Orlando is Best Suited to Host 2016 Democratic National Convention

This morning, it was revealed that Orlando, the City Beautiful was one of 15 cities asked to “submit a bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention (the News 13 story by way of CNN can be found HERE).

The economic benefits to the region alone, should be enough to get every lawmaker, regardless of what side of the aisle they fall on, to pick-up the phone and try to make this happen.

Other cities under consideration include Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus (Ohio), Detroit, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Miami, Nashville, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh and Salt Lake City.

Those are all fine cities, but Orlando is the best place to host this convention and I’ll explain why.

A Long Serving, Democratic Leader and Ambassador to the city: Mayor Buddy Dyer doesn’t sleep when his city is in the national spotlight. He also has a great relationship with President Barack Obama.

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The Finest Venues in America: We’ve got the best Convention Center in the country, surrounded by the most visited area in the history of human civilization. We’ve got a State of the Art Amway Center, which has already hosted national events. There is also a new MLS Soccer Stadium, and a renovated Citrus Bowl that hosts 3 Bowl Games a year.

The I4 Corridor: Is still one of the most important political regions of the world. Orlando is in Orange County and flanked by Oseceola county (both blue) which provide a friendly pocket of support in a State that is very much in play for 2016. It’s also home to a big donor who’s hosted the President a few times in the past. Looking at you John Morgan.

The Other Cities aren’t as desirable of a destination: “Welcome to Cleveland!” ..yeah okay. New York and Penn will still be blue. Las Vegas? Not unless what you want to happen there, to stay there. Phoenix and Salt Lake? Are you kidding? The home states of the two previous GOP nominees. Nashville? How many Country musicians vote Democrat? And our friends down south in Miami? *whispers* That’s where Marco Rubio is from. You don’t want to have it there. Do you?.

It only took me 10 minutes to write this and it’s a pretty good case.

Orlando should host the DNC. It should host the RNC when we’re eligible again in a few years. It should host everything.

Why?

Because we host everyone. Citizens from all over the planet and they have a wonderful time. It’s what we do.

The World Class Convention Center is the best reason we should host events like the DNC

The World Class Convention Center is the best reason we should host events like the DNC

John Morgan to Hold Charlie Crist Fundraiser this Thursday

Super-Attorney John Morgan, who is arguably the most powerful man in the city will begin fundraising for his friend and Republican Governor turned Democrat Charlie Crist, this Thursday in Downtown Orlando.

We all know Morgan from his advertising presence on TV, Radio, and Billboards promoting his family fueled law firm Morgan & Morgan but what many casual voters might not know is that Morgan has hosted fundraisers for Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and Harry Reid. He single-handedly put the Medicinal Marijuana campaign on his shoulders earlier this year and that will go before voters later this year.

There isn’t a hosting committee listed but you can assume there will be a lot of checks being written. And Crist will need every one of them. His opponent, incumbent Governor Rick Scott has said he will spend 100 million dollars to defeat his controversial challenger this November.

You can read the details of the event on the graphic below.

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Your Social Media Sunday Political Round-Up for 3/23/14

Here are this week’s best social media offerings from your elected officials.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer had a special visitor to the City Beautiful. President Barack Obama spoke at Valencia College this week (story HERE). He posted this on Facebook.

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs joined the community at the Puerto Rican Parade and Festival Celebration this afternoon in Downtown Orlando. She posted this on FB.

Florida Speaker of the House Will Weatherford had a special announcement and took to Twitter. Congratulations to his family.

District 48 State Representative Victor Torres met with Planned Parenthood in Tallahassee this week.

State Representative David Santiago posted this photo on Facebook with State Senator Dorothy Hukill and Florida Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera.

Congressman Daniel Webster met with some School Children this week for a civic lesson. This was posted on FB.

Congresswoman Corrine Brown took to social media to slam Speaker of the House John Boehner and posted this on FB.

Florida Senator Bill Nelson paid tribute to former Florida Governor Reubin Askew on Twitter this week.

We end with Social Media from the President’s visit and we end with it as well. Governor Rick Scott’s words were not as friendly for the President Obama. He posted this on FB.

We’ll have more for you next week!

Here is how going partisan in the Orange County Mayor Race could Back-Fire on Val Demings

Yesterday, the Orlando Sentinel published a story on former Police Chief and Congressional Candidate Val Deming‘s push to make the Orange County Mayor Race a partisan affair (that story HERE) and use incumbent Teresa Jacobs‘ party affiliation as a Republican against her.

The political math behind the strategy is simple enough. Orange County is a Blue County. Get your voters to the polls and you win. Sounds fairly simple. Right? It might be.

However, there are some real risks in going partisan for Demings, and that’s what I want to talk to you about today.

Let’s breakdown it down.

David Jolly vs. Alex Sink: OK. What does a Congressional race across the state have to do with a Mayoral race here in Orange? I’ll explain. Jolly’s win over Sink was considered a measuring tool for the mood of the country. Sink tied her campaign to President Obama and the Affordable Care Act and it costed her dearly. Right now, the President’s approval rating sits at 41% and while other Democrats all over the country, are creating space between their campaigns and the President, Chief is trying to embrace him. Are you sure you want to do that?

It’s a mid-term with higher Republican turn-out: Medicinal Marijuana will off-set this a little bit but expect more Conservatives at the polls this time around. Democrats took a beating in 2010 including Jacobs’ last opponent who went partisan. Most of your Supervoters are in Windermere, Winter Park, Apopka, and Winter Garden. Those are safe red. Demings has to make her money in East Orlando, Pine Hills, Eatonville, and Downtown. Is that going to be enough without Presidential race on the ballot? I’m not convinced.

The outside money will turn-off Voters: Deming’s fundraising haul up to this point includes a ton of outside, blue money. The local politicos in the area of the actual race don’t have enough faith in Demings to write her a check. Jacobs could go after Demings on this and it would play effectively in her favor. She’s got bi-partisan support

Partisan Politics Aren’t Relevant at the County Level: This is the biggest question mark of the entire strategy. Eventually, Demings will have to stand across the stage and debate Jacobs on the issues that affect the residents of Orange County, that they can control. If Demings tries to use R vs. D rhetoric on the debate stage, she’s going to look ridiculous in front of the voters (on TV likely). Her team is pushing this message and I’m convinced up to this point, it’s not only because she doesn’t know County Government like Jacobs (12 years to zero experience) it’s because that’s the only language her campaign leadership can speak. It’s a very small and impulsive political thought spectrum they’re operating on. It’s also a liability.

Drag Capitol Hill Politics to Rosalind Avenue and you’ll lose votes. I know it.

So there. Just a couple of reasons these tactics could backfire on Val Demings. I’ll reiterate that the math is still in her favor and it’s essential for her to turn out her voters but there are risks involved and everyone knows… You can lose once. Don’t lose twice. I’d hate to see a candidate like Chief take more bad advice from her campaign like she did in 2012.

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GET ALL OF MY NOTES ON THE ORANGE COUNTY MAYOR RACE HERE

Sunrail Phase II Budget included in Obama 2015 Budget

It was announced this afternoon that the funds needed to complete the 2nd phase of Sunrail was included in the 2015 budget released by the Obama administration.

There were concerns that the commuter train that will ultimately run from Deland through Orlando, all the way to Poinciana could be delayed if the funds weren’t approved. The first phase is expected to be completed in a couple of months.

A short time after budget information was released, Winter Park Congressman and former House Transportation Chairman John Mica praised the decision. In a statement, he said the following.

“The President’s inclusion of SunRail Phase II is a significant step in moving the next phase of this project forward in Central Florida. Now State and local leaders must work together to ensure the completion of this of multi-county regional fixed transit system.

“I will continue to do all I can at the federal, state and local levels to ensure the financial and operational success of this major transportation and infrastructure project for Central Florida’s future.”

Transportation in general has been on a roll here in Central Florida. Last month it was announced that an Intermodal train system or a rail hub was being developed at the Orlando International Airport. This would eventually link up with Sunrail, as well as other rail systems that could take travelers all over the state.

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