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Carlos Nathan: An open letter to Florida Democrats

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“What we have here is a failure to communicate.” That quote from “Cool Hand Luke” could be directed squarely at the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party has been suffering from this issue and a message problem since 1998. The performance of the Florida Democratic Party has led to a complete Republican dominance in both the Legislature and the Governor’s mansion. In 2008, Florida helped elect a young, vibrant senator to the highest office in this land under the premise of…

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Could Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush become strongest Florida candidates in history?

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In nearly two centuries, Florida went without creating so much as a ripple with White House contenders. For the 2016 presidential race, that could change dramatically, as the Sunshine State faces the unique status of fielding not one, but two bona fide candidates – Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio. As Rubio launched his presidential campaign Monday, and as Bush inches closer to a run with his fundraising/exploratory phase, Florida is primed to cast the biggest shadow ever with its homegrown presidential hopefuls.…

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Bob Buckhorn embraces Patrick Murphy’s ideology as he gives his endorsement in Tampa

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.Although he didn’t call Patrick Murphy his “soulmate” today, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn otherwise gave as full throated endorsement as any politician can  when he announced his full-fledged support for South Florida U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy in next year’s race for Senate. “I think he is where I am ideologically — which is in the center of that spectrum,” Buckhorn said of Murphy’s centrist political leanings at a press conference held in Curtis Hixon Park. The two were also in synch sartorially,…

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Op-ed in Tallahassee Democrat: Stan Marshall has his legacy but isn’t ready to quit

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Ol’ Stan Marshall puts his pants on one leg at time,” the barber said as he trimmed the back of my head, which may have been trembling too much for him to cut in a straight line. The barber’s words did little to soothe the anxiety I felt in preparation for a meeting in 1997 with Dr. J. Stanley Marshall, former president of Florida State University, founder of Sonitrol of Tallahassee and an all-around legend of the Tallahassee community. Marshall…

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On Martin Dyckman’s retirement

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All at once, it seems so many good people are leaving the Florida political arena. Take for instance the death of Senator Jack Gordon, who passed away before the holidays. Here was the noblest Roman of them all, so to speak. As it is, much of our state is only a few minutes removed from another place in the world and so it’s likey they know little about the enormous contribution Senator Gordon made to this state. Gordon’s death, and…

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