Party Switch for Buckhorn?

  By Jim Bleyer Rumors that Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, a registered Democrat with a conflicted, convoluted, opportunistic political philosophy, will soon join the Republican party are bubbling in Tampa and Tallahassee, Tampa Bay Beat has learned. Recent developments have ramped up speculation. Last week Buckhorn endorsed Republican State Rep. …

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Increased Voter Access a Florida Game Changer?

  By Jim Bleyer When Floridians vote this fall, they will enjoy the most far-reaching ballot access in the state’s history, one of the country’s most experienced and high-profile election officials affirmed this week. Ion Sancho, who is retiring this year after serving seven terms as Leon County Supervisor of …

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Gwen Graham: Rising Star or Shooting Star?

By Jim Bleyer Despite suffering post-mortem depression, Florida Democrats are hailing newly-minted Congresswoman Gwen Graham as the party’s future, if not its savior. They have good reason to cheer.  She beat an incumbent, one of only two Democrats nationwide to accomplish the feat.  She won in a purplish-red district.  And …

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It’s More Knowhow Than How Much

By Jim Bleyer An incumbent GOP governor’s favorability ratings scrape bottom in the low 30s. Sledgehammer budget cuts to education, environmental, and health programs litter his four-year tenure. He takes credit for a rebounding state economy that was actually fueled by Federal Reserve policy and stimulus programs launched in Washington. …

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