The Florida District 23 Democratic debate between incumbent Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Tim Canova occurred on August 14th.  The news bulletin that was picked up by many of the local news outlets in the U.S. was written by a Political Action Committee (PAC).

Bright Star PAC is based out of Margate, Florida and looks like it is the PAC behind Joe Kaufman.  Kaufman is running for District 23 as a Republican.  He was handily defeated by Wasserman Schultz in 2014, 62.7% for Wasserman Schultz and 37.3% for Kaufman.

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Many of you in Broward County probably received a mailing called ‘The Blue Card’ with endorsements for the August 30th primary for the Democratic Party.  This card was not sent out by the Broward Democratic Party.  They have confirmed that they do not endorse during primaries nor do they endorse non-partisan candidates (i.e.: judges).

This card was produced by the “Florida’s Democracy Project.

At the time of my research, there was little information about this card, but there was enough to realize that this is a bogus attempt to sway voters to certain candidates.

Other than the endorsed candidates, there is only one name on the card.  Actually, it was an email address; jgoodwinNBDC@gmail.com with a phone number.  A little research and you find that Joanne Goodwin is the president of the Northern Broward Democratic Club and her name was used on this card without her permission. Continue Reading »

On Tuesday, we discussed the two known candidates for the Florida U.S. Senate’s Democratic Party, Congressmen Patrick Murphy and Alan Grayson.  Today, we will meet the three unknown candidates:

  • Pam Keith – Labor attorney and former naval officer
  • Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente – Businessman and political activist
  • Reginald Luster –Attorney

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When you are the establishment’s chosen candidate, you can afford to duck debates.

My Florida voting district has two races for the U.S Congress, Florida Senator and Florida Congressional District 23.

For the U.S. Senate, Republicans have four choices; incumbent Marco Rubio, Carlos Beruff, Ernie Rivera and Dwight Young.  Unless you read my earlier post The Florida US Senate Republican Primary – And the Rest, you probably have never heard of the last three men.  That is exactly what Rubio is counting on.  Name recognition is a primary reason that there is over a 90% re-election rate in Congress.

There is no motivation for Rubio to debate.  It’s not out of lack of experience.  Rubio has participated in many debates over the past year as a candidate for the Republican Party nomination for president.

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The August 30th Florida primary is just over three weeks away and most people are unfamiliar with at least four of the candidates.  You may have only heard of Patrick Murphy because of his ads featuring President Barack Obama.

This year, there are five candidates in the Democratic Party vying to unseat Republican incumbent Marco Rubio.   Based on the polling, there is little chance that any of Rubio’s Republican challengers will defeat him.

The Democratic choices are:

  • Patrick Murphy – US Congressman 18th District
  • Alan Grayson – US Congressman 9th District
  • Pam Keith – Labor attorney and former naval officer
  • Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente – Businessman and political activist
  • Reginald Luster –Attorney

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Donald Trump spent the last year giving speeches seemingly without any notes.  That is why his endorsements of Speaker Paul Ryan and Senators John McCain and Kelly Ayotte were bizarre.  Trump made a point to show he was reading the endorsements and not speaking off the cuff.

I was a little surprised that no outlets put the word ‘endorsed’ in quotes.

Donald Trump “Endorses” Paul Ryan, John McCain, Kelly Ayotte. 

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We are all familiar with incumbent Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) and I’ve done a lot of research on him when he ran for Senate in 2010.  I’m sure I’ll be posting more about Senator Rubio as we get closer to the November General Election.

There will be a future post on the Democratic Primary candidates Patrick Murphy, Alan Grayson and the rest (Rocky De La Fuente, Pam Keith and Reginald Luster) next week.

You may be aware that Rubio does have some “competition” in the August 30th Republican Primary.  There was some shake-up as Rubio had been running for president and announced that he would not be seeking reelection to the U.S. Senate.  After dropping out of the presidential race, he was strongly encouraged to enter the Senate race.

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