My Dad, Mandela and a lesson in leadership
Dec 7, 2013
Upon his election as Mayor, my Dad quickly decided to issue a Proclamation for Mandela. Given that the two major constituencies in his City were Cubans and Jews, he expected some blowback. Immediately, disapproving letters showed up in the newspaper followed by obscene shouts from passer-byers in public. The name-calling quickly progressed to threats.
I'm for Charlie
Nov 4, 2013
As a state legislator and House Democratic Leader I saw Charlie Crist up close for nearly a decade. Frankly, I wanted to find things to criticize. He was a Republican after all. But early on and throughout his term as Florida's Attorney General and Governor, it became clear that he was a real moderate and a true bipartisan.
This Day in Crist-ory
Oct 28, 2013
He told me he had seen the lines, heard of elderly Floridians fainting from the heat, and was horrified at the notion that any Floridian had to take a day off of work to vote. He wondered out loud how many Floridians just gave up and went home. Within minutes, and over the objection of his own staff, Charlie Crist signed Executive Order 08-217, extending the hours for early voting for all Floridians. More...
Rick Scott's Weedy Retreat from Common Core
Sep 23, 2013
Under a theory that anything supported by the Obama Administration is a high crime, the Tea Party began a campaign against Common Core. So given the choice to fight for what he believed was best for the success of Florida's school children, or commence a weedy retreat from high standards, Rick Scott chose the low road.More...
Scott's Revolving Door of Failure
Aug 8, 2013
If you ran a business and nearly every person you appointed to a critical position resigned under a cloud of incompetence or fraud at some point someone just might point out the failure is yours. Florida Governor Rick Scott is hoping no one notices that in just three short years he has compiled an unprecedented record of his top appointees being forced out or resigning due to a lack of ability, a lack of honesty, or both. More...
When bureaucracies kill.
Aug 2, 2013
I don't believe Wilkins was callous or indifferent, just unqualified and misguided. He had very little background in child welfare and it was simply terrible judgment by Governor Scott to put someone so ill-prepared in charge of an agency where missteps result in the lost lives of innocent children.More...
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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. More...
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. More...
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. More...
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." More...
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. More...
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