There have been recent Congressional District Information diaries where Kos user comments are talking about "how this person will never be beaten," or "even a scandal wouldn't change anyone's minds." To be frank, we're not looking for this kind of feedback. We want real, inside information about the Congressional Districts we cover in our diaries.
There have been questions on what the Knowledge Democrats group's agenda is and why we post these Congressional diaries. Understand, while we are collecting any information we can on Daily Kos, we are NOT depending on it (although we find the Kos groups related to our efforts useful). We have been following up with local and state Democratic groups with information and plan on going to other liberal and progressive groups outside of the Kos community for additional information as well. We are not concerned about the number of comments we receive.
We'd like to reach out to any of you Kossacks from Florida's 13th Congressional District for information. Feel free to add your understanding of the communities, issues, etc.
What issues directly affect people in Florida's 13th Congressional District? My colleague Augustin and I are working on the Knowledge Democrats project and I've started working on a wiki page for the 13th Congressional congressional district in order to assist in our long term efforts to promote progressive candidates in that district, whether at the local, state or federal level. We understand this district may in fact have a bit conservative constituency but we're looking to reach out to any Kossacks, Democrats or progressives in the state anyway. It helps for long-term planning.
We also plan on contacting Local and State Democratic Parties that cover each of the Congressional districts for more information. We first want to know what thoughts any of you Kossacks have.
We also know that the current representative of the district is Bill Young (ahem. C.W. Bill Young). Apparently he believes the answer to minimum wage is, "Get a job."
One of Young's constituents though isn't happy with him with his remarks on military issues:
Here are the 2012 election results:
U.S. House, Florida, District 13 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Jessica Ehrlich 42.4% 139,742
Republican C.W. Bill Young 57.6% 189,605
Total Votes: 329,347
Source: Ballotpedia: http://ballotpedia.org/...
(Florida Secretary of State Website no longer contains 2012 election data)