On BOTH issues Republican lawmakers in some places are working to curtail the usage of them…
On BOTH issues voting Majorities favor access to them….
Even in Florida could the GOP lawmakers being setting themselves up for gains by Democrats championing access to abortion and marijuana?
Florida Democrats see a possible path to winning America’s once-foremost battleground state: Abortion and marijuana.
National Democrats had all but written off Florida as a lost cause — a former purple state turned solid red by the MAGA movement and Gov. Ron DeSantis. But key party leaders in the state, desperate to turn things around in 2024, are confident that citizen initiatives dealing with abortion rights and recreational marijuana legalization could fuel turnout and boost the party’s chances.
“It will have a transformative impact on the election,” said former state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, an Orlando Democrat who was swept out of office last year amid Florida’s red wave and is now running for the state Senate.
When Democrats gathered in Miami Beach this month to raise money and strategize about 2024, they were buzzing about the prospect of what such high-profile citizens initiatives could mean. Republicans, they said, could suddenly find themselves at a disadvantage.
“I think it’s a perfect storm,” said Florida Democratic Party Chair Nikki Fried, who included in that storm the backlash against DeSantis as well as 2024 being a presidential election year where turnout is routinely higher than in midterms.
Some are skeptical that the initiatives will change the fortunes of the party. But as Democratic Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber put it, “Once you reach the bottom the only way is up.”….
Florida left the Democrats more than decade ago….
Turning in Democratic gains and even a Biden win IS a long sho. down there…