There’s machine politics, and there’s micro-machine politics. In Florida’s state capital, you can find both right across the street from each other.
Ryan Ray, Aide to Tallahassee city commissioner Jeremy Matlow, stopped by to discuss his boss’s efforts to address rampant corruption that has seen high-profile prosecutions and indictments. We got into the push to take Tallahassee back from a powerful group of political elites and a class of consultants who see public service as little more than their own personal ATM.
We also veered into the topic of how the City of Tallahassee's proximity to state power can be a toxic pollutant for municipal governance and the culture at city hall.
You can follow Ryan on Twitter @RyanRay_Fla. Ryan is also helping Josh Johnson in Johnson's run for Leon County Commission, so check out voteforjosh.org and lend a hand if you can.
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This episode features music by David Rosen, @ByDavidRosen.