Is Florida a Conservative State?

Key Conservative Leaders, Groups, Historical Information, and Talk Radio Listing

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Welcome to the resource page for conservatives in Florida. Here, you will find a comprehensive list of people, groups, laws, and other items of interest for conservative Floridians. Whether you want to get involved with conservative politics in the state or are just trying to learn more, this will be the place for you. If you have any items you would like us to review for possible addition, please submit them in the Florida Conservatism Reader Response page.

Florida: Purple State Politics

Florida is a center-right state where conservatives have dominated state-level politics since the late 1990s. Jeb Bush became governor in 1999, starting a string of GOP control of the governor's mansion through at least 2019. Rick Scott is the current Republican Governor. As of 2013, Republicans control more than 60% of the seats in both the state house and state senate. The story is quite a bit different when it comes to national politics. Presidential elections are almost always close. Florida gave two close victories to both George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004 and to Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. Since 1981, the US Senate seats have been split between 1 Republican and 1 Democrat in all but four years. Democrats usually run as moderates in the state, while Republicans run moderate to very conservative in statewide elections.

Democrats and liberals tend to populate the heavy population zones including the southeastern part of the state near Miami and Palm Beach County, Tampa in the northwest, and Orlando in the middle of the state.

Republicans and conservatives do well in the many low-population and rural inland counties, the gulf coast region on the southwest, and throughout the military-friendly Florida panhandle. Duval County (Jacksonville) is one of the few large cities in the state where Republicans also do well, relatively speaking.

"Snow birds" and retirees have a major impact on the political scene in Florida. A large portion of these residents often flock from liberal northeastern states and bring their votes with them.

Key Laws of Interest

Florida is a very strong 2nd amendment state with strong gun rights. The "Stand Your Ground" law enables Floridians to defend themselves without threat of lawsuit. Florida also has a "three strikes" law which has severe punishments for repeat felons. Florida is one of just six states to have no state income tax while also having relatively low state sales taxes. Food purchases are non-taxed. In regards to abortion, parental notification is a requirement and an ultrasound is required prior to an abortion being performed and the provider must offer to let the patient see the ultrasound. Same-sex marriage is banned in Florida, with 62% of voters having approved a constitutional ban in 2008.

Important Conservative Figures from the State

Marco Rubio: US Senate 2011-2017 and 2016 presidential candidate. Allen West: US Congressman 2011-2013. Jeb Bush: Governor 1999-2007 and 2016 presidential candidate. Rush Limbaugh: #1 Talk Radio Host nationwide and Palm Beach County resident. Tim Tebow: NFL Player, motivational speaker, and conservative role model.

Will Weatherford: Florida House Representative 2006-Current and Speaker of the House 2012-Current.

Florida Organizations, Websites, and Thinkers

The James Madison Institute: Operates with a mission to "keep the citizens of Florida informed about their government and to shape our state’s future through the advancement of practical free-market ideas on public policy issues."

The Republican Party of Florida: The GOP team that works to promote the Republican party agenda and Republican candidates in the state.

BizPac Review: Florida-based news and information site for conservatives. Features both original reporting, editorials on local issues, and information on Florida elections.

 

Conservative Radio Stations (Major Cities)

A listing of major-market radio stations in the state of Florida. Personality lineups are as reported by the stations as of May, 2013.

Ft Myers - FOX 92.5 (Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity) Miami - WIOD AM610 (Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck)
Orlando - WFLA 104.5 (Glenn Beck, Dave Ramsey, Rush Limbaugh) Jacksonville - WBOB AM600 (Laura Ingraham, Glenn Beck, Mike Huckabee)
Jacksonville - WOKV FM104.5 (Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Herman Cain)
Naples - WGUF 98.9FM (Jim Bohannon, Laura Ingraham, Dennis Miller)
Naples - WNOG 1270 (Rush limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck)
Pensacola/Panhandle: WPNN 790AM (Laura Ingraham, Burnie Thomspon/local, Mike Gallagher)
Pensacola/Panhandle: WCOA 1370AM (Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity)
Pensacola/Panhandle: WCOA 100.7FM (Mike Huckabee, Phil Valentine, Mark Levin)
Tampa - WFLA AM970 (Glenn Beck, Rush limbaugh, Todd Schnitt/Local, Sean Hannity)
Tallahassee - WFLA 100.7 FM (Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity) West Palm Beach - WJNO AM1290 (Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin)