With 12% Unemployment, Dismal Property Values and Solo GOP Rule, Florida Ripe for New Depression

By: Wednesday November 3, 2010 4:15 pm

If only the nation will pay attention, Florida has now become the perfect laboratory model for single-party Republican corporatist rule. When Alex Sink conceded to Rick Scott this morning, Republicans in Florida cemented a clean sweep of all statewide offices on the ballot. In addition, Republicans now hold over two thirds of the seats in both the Florida House and Florida Senate. Leading this merry band of corporatists will be Governor Rick Scott, who holds the distinction of having been CEO of the corporation that holds the record for the largest fine ever assessed ($1.7 billion) in settling Medicare fraud charges. With unemployment in the state now at 12 percent (pdf) and property values severely depressed from the burst property bubble, I see no way that a state without an income tax can withstand corporatist rule under these parameters without sliding into a New Depression.

Crist Confidant Leaks Too Late That He’d Caucus With Dems

By: Saturday October 30, 2010 7:00 pm

The next Senator from Florida is almost certainly going to be Marco Rubio. Kendrick Meek and Charlie Crist split the center-left of the electorate and spent most of their time in the campaign beating each other up, while Rubio, unchallenged, coasted into the lead. The race has gotten so far out of hand now that I don’t think that the claim Crist would caucus with Democrats matters anymore.

FL Sen: Race Shows Difficulty for Third Party, Despite Voters Wanting That Option

By: Saturday October 16, 2010 7:00 pm

The Hill has just become the most recent news outlet to find in their polling that a majority of voters want a viable third party as an alternative to the Republicans and Democrats. Their poll found that 54 percent of likely voters in 10 swing districts think there should be a third party. Their results mirror national polling from CNN (PDF) and Gallup, both of which also show majority support for a third party.

Pressure Mounts For Moderate Republicans To Support the DREAM Act

By: Sunday September 19, 2010 1:15 pm

Senator George LeMieux (R-FL) is starting to feel the heat of pro-migrant voters, specifically Latino voters. Saturday, Univision aired a debate in which current Florida governor and U.S. Senate nominee Charlie Crist came out in support of the DREAM Act. Thursday, Representative Kendrick Meek (D-FL), and also a nominee for U.S. Senate, hand delivered a letter to LeMieux.

Arizona, Florida, Oklahoma, Vermont Primary Results – Liveblog

By: Tuesday August 24, 2010 5:45 pm

Today features primary elections in Alaska, Arizona, Florida and Vermont, along with a primary runoff in Oklahoma. I will be live blogging all of the results except for the very late closing Alaska. You can find a preview of what to watch for tonight here.

Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Oklahoma, and Vermont Primary Primer

By: Tuesday August 24, 2010 12:45 pm

Primaries take place today in Alaska, Arizona, Florida, and Vermont along with a primary runoff in Oklahoma. The biggest races of the day are both in Florida — the Democratic primary for Senate and the Republican primary for Governor.

FL Sen and Gov: Polling Shows Meek Strong on Eve of Primary; GOP Governor Nom in Flux

By: Monday August 23, 2010 12:40 pm

All three pollsters agree that Rep. Kendrick Meek now has at least a ten-point lead over Billionaire Jeff Greene. But in the race for the Republican nom for governor there is less agreement–the pollsters are all over the map with their numbers.

FL Gov: Brutal Republican Primary Helps Alex Sink Take Lead in New Poll

By: Thursday August 19, 2010 5:40 pm

Thanks to a brutal Republican primary battle between Attorney General Bill McCollum and billionaire Rick Scott, Democrat Alex Sink has been able to take the lead for the first time in Quinnipac’s newest poll.

FL Sen: What Is Going on in Florida? Ipsos and Mason-Dixon Have Very Different Answers

By: Monday August 16, 2010 7:15 pm

Just over a week from the August 24 Florida primary, two polls show the Democratic Senate primary and the dynamics of the overall Senate race in very different shape. Mason-Dixon has Rep. Kendrick Meek with a huge lead over his billionaire opponent Jeff Greene, while Ipsos still has Greene with a modest lead.

Florida Races Become a Billionaire Boys’ Club

By: Saturday July 31, 2010 5:00 pm

The great state of Florida happens to have not one but two self-financed billionaire political novices running in primaries for top offices this year. Both are challenging veteran politicians with long histories in the state, and according to a new Quinnipiac poll, both have a double-digit lead over their opponents.

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