Showing posts with label elections. Show all posts
Showing posts with label elections. Show all posts

Friday, December 09, 2016

Graham may face primary battle in race for Democratic gubernatorial nomination

U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham still hasn’t officially announced a decision about whether she will seek the Democratic nomination for the Florida governorship in 2018. But some both inside and outside of the party are already treating her like she’s the frontrunner.

Back during a Hillary Clinton campaign rally in Tallahassee on November 7, U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden made encouraging remarks about the possibility of Graham winning the Governor’s Mansion. Her father, Bob Graham, served as the governor of Florida from 1979 to 1987.

“Gwen Graham, great congresswoman who I predict may be your next governor down here,” Biden said.

The Republican Governors Association also appears to see her as the likely Democratic nominee. Yesterday, it released a statement taking jabs at her on the issue of “transparency.”

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

FLBC was more concerned about pursuing big donors than defending FAMU

Tim Ryan, who is challenging Nancy Pelosi for the minority leader position in the U.S. House of Representatives, recently made a spot on comment about a big reason why the Democratic Party did poorly in the 2016 elections.

“The public sees Democrats … as being elite and more concerned with the donor class than we are with them,” Ryan said.

That’s certainly true for the Florida Democratic Party, which has had a lack of leadership for years. The state of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus (FLBC) during the 2014-2016 term reflected that problem.

The FLBC was once one of the most consistent sources of advocacy that Florida A&M University had. But in the 2014-2016 term the group simply ignored a number of attacks against the university.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Williams, Bullard end 2016 with election losses

Today, the Florida Legislature will officially begin its 2016-2018 term. Former Rep. Alan Williams and former Sen. Dwight Bullard, both alumni of Florida A&M University, will not be among those who take the oath of office today.

Williams represented House District 8 for eight years between 2008 and 2016. Facing term limits, he ran for Leon County Supervisor of Elections this year but lost to Mark Earley. Earley served as voting systems manager under long-time Supervisor of Elections Ion Sancho, who endorsed his candidacy.

Bullard held the District 39 Senate seat from 2012 to 2016 and ran for the District 40 Senate seat after the district maps were redrawn. He lost to state Rep. Frank Artiles, a Republican.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Democratic voters give cold shoulder to Joyner, Jones’ chosen successors

Sen. Arthenia Joyner and Rep. Mia Jones, who are alumni of Florida A&M University, are both leaving the Florida Legislature this year due to term limits. They both publicly backed chosen successors for their seats during the 2016 Democratic primaries, but Democratic voters gave cold shoulders to those endorsements.

Joyner endorsed state Rep. Ed Narain for the District 19 Senate seat she currently holds. Narain is the current chairman of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus (FLBC).

But state Rep. Daryl Rouson defeated Narain in the Democratic primary and won the Senate seat.

Jones endorsed Leslie Jean-Bart to replace her in House District 14, but Jean-Bart lost the Democratic primary to now state Rep.-elect Kimberly Daniels.

Last year, Jones expressed interest in entering the Democratic primary in the redrawn Fifth Congressional District of Florida but stayed out when incumbent U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown decided to seek reelection. Brown lost the Democratic primary to now U.S. Rep. Alfred “Al” Lawson, a FAMU alumnus.

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.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

FAMU students encouraged to complete voter registration

As the presidential election rapidly approaches, Rattlers joined forces to host a Strike the Vote voter registration drive in an effort to ensure all Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University students are registered by Oct. 11.

During the drive, various FAMU and Tallahassee community members manned conveniently located tables across campus where they updated students’ registration information and registered many first time voters.

Participants of the Strike the Vote initiative included FAMU political science and history students, Student Government Association leaders, the Florida State University League of Women Voters, the League of Women Voters of Florida, and the School of Allied Health Sciences.

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.”

Alexander wins Democratic primary for Florida House District 8

Former Florida A&M University Student Body President Ramon Alexander beat three opponents to win the Democratic nomination for the Florida House of Representatives District 8. He finished with 39 percent of the votes.

Alexander is the national executive director of Distinguished Young Gentlemen of America, Inc. lead all the Democratic candidates in fundraising with a total of $210,723 as of August 25.

He graduated from the FAMU Development Research School and then earned a degree in political science and public administration from FAMU, serving as student body president during the 2005-2006 school year. Alexander formerly worked as the community & external affairs aide in the Tallahassee Mayor’s Office and a legislative intern in the Florida House of Representatives District 8 office for two years.

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.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Frontrunner to replace Joyner likely to be just as weak in defending FAMU

Over the past two legislative sessions, no one in the current Florida Legislative Black Caucus (FLBC) has made an attempt to defend FAMU with the level of boldness and leadership that Carrie Meek demonstrated while she was in the state House and Senate.

Senate Minority Leader Arthenia Joyner, the highest ranking FAMU graduate in the legislature, will leave in November due to term limits. She’s done a poor job of looking out for FAMU since 2015 and it doesn’t appear that the frontrunner to replace her has any intention of doing a better job.

Joyner has endorsed state Rep. Ed Narain for the District 19 Senate seat she currently holds. He is leading all of his Democratic primary opponents in fundraising. The SaintPetersBlog reported yesterday that Narain “led the money race through June 24 with about $100,000 in his campaign account, followed by fellow Democratic Rep. Darryl Rouson with about $41,000 and former Democratic Rep. Betty Reed with about $16,000.”

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Alexander reaches $154,997.55 in financial donations for HD 8 campaign

FAMU alumnus Ramon Alexander remains in the #1 spot in the fundraising race for the Democratic nomination contest for Florida House District 8.

Alexander, national executive director of Distinguished Young Gentlemen of America, Inc., has a total of $154,997.55 in monetary donations and $9,008.97 in in-kind contributions.

Alexander, who earned a degree in political science and public administration from FAMU, served as student body president during the 2005-2006 school year. He formerly worked as the community & external affairs aide in the Tallahassee Mayor’s Office and a legislative intern in the Florida House of Representatives District 8 office for two years.

He is married to Taniyah Dawson, an alumna of the FAMU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and former starting point guard for the FAMU Women’s Basketball Team.

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.

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”: