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

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.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Gillum, Richardson, and Williams pick up election victories

(L-R) Curtis Richardson, Andrew Gillum, Tallahassee Lobbyist Sean Pittman, and Alan Williams honoring Kopykat Copy Center
Andrew Gillum, Curtis Richardson, and Alan Williams all emerged victorious a set of primary elections held yesterday, August 25.

FAMU alumnus Andrew Gillum won the primary election for the mayorship of Tallahassee. Although a write-in candidate has filed to challenge him in November, it is unclear whether he will need to hit the campaign trail again.

“I don’t know the particulars around that,” Gillum said in an interview with the Tallahassee Democrat. “My understanding is that in a nonpartisan election, if there are more than two candidates a candidate who gets 50 percent plus one is decided. But I’ll do what the process says.”

Richardson, who represented FAMU for eight years in District 8 of the Florida House of Representatives, won the race the succeed Gillum in seat two on the Tallahassee City Commission.

FAMU alumnus Alan Williams, who won the Florida House seat that Richardson left due to term limits in 2008, cruised to an easy victory in the Democratic primary for his current office. He will face a write-in candidate in the general election.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Scott extends another pre-election olive branch to UF with chancellor pick

Back when Frank Brogan was the chancellor for Florida’s public universities, Rick Scott ran over him like a second-hand doormat. Brogan’s bosses on the Board of Governors, who were just as scared of Scott as he was, joined him in sitting down and shutting up as Scott effectively became the real chancellor of the State University System of Florida (SUS).

Even though it took a little time, the BOG has finally accepted its place under the governor’s thumb.

Earlier this year, Brogan decided to hold on to a few pieces of his dignity by getting the hell out of dodge. He took a $29,500 pay cut to leave Florida and escape to Pennsylvania, where he is now the new public university CEO. But the headlines from last week are full of signs that Scott is still calling the shots at the BOG offices and extending another pre-election olive branch to the University of Florida.

The search committee for the new chancellor unanimously voted to offer the name of Marshall Criser, III, president of AT&T Florida, as its one and only recommendation for Brogan’s replacement.  

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Crist pledges to reverse Scott’s cuts to Florida’s public universities

On Monday, Charlie Crist officially launched his bid to challenge Rick Scott for the Florida governorship. Crist, who served as the 44th Governor of Florida from 2007 until 2011, pledged to fight to reverse Scott’s cuts to the State University System of Florida.

“Today I announce that I am running for governor of Florida, and the reason is to put you back in charge,” Crist told a crowd of supporters.

According to the Tampa Tribune, Crist wants “to restore what he said were billions of dollars in cuts by Gov. Rick Scott to K-12 public schools and higher education, including the Bright Futures college tuition aid program.” The Tribune added that Crist also announced his intention to create a new program that will provide “tuition aid to graduate students in medicine, science, math and technology if they remain in Florida after school.”

FAMU has felt the stark difference in gubernatorial support since Crist left office. Back during his governorship, Crist approved tens millions of dollars of new spending for FAMU’s educational facilities. But Scott has vetoed every construction appropriation line item that the Florida Legislature has tried to give FAMU since he took over in 2011.

Crist was elected to the Florida governorship as a Republican in 2006 but switched to “No Party Affiliation” in 2010. He is now seeking the Democratic nomination for his old job, having joined the party last year.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Cory Booker elected to U.S. Senate

From the Associated Press:

Newark (NJ) Mayor Cory Booker won a special election last night to represent New Jersey in the U.S. Senate, giving the rising Democratic star a bigger political stage after a race against conservative Steve Lonegan, a former small-town mayor.

Booker, 44, will become the first black senator from New Jersey and heads to Washington with an unusual political resume. He was raised in suburban Harington Park as the son of two of the first black IBM executives, and graduated from Stanford and law school at Yale with a stint in between as a Rhodes Scholar before moving to one of Newark's toughest neighborhoods with the intent of doing good.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Gillum’s mayoral run could open opportunities for Williams, Alexander

In 2014, Tallahassee citizens will choose their third “leadership mayor” since the passage of the 1996 referendum that mandated the direct election of the city’s top leader. FAMU alumnus Andrew Gillum, who’s served on the city commission since 2003, is now the early frontrunner to succeed outgoing Mayor John Marks. His run might open big opportunities for two fellow FAMU alumni.    

Rep. Alan Williams (D-Tallahassee) is coming close to his eight year term limit in 2016. Even though many of his supporters want him to continue his service as chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus and House Democratic Whip, there are others who want him to throw his hat in the ring for Gillum’s vacant city commission seat.

“As state representative for this area, that’s going to be my main focus right now. As things move along, we’ll continue to look at the opportunity that is there as it relates to the city commission,” Williams told WFSU.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Hastings, Brown slam Supreme Court ruling on Voting Rights Act

Yesterday, the two FAMU alumni who represent Florida in the U.S. House of Representatives, Alcee L. Hastings and Corrine Brown, spoke out against a Supreme Court ruling that invalidated Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

“I am extremely disappointed by the Supreme Court’s ruling,” Hastings said. “They have put at risk the right to vote for millions of Americans.  For decades, the Voting Rights Act has stood as an essential safeguard against racial discrimination in our political system.  Unfortunately, voter suppression and discrimination still exist at the polls, and today’s announcement undermines our nation’s efforts to create an open and transparent electoral process for all.”

Section 4 established standards to determine which states must seek federal government approval in order to change their voting procedures. The Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 vote that the standards are unconstitutional. Chief Justice John G. Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony M. Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel A. Alito made up the majority. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan all dissented.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Crist should take note of Lawson’s clout with Democratic base, GOP lawmakers

Former Gov. Charlie Crist, a new member of the Democratic Party, had a strong showing in the latest Public Policy Polling (PPP) report on Florida. PPP’s January 16th poll found that 70 percent of Democrats in the state view him favorably. He would also beat incumbent Gov. Rick Scott 53 to 39 percent in an election matchup.  

But Crist might face opposition in the 2014 Democratic gubernatorial primary. Some members of the state party are attempting to recruit former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz to challenge Crist for the nomination.

If Crist wins a divisive primary contest, he will need a running mate who can energize the Democratic base. He will also need someone who can work across party lines in order to push legislation through the Republican-controlled legislature.

FAMU alumnus Alfred “Al” Lawson could rally swing voters in the majority white Florida Senate district he represented from 2000 to 2010. A Crist-Lawson ticket would also excite African American voters. Crist won 20 percent of black votes when he ran for the governorship back in 2006.

Lawson can get things done at the Florida Capitol. A recent news article published by the Florida Current shows that Lawson still has tremendous clout with his former colleagues in the Republican-dominated Florida Senate.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Scott reconciles with angry Gators, asks Machen to stay after $41K search process

Back in late 2012, Rattlers succeeded in fighting off certain Rick Scott cronies on the FAMU Board of Trustees who tried to stop then-Provost Larry Robinson from becoming the interim president. Many Gators are now celebrating a big victory in their war against the governor’s attempted interference in their university.

Just four days before it was expected to hire a new leader, the University of Florida suspended a presidential search that is estimated to cost no less than $41,000. Bernie Machen will stay put as the head of Gator Country.

Scott led the way in pleading for Machen to rescind his resignation and remain in charge. A university press release said that Scott has promised to support Machen’s goal of raising UF to a top 10-ranked national institution.

The move represents a new political strategy for a governor who is plagued by rock-bottom poll numbers as he heads into his reelection campaign. Quinnipiac University’s latest Florida poll found that most voters disapprove of Scott’s job performance and don’t believe that he deserves another term. The poll also showed that 53 percent of Republicans want a candidate to challenge him for the party’s 2014 gubernatorial nomination.

Scott’s hat-in-hand appeal for Machen to remain in office came after numerous UF supporters accused him of interfering in the university’s affairs for political purposes. There was speculation that Machen announced his retirement in June 2012 under pressure from the Scott.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Crist should consider Lawson, Meek as potential running mates

Ever since 2011, many Florida Democrats have worked to recruit Charlie Crist to join the party and challenge Rick Scott for the governorship in 2014.

Crist took another step toward the upcoming gubernatorial race on Dec. 13 by officially registering as a Democrat.

Now that it seems likely Crist will seek the Democratic nomination for his former job, he has a big decision to make. He’ll need to select a running mate who will excite Florida Democrats, appeal to swing voters, and help him govern.

Alfred “Al” Lawson and Kendrick Meek, two FAMU alumni, could easily fit that bill.