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).

The Florida Cabinet Needs to Reconsider Bailey Firing

Jan 15, 2015

Think about what will happen when one of Scott's staffers asks the next FDLE Commissioner or agent to do something inappropriate? Will they follow the law or will they not have enough guts to do the right thing at the expense of their job? For Bailey's replacement, the taint is too much as the public will understandably believe he got the job because he was loyal to the governor and his staff - rather than for his independence and fidelity to the law.

We fell short.

Nov 5, 2014

But it's pretty clear Democrats in Florida are star-crossed. Politically, we are two states. We win regularly in presidential years and lose miserably in off-year elections. It's almost like a cruel game - win and then lose. Win and then lose.

Dad turns 95!

Sep 28, 2014

I am proud of him because he was a devoted husband, a great dad, and sweet grandfather. In his public life, he always looked out for the little guy and was never afraid to pick a fight with a more powerful adversary over a principle in which he believed.


Aug 27, 2014

The lesson of this primary is that Rick Scott has a formidable task. He has to persuade people to disregard their existing impressions of Charlie, while at the same time convincing them to set aside their dim impressions of him. It's not easy as last night's returns proved. When it's time to vote, people tend to trust their guts. They trust what they know.

Just ask Reagan the rescue dog if you can trust Rick Scott's election eve promises.

Aug 21, 2014

Just ask the labrador retriever, Reagan, if you can trust Rick Scott's election eve promises. Remember, the dog Scott "rescued" right before his last election? Scott adopted him, and even had an online naming contest to make sure animal lovers who voted knew Rick Scott loves puppies.
After election, the dog disappeared. It took the media two years to get Scott to admit he secretly "turned" the dog back in just weeks after he was elected
If Reagan is alive, I'm pretty sure he has a dim view of Rick Scott's election eve promises.

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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.

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.

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.

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."

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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