Severe storms coming ashore have cast an eerie pall over the day. We've had a tornado warning and a tornado watch, and early indicators are that a tornado -- at least one -- touched down around these parts.
It's a vaguely appropriate comparison to the state of our politics today. Sometimes you've just got to hunker down in the conference room and hope the storm passes without much damage.
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Take our Florida Legislature... please.
No, really, though. Take 'em. At least get them the hell away from me.
Or at least from women, all of whom the Republican leaders apparently hate. Is this what our governance has come to? Not being able to use words like "uterus" because -- no kidding -- it might offend interns in the audience?
It was a lovely republic while it lasted, folks.
Also, in a post on this issue, Pushing Rope has given us a winning line:
Cannon decided to act like a baby who just came of of a place that would offend the Speaker's ears.
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Farhad Manjoo has an ongoing series at Slate on innovation and technology.
I was particularly struck by his piece today on the staying power of social media and Facebook in particular. (Read the series introduction here, his piece on the future of mobile gadgets here, the future of the Internet here, and the future of home entertainment here.)
I'm working my way through the series now, but I was taken with today's piece mostly because I think it has the most application in the political world. No real need to re-hash the whole Obama/Internet phenomenon of '08 -- but read this piece, and see if you're not thinking about what Campaign 2012 looks like.
We're building fascinating networks and communities -- really something new that's like a hybrid of both -- online, and how we approach them from a campaign's point of view is still a whole new world to most people.
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I'm a day late and a dollar short on this link, but Steve Schale has a great analysis of the 2010 Census and the impact on Florida with respect to politics. I kind of hold my breath in-between Schale's posts, which makes for a lot of light-headedness, but it's worth the wait.
Besides, I'm always happy to see a post were the words "Tampa is King" is written:
While Tampa for some time has been the largest block of votes in the state, making up roughly 25% of all likely voters, Miami has held down the #1 spot, at least in terms of the census population, as the largest media market in the state. Not anymore.
Even though the market’s share of the state was unchanged from 2000 to 2010, the Tampa media market, with 23.3% of the state’s residents now reigns supreme, as the Miami market shrunk from 24.8% of the state to 23.0%.
Boy, did the GOP pick the right place for their Convention, or what?
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Opening day tomorrow!
I've got a good feeling about my Rays this year... don't you?
I'm not going to opening day, unfortunately. It'd have been a lot of fun... if only to boo the guy throwing out the first pitch: our hospital grifter governor Rick Scott.
Quick, if you're on Facebook, go to that group real quick. Just for fun. Just because Scott deserves it.
And while you're at it, leave a message thanking Saint Petersblog's Peter Schorsch and Progress Florida's Mark Ferrulo for creating it.
Home run, boys.
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