Is anyone going to talk about how much money and from whom these candidates are collecting it from?
When we have over $1,200,000 and counting collected from the usual suspects for the establishment candidates, does that mean that people are OK that our Democracy is for sale?
I promote good government. I do research for lawsuits to tear down election fraud rings. And I lead discussions on how policy decisions affect socio-economic outcomes. I know the difference between good and bad government and the factors that influence both.
In Miami, we have the perfect trifecta for bad government:
1) big corporate interests (i.e. developers and their contractor network)
2) big lobbyists (i.e. specialty law firms and independent operators)
3) big political families (i.e. nepotism at its worse).
These 3 groups fight to maintain the status quo. And they will expend any amount of money to stay at the top. At this point, I've been told as much to my face from these people. They'll do whatever it takes, no matter the cost.
So how does the regular Joe compete with unlimited funds and resources? Will we require a candidate to always compromise our interests to get money before we consider them important? Is our Democracy beyond hope? Should we just sit back and sip a cocktail waiting for sea level rise to bury our city before we expect good government in Miami?
I think things can change. Every election is an opportunity. And your readers deserve to know they have a choice.