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.


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.


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

Your Social Media Sunday Political Round-Up for 4/20/14

Our first entry in this weeks best offerings from your elected official, isn’t an elected official. But, I think it’s important. I might be a little biased.

FB retirement announcement

Seriously though. I’m so happy for the support I’ve received and it hasn’t made the choice easier! Thanks Guys.

Okay, here we go!

Florida Governor Rick Scott actually held a FB Q&A, now these things are so closely monitored, it’s hard to tell how much involvement the Guv actually has, but he did take time to shoot this short vid.

Florida Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio stood together this week against the oppression of the Venezuelan people and pushing for sanctions against that Government.

Congressman John Mica pushed to keep the VA Medical Center in Baldwin Park open this week. The Department of Veterans Affairs has had a poor track record in Orlando. The new VA Hospital is still not close to completion, after setback after setback.

Congresswoman Corrine Brown took to FB to remember an American Hero.

Here we have Congressman Daniel Webster with a couple of other elected officials in a meeting about faith and government.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer took a moment to congratulate participants in the IOA 5K.

Finally, we have Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs touring the construction site and future home of the new Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center. Developers have said it will be the finest of it’s kind in the world.

We’ll have more for you next week!

Your Social Media Sunday Political Round-up for 4-13-14

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

We start off with a major photo from the opening ceremonies of the Hispanic Business Expo. Let me take a deep breath because everyone is in this shot. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Congressman Daniel Webster, Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn, Orange County Supervisor of Elections Bill Cowles, Orange County Commissioners Scott Boyd and Pete Clarke, Orlando Commissioner Tony Ortiz, Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Mike Ertel, Winter Garden City Commissioner Bobby Olszewsky, and Orange County Clerk of Court Eddie Fernandez. This photo was posted on FB and shared many times.

Hispanic Business Expo Everyone

However, Mayor Dyer may have still won the week with this tweet he sent out during his State of the City Address.

Dyer took this photo mid-speech

Dyer took this photo mid-speech

No slouch on social media himself, Congressman John Mica donned an old school Ice Cream Man uniform for this FB post during an event.

Congresswoman and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz went back to school for her 30th High School Reunion.

State Representative Joe Saunders turned 31 Years old this week. Throw him some Birthday Wishes.

State Representative Eric Eisnaugle was a winner on Tuesday and sworn in the very next day. He posted this thanks after his victory.

Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam had some little visitors to the Capitol this week.

Speaker of the House Will Weatherford, buzzed former State Senator and Gubernatorial Candidate Nan Rich with this tweet.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio sounding off on Twitter about the situation in Cuba.

We end with an epic Throw Back Thursday picture from Florida Governor Rick Scott. 1971 when he joined the Navy. Wow!

That’s it for now. We’ll see you next week!

Here is Why Buddy Dyer’s 2014 State of the City was One of the Best Speeches I’ve Heard Him Give

I have to listen to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer talk.

A lot.

Obviously, the longtime Mayor of the City your blog’s web address is named after has to play a big part in what you write. I figure if add up the amount of time I have to listen to this guy a year (events, tv, webvids), it’s probably enough to walk from one side of the City Beautiful to the other.

However, yesterday was different. It was the 2014 State of the City and it was one of the best speeches I’ve heard him give. It was better than his municipal counter-part Teresa Jacobs’ last State of the County and much better than Florida Governor Rick Scott’s State of the State. Let me explain why. (you can read my official write-up HERE)

Location, Location, Location: The weather on Church St. yesterday morning was about 76 degrees with clear skies and the sun shining perfectly on the new commuter rail system it’s named after. The crowd was arranged nicely in the square and everyone had a great view with enough personal space. Outside speech > Inside speech almost always if the conditions are right. Yesterday they were.

Buddy ate his Wheaties: The Mayor had more energy than he usually does, reserved for when he’s trying to pitch a big project. This time, he acted like many of the talking points hadn’t come to fruition. He was selling Sunrail even though the car was right behind him, he sold the Amway Center event after a successful opening round of NCAA action. He made potholes and sidewalks sound exciting. I saw more energy from his yesterday than the entire time he was running for reelection two years ago.

This Photo: He managed to talk it without disrupting the flow of the speech. You can see his City Commission on the left. Mayor Jacobs and members of County Government on the right and a full press corp with cameras on the riser. This is his now. Anyone else doing this within 75 miles from here will just be imitation.

Dyer took this photo mid-speech

Dyer took this photo mid-speech

Boldness and Bad News: Let’s be clear. Dyer was already a proud supporter of the LGBT Community in Orlando but yesterday after he said he wanted to Orlando to be the site of the first Gay wedding in the state, that won support from the LGBT community state-wide on social media. No matter your beliefs on the issue, it was dramatic, it was potent.

He was also very real

He acknowledged what many of us who follow this stuff every day knew. There are financial problems in City’s Budget. He pointed out that he hadn’t made the kind of progress he wanted to with the Homelessness problem. Most politicians would announce this through a release or during a commission meeting when the whole city wasn’t watching. Dyer did it in the spotlight. His spotlight, with friends and rivals watching. A State of the City speech is reserved almost entirely for bragging and sugar-coated explanations. There was none of that.

But you left feeling optimistic and proud:

“The great city we envisioned is in front of us.” “The State of the City is Strong and Ready to take on any Challenge”

Damn Right.

As a frequent critic who often pokes fun at the Mayor, this was his best. Now, every speech isn’t the State of the City (with those two movie screens as prompters) and there were some factors that worked in his favor that he won’t always have control of but yesterday, he was at his best.

Dyer uses Sunrail as Centerpiece for 2014 State of the City Address

Before a full crowd at Church Street Station, in front of Sunrail, and underneath blue skies, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer delivered the State of the City, in what was a positive but “real” look at the City Beautiful and it’s future.

Sunrail was the centerpiece. The commuter rail system that is scheduled to start in just a couple of weeks, and will eventually stretch from Volusia to Osceola counties was heavily featured as, the Mayor talked about it’s challenging journey from concept to reality. “It’s our very own, ‘Little Engine that Could’” Dyer said. Visitors were able to take a tour of the train after the speech.

He then moved on to the medical city, that was garnering national attention. He talked about Orlando’s status as the “Nation’s most promising Tech Hub” and said that 3K Jobs have or will eventually be created from it.

The city’s next exciting development would take place just a short way from Church street. Dyer touted the Amway Center and the recent success of the NCAA tournament games, and plans for an Entertainment Complex that would be located just across the street. There was finally the MLS Soccer team that was also becoming a reality. “Imagine what a whole (entertainment/sports) district could accomplish” he said. “A Downtown for Everyone”.

He hit on the not-so glamorous issues that effect residents. Potholes, Websites, and Sidewalks were all being addressed and would improve quality of life when navigating the city, on the streets or on-line.

In remarks that have received high praise from the LGBT community since the speech took place a few hours ago, Dyer threw his full support behind Gay Marriage. “Diversity is our Greatest Strength” he said and continued “Some day, I hope Orlando can be the first city in Florida to have a same sex wedding”.

The speech then took a darker turn. The Mayor acknowledged that budget troubles are a possibility and despite measures to “shrink government and keep money in your pockets”; workshops will have to be held to find solutions to keep the financial affairs of the city in order. He also acknowledged that the homelessness problem in Orlando has “not had the kind of success we’ve wanted” and pledged to promote I-Dignity to help the homeless get identification, and to move those affected into stable housing in the next couple of years.

He did bring the audience back up before closing. He thanked those who have helped the city like Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Major League Soccer. He closed saying “The great city we envisioned is in front of us.” “The State of the City is Strong and Ready to take on any Challenge”

After the speech, I spoke to a Candidate that hopes to play a part in future Municipal Politics. Orange County Commission District 2 Candidate Greg Jackson said of the speech “I listen to Mayor Dyer and I see he has a very clear vision for Orlando. The future of medical city. Sunrail and how it’s going to get individuals from home to work ” and continued “It makes me very optimistic about the future of Orlando and Orange County and I’m very excited about what I heard today”.

Dyer took this photo mid-speech

Dyer took this photo mid-speech