Master Florida psephologist Steve Schale does a deep dive as to why the road to winning Florida is the I-4 corridor (that’s the Orlando to Tampa link in the middle of the state). The rest of us, it seems, are fairly predictable. Another nugget: some of the swing vote in the I-4 area are transplantees from the mid-West. (Does that make it Biden country?)
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Steve Schale, who usually writes informed wonky stuff about Florida politics, took a break to write about Things that scare Floridians, sort of ranked. Example:
Driving. As my friend Tom Eldon says, Floridians drive as though they are a complete peace with God. Others have suggested that turn signals here are a sign of weakness. Florida interstates are kind of a bad combo of Mad Max, Survivor, and Seinfeld. I’ve driven in some unique foreign places, and well, I’ll take most over I-4. Add into it 100 million tourists a year, and yeah, Floridians know driving here is bad.
For my money, the whole list pretty much nails what it covers, but he left out lion fish and Portugese Man-of-wars, both of which at least ought to be on the ‘Tiny bit scared of’ list, and he exaggerates by about ten degrees Fahrenheit on the temperature thing. We can handle 55 degrees in the Winter, no problem.
Trevor Noah interviews Andrew Gillum over lunch. (Noah had what Gillum called “a wimp plate”.)
It’s a 30-minute talk, and as is so often the case, the ‘comedy’ interviewers do more substance than you get on news TV.
Sean Shaw is running for Attorney General of Florida. I had the pleasure of hearing Sean Shaw give a terrific speech yesterday.
(Apologies to those who hate portrait-mode video.)
Sean Shaw’s father, by the way, was Florida Chief Justice Leander Shaw.
People usually have views on the top of the ticket, which this year ought to be seen as a referendum on Donald Trump; vote GOP if you like how he’s conducting his Presidency, vote straight Democratic if you do not.
It’s harder to get information about the electoral undercard. Here are some ballot suggestions, with voting line numbers, and links to posts explaining my reasons:
There is one state Supreme Court Justice up for retention this year, Justice Alan Lawson. Justice Lawson is, by any estimation, a very conservative jurist. He achieved fame in 2012 when he dissented in a 5th DCA decision, later upheld by the Florida Supreme Court, that allowed a child to have two legally recognized mothers.
Lawson’s complaint was that decision was akin to eliminating laws “prohibiting same-sex marriage, bigamy, polygamy, or adult incestuous relationships.” So, not my kind of guy.
Governor Rick Scott appointed Lawson to the Florida Supreme Court late in 2016, so he hasn’t been on the bench for long. In that time, he has not done anything that would disqualify him for retention. It may be tempting to some to say that with the Florida Supreme Court’s ideological balance at 4-3, a split likely to continue if Andrew Gillum is elected, this is the time to create a fourth opening. I don’t think we should give into this temptation to further politicize the judiciary.
I have said since I started writing about elected judges that we should generally retain judges and Justices unless they demonstrate they don’t deserve it, and whether or not you agree with him ideologically, I don’t see how one could say Justice Lawson has come close to that line. So I am voting to retain Justice Lawson.