Tag: Martin Dyckman

Martin DyckmanMarch 18, 2014

 The secret to success in politics, like that of real estate (location, location, location), supposedly consists of three simple words: Turnout, turnout, turnout. That would appear to be the short explanation for why the Democrats narrowly lost last week’s special election in Pinellas County’s 13th Congressional District. Republican David Jolly edged Democrat Alex Sink by […]

Martin DyckmanMarch 13, 2014

Should the Florida Legislature want to pay a truly meaningful tribute to former Gov. Reubin O’D. Askew, who died Thursday, here’s how. Not just with fulsome praise, but with concrete action to protect something he cared deeply about: the integrity of Florida’s courts. First, the history. Although it wasn’t precisely a “midnight” appointment, Gov. Claude […]

Martin DyckmanMarch 4, 2014

Typical of its genre, Charlie Crist’s recently published campaign memoir, “The Party’s Over,” won’t be a convenient resource for historians. It has no footnotes and no index. Another characteristic of such books–indeed, of much autobiography–is a selective memory. There are some fairly obvious omissions in Crist’s, although fewer than I had expected to find. One […]


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