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  •  Florida Democratic Party (5+ / 0-)

    Is in bad shape re: state and local races.  I know several people who worked for the state party and left in frustration to work in congressional races. A friend of mine ran for a seat in the state legislature and the Florida Democratic Party told him it would not support his race b/c it had made a deal with the republican party to stay out of that race, in exchange for the republican party staying out of another race.  I know this is just anecdotal evidence but the democrats haven't been in power in Tallahassee since the 1990s.  In the last decade, the Florida republican party has done serious damage to Florida law.

    It's not easy being a Floridian: PS I'm a lawYER now; no longer a lawSTUDENT.

    by lawstudent922 on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 10:33:38 AM PST

    •  Point of my comment... (0+ / 0-)

      the decrease in power of the Florida Democratic Party keeps them out of the discussion when drawing congressional districts.

      It's not easy being a Floridian: PS I'm a lawYER now; no longer a lawSTUDENT.

      by lawstudent922 on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 10:35:39 AM PST

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    •  You have to admit, it would be deliciously ironic (2+ / 0-)
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      if we saw Florida Republicans push to get rid of winner take all there. I'd be for it if they made it 12 years retroactive!

    •  In Florida... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...you have: (a) disgust with the current process, and (b) a process for initiatives to amend the state constitution.  I'd think about doing one to elect the legislature by ranked voting.  It should have a decent chance at passing with 60% and will definitely give ranked voting some national mindshare.

    •  Part of why I can't support Wasserman-Schultz (6+ / 0-)

      for the DNC chair - she chose to not support Democrats as they battled in close races against Republican incumbents in 2008 or 2010 (I can't recall which election).  I want a real bulldog in there fighting to get Dems into office in every state and every district, and she wouldn't even do it in her own state.

      •  Exactly! (1+ / 0-)
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        The people I know who are trying to fix the Florida Democratic Party really don't like her. I try to compartmentalize my feelings about her.  I like what she has done in Congress but I don't like how she has abandoned the Florida Democratic Party, on which she relied at the beginning of her political career.  

        It's not easy being a Floridian: PS I'm a lawYER now; no longer a lawSTUDENT.

        by lawstudent922 on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 01:32:37 PM PST

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    •  this happens all the time, apparently (0+ / 0-)

      that's why Zerban didn't get much from the DCCC.

      under ordinary political circumstances, maybe I wouldn't mind so much, but I don't believe in gentlemen's agreements with hostage-taking economic terrorists.

      There are some things that are unforgivable. Your willingness to play political games while people suffer and die is one of them--Onomastic

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 04:15:06 PM PST

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