Articles in Category: 'Kendrick Meek'

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: May 6, 2010 12:40 AM

Less than a week after filing papers to run, former North Miami Mayor Kevin Burns announced at Wednesday’s Democracy for America meeting in Coral Gables that he is ending his campaign for the U.S. Senate and will instead run for the state Senate seat that Dan Gelber, D-Miami Beach, is vacating to run for attorney general.

 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: May 6, 2010 12:55 AM
While Republican Congressman Jeff Miller has supported expanded offshore oil drilling in the past, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has changed his mind.
 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: May 5, 2010 (All day)

While billionaire Jeff Greene has been in the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate for less than a week, he has already shaped the race tremendously --forcing Congressman Kendrick Meek to focus on his new rival instead of on newly independent Gov. Charlie Crist or former House Speaker Marco Rubio, the likely Republican nominee.

 
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By: Keith Laing The News Service of Florida | Posted: May 3, 2010 12:02 AM

Gov. Charlie Crist and former House Speaker Marco Rubio were hot tickets for political televisions shows Sunday morning, hitting the national airwaves to talk about their unpredictable race for the U.S. Senate.

Crist appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” dismissing an earlier pledge during a Fox News debate with Rubio when he promised to stay in the Republican primary. Those comments formed the basis of the first question host David Gregory asked Crist.

 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: April 30, 2010 10:19 AM
 
Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene jumped into the U.S. Senate race on Friday--making an exciting election contest even more dramatic.
 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: April 29, 2010 11:35 AM
A day after former Miami Mayor Maurice Ferre did the same thing, former North Miami Mayor Kevin Burns on Thursday morning filed the necessary paperwork in Tallahassee for his Democratic primary campaign for U.S. Senate.
 
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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: April 28, 2010 5:50 PM

As an "independent" senator, Charlie Crist would be in a position to leverage his vote for Florida's greater good, political observers say.

Or, in the words of another, he would be "largely ineffective."

If Crist beats Marco Rubio and Kendrick Meek in the fall election, "neither party would be terribly happy with him as he will be perceived as denying them a win," said Roger Stone, a veteran political consultant who worked on Ronald Reagan's 1984 campaign.

 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: April 29, 2010 12:40 AM
Former Miami Mayor Maurice Ferre has filed paperwork in Tallahassee for his campaign for the Democratic nomination for the U.S Senate election. 

While the Ferre campaign has raised $130,000, including $20,000 from a loan, the campaign had less than $3,500 cash on hand at the end of the first quarter of 2010. This is a fraction of the funds that Ferre’s chief rival for the Democratic nomination, U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, has raised. Meek had more than $3.7 million cash on hand at the end of the same period.
 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: April 26, 2010 12:30 AM
With Kendrick Meek leaving Congress to run for the U.S. Senate, a crowd of candidates has jumped into the Democratic primary to take his place.

Including Pembroke Pines, Miramar, North Miami and North Miami Beach, the district was 55 percent African American and 21 percent Hispanic as of the last federal census. The district also contains some of the largest Haitian communities in the nation, and almost 40 percent of the district was born outside the United States.
 
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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: April 17, 2010 12:04 AM

A day before unconfirmed reports surfaced that Gov. Charlie Crist will bow out of the U.S. Senate race and let George LeMieux and Marco Rubio duke it out for the Republican nomination, Crist considered one of his defining acts as chief executive of Florida.

Losing his political clout amid sinking polls, a beleaguered Crist did the calculus.

 
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Posted: April 15, 2010 1:43 PM
 

Despite repeated assurances that he would sign it, that the bill represented a powerful improvement in Florida's education standards, Gov. Charlie Crist announced Thursday that he had vetoed SB 6.

 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: April 14, 2010 12:15 AM

As whispers continued to grow that Gov. Charlie Crist plans to veto the teacher performance pay measure, business leaders met at the Capitol on Tuesday to lobby the governor to be bold, to strike a blow for education excellence and to sign the legislation into law.

“We know that there has been vocal opposition, but we want the governor to know teachers, educators, and business leaders support him and this good bill,” said Marshall Criser, the chair of the Florida Council of 100’s Pre-K-14 Education Committee.

 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: April 13, 2010 12:15 AM

It’s rare to see a former Florida Democratic Party chairman taking President Barack Obama to task -- but that’s exactly what Scott Maddox is doing on the issue of offshore oil drilling.

 
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By: Keith Laing The News Service of Florida | Posted: April 8, 2010 12:18 AM
Former Florida House Speaker and Republican Senate candidate Marco Rubio raised $3.6 million in the first quarter of 2010, the most money he has brought in since declaring his candidacy.
 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: March 29, 2010 12:25 PM

Kendrick Meek's U.S. Senate campaign turned in petitions Monday to place him on the ballot, edging the Democratic representative closer to becoming the first ever statewide candidate to avoid paying Florida's hefty filing fee.

“We have made history by filing over 145,000 signatures,” said campaign manager Abe Dyk.

 
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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: March 28, 2010 11:57 AM
 

Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio tangled before a national audience on "Fox News Sunday," and Republicans say the debate reinforced "defining differences" between the U.S. Senate candidates.

It also raised concerns among state party leaders.

 
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Posted: March 14, 2010 1:14 PM
 

It's a question increasingly asked, a sort of Internet Age social networking parlour game question: Who has the most friends or followers?

Could it be one of the candidates for U.S. Senate: Charlie Crist, Marco Rubio or Kendrick Meek?  Or, perhaps a gubernatorial candidate: Alex Sink, Bill McCollum or Paula Dockery?  One might even venture to guess it's former Gov. Jeb Bush.

A little bird told us the answer...

 
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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: March 11, 2010 6:36 PM
 

Florida Democrats may be gearing up to face Marco Rubio in the U.S. Senate race this November, but polls suggest that Gov. Charlie Crist would be a tougher opponent.

Numbers from Public Policy Polling (PPP) released Wednesday follow on the North Carolina-based pollster's report a day earlier that showed Rubio swamping Crist in the Republican primary 60-28.

 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: March 22, 2010 6:28 PM
**UPDATED at 6:30 PM**
Within hours of the U.S. House passing health care reform legislation Sunday night, Republicans in Florida began mobilizing to push back against the new federal mandate.

Republicans, with Attorney General Bill McCollum leading the charge, are preparing to specifically challenge the federal mandate that every citizen have health insurance coverage.

Last week, McCollum unveiled plans to sue the federal government as soon as the health care legislation passed. He asked other states to join him.
 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: March 22, 2010 11:25 AM

Within hours of the U.S. House passing health care reform legislation Sunday night, Republicans in Florida began mobilizing to push back against the new federal mandate.

Republicans, with Attorney General Bill McCollum leading the charge, are preparing to specifically challenge the federal mandate that every citizen have health insurance coverage.

Last week, McCollum unveiled plans to sue the federal government as soon as the health care legislation passed. He asked other states to join him.

 
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