Showing posts with label elections. Show all posts
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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”:

Monday, March 14, 2016

Humphries: Democratic voters should ask candidates for details about their HBCU plans

Frederick S. Humphries, the eighth president of Florida A&M University, shared the following message on his official Facebook page on March 11th:

Issues, Questions & Answers - What's in it for HBCUs?

There has been significant discussion regarding free tuition for Higher Education and what the implications are to HBCU's. Both Hillary Clinton & Bernie Sanders have indicated in broad strokes their intentions to help HBCU's as part of their proposed Higher Education packages, but little with respect to details has been discussed - at least in the public forum.

Bill Clinton to lead “Get Out the Vote” rally in FAMU’s Tookes Center

The 42nd president of the United States will visit Florida A&M University tomorrow to stump for his wife’s bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Bill Clinton, who served as commander-in-chief from 1993 to 2001, is scheduled to lead a “Get Out the Vote” rally at the FAMU Hansel E. Tookes, Sr. Student Recreation Center at 12:30 p.m. on Monday. Attendees will be able to enter the center at 11:30 a.m.

“President Clinton will lay out what's at stake during this election and why Hillary is the only candidate who can break down barriers that hold Floridians back, deliver results, and protect the progress that we’ve made under President Obama,” the Clinton campaign said in an event announcement on its official website.

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.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Lawson, Jones primary could highlight differences in commitment to battling attacks on FAMU

FAMU alumna and U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown still hasn’t ruled out running in District 10 in Central Florida if her federal lawsuit against the redrawn map for her current District 5 (CD5) fails. FAMU alumnus Alfred “Al” Lawson is running for the new CD5 in North Florida and FAMU alumna Mia Jones, a current state representative from Jacksonville, has said she might enter the race if Brown decides against seeking reelection.

Lawson and Jones would both be vying to represent FAMU in Congress if they faced off in a primary and would likely tout their records on FAMU issues in the Florida Legislature. One FAMU issue where Lawson and Jones have shown big differences in commitment is on defending FAMU control of the budget for the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering (COE).

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Lawson officially files for North Florida Congressional race, picks up endorsements

Al Lawson during his 2012 Congressional campaign in District 2
While voters prepared to cast the first votes of the 2016 election season in Iowa on Monday, former Florida Senate Minority Leader Alfred “Al” Lawson officially filed his paperwork to run for the new Congressional District 5. The district covers North Florida from Tallahassee and Gadsden County to Jacksonville.

“Washington is broken and now more than ever we need real leadership in Congress that puts the people ahead of politics,” said Lawson, an alumnus of Florida A&M University. “I fought for this community in our state Capitol, and I will continue to fight for North Florida’s working families in Congress.”

Friday, January 15, 2016

Pressure mounts for Corrine Brown to stay out of Central Florida CD10 primary

Rumors have swirled that U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, a FAMU alumna, is thinking about jumping 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. But the Democratic Party establishment appears to be taking steps to discourage her making that switch.

U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has 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.

“Val Demings is the exact kind of public servant we need in Congress to help solve some of the toughest issues facing our country today,” Pelosi said in her endorsement statement.

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Brown subpoena by Feds, Carroll says investigation might be linked to endorsements

Yesterday, the Florida Times-Union reported that Congresswoman Corrine Brown received a subpoena from U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) officials while eating at a barbeque restaurant in Jacksonville. USDOJ declined to comment on the matter when asked by media representatives.

Brown suggested that the action was part of a political attack against her.

“The 5th congressional district is under attack through the redistricting process, and now it is under siege by other political forces,” she said. “It is not surprising that every time we go through the redistricting process some tangential investigation comes up.”

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Lawson’s response to Brown reelection filing: “Go Gata!”

Florida A&M alumnus Alfred “Al” Lawson was unfazed when asked to respond to Corrine Brown’s decision to file for reelection in the Fifth Congressional District of Florida. The news came less than a week after Lawson announced that he would enter the Democratic primary in the newly redrawn district that now includes Leon County.   

“She keeps saying that Tallahassee has nothing in common with Jacksonville and that kind of offends some people,” Lawson said in a quote published by POLITICO Florida.

This summer, the Florida Supreme Court ruled the state’s congressional districts unconstitutional and ordered a new map drawn. Following a special session and continued litigation, the trial court adopted and the Florida Supreme Court approved a map that created a new district for the communities of North Florida, stretching from Tallahassee and Gadsden County to Jacksonville. District 5 formerly ran north-south from Duval County to Orange County.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Lawson likely to face CD5 primary contender from Jacksonville

On Tuesday, Florida A&M alumnus Alfred “Al” Lawson confirmed that he will enter the race for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives from the newly redrawn Congressional District 5 (CD5) in North Florida. He told the Miami Herald that he thinks incumbent Corrine Brown, a FAMU alumna, will probably run in District 10 (CD10) in Central Florida. CD5 and CD10 are both minority-access districts.

Lawson will almost definitely face a Jacksonville-based contender in the Democratic primary. The Florida Times-Union reports that several black current and former elected officials in the Duval County area are interested in running for CD5 if Brown decides not to seek reelection in that district.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Lawson announces candidacy for new North Florida Congressional District

Yesterday, former state Sen. Alfred “Al” Lawson announced his intention to run for the newly created Congressional District 5 which covers North Florida from Tallahassee and Gadsden County to Jacksonville. Lawson, a Florida A&M alumnus, will officially announce and file for Congress in January.

“North Florida needs a strong, progressive voice in Washington to protect those issues important to our families,” said Lawson. “I fought for our communities while serving in our state Capitol, and I will continue to fight for North Florida’s working families in Congress.”

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Adviser says Brown won’t run for reelection in District 5 if federal courts uphold new map

Late last week, Orlando Sentinel columnist Scott Maxwell wrote that an adviser to U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown said Brown won’t seek reelection in the Fifth Congressional District if the federal courts reject her challenge to the new map.

District 5, 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 District 5 remains a minority-access seat with about 45 percent black voters. 

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Tensions already rising between Lawson and Gillum ahead of likely U.S. House primary battle

Al Lawson at a Citizens for Responsible Spending press conference in September
Ever since the Florida Supreme Court ordered the Fifth Congressional District of Florida to be redrawn “in an east-west manner” on July 9, FAMU alumni Alfred “Al” Lawson and Andrew Gillum’s names have circulated as potential candidates. Both have kept the door open to jumping into the August primary race for the seat currently held by FAMU alumna Corrine Brown.

District 5 will remain a minority-access seat with about 45 percent black voters under the new map that was approved by the Florida Supreme Court on December 2.

Lawson, a former state senator, appears to have already come out swinging against Gillum.

Monday, December 07, 2015

Perry, Quince blast unfair districts created by “minority Democrats and white Republicans”

Last week, Congresswoman Corrine Brown called the Florida Supreme Court’s approval of a redrawn map of her current district “a direct attack on minority voters.” But both of the black justices on the court, E.C. Perry and Peggy Quince, said that the new District 5 is fair to minority voters.

District 5, which Brown has represented since 1992, formerly ran north-south from Duval County to Orange County. But a July 9 ruling by the Florida Supreme Court ordered that District 5 be redrawn “in an east-west manner,” while remaining a minority-access seat, in order to comply with the Fair Districts Amendment.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Lawson, Brown could end up running in different Congressional districts

FAMU alumni Alfred “Al” Lawson and Corrine Brown might not end up in a contentious primary battle in the redrawn Fifth Congressional District of Florida if Brown decides enter the election for a new seat that will be based in Central Florida.

District 5, which Brown has represented since 1992, currently runs north-south from Duval County to Orange County. But a July 9 ruling by the Florida Supreme Court ordered that District 5 be redrawn “in an east-west manner” while remaining a minority-access seat. The Florida Legislature has proposed a new district that will run from Duval to Gadsden Counties.

Lawson represented all or part of four of those counties (Gadsden, Leon, Jefferson, and Madison) in the Florida Senate from 2000 to 2010. He told WFSU that he might run for the District 5 seat next year.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Alexander leads HD 8 fundraising race with nearly $90,000

FAMU alumnus Ramon Alexander is at the top of the fundraising race in the Democratic nomination contest for Florida House District 8 with nearly $90,000.

Alexander, national executive director of Distinguished Young Gentlemen of America, Inc., has a total of $88,678.55 in monetary donations and $1,675.00 in in-kind contributions.

“My wife and I are grateful to the great number of people who believe enough in our campaign to give their hard-earned dollars in support of my candidacy,” Alexander said in a quote published by the SaintPetersBlog.