Showing posts with label CD5. Show all posts
Showing posts with label CD5. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Lawson says Trump’s budget plan would take away lifelines from nation’s poorest citizens

Yesterday, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-5) released the following statement in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2018:

“Once again, President Trump’s budget calls for extreme cuts to vital funding for programs that help our nation’s poor, from health care and food stamps to student loans and disability payments. It is a short-sighted plan that seeks to give tax breaks to the wealthiest while taking away lifelines for those who need it most.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown found guilty of fraud scheme involving bogus charity

Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown was convicted by a federal jury in Jacksonville, Florida, yesterday for her role in a conspiracy and fraud scheme involving a fraudulent scholarship charity.

Acting U.S. Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow, Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Special Agent in Charge Charles P. Spencer of the FBI’s Jacksonville, Florida, Division and Chief Richard Weber of the of Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) made the announcement.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Lawson officially begins term as U.S. representative from Florida District 5

Yesterday, a new era began in the Fifth Congressional District of Florida (CD5).

At an organizational session, U.S. Rep.-elect Alfred “Al” Lawson joined 189 Democrats in voting for Nancy Pelosi (D-California) in the election for speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. After Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) won the race with 239 votes, he administered the oath of office to Lawson and the rest of the members of the chamber.

Lawson, joined by his wife Delores Brooks and three grandchildren, also participated in a separate “mock swearing in” with Ryan.

That same day, the House updated its website with the link to Lawson’s new page: lawson.house.gov.


Monday, January 02, 2017

Brown proudly touted support for Mangum during scandal-plagued, losing reelection bid

Back when Elmira Mangum was struggling to save her presidency between late 2015 and fall 2016, the FAMU alumni state lawmakers who had once been her among her most vocal supporters stopped publicly defending her.

The only FAMU graduate in a high-profile elected office who was willing to proudly stand by Mangum was U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown.

Brown actually seemed to think that her support of Mangum would help her during her scandal-plagued reelection bid in the Fifth Congressional District of Florida. The incumbent representative faced an uphill battle for the Democratic nomination after Alfred “Al” Lawson, a FAMU alumnus, challenged her in the newly redrawn district.  

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Lawson, Alexander cruise to big victories in Florida general election

Florida A&M University alumni Alfred “Al” Lawson and Ramon Alexander, both Democrats, are two of the big winners in 2016 Florida general election.

Lawson defeated Republican nominee Glo Smith in the Fifth Congressional District of Florida. With 247 of 266 precincts reporting, Lawson had 190,610 votes (64.1 percent) to Smith’s 106,628 votes (35.9 percent).

Alexander won the District 8 seat in the Florida House of Representatives that Lawson formerly held from 1992 through 2000. He did not face a Republican contender but did have write-in opposition.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Florida Times-Union endorses Lawson for U.S. House general election

The editorial board of the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville has endorsed FAMU alumnus Alfred “Al” Lawson in the general election race for the Fifth Congressional District of Florida (CD5) seat. Lawson previously received the Time-Union’s endorsement for the Democratic primary, which he won against incumbent U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown on August 30.

Lawson will face Republican nominee Glo Smith in the general election on November 8.

From the Times-Union:

Raised in a small town in Gadsden County, Lawson is a black Democrat who has been repeatedly elected from largely white, rural districts. Yet he also has a strong record on civil rights, education, public safety, jobs, housing and other issues that are high priorities among Jacksonville’s African-American voters.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Al Lawson defeats 24-year incumbent Corrine Brown to win CD5 Democratic primary

Yesterday, Florida A&M University alumnus Alfred “Al” Lawson won the Democratic nomination for the Fifth Congressional District of Florida (CD5). He defeated 24-year incumbent U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, another graduate of FAMU.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Lawson had 48 percent to Brown’s 39 percent. A third Democratic candidate, LaShonda Holloway, had 13 percent.

Lawson won despite being vastly outspent by Brown. According to the Tallahassee Democrat, Brown’s “Aug. 10 campaign finance report showed $483,949 in total receipts, including $50,000 of her own money. Lawson raised $255,678 for his campaign, including $101,000 of his own.”

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Lawson using TV push to reach CD5 voters


Today is decision day in the Democratic primary for the new Fifth Congressional District of Florida (CD5). Polls have shown former Florida Senate Democratic Leader Alfred “Al” Lawson running neck-and-neck with incumbent U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown. Both are graduates of FAMU.

During his tenure in the Florida Legislature Lawson is directly responsible for over a $500 million (a half billion) dollars in new construction and renovation projects at FAMU, including the Al Lawson Multipurpose Teaching Gym that bears his name, the recent renovation of Tucker Hall, and the construction of the new Pharmacy Building and Pharmacy phase II, construction of the School of Journalism building, and all three phases of SBI.

CD5 formerly ran north-south from Duval County to Orange County. But the new CD5 map approved by the Florida Supreme Court in 2015 runs from Duval to Gadsden Counties. CD5 remains a minority-access seat with about 45 percent black voters. 

On August 16th, Lawson picked up the endorsement of the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville,  Brown's hometown newspaper and the largest paper in the new congressional district.    

Florida Politics reports that “Brown, unlike Lawson, has not been on TV in Jacksonville.”

Lawson has been running a TV ad in Jacksonville and other parts of the district that introduces him to voters. It starts with his early life in Gadsden County and goes on to his entry into small business ownership and politics.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Florida Times-Union of Jacksonville endorses Al Lawson’s bid to oust Corrine Brown

On Tuesday afternoon, the Florida TimesUnion editorial board announced its decision to endorse Florida A&M University alumnus and former Florida Senate Minority Leader Alfred “Al” Lawson in the race for the Fifth Congressional District of Florida (CD5) seat.

The Jacksonville-based newspaper chose to support him over incumbent U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, who lives in the city. She is also a graduate of FAMU.

“To receive the endorsement from the biggest publication in Jacksonville means so much to me. It shows that the city is ready for a leader they can trust,” Lawson said. “I am ready to go to Washington and work hard for the Bold City.”

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Lawson finishes June with $171K, Brown closes month with $99K

Fifth Congressional District of Florida (CD5) candidate Alfred “Al” Lawson finished the January 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016 reporting cycle with $171,771 in cash on hand. That was $72,133 ahead of incumbent U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, who had $99,638.

Both contenders are graduates of Florida A&M University and are seeking the Democratic nomination in the newly redrawn district, which now runs from Duval to Gadsden Counties.

The two candidates are also relying heavily upon personal loans. Lawson gave his campaign a $100,000 loan and Brown gave her campaign a $50,000 loan.

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Federal prosecutors charge Brown with fraud

Congresswoman Corrine Brown and her chief of staff were indicted yesterday for their alleged roles in a conspiracy and fraud scheme involving a fraudulent education charity.

Brown, 69, of Jacksonville, Florida, and her chief of staff, Elias “Ronnie” Simmons, 50, of Laurel, Maryland, were charged yesterday in a 24-count indictment with participating in a conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, multiple counts of mail and wire fraud, concealing material facts on required financial disclosure forms, theft of government property, obstruction of the due administration of the internal revenue laws, and filing false tax returns.

Both defendants pleaded not guilty during a court hearing that took place in Jacksonville, Fla.  

Friday, July 08, 2016

Federal grand jury indicts Corrine Brown

Yesterday, NBC-affiliate First Coast News of Jacksonville reported that a federal grand jury has voted to indict Congresswoman Corrine Brown. More details will be revealed once the court documents are unsealed later today.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Brown drops U.S. Supreme Court challenge to new CD5 map

U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown has ended her federal lawsuit against the newly redrawn map for the Fifth Congressional District of Florida (CD5).

Brown had submitted a notice of appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court back on April 25. But according to the News Service of Florida, attorneys for Brown filed a court document on Wednesday that said: “Plaintiffs now no longer wish to pursue their appeal in the United States Supreme Court and wish to dismiss said appeal.”

The incumbent Congresswoman is currently in a tight race against former state Sen. Alfred “Al” Lawson for the CD5 Democratic nomination. They are both graduates of Florida A&M University. The primary election will take place on August 30, 2016.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Poll shows close race between Lawson and Brown in CD5 primary

U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown holds a lead on Democratic challenger Alfred “Al” Lawson that is slightly above the margin of error in the first poll for their primary matchup in the Fifth Congressional District of Florida (CD5).

A poll by St. Pete Polls shows Democratic voters supporting Brown with 42.3 percent and Lawson with 36.7 percent. 21.1 percent of Democrats were unsure of who they would choose.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Lawson qualifies for CD5 primary with more than 2,000 petition signatures

On April 21, 2016, former Florida Senate Minority Leader Alfred “Al” Lawson announced that he had qualified by petition for the upcoming Democratic primary in the Fifth Congressional District of Florida (CD5).

In order to qualify, Lawson had to have 2,298 verified petitions. He has now exceeded this amount and met the petition qualifications.

“I have always thought that the voice of the people was the most important. I am very honored to have their support, and will continue to look out for the interests of North Florida,” Lawson said. “It’s a privilege to have their backing.”

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Lawson, Brown both running in new North Florida Congressional district

Yesterday, U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown said that she will seek reelection in the redrawn Fifth Congressional District of Florida (CD5). The announcement came one day after she lost a federal lawsuit against the new map approved by the Florida Supreme Court.

Brown, a FAMU alumna, is facing a challenge from FAMU alumnus and former Florida Senate Minority Leader Alfred “Al” Lawson. They are now both seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary that is scheduled for August 30, 2016.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Tampa Bay Times editorial board: “Court protects black voters over incumbent”

Yesterday, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida rejected U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown’s legal challenge against the redrawn Fifth Congressional District.

Back in 2015, Florida Supreme Court Justices E.C. Perry and Peggy Quince said that the new District 5 map is fair to minority voters. The Tampa Bay Times editorial board agreed in an editorial it released yesterday.

From the editorial: “Court protects black voters over incumbent”:

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Reporter busts myths about Brown’s fight against redrawn Congressional district

Earlier this month, FAMU alumna and Florida Times-Union reporter Tia Mitchell wrote a column about the myths that have been spread about U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown’s fight against the redrawn Fifth Congressional District of Florida (CD5).

CD5, which Brown has represented since 1992, ran north-south from Duval County to Orange County until the Florida Supreme Court voted 5-2 on December 2 to approve a new set of Congressional district maps in compliance with the Fair Districts Amendment. The new maps included a redrawn District 5 that runs from Duval to Gadsden Counties. The new CD5 remains a minority-access seat with about 45 percent black voters. 

From Mitchell’s column: “Busting myths about Corrine Brown’s redistricting battle”:

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Pelosi casts doubt on possible Brown run in Central Florida CD10

Late last month, U.S. House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi cast doubt on the possibility that Congresswoman Corrine Brown might jump into the race for Central Florida’s new District 10 (CD10) seat in Central Florida if her federal lawsuit against the redrawn version of her current District 5 (CD5) fails.

Pelosi addressed the issue at a February 23 press conference where she endorsed Val Demings’ bid for the CD10 Democratic nomination. Demings, a former Orlando police chief, previously won the Democratic nomination for CD10 in 2012 but came up short in her general election contest against Republican Dan Webster. The newly redrawn CD10 is now a minority access district with about 50 percent black voters.

“I don’t want to divulge our personal conversations, but what I will say is I think the fact that the Congressional Black Caucus, of which Corrine is a very respected and valued member, is supporting Val Demings should be a clear indication of where we should be going,” Pelosi said.