No Democrat Seat Should Be Safe on the Obamacare Train

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No Democrat Seat Should Be Safe on the Obamacare Train

by Linda Szu­gyi

Fol­low­ing state and local pol­i­tics is a pretty tough thing to do when you move every cou­ple of years. Since we don’t have cable and I rarely turn on the local chan­nels, Florida’s 13th Dis­trict spe­cial elec­tion slipped right by. All I man­aged to do was make sure it wasn’t my dis­trict. It was an impor­tant elec­tion, though. At least until David Jolly won. With a GOP vic­tory, maybe it wasn’t so impor­tant after all.

Regard­less of its value as a har­bin­ger, the spe­cial elec­tion did spark enough inter­est in me to look up the prospects for my own dis­trict, Florida’s 14th. The spark was quickly doused by the lack of infor­ma­tion about those run­ning against Demo­c­rat incum­bent Kathy Cas­tor.

Both Politics1 and US Elec­tions list two Repub­li­can can­di­dates, John Mark Grey and John Coney. While most folks listed as can­di­dates for office in the state of Florida in 2014 already have a web­site linked, nei­ther of these gen­tle­men do. I know, it’s still early in the year. The pri­maries aren’t held until August. Still, it’s frus­trat­ing when even the odd­balls have web­sites up and running.

The news about my dis­trict is even more dis­heart­en­ing: No Obsta­cles To Kathy Castor’s Progress. And look at this map of House races, where Cas­tor floats safely in her lit­tle blue boat amid a red sea. She won reelec­tion in 2012 with 70% of the vote. The clos­est race she ran was in 2010, when she got 60% of the vote.

Is my dis­trict as hope­less as it seems? Since Kathy Cas­tor con­tin­ues to wear her sup­port of Oba­macare as a badge of honor, she should be vul­ner­a­ble. For heaven’s sake, she con­tin­ues to dis­play on her con­gres­sional web­site Politifact’s 2013 Lie of the Year: If you like your health care plan, you can keep it. (Hat tip.)

Kathy Castor

Are either of the listed Repub­li­cans seri­ous can­di­dates? Will more can­di­dates surface?

By the way, another spe­cial elec­tion will be held on June 24th, in Florida’s 19th Dis­trict. Will it get as much atten­tion as the 13th Dis­trict did?

We’ll see. Stay tuned.

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It’s Mon­day and with 8 days left to the month I am still over $850 shy of the Mort­gage that’s due in a week.

That’s why you don’t see the weekly goal this morn­ing, because if I make that goal I’ll still be nearly $700 shy to pay the bills this month.

We had a good start yes­ter­day but I still need a min­i­mum of four $25 tip jar hit­ters every day for the next nine days sim­ply to come up a mere $100 short.

It is still pos­si­ble to make our goal but only you help. If there was ever a time for you to kick in if you were think­ing of it, it’s now.

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by Linda Szugyi

Following state and local politics is a pretty tough thing to do when you move every couple of years.  Since we don’t have cable and I rarely turn on the local channels, Florida’s 13th District special election slipped right by.  All I managed to do was make sure it wasn’t my district.  It was an important election, though.  At least until David Jolly won.  With a GOP victory, maybe it wasn’t so important after all.

Regardless of its value as a harbinger, the special election did spark enough interest in me to look up the prospects for my own district, Florida’s 14th.  The spark was quickly doused by the lack of information about those running against Democrat incumbent Kathy Castor.

Both Politics1 and US Elections list two Republican candidates, John Mark Grey and John Coney.  While most folks listed as candidates for office in the state of Florida in 2014 already have a website linked, neither of these gentlemen do.  I know, it’s still early in the year.  The primaries aren’t held until August.  Still, it’s frustrating when even the oddballs have websites up and running.

The news about my district is even more disheartening:  No Obstacles To Kathy Castor’s Progress.  And look at this map of House races, where Castor floats safely in her little blue boat amid a red sea.  She won reelection in 2012 with 70% of the vote.  The closest race she ran was in 2010, when she got 60% of the vote.

Is my district as hopeless as it seems?  Since Kathy Castor continues to wear her support of Obamacare as a badge of honor, she should be vulnerable.  For heaven’s sake, she continues to display on her congressional website Politifact’s 2013 Lie of the Year:  If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.  (Hat tip.)

Kathy Castor

Are either of the listed Republicans serious candidates?  Will more candidates surface?

By the way, another special election will be held on June 24th, in Florida’s 19th District.  Will it get as much attention as the 13th District did?

We’ll see.  Stay tuned.

I’m one of Da Tech Guy’s Magnificent Seven guest writers.  If you like our writing, please consider subscribing to Da Tech Guy’s Blog so that he may continue to host The Magnificent Seven.  Thanks.

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It’s Monday and with 8 days left to the month I am still over $850 shy of the Mortgage that’s due in a week.

That’s why you don’t see the weekly goal this morning, because if I make that goal I’ll still be nearly $700 shy to pay the bills this month.

We had a good start yesterday but I still need a minimum of four $25 tip jar hitters every day for the next nine days simply to come up a mere $100 short.

It is still possible to make our goal but only you help. If there was ever a time for you to kick in if you were thinking of it, it’s now.

So I’m asking you to hit DaTipJar below if you possibly can.

 

With 61 more $20 a month subscribers this site will be able to cover its bills for a full year.

I would ask that you do subscribe by hitting the button below. If your finances allow it, consider choosing Hat level or better. A subscription comes not only with exclusive commentary, but on a weekly basis you will have the opportunity to get direct access to me by phone to provide feedback or suggestions to make sure this site is worthy of your financial support and patronage.