Former Democratic candidate for Florida governor Bill McBride died suddenly of a heart attack at age 67 while on a family trip to Mount Airy, N.C. on Sunday. Florida Democrats remember McBride fondly from his run in 2002, when he tried to unseat incumbent Jeb Bush. The state would have been a very different place [...]
Number of times, (until last week) over the past 100 years, when one major party won more popular votes for U.S. House, yet the other major party won more seats. The years were 1914, 1942, 1952, and 1996. Of course, 2012 makes it five times.
Before dawn broke in my neighborhood, the Romney/Ryan yard signs disappeared from lawns. The zzzppptt! of Romney/Ryan bumper stickers being torn off like bandaids, in grim, lip-pursed yanks, might be what woke me up this morning. Almost as if they had never existed, the traces of Romney’s support were gone. As soon as it became [...]
Nearly bankrupt both in funding and ideas, the California Republican Party suffered another round of defeats as Democrats gained seats in both the Assembly and the state Senate in voting yesterday: Democrats were within striking distance of a supermajority in the state Senate late Tuesday, and were drawing near in the Assembly as well, moving [...]
Number of young minority voters who will be disenfranchised in the general election under Florida’s photo ID law, according to a study by the University of Chicago and Washington University. Florida already disenfranchised more voters, for a variety of reasons, in 2010 than did any other state.
I can admit it now – I can hug him all I want.
– Pres. Obama, coming out of the closet about his affection for former Gov. Charlie Crist at a fundraiser in Tampa, site of the recent 2012 GOP convention. Crist went down in flames in his race for U.S. Senate against Marco Rubio as he switched from Republican to no party affiliation, married a New York socialite amid rumors that he is gay, and was dogged by a photograph of a clearly platonic shoulder hug with the president shortly after Obama was elected. Crist is said to be contemplating running for his old office of governor in 2014, but this time as a Democrat.
Florida Republicans are redefining the word “dirty” in the phrase “dirty politics.” Their latest trick is intended to keep Democrats away from the polls — voluntarily. Mailers were sent to Democrats calling out candidates, like state Sen. Audrey Gibson, for not being progressive enough — especially for working or compromising with Republicans — and the [...]
That this picture appeared in our Twitter feed immediately after viewing a video from The Onion on Vice Pres. Biden’s hitchhiking journey to the Democratic National Convention* is pretty odd timing. Quoting truckers and others who gave Jokin’ Joe rides and spotted him in low places along the route, the video suggests that the Veep [...]
Highest spike in Tweets per minute during Pres. Bill Clinton’s address to the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, Sept. 5. The peak came at the end of the speech, indicating that audiences can focus for 49 minutes if the material is good. Clinton’s Twitter peak far outdistanced Mitt Romney’s (14,289) but did not surpass First Lady Michelle Obama’s the night before (28,003).
The media wasted no time trying to make equivalency arguments about how just as much fiction was bandied by Democrats on the first night of their convention as by Republicans during theirs. Fact-checkers, however, could find little to rival Lyin’ Ryan or Refit Mitt. Here’s the most FactCheck.org could come up with. — “The keynote [...]