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Data Intelligence Briefing #1 “Trending In The Florida Legislature”…Coming Soon.

Later this month, we are going to be releasing our first Data Intelligence Briefing (DIB) titled “Trending In The Florida Legislature.” The DIB will provide you with detailed forecasts of which Florida legislative districts are going to become swing seats in the next few cycles.

Whether you are an observer or operative in the Florida process, this is a must read to keep ahead of the competition. The DIB will only be sent to our email subscribers so sign up on the sidebar at right. We promise not to spam you or share your information.

Every DIB will be easy-to-read, packed with graphics and provide you with actionable information- info you can use right now to better understand the world of Florida politics and policy. Again, DIBs are free to readers. All you have to do is fill in the “Email Sign-Up” on the side bar and we will send you the first DIB in later this month.

Tarpon Fishing in Boca Grande

If you are a sportsman in Florida (or just watched the Florida Channe today), you’ve likely heard of the controversy surrounding fishing tarpon in the Boca Grande pass using the jigging method.

The Florida Wildlife Commission had a seven hour long hearing today in Lakeland on rather to make tarpon a catch-and-release species and rather to ban jigging in the pass.

This got us wondering, is there any data on tarpon fishing?

Below is a chart of the Google search volume for the term “tarpon fishing.”  You see a clear pattern of peaks and valleys in searchs that seem to reflect the tarpon fishing season. There is a slight overall decrease in “tarpon fishing” searches from 2007 to present.

You will also find a U.S. map that plots where search volumes for “tarpon fishing” are highest. Besides Florida being the gold standard in “tarpon fishing” searches, you can also see where other tarpon fishermen live and thereby have an idea what states send us the most tarpon tourists.

N.B. Click here to learn more about how Google measures the data below.


A Little Bit More About Us

Welcome to the Decision MediaWorks blog! We are a boutique data science company that is fired up about helping clients gain insight from mounds of data.

The content on our blog focuses on Florida politics and policy. There’s not a lot of quality data analysis being done on state level issues and Decision MediaWorks fills that while showing off our data chops to potential clients.

We will cover other subjects for sure, but Sunshine State items will certainly be oversampled (data pun!).

We are very interested in your feedback as we roll out content. A lot of the things you will see in the blog are experimental, so we need your help knowing what works and what doesn’t. If you catch an error in our data, find an interactive viz awkward or just think the layout is ugly…let us know.

We want to be a nexus for curious people who say things like “I wonder what the data says about that?”

So, if you’re interested in drilling through the drivel that passes for internet analysis, we think you have a home right here at Decision MediaWorks.com.

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Where Republicans Shop for Margin

One of the big questions in Florida politics right now is how to grow the GOP coalition. The viz below shows a county by county map of where Republicans live and a bar graph showing what percentage of registered Republicans in each county are super voters.

A super voter is someone who has cast a ballot in all of the previous four elections (general and primary). Parties love super voters because they always vote and  little time or money needs to be spent motivating them to vote.  If one wants to create more super voters (and every political leader does), the best place to start is by studying existing super voters.

The viz  below is interactive, please explore and share any trends you see in the data. For any of you budding data wonks out there, the raw can be downloaded for your own exploration.