Testing is still not teaching
Jan 10, 2013
Regarding the Education Week report:
Getting straight A's for having lots of tests is not the same as getting A's on the tests. Weighing a malnourished dog every day doesn't make him any better. Until folks in Tallahassee understand that testing is not teaching, we will continue to celebrate mediocrity at the expense of true achievement.
Dec 26, 2012
I met Bill McBride about 30 years ago. I was a summer law clerk at Holland & Knight and he was one of the firm's leaders, ultimately becoming its managing partner. Bill was a Chesterfield Smith protégée which meant he had the two qualities Chesterfield demanded in his wards: great talent and a pronounced sense of civic responsibility. More...
A Holiday Story
Dec 21, 2012
Twenty-four years ago Big Brothers & Sisters matched me up with a 6-year-old little gap-toothed boy living in a poor Miami neighborhood I knew only as a place to avoid driving through.More...
Voting Blame Game
Dec 4, 2012
It is the theatre of the absurd to watch the Republicans in the legislature and the Governor try to affix blame for Florida's election fiasco on someone other than themselvesMore...
GOP's Election Wounds Were Partly Self-Inflicted
Nov 9, 2012
Mixing hubris with arrogance can make for a dangerous cocktail. As Gov. Rick Scott and the Republican Legislature wake up from a rough Tuesday night, they should accept that their election-day wounds are at least partly self-inflicted.More...
Governor Scott: Extend Early Voting on Sunday!
Nov 1, 2012
Governor Scott needs to act on behalf of all Floridians who seek simply to exercise their right to vote and issue an Executive Order expanding the Early Voting period to include Sunday, November 4.
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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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