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I can't take it anymore.

Nov 3, 2008

By Dan

Thank goodness the election is tomorrow. I don't think I could handle another week of wondering, and worrying, and arguing and hoping. I simply don't have enough hair to pull anymore out.

Longer Lines...Shorter hours... Here's who to blame.

Oct 23, 2008

By Dan

If you are upset about long lines in early voting, thank your Republican legislature who in 2005 purposefully made early voting more difficult. The bill - which passed on a party line vote - limited early voting during weekdays to no more than eight hours per day, and to a total of eight hours for the entire weekend. Their reason for making it harder to vote early: purely political as more Democrats tend to vote early.

Republicans take off their "American" Hats

Sep 3, 2008

By Dan

Well, I guess the Republicans just couldn't wait to take off their "American" hats and put back on their "Republican" hats. Tonight's faire: red meat with a zesty sauce of unrestrained relativism. I mean isn't it rich, listening to Washington lobbyist, Hollywood actor and former Senator Fred Thompson criticize Washington "big—shots" and "smooth talkers". And hearing the Republicans cheer for the "hope of change" (Sen. Norm Coleman) is pretty ironic. Someone needs to let the Republicans in the Hall know that they are the group Americans want change from. Seriously, is it a different Republican Party that has had near total control of government for the last 8 years?

Not just balloon drops and big hats

Aug 24, 2008

By Dan

Today, the Tampa Tribune published an op—ed commentary I wrote in anticipation of the Denver Democratic Convention that begins in earnest tomorrow. It follows as it appeared:

....There was a time when political conventions were judged by their balloon drops and big hats. This Democratic convention will definitely not be one of those years...

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Florida Democrats Unite, Energize for November Victories

Jun 16, 2008

By Dan

...if we leave our differences in the rearview mirror, we can leave John McCain and the Republican agenda there too

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Taxation Commission violated fundamental fairness of voting franchise

Jun 3, 2008

By Dan

The TBRC leadership will argue that they had the power to combine measures. While I disagree, it's a sorry defense that doesn't make it right. While I recognize that Governor Bush (the invisible hand responsible for the measure) and others may be honestly passionate about school—vouchers, it is less than honest and unbecoming for those given power and a public trust to intentionally try to trick voters. If former Governor Bush believes he is right on the merits and on principle, than he should support putting the measure up for a fair debate and an up or down vote, rather than resorting to chicanery to prevail.
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Florida's Day in DNC Court

May 30, 2008

By Dan

Tomorrow Florida Democrats will have their day in Court. Well sort of. It is my hope that after the finger pointing subsides, Democrats will recognize that who gets seated in Denver in August is not nearly as important as who receives the oath in Washington in January.

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Vote for Change

May 10, 2008

By Dan

In Florida, only about 10 of the 18 million people who make up our great state are registered to vote. In Miami-Dade County, roughly half of the 2.5 million people are not registered. And on Election Day even those registered more often than not don't even bother to show up. Too many of our neighbors have simply lost confidence in their elected officials. Today the Obama campaign took an important step to address this disconnect by reminding our neighbors that their voice matters.
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Florida is in Play on Game Day

May 9, 2008

By Dan

As the primary journey comes closer to its finish (and I do think the end is near), it's time to start thinking about game day — November 4 — and the positive trends that, I believe, are working in favor of Florida swinging Democratic this year.

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Providence or good graces will have to determine Florida Delegates

Mar 17, 2008

By Dan

Today, Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Karen Thurman declared officially dead the revote by mail idea. While it was the only option available that would have given Florida Democrats an avenue to host a selection process that was in compliance with DNC rules, it lacked the consensus required to allow it to happen. Since an actual
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Question: Is the only viable option the right option?

Mar 13, 2008

By Dan Gelber

The primary revote idea is reaching heightened levels of clarity with last night's release of the Florida Democratic Party revote plan. I commend FDP Chair Karen Thurman for quickly putting together on paper what a revote plan would look like. I believe it was her obligation to present to Florida Democrats the available options and she has done exactly that. Whether a mail revote makes sense or will happen is another story entirely. Absent consensus it is going to be very difficult for Floridians to chart a path out of this primary mess. And presently there is no consensus in part because of so many unknowns and because so many stakeholders (including voters) tend to see options through the filter of what is good or bad for their favored candidate. A few random comments for and against the idea.
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Florida Democratic Primary Needs to be Run by Democrats

Mar 7, 2008

By Dan Gelber

The need for integrity in the process is critical, but we really don't need the State. Many accounting firms are very experienced in providing appropriate oversight and the State of Florida, frankly, doesn't have a great track record in this area. Let's face it, if the State of Florida tabulated the Academy Awards, Chuck Norris would likely have won best actor on a hanging chad dispute.

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Tony Makes Nine!

Feb 26, 2008

By Dan Gelber

During this election cycle, they circumnavigated the state with Newt Gingrich in tow offering power points celebrating right wing Republican orthodoxy, instead of sensible candidates who speak to the aspirations of their constituents and the real challenges of our state.
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