Best Of 2006

Best Local Political TV Show: Flashpoint, ABC Action News Channel 28

If Rob Lorei’s excellent and long-running Florida This Week is The McLaughlin Group of local punditry shows, then the Brendan McLaughlin-hosted Flashpoint is Meet the Press with Tim Russert. Flashpoint is quirky, informative and fast-paced, without a lot of the usual bloviation. McLaughlin often picks off-beat topics that delve into public affairs more than horse-race political coverage, and that’s a good thing. Just the thing to wake up to on a Sunday morning. Making the show even more essential, riveting and profound are the CL Political Whore’s semi-regular appearances. Additionally, ABC Action News gets bonus points here for being the only station that offers candidates free air time each campaign year.