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Lawmakers’ Letters to Constituents on Health Care Are Full of Lies and Misinformation

| March 22, 2017

As the GOP tries to rewrite–or “repeal and replace–the Affordable Care Act, lawmakers in both parties are incorrectly citing statistics, making false claims and leaving out important context in letters to constituents.

Another Emblem of Disarray for Florida Democrats: 12 Counties Have No Organizational Structure

| January 7, 2017

In a state where presidential votes have decided by 1 percent margins, Democrats’ absence even in small counties point to a fatal weakness for the party.

Democrats Try to Stay Relevant After Barely Adding to Their Diminished Numbers in Florida Legislature

| November 22, 2016

Democrats’ 41-member caucus faces a 79-member Republican majority in the Florida House, with 15 Democrats facing 25 Republicans in the Senate.

Races Lost Across the State Again, Florida Democrats Look for Answers, and a Leader

| November 15, 2016

After losing the state’s presidential and U.S. Senate races and failing to make major gains in the Legislature, Florida Democrats are groping for a way forward as the 2018 elections loom with battles for governor and all three state Cabinet seats.

Flagler’s Early Voting Only Slightly Ahead of 2008 Pace; Republicans Winning Turnout Race

| October 31, 2016

The numbers in Flagler County look grim for Democrats looking for a strong turnout: it’s not happening for them as it is for Republicans, and what is taking place will only slightly exceed turnout in 2008.

Flagler’s Most Civilized Local Political Race in Years

| October 26, 2016

The six candidates and incumbents for the Flagler County Commission stand out sharply from other local races for the collective civility and substance-oriented campaigns, and their impatience with partisanship. It’s a rarity worth taking note of in a year of slime.

Before You Celebrate Clinton’s Win: The Democrats’ Bad Downballot Map

| October 23, 2016

Hillary Clinton looks increasingly likely to win the White House, but her party faces a big obstacle to success in congressional races — Democrats are sorting themselves into geographic clusters where many of their votes have been rendered all but superfluous.

What Blowout? Trump Even With Clinton in Florida and Pennsylvania, Ahead in Ohio

| May 10, 2016

The latest Quinnipiac poll shows Clinton barely ahead, 43-42 in Florida and Pennsylvania, and Trump somewhat ahead in Ohio, 43-39, though results may be slightly affected by still-ongoing Democratic primary contests.

Flagler Voter Registrations Surge to 90%, Aiding GOP as Democrats Fall to Historic Low

| February 22, 2016

Flagler County’s voter registration rolls have surged by 21 percent since 2009, resulting in a 90 percent registration rate, with Republicans riding a 4,500-voter advantage over Democrats.

Crist Reaches Out to Democratic Base in Home Stretch, With a Stop in Daytona Beach

| October 29, 2014

From now until Tuesday, Crist will shake hands and pose for pictures with black supporters in places such as Sarasota and Daytona Beach and focus on the Democratic stronghold of South Florida, all designed to infuse base voters with enough enthusiasm to get them to the polls.

Bill Clinton in Florida Tells Democrats:
Get Out the Vote Or Lose

| June 29, 2014

Hammering on a theme heard throughout the day, former President Bill Clinton warned Democrats they won’t win critical races this fall if they don’t figure out how to get voters to cast ballots.

Charlie Crist’s Bailout Plan: Bill Nelson

| November 18, 2013

Fanning the flames of uncertainty about former Gov. Charlie Crist’s viability as a gubernatorial candidate, Democrats close to U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson are letting potential supporters know the three-term senator is waiting in the wings if Crist’s campaign stumbles.

Obamacare Will Survive. Obama and Democrats, Maybe Not So Much.

| November 17, 2013

The law’s rocky debut has refocused attention on whether Obama, intellectually gifted though he may be, was ready to be the country’s chief executive. It may also decide which party is in control after 2016.

Masking Scott’s Low Approval, Republicans Launch Snide Website Ahead of Democrats’ Convention

| October 24, 2013

In a new twist on rapid response, Florida Republicans today launched a tongue-in-cheek “Florida Dems” website the day before the Florida Democratic Party kicks off its annual convention in Orlando, ridiculing Democrats as the Party of No. Democrats have few answers in kind.

Florida’s Rep. Bill Young’s Exit Spurs Battle for Rare Centrist Republican Swing Seat

| October 14, 2013

Bill Young, 82, announced he will not seek re-election to the Florida seat he’s held for more than 40 years. Independents make up nearly a quarter of the voters in the Pinellas County district, considered the only true toss-up, open seat thus far in next year’s congressional races.

Scott Makes Up Some Ground Against Crist and Improves Favorability to Still-Low 40%

| June 18, 2013

Some 40 percent of respondents now view Scott favorably, up from 33 percent last March, with 42 percent seeing him negatively. But his best showing since becoming governor is still well below what he needs to overcome deficits against either Charlie Crist or Bill nelson in gubernatorial matchups, while only 35 percent of Floridians overall say Scott deserve a second term.

Democrats, Presuming Victory at Annual Gala, “Almost Don’t Care” Who Takes on Scott

| June 16, 2013

Florida Democrats gathering for their annual fundraising dinner at the Westin Diplomat Resort on Saturday were certain of one thing: They will defeat Republican Gov. Rick Scott in a little more than a year.

Updating Facebook Status, Charlie Crist Endorses Gay Marriage in Florida

| May 9, 2013

Amid speculation he will run as a Democrat for his old job, former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist on Wednesday said he supports allowing same-sex marriage, joining other politicians who recently have changed stances to support gay marriage, including Florida’s Bill nelson and Ohio Republican Rob Portman.

Charlie Crist’s Evolution Is Complete. He’s a Democrat. Now What?

| December 8, 2012

Crist’s move to the Democratic Party heightens talk of a run against Gov. Rick Scott in 2014. No clear Democratic front-runner has emerged, though Alex Sink, could run again.

Florida Elections Roundup: Celebrations and Surprises for Democrats, Glumness for GOP

| November 10, 2012

Florida Democrats hadn’t celebrated much since, well, President Obama won the state in 2008. But that changed Tuesday. Obama carried Florida again on the way to a second term in the White House, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson easily won re-election, and Democratic candidates picked up legislative and congressional seats.

Central Florida Helps Democrats Erode GOP’s Legislative Majority as State Realigns

| November 8, 2012

For the first time in three decades, Democrats get a net increase in Florida Senate seats. They reduced the GOP majority in the house from 81-38 to 76-44, despite redistricting, and the state’s direction appears no longer to favor Republicans as easily as it has.

With Fewer Days and Places to Vote, Early Voting Falls Significantly in Flagler

| November 5, 2012

On-person early voting was down in Flagler County from 36.6 percent in 2008 to 29.1 percent this year, for several reasons: a shorter early-voting window, two early voting locations instead of three (Flagler Beach was eliminated), and less enthusiasm than the 2008 election, which drew the highest turnout in a presidential election in 40 years.

Party Spin Kicks In as 1.9 Million Floridians Have Already Cast Early Voting Ballots

| October 30, 2012

Democratic voters accounted for 39.5 percent of the absentee returns, with voters affiliated with other parties and NPAs making up the remainder. In early voting, the roles reverse. Democrats made up 49.1 percent of the more than 528,000 voters who cast ballots over the weekend. Republicans made up 28.6 percent.

The Ron DeSantis-Heather Beaven Debate: Little Substance, Many Lies and Inventions

| October 18, 2012

Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Heather Beaven, congressional candidates for District 6, which includes all of Flagler, squared off in an hour debate at DeLand High School Wednesday, revealing more flair for snark, falsehoods, mis-chracterizations and generalities than substantive ideas or solutions.

Partisanship Works. One-Party States Don’t.

| September 23, 2012

They are two of the most repeated claims you’ll hear every four years: That this is the most important election in our lifetime. And that partisanship is demolishing the country. Rubbish on both counts.

In Volusia Senate Fight Between Bruno and Hukill, a Bellwether of Republican Dominance

| September 19, 2012

Would voters be better off again electing a Republican to the GOP-dominated Senate? Or is it time for Democrats to claw back a seat in the newly-drawn, swing district? The Senate District 8 race between Democrat Frank Bruno and Republican Dorothy Hukill will answer the questions.

Trey Corbett, Running for Flagler Supervisor Of Elections, Trips Over Several Election Rules

| September 14, 2012

From a minor fine to more serious questions about his home and where he’s voted for the last four elections, Trey Corbett’s pattern of issues stand out because of the office he’s seeking, since he would be responsible for monitoring and controlling those very issues as supervisor of elections.

Statewide, Democrats Fail to Run Candidates in 47 of 120 House Districts

| June 9, 2012

Republicans failed to field a candidate in 23 House races, leaving either Democrats or no party or third party candidates to win those seats. But Democrats didn’t field a candidate in 47 of the 120 House districts.

Write-In Sham: How an Obscure GOP Group Is Disenfranchising 40,000 Voters in Local Races

| June 6, 2012

Democrats and Independents would normally be allowed to vote in primaries featuring only Republican candidates. By fielding write-ins who have no chance or intention of winning, the Ronald Reagan group is locking out those Democrats and Independents by creating the artifice of a contested general election.

Palm Coast Councilman Frank Meeker Petitions for Civility Manifesto in 2012 Elections

| February 28, 2012

Whether a candidate is worthy of political office should be decided by free and clear elections, not tainted by character assassination and media hype, Frank Meeker argues, laying out a 10-point “Statement on Election Fairness” for 2012.

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