We thought right about now you could use a break from the usual Us vs. Them partisan divide, so here we go. From a panhandle nestled up against Alabama to Key West’s Mallory Square, the Great State of Florida covers some vastly different culture, lifestyle, geography and voting habits (Republican, Democrats, even Dixiecrats!). It’s no surprise that people wonder if they’re even in the same state. While our diversity makes us who we are (and brings us Florida Man) it has significant political consequences too, with the population center heavily located in South Florida, while fewer people but outsized political power resides up North in Tallahassee. While Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade are considered “donor counties” — giving more revenue to the state than they receive back — some would argue they have undersized political influence. Not to mention the thorny subject of Home Rule vs. Pre-emption, where we navigate whether its best for distant elected officials to make broad decisions affecting our state or if local communities should decide from the bottom up. In a state surrounded by lots of water, we hope you’ll join us as we wade right in.