Democrat Dan Gelber, a former state House minority leader.
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Dan Gelber on exceptionalism and the old Marco Rubio

Sep 6, 2011


Dan Gelber has a Miami Herald op ed rebuttal to Marco Rubio's recent Reagan Library speech:

In a recent speech at the Reagan Library — part of which was excerpted in these pages — U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio asserts that the decision of America in this last century to collectively care for those that have fallen behind "actually weakened us as a people." While his words may have been a dog whistle for the right wing, I took a double take.
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Who will take on Rick Scott? Charlie Crist? Alex Sink? Jeremy Ring? Rod Smith? Dan Gelber?

Jun 14, 2011


Forget Barack Obama. The fellow really firing up Florida Democrats is Rick Scott.

On Saturday, Democratic activists who gathered in Broward County for their annual Jefferson-Jackson fundraising gala invoked the name of Florida's unpopular, hard-right governor at least as often as Obama.

Two widely expected challengers — former gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink and South Florida state Sen. Jeremy Ring — mingled with party activists Saturday along with two other less certain prospects, state party chairman Rod Smith and former state Sen. Dan Gelber.

"When you're in a campaign spending $5 million a week on TV, you can create your truth," Gelber said. "But when you're not in campaign cycle, the truth creates itself. It's very hard to disabuse people of their first impressions and his first impression is horrible. People are seeing him for who he really is."
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Gelber pining for Jeb Bush

May 31, 2011


"I miss Jeb Bush." That's [more or less] the wistful start of Democrat Dan Gelber's blog post today.

Yep; the former state senator-turned AG candidate says on his blog that he is pining for his old adversary. Sort of.

"Don't misunderstand, I fought Jeb (and, I suspect, will again). But no matter how much I opposed his policies, I always believed Jeb possessed the requisite respect for our state and its people," Gelber writes.
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