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February 9, 2016

Republicans Win Florida Special Election With David Jolly

(Courtesy David Jolly)


Republican David Jolly won Tuesday’s high-stakes race to replace his former boss, the late GOP Rep. C.W. Bill Young of Florida, in Congress.

The Republican nominee defeated Democrat Alex Sink 49 percent to 47 percent, with all of the precincts reporting when the Associated Press called the race at 7:49 p.m. Libertarian candidate Lucas Overby took 5 percent.

In the weeks leading up to the election, polling showed a tight contest in the St. Petersburg-area 13th District. Both parties invested millions in this race, along with outside groups and super PACs.

In the final day of the election, House Democratic operatives were reluctant to discuss whether or not Sink was likely to run again in the fall for a full, two-year term.

At a minimum, Jolly’s win means Democrats still must pick up a net of 17 seats to capture control of the House in November — a difficult task. But both parties also used the special election as a test for their messages ahead of the midterm elections.

Young died in October.

  • hesh R

    The liberal media declared this race to be a 2014 bellweather. That may be because they thought Sink had this in the bag. Well it is. The GOP are going to sweep the reckless dems out of office come Nov.

  • Ryan

    Well, the Republican takes over for the Republican. This IS basically the death knell for every Democrat’s “take back the House” lines. Further national implications are still unclear while the dust is still settling.

  • Jun Wane

    Why the eff do you have a picture of the loser???

  • Jun Wane

    Why the eff did you post a picture of the loser???

  • ShadrachSmith

    Figure it a solid loss at 47%. This may have no significance, unless it does :-)

  • art_frank

    This Congressional District went for Obama over Romney in 2012 by 50% to 49%, and Sink got only 46.6% in the current vote count. If Democrats nationally run 3.5% behind Obama’s 51% showing in November of 2014, they will likely lose 12-15 House seats. Of course, the November election is nearly 8 months away, and Obama’s popularity could certainly change by then. But this certainly bodes well for at least modest Republican House gains this November.

  • fearlesskris

    They didn’t – if they had, there would be a picture of Florida…

  • mikem42

    What the hell is wrong with the people of Florida? Do they not want good governance, someone who will work to solve problems like unemployment, discrimination, health care and the such? Are you going to reelect your crooked governor again also? You vote against your own best interests again and again.

  • Mitch

    We need to have a $16 an hour minimum wage in this country, if not higher.

    Why are GOP so stingy?

  • MrSmith

    It is just too funny LOL!
    But be considerate, maybe their eyes are so full of tears they don’t know whose picture they put up.

  • AnthonyLook

    Libertarians are the Ralph Nader’s of elections. What a worthless group of fringe extremist cultists.

  • AnthonyLook

    In a word- racism.

  • ShadrachSmith

    David Jolly

  • Cromulent

    Sink sunk by President’s extremism. Replay to come in November!

  • Cromulent

    If $16 is good, wouldn’t $32 be even better? Heck, let’s make it $160/hr.

  • mabramso

    Rothenberg essentially declared in January that this was a must-win for the Dems if they hope to avoid getting hammered in November. Bring on the hammers.

  • RustyShackleford1911

    If it wasn’t for the Libertarian siphoning votes from Jolly, this would have been a world-class blow out!

  • Progressive Republican

    “You vote against your own best interests again and again.”

    Seems to have become habit.

  • Progressive Republican

    $16/hr is sufficient as it vaguely matches the median income/productivity ratio that existed before the economic onslaught Ronnie inflicted on America.

  • conservativechick

    See Dems Run. Run Dems Run.

  • mikem42

    Typical of R’s to avoid the topic. What’s wrong with someone making 33k a year? Bet you would like earning more, but you have to let your boss get wealthy on your back. Open your eyes and realize that this race to the bottom on wages/salary will take us down to the level of Mexico and other low income countries.

  • mikem42

    Amen. We won’t even be able to go see “B” movies like their saint Ron used to appear in. His best (worst) role was as POTUS. A commercial hit, but panned by the critics, still.

  • mikem42

    They don’t like things as they are, can’t bring themselves to vote for a progressive candidate, so vote for the status quo. Make sense?

  • Jason Hops

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-White

  • Edward Boothe

    Think about at who has been running the media in this country for the last 50 years, and then ask yourself that question again.

  • Edward Boothe

    Looking good, but we must be careful not to take anything for granted. You know the Dems will pull every illegal trick in the book to keep the Communist in the Senate. Obongo has already started, with the 2 year mandate delay.

    This is going to be a battle of life and death for the United States of America.

  • ehowe1

    Great Day for :Pinellas County !

  • Edward Boothe

    Not only are we going to Florida, we’re going to South Carolina and Oklahoma and Arizona and North Dakota and New Mexico, and we’re going to California and Texas and New York … And we’re going to South Dakota and Oregon and Washington and Michigan, and then we’re going to Washington, D.C., to take back the White House! Yeah!!!!!!

  • DC-Comix

    Nothing is wrong with making 33k a year if you and the company agree to that price. Happens every day and then some. This is a contract between two parties. Why do you believe the federal government needs to become involved? Are your skills so poor that they won’t merit that amount?

  • Cromulent

    Yes, because its about time we punished our young and minorities with fewer jobs.

  • Cromulent

    Let’s extend that logic into other areas. Like, let’s put a minimum price on all cars. Detroit is not allowed to sell anything under $30k.

  • mikem42

    Don’t jump to erroneous conclusions about my skills, as I was involved with contracts most of my career. Contracts are to be valid if between two or more parties, all willing and able to fulfill their part. When one person owns all the balls and bats, if another wants to play, they have to give up on the rules of fair play. That’s about the situation here, with the corporations/companies holding all the cards, and there aren’t enough jobs to go around; ergo, race to the bottom. Does that excite you? Doesn’t me. Your boss can drop you tomorrow if he/she desires, and you will become a statistic in the ever going battle between the haves and have nots.

  • mikem42

    Logic? What the hell are you talking about? And of course, most auto/vehicles are no longer about Detroit. My foreign car was made in Georgia, USA, and my domestic car was made in Canada. Go figure.

  • AnthonyLook

    I don’t agree at all, the Ron/ Rand Paul Libertarians are the most organized, involved and in control of the Libertarian Party proactive branch of what was once a loosely identified group of what you described. Nowadays they are aligned with the tea party and harbor very Separatist views / Apartheid views; indeed they cultish in nature.

  • Cromulent

    Its perfect logic. If you want to set a minimum price on a worker’s services, why not put a minimum price on products themselves? If it works for one it should work for the other.

  • NovemberHereYet

    Racism. So old, so tired, so worn out. You Dem’s need a newer, fresher excuse for failure.

  • NovemberHereYet

    Everyone is a victim. Yep, that a real Dem right there!

  • AnthonyLook

    Why thank you for pointing out that racism is non existent in the Republican Party, we will ignore the daily examples.

  • NovemberHereYet

    Simply breathtaking that Ryan would have the gall to point out there are lazy men in the inner-city! What next? The earth is round? You see racism while most see reality – which is required for ‘real’ solutions. Besides, you called it racism that Sink sunk. It’s not just silly to say FL voters are all racist it’s utterly silly. What color is Sink? I really don’t know and really don’t care. The fact is Dem policies are what caused this sinking.

  • mikem42

    Sadly, you are the victim of your own stupidity and prejudice. We are all citizens regardless of stated political party. You seem to think one party is superior to another, but that isn’t so. Ignorance and intolerance needs to be stamped out regardless where it is found, and I found it in you. You don’t have enough brain to even debate the issues, only use trite terms to describe your perceived enemies. Your folks surely have and need social security and medicare, and hopefully you will avail yourself of that also. But, if you and the right have your way, you will have nothing, nor will your children. Think about the real problems we face and try to come up with solutions rather than the nonsense you are putting out.

  • mikem42

    Your ignorance of the subject is showing through. You are no economist and know nothing about how things really work. Continue your race to the bottom.

  • Cromulent

    Actually I have a minor in Econ. You?

  • mikem42

    That’s funny; this isn’t about you, don’t you realize that?

  • terjeanderson

    No, Rothenberg said Democrats had to win seats like this to win back the House in 2014 – not that losing it would be a sign of “getting hammered in November.”

  • Cromulent

    Um, you kinda did make it about me: “You are no economist”.

  • AnthonyLook

    The fact is that you don’t see facts or the truth even when it’s obvious to all other voting Americans but tea party birther lie loving racists.

  • mabramso

    From Rothenberg’s January 9 article, “The Race Democrats Can’t Afford to Lose”:

    “A loss in the competitive March 11 contest would almost certainly be regarded by dispassionate observers as a sign that President Barack Obama could constitute an albatross around the neck of his party’s nominees in November”

    You can parse words if you want, but “an albatross around the neck” is pretty close to “getting hammered” in November.

  • mabramso

    By all means, PLEASE continue to believe that there are no national implications.

  • Progressive Republican

    As the Rethuglicons have proven so many times.

  • Cromulent

    Good, I’m glad you agree. The higher the minimum wage goes the more it hurts minorities and the young.

  • mikem42

    I refer you to the first sentence, which proves my point in the second. It is about your inane example of how you think the economy works. Your “minor” in econ I doesn’t translate into common sense and or business experience. Try to work on the issue at hand and solve it, rather than denouncing those who do. One way to seriously help our economy would be for employers of all stripes to pay living wages to those who make them able to live well. Read some about the robber barons of old, and see that this has been the way in our country for a couple hundred years. It is a serious problem, and if not resolved, we will sink into third world life. As I said, our children and theirs need to have something to look forward to, and it is up to us to make it happen.

  • Progressive Republican

    Let me amend my last reply:

    As the Rethuglicons have “proven” so many times.

    They have accomplished much in their efforts to keep the economy in the doldrums. Before the election they had no problem keeping millions out of work in their failed attempts to cost Obama his job because he wasn’t sufficiently pro-corporatist to suit their (and their handlers’) whims.

    Lots of FRWNJs play a propaganda trick by claiming that raising the minimum wage hurts the very people minimum wage increases are designed to help.

    This fallacy is based on a core misconception as its underpinnings; that increasing the minimum wage costs jobs. “Since (fill in the blank) group faces high unemployment, raising the minimum wage shows you are a hypocrite because all you are doing is costing (fill in the blank) jobs.”

    It is likely that smaller employers will eliminate some jobs and, while individually tragic, the overall effect tends to hang somewhere between minuscule and negligible. Most minimum-wage workers do not work for small businesses. 66% of low‐wage workers are not employed by small businesses, but rather by large corporations with over 100 employees.

    Last year BusinessWeek debunked the “hurts small business” claim, writing, “a growing number of small business advocates support a hike.”

    “That includes dozens of business groups and networks composed primarily of small business owners such as the Main Street Alliance, the National Latino Farmers & Ranchers Trade Association, and the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce. ‘Our women [business owners] who pay a living wage have an advantage over their larger counterparts who don’t,’ says Margot Dorfman, chief executive officer of the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce, an organization with 500,000 members, three-quarters of whom are small business owners. ‘Whether Obama’s proposal is high enough or the time frame is fast enough is the question.'”

    The should-be-obvious reason? “If the customer base is undermined because wages are so low, they feel it directly.”

    Additionally, tipped employees work for a minimum wage of $2.13 an hour, where it has been stuck since 1991. This means that the tips you give are not really a little extra to take home, they make up the wage these workers live on. All too often the employer “helps” themselves to this as well.

    Production workers’ wages have been dropping for thirty years when adjusted for inflation. Their economic security is pretty much gone. A smaller share of working-age Americans hold jobs today than at any time in more than three decades.

    It’s been shown that raising the minimum wage boosts employee productivity and retention. This in turn lowers the costs associated with employee turnover. Boosting employee morale boosts customer satisfaction. This is yet another reason that raising the minimum wage helps businesses.

    It increases the buying power of low-wage workers. It puts more money in the pockets of people who can then buy things at local stores which increases demand, which drives businesses to hire more workers.

    These are the real job creators.

    Raising the minimum wage lowers government safety net costs because fewer people will need SNAP, TANF, LIEA, etc. It is estimated that lifting the minimum wage to $10.10 would lift 4.6 million people out of poverty.

    You were saying?

  • Warren Roosevelt

    I don’t think the article mentioned the fact that the Democrats outspent republicans 4 to 1 here!! No mention of the fact that President Obama won this district in 2008 and 2012. My understanding was that there were plenty of heavy hitter Democrats campaigning like Pres Clinton. It didn’t seem to help.

  • Warren Roosevelt

    It appears they voted for who they thought would be better for the country/long term, not only what was best for them personally today. I can’t imagine living in a world where all I thought of was what is best for me now. It is the way I would expect parents of children to act — try to give their kids more / spend less on themselves.

  • Warren Roosevelt

    CBO thinks that raising the minimum wage to $10 would mean 500K less jobs, how many jobs do you think will be lost at $16 an hour? Focus should be on getting people job training for fields that are in demand and steering students towards studies that are technical.

    What do you think will happen if McDonalds raised wages to $16 dollars an hour?

  • mikem42

    Unemployment, discrimination, health care are short term and “best for them personally today” problems? What we do now is going to translate to what kind of life we leave our children and grandchildren. Life is more than just give more/spend less. Give kids more time would be a good start. That would require parents to hold only one good paying job, not 2 or 3 low paid jobs. Bring jobs back onshore would be another good strategy which pols could employ. The only employment they are interested in is their own.

  • Warren Roosevelt

    I think you will see more manufacturing jobs come back to the US. We are starting to see more of that today. The US has a massive energy advantage relative to other countries which some believe will be a big catalyst of that. Unfortunately technology has changed the face of some industries completely. It is good in some ways but bad in others.

    I grew up in a very blue collar community and know of several people who have benefited by AHA as well as know several people who have been hurt by AHA. The negative stories tend to drown out the positives – having to switch doctors/plans canceled, companies dropping coverage, some paying higher deductibles, etc. Hard for me not to be sympathetic to both groups. People hear the negative stories and worry about what is the next shoe to drop. Again, just speculating. I would be upset if I had to switch my Dr and i am healthy (as far as I know).

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