Florida 18

Who’s In The Race:

The incumbent is Republican Brian Mast:  https://www.mastforcongress.com

Democrats running:

Lauren Baer:  https://laurenbaerforcongress.com

Pam Keith:  http://electpamkeith.com

When is the Primary?  

The Primary is August 28th.

The Rating:

The Cook Political Report rates this race “likely Republican.”  


TCPalm:  https://www.tcpalm.com/

Palm Beach Post:  http://www.palmbeachpost.com/

Beautiful Places:

Jonathan Dickinson State Park:  https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Jonathan-Dickinson

House of Refuge:  http://houseofrefugefl.org/

Political Groups:

Martin County Dems:  http://martincountydemocrats.com/democraticclub/democraticclub.html

Palm Beach County Young Democrats:  http://www.electfyd.com/event/palm-beach-county-young-democrats/

St. Lucie County Republicans:  http://stluciegop.org


Citizens for Clean Water:  https://www.citizensforcleanwater.org

Rivers Coalition:  http://riverscoalition.org/

Stay Woke:  https://florida.ourstates.org

Florida Rights Restoration Coalition:  https://floridarrc.com

Second Chances Florida:  https://secondchancesfl.org

Rock The Vote:  https://www.rockthevote.org

Stuff We Loved:

Ground Floor Farm:  http://www.groundfloorfarm.com/

The Nouveaux Honkies:  https://www.tnhband.com

Updates and Extras:  

  • Voting Rights Restoration UPDATE:  The Voting Rights Restoration Amendment 4 was approved to go on the November ballot in Florida.  (Desmond Meade’s initiative succeeded in collecting enough signatures to place this Amendment on the state ballot.)  https://ballotpedia.org/Florida_Amendment_4,_Voting_Rights_Restoration_for_Felons_Initiative_(2018)

  • Also, on February 1, 2018 a U.S. District Court Judge declared unconstitutional the process by which convicted felons can individually plea to the governor to restore their voting rights.  Quoted in TCPalm, Judge Mark Walker said, “To vote again, disenfranchised citizens must kowtow before a panel of high-level government officials over which Florida's governor has absolute veto authority. No standards guide the panel. Its members alone must be satisfied that these citizens deserve restoration."

  • Florida is the 10th most expensive state in the country to run for Congress.  

  • District 18, which includes northern Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast, is a rarity among U.S. congressional districts in that it does not skew heavily in favor of one party, heightening the hopes — and the stakes — for both.  But Cook’s Political Report still rates it likely Republican.  

  • We spoke to Pam Keith about gun violence; she had some interesting ideas.  One, was that the Department of Defense should use their enormous leverage, and refuse to purchase arms from companies that sell AR-15s to civilians.  Another idea was that gun buyers should be required to purchase liability insurance.  Here’s an article on that:  /money/2013/01/02/168231113/should-gun-owners-have-to-buy-liability-insurance


 Ground Floor Farm cabbage

Ground Floor Farm cabbage

 Nicie, Heather, Michael, Jackie, Micah

Nicie, Heather, Michael, Jackie, Micah

 House of Refuge Potluck

House of Refuge Potluck

Eunice Panetta