Showing posts with label lawson. Show all posts
Showing posts with label lawson. Show all posts

Monday, March 20, 2017

Lawson slams Trump’s proposed budget, calls it “short-sighted”

Last week, U.S. Rep. Alfred “Al” Lawson released the following statement in response to the U.S. President Donald Trump’s proposed budget:

“President Trump’s budget calls for extreme cuts to vital funding for job training, clean energy, medical research, and public education. 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.

We cannot reform our nation’s health care system while simultaneously cutting $12.6 billion from the Health and Human Services budget. If we want to ensure clean drinking water for future generations, we need to be investing more in the Environmental Protection Agency, not cutting $2.6 billion from its budget. Our international standing relies on our global development and diplomacy work, which cannot afford an $11 billion cut.

While I think we need to find innovative ways to make our federal government run more efficiently and save tax payer dollars, extreme cuts that will harm America’s seniors, children, and families is not the way to do it. I believe that our national budget is a reflection of our values as a society and this does not align with the values of Florida’s fifth Congressional district, and therefore I intend to strongly oppose it.”

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Lawson criticizes Republican plan to repeal Affordable Care Act

Last week, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-5) criticized the health care proposal introduced by the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“The Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is an exercise in smoke and mirrors,” Lawson said. “This proposal would give tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans while burdening hard working families with higher health care costs. The Republican plan allows for soaring new health care costs for our seniors and shortens the life of the Medicare Trust Fund, endangering seniors and disabled Americans who depend on Medicaid coverage. This is completely unacceptable for Floridians.”

A study by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) estimated that the Republican plan (which is called the “American Health Care Act”), “would reduce federal deficits by $337 billion over the coming decade and increase the number of people who are uninsured by 24 million in 2026 relative to current law.”

“I will continue to fight to ensure that Floridians with pre-existing conditions don’t have to worry about losing their health care, and that young adults can stay on their parents insurance until they are 26, and that we are doing all we can to make health care affordable and accessible for all Americans, not just a select few,” Lawson said.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Lawson says country “deserves better than a bunch of broken promises from” Trump

Back in January, U.S. Rep. Alfred “Al” Lawson (FL-5) denounced U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order banning immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries from the United States for 90 days.

On February 28, Lawson attended the president’s address before Congress and released the following statement in response:

“We heard a lot from President Trump tonight, but the numbers speak for themselves. Forty days after his inauguration, we still have yet to see President Trump and the Republican Congress lift a finger to create jobs or help hard-working Americans.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Robinson joins Lawson for U.S. president’s address to joint session of Congress

On Tuesday, February 28, Florida A&M University Interim President Larry Robinson joined U.S. Rep. Alfred “Al” Lawson for the U.S. president’s address before a joint session of Congress.

Lawson, a FAMU alumnus, said in a tweet that he was “proud” to have the interim president with him for the occasion.

Earlier in the day, Robinson was part of a group of historically black college and university (HBCU) presidents and chancellors who met with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House. At the meeting, Trump signed an executive order entitled “White House Initiative to Promote Excellence and Innovation at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.”

Monday, February 13, 2017

Florida Times-Union: “FAMU leadership is back on track”

On Friday, the Florida Times-Union wrote another editorial that lauded Florida A&M University's continuing progress under its new administrative and Board of Trustees leadership.

Back in December 2016, the Times-Union ran an editorial entitled ““FAMU seems to be getting back on track.”

From the February 9, 2017 editorial “FAMU leadership is back on track”:

Florida A&M University is on the move. There is new leadership with a respected interim president.

Friday, February 03, 2017

Lawson denounces Trump’s immigration ban

On Tuesday, January 31, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, FL-5, issued the following statement in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order banning immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries from the United States for 90 days:

“I am disappointed by this Executive Order because it goes against everything this country stands for.  I can think of few things more un-American than discriminating against people seeking refuge on our shores because of their religion.  This action betrays who we are as a country. Keeping the American people safe from threats from abroad is very important to me but targeting an entire religion is completely misguided and irresponsible.

This order dishonors our values and has caused shockwaves of confusion throughout our nation.  America is the land of opportunity regardless of age, race, class and religion. I will continue to work for smart action to protect our borders while protecting religious freedom and defending our American values.”

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Lawson appointed to U.S. House Agriculture Committee

Last week U.S. House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-MN) announced that new U.S. Rep. Alfred “Al” Lawson (D-FL), a Florida A&M University alumnus, will join him as one of the 20 Democratic members of the committee.

“The Agriculture Committees new and returning members are ready to get to work on the wide variety of issues overseen by the Committee, including reauthorizing the 2014 Farm Bill. I look forward to working with them and the Republican members of the Committee this Congress,” Peterson said.

Lawson said that he is excited to serve on the committee, which does work that is important to his district.

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.  

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Lawson appoints Thompson chief of staff for Fifth Congressional District of Florida

Tallahassee native and Florida A&M University alumnus Tola Thompson, long-time director and assistant vice president of FAMU’s government relations efforts, is once again headed to Washington, D.C.

He will be leaving “the Hill” to relocate to Capitol Hill to support fellow alumnus and newly elected Congressman Alfred “Al” Lawson as his chief of staff.

“It has been my great privilege to serve my alma mater these past nine-plus years. My time at FAMU has been some of the best years of my life,” said Thompson. “I will miss the incredible people I have had the pleasure of working with and the tremendously talented students who are the reason why I lobbied so hard for FAMU.”

Sunday, December 18, 2016

YAG brings alumni, elected officials, FAMU administration together to support scholarships


The 2016 FAMU Young Alumni Giving Scholarship Brunch, held during FAMU Homecoming, brought a wide array of Rattlers together to support student scholarships.

According to Ricquel Jackson, who has chaired the event for three years, “this year we were able to award over $9,500 dollars to current undergraduate and graduate students at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University.”

The attendees included: Interim President Larry Robinson, filmmaker Will Packer, South Florida AT&T Regional Director Cristal Cole, author Rashan Ali, U.S. Rep.-elect Alfred “Al” Lawson, U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty, U.S. Rep. Al Green, U.S. Rep. Yvette Clark, and U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, Jr.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Lawson touts FAMU’s new direction during meeting between BOT chairs and Scott

Chairs from each of the State University System’s Boards of Trustees shared key information and concerns with Gov. Rick Scott during a meeting at the Governor’s Mansion on Nov. 21.

Kelvin Lawson, chair of the FAMU Board of Trustees and a participant in the meeting, said he was encouraged by the session and believes it was very productive.

“I thought it was a good forum. The governor has been very interested in higher education in the state, very interested in job creation, and very interested in making sure that when students graduate from one of our institutions that there is a job available to them, primarily in the State of Florida,” said Lawson, who is 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.

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.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Magnum, Thrasher have become quite a team


FAMU President Elmira Mangum helped FSU President John Thrasher put an end to the 28 years of FAMU budget control of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering (COE) in 2015. She did that despite the existing legislative budget language that favored FAMU and the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) study that said nothing about shifting the money from the university. 

Last year, with Mangum's approval, the legislature moved the $12.9M for the COE from the FAMU line to a new budget entity called “FAMU/FSU College of Engineering.”  

Following the transfer, a new Joint College of Engineering Governance Council was created and it started calling the shots on the operating budget. This has made it possible for the FSU representatives and BOG Chancellor Marshall Criser, III to now out vote FAMU on budget decisions.

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.”

Friday, June 10, 2016

FAMU trustees elect Lawson to chairmanship

Today, the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) elected Kelvin Lawson to the chairmanship. Lawson, as vice-chairman, had been serving as the acting chair since the Florida Board of Governors denied reappointment to former Chairman Cleve Warren on May 12th. He will serve out the remainder of the former chairman’s term, which ends in 2017.

Lawson is an alumnus of the FAMU School of Business and Industry. He is currently the national client service director for Acosta Sales and Marketing.

He was nominated for the position by Trustee Robert Woody. The vote was unanimous.

The BOT elected Trustee Kimberly Moore to serve out the remainder of Lawson’s term as vice-chair.

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Online petitioners even more misinformed about FAMU-FSU engineering than Mangum

FAMU currently has a president who showed last July that she didn’t understand FAMU controlled the budget for the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering (COE) for 28 years.

Now, there are online petitioners who appear to know even less about the COE than she does.

A change.org petition started by a poster named “Rattlers4FAMU Real Rattlers” is asking the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) to grant President Elmira Mangum a contract extension. The petition attempts to support that request with a number of misinformed claims about the COE.

The petition claims that some individuals “are using what we call the ‘South Carolina Strategy’ to attempt to destroy FAMU. The SC Strategy includes…2. Closing high-impact programs in STEM (e.g. joint engineering school).”