Author: Daniel Tilson
Miguel de la O orders mask-wearing in his courtroom, the first felony in-peron trial in Miami-Dade since the pandemic. Image via AP.

Daniel TilsonJuly 30, 2014

6min5
The 800-pound gorilla in the Tallahassee conference room with state economists this week is immensely powerful. It looms large in the minds of elected officials and policy wonks alike, waiting to pounce if necessary. It’s the beast of burden bearing the weight of Florida’s modern-day “wealth lobby.” And it’s always ready to throw that weight […]

Daniel TilsonJuly 25, 2014

7min14
Florida’s prison system is a disaster, a disgrace. But it doesn’t have to stay that way. Real reform is possible, given the presence of ethical, public-spirited motivations and policies on the part of our elected officials. Unfortunately for prison inmates, their friends and families, local communities, and misinformed middle-class taxpayers, the policies of Gov. Rick […]

Daniel TilsonJuly 7, 2014

6min3
Florida Democratic Party leaders say it’s very hard to recruit candidates for local legislative races. They said it in a press conference during their recent “Leadership Blue Gala” fundraiser and statewide membership meeting. I was working in New York City on non-Florida, non-political stuff when I took a break and saw that item on SaintPetersBlog’s […]

Daniel TilsonJune 24, 2014

6min7
It’s official. Forty-five legislative districts in Florida will feature coronations rather than elections come November. All hail participatory democracy in the Sunshine State! Actually, most of the coronations came just in time for Happy Hour last Friday, after the candidate-qualifying period for 2014 had officially closed at high noon. Ceremonies consisted mostly of email and […]


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