Articles in Category: 'Kendrick Meek'

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: May 26, 2010 12:13 AM

With President Barack Obama looking to repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Defense Department policy prohibiting homosexuals from coming out of the closet during their military service, U.S. Senate candidates in Florida are weighing in on the issue.

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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: May 24, 2010 12:54 AM

The Florida AFL-CIO on Sunday endorsed Congressman Kendrick Meek, the Democratic frontrunner for the U.S. Senate nomination, and rejected an appeal from Gov. Charlie Crist’s independent campaign for the office.

Meek now has the backing and organizational support from a group that represents more than 500,000 Floridians and more than 500 locals across the state. 

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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: May 22, 2010 10:37 AM

Trailing badly in the polls behind Republican candidate Marco Rubio and newly independent Gov. Charlie Crist, Congressman Kendrick Meek spoke to the AFL-CIO convention in Jacksonville on Saturday morning, desperately seeking their endorsement.

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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: May 22, 2010 12:28 AM

The anticipation building Friday at the Florida AFL-CIO's meeting in Jacksonville was as thick as confetti on election night, as high-profile political candidates with high hopes began passionately courting labor leaders during the union's 2010 endorsement convention.

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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: May 21, 2010 12:38 AM
At least one prominent independent politician won’t be backing Charlie Crist. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will not endorse the now independent governor’s bid for the U.S. Senate.
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Posted: May 19, 2010 12:22 AM

Former House Speaker and Senate Majority Leader Dan Webster’s disappointing start for his congressional campaign is getting national attention from Politico.

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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: May 20, 2010 12:22 AM

With hearings now scheduled for Solicitor General Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court, Florida’s candidates in the U.S. Senate election are weighing in on the matter.

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By: David Royse and Keith Laing, The News Service of Florida | Posted: May 19, 2010 12:03 AM
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, up until last month a Republican, will step into a bastion of Democratic politics this weekend with a speech to the AFL-CIO of Florida as the union umbrella group vets candidates for possible endorsement.

Crist will speak at the AFL-CIO's endorsing convention in Jacksonville on Friday, and union officials will make a decision in a closed-door meeting on Sunday on who will get the union's endorsement in several races, including the United States Senate contest in which Crist is now an unaffiliated candidate.
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: May 17, 2010 10:26 AM

Adding more drama to what already promises to be a gripping political season in Florida, Lawton “Bud” Chiles III, education advocate and son of the longtime U.S. senator and governor, is seriously considering announcing a run for governor.

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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: May 15, 2010 12:28 AM
Gov. Charlie Crist signed a measure allowing more cameras to be installed at traffic signals to catch drivers who run through red lights… While Crist may not have support from the Republican leadership of the House, he seems to be getting some from the Democrats.
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: May 11, 2010 12:42 PM
Despite what current polls say, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson insists that the battle for the opening Senate seat will be a two-man race in Florida. Nelson is predicting that Republican Marco Rubio will fade down the stretch, leaving Gov.
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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: May 7, 2010 12:41 AM

Just win, baby. That's Gov. Charlie Crist's tune, and the Democratic Party may be humming along with him.

An unconfirmed report from Washington says that Crist and Democrats are engaged in conversations about the party supporting the former Republican's independent U.S. Senate bid.

That would mean the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee quietly pulling, or withholding, resources from the party's nominee in favor of Crist.

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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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