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

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.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Lawson says he might run against Brown in new U.S. House District 5

A court-ordered redrawing of the Fifth Congressional District of Florida could lead to a Democratic Primary battle between two FAMU graduates in 2016.

FAMU alumna Corrine Brown has represented the district in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1992. The district currently runs north-south from Jacksonville to Orlando. But a July 9 ruling by the Florida Supreme Court ordered the district to be redrawn “in an east-west manner.” That could set a pathway for another graduate of FAMU, Alfred “Al” Lawson, to challenge her for the seat.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Crist concedes Florida gubernatorial election to Scott

Charlie Crist conceded the 2014 gubernatorial election race to incumbent Gov. Rick Scott late Tuesday night.

 “I called Governor Scott and I congratulated him,” Crist said in a quote published by CNN. “And I wish him the best.”

The latest Associated Press numbers have Scott with 48.21 percent of the vote (2,858,119) to Crist’s 47 percent (2,786,643).

According to the AP, “Crist appealed to blacks, Hispanics, moderates and younger voters. Around 85 percent of African-Americans supported Crist over Scott. Crist split the vote with Scott among Cuban voters, typically a GOP-leaning group. Overall, Scott lost 12 points in support among Hispanics compared with the 2010 gubernatorial race. Voters in South Florida and central Florida preferred Crist over Scott, as did voters in cities.”

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Charlie Crist victory will end current gubernatorial attack on FAMU

Carole Crist, Ramon Alexander, Charlie Crist, and Daryl Parks
Over the past four years, FAMU has been under constant attack from a gubernatorial administration that is hostile to the university. Today is Rattler Country’s chance to strike back and put a big injection of venom in Gov. Rick Scott’s reelection campaign.

Gov. Rick Scott has jeopardized FAMU’s accreditation, attempted to bully the Board of Trustees, and shown disrespect to FAMU students.

Scott has also used his veto power to take away three line items that the Florida Legislature voted to give FAMU. He vetoed $2M for Infrastructure/Capital Renewal and $500,000 that would have saved the John A. Mulrennan, Sr. Public Health Entomology Research and Education Center in Panama City in 2011. He also vetoed $1.5M for the Crestview Education Center in 2012.

Monday, November 03, 2014

Friday, October 31, 2014

John Lewis joins Dream Defenders for early voting rally at FAMU

Yesterday, civil rights legend and U.S. Rep. John Lewis joined the Dream Defenders for an early voting rally on FAMU’s campus.

Lewis was among the nonviolent demonstrators who were beaten on Bloody Sunday in 1965 as they attempted to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. The protest helped lead to the passage of the Voting Rights Act later that same year.

Now the representative for the Fifth Congressional District of Georgia, Lewis urged the FAMU students in attendance to exercise the voting rights that were achieved through the struggle that cost many activists their lives.

The event, which took place in front of Lee Hall, also featured live music and food to complement the ongoing homecoming week activities. Along with Lewis, FAMU Student Body President Tonette Graham and Dream Defenders Director Phillp Agnew (a former FAMU student body president) also addressed the audience.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Bill Clinton urges early voting during rally for Gwen Graham at FAMU

On Saturday, the 42nd president of the United States visited FAMU’s campus to stump for Democratic Congressional candidate Gwen Graham.

A crowd of about 1,000 filled the university quadrangle to hear Bill Clinton, who served as commander-in-chief from 1993 to 2001, to urge the students to help unseat incumbent Steve Southerland, R-Panama Beach.

“In the next nine days everyone here is going to pass a hundred people . . . that you actually know and probably will not vote unless you stop them look them in the eye and ask them too,” Clinton said.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Crist pledges support for FAMU during visit to The Hill

Florida Democratic gubernatorial nominee Charlie Crist repeated an earlier promise to fight to reverse Rick Scott’s cuts to public education during a campaign stop at FAMU. He also took jabs at his opponent’s decision to veto a number of FAMU line items in past legislative appropriations bills.

“I was the guy who didn’t veto stuff for FAMU,” Crist said.

Scott has used his veto power to take away three line items that the Florida Legislature voted to give FAMU. He vetoed $2M for Infrastructure/Capital Renewal and $500,000 that would have saved the John A. Mulrennan, Sr. Public Health Entomology Research and Education Center in Panama City in 2011. He also vetoed $1.5M for the Crestview Education Center in 2012.

The legislature did not approve any line items for FAMU in 2013. But for 2014, Scott permitted FAMU to keep $10M for Phase II of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.