Destinharbor saidIt will take the FEDs. The Republican party has gerrymandered the state to the point that they control 66% or more of the state legislature. The most likely next Governor is Don Gaetz who I know personally and he has a far right-wing agenda. I asked him if maybe it was time to consider making pot available to cancer patients, that the war on drugs has proven to be a disaster, and his response was he had no interest in promoting the use of illegal drugs. How's that for a thoughtful answer? It would be the same on gay issues. And he's already gotten his son Matt in line to succeed him. And he, too, toes the right wing line.
I think our next governor is a Democrat and hopefully we vote more Democrats into office.
Well, the current bozo Rick Scott is so bad that maybe even some Republicans will opt for better but I don't really expect that to happen. The guy was a known crook when he was elected and the Republicans wanted him anyway. (For those who don't follow, he was Chairman of Columbia/HCA which defrauded the American tax payers to the tune of 34 Billion$$. When Scott was put on the stand to testify, he pleaded the Fifth something like 75 times.)
I honestly don't see him getting a second term. After what happened in the polls in November people want him gone.
Whaaaa......??? Who the heck in Don Gaetz? What is a Don Gaetz? I follow politics in my state closer than some and this name is unknown to me. He has not come up in any polling as far as potential primary rivals to resident asshat Rick Scott.
Not heard anything lately, but back in January there was some talk about the dear darling of the Republican Party, Allen West, challenging Scott in the primary next year---and polling had West ahead of Scott, but within the margin of error.
Unless someone changes their mind soon, Scott will have a challenger in the Republican primary and could become "term limited" right then. How wonderful is that?
Personally, I want Charlie Crist to get in the race NOW and have a clear shot all the way to November 2014. Other Democrats have toyed with the idea of running, however, they do not have the name recognition statewide. Case in point--Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer (a fave of mine) had thought about it and while everyone in Central Florida knows him, no one in south Florida does.....
What we need to do is this:
1. We have to have the "One Man/One Woman" amendment that thoughtless Floridians voted for a few election cycles back repealed and struck from our state Constitution. That possibly could be taken care of with a repeal of DOMA from the Supreme Court, but maybe not......Regardless, the amendment must go (along with "Stand Your Ground" but that is a different topic for a different forum).
2. To bring about effective change, EVERY elected Republican in the state House and Senate MUST go! MUST GO! Now, that is a real tall order, but it has to be our goal here. Democrats made some strong inroads in 2012 to unplug the Republican supermajority we have in the House and Senate, but we must do more---and give Governor Crist the firepower he needs to bring about realistic and effective change here, and to eradicate the conservative agendas the Jeb Bush and Rick Scott administrations threw at us. Like I said, it's a huge mountain to climb, but if we can pin the failures of Rick Scott to every single Republican candidate, we can get our majority back.
3. A Democrat as Governor, a Democratic majority in the House and Senate is a good start, but every Republican Cabinet member must also be shown the door. Every Republican Cabinet office holder is a puppet of Rick Scott and a Tea Party favorite.
4. These efforts have to go down to the local levels too. All politics is local and County Commissioners, Constitutional Officers (Tax Collector, Property Appraiser, Sheriff, etc) and School Board members need to be progressives as well. Even in non-partisan races....well, we know who you are and what you believe in.....
Remember this....to bring about realistic and effective change in Florida, a Democrat really needs to carry 10 counties out of the 67 here. It should not be hard to take Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Orange, Hillsborough, Alachua, Leon, Pinellas, Osceola and St. Lucie.
For the Floridians posting above me, let's get to work and take back our state. Let's get rid of these toxic, conservative morons once and for all.