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Kendrick Meek

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    Head of Florida Dems Thanks Supporters for "Brighter Future"?

    Where were the Dems while this guy won?​Yes, a wave of anti-Obama, pro-Tea Party sentiment swept the country Tuesday. But even considering the national trend, Florida Dems took a beating that can't simply be blamed on the miserable economy or a knee-jerk desire for change.Going into Election Day, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    Little Guys Beat Wayne Huizenga

    If you seen Wayne Huizenga this weekend, be nice to the guy. Our local mogul took a bad beating on Election Day. ​No he wasn't backing Alex Sink -- he put a lot of money into helping to elect Rick Scott to the governor's mansion, including $100,000 into Scott's PAC, Let's Get To Work (I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    The Morning After: Marco Rubio, God, and You

    Although Broward County election results saw a dead split between Marco Rubio and party-line pushover Kendrick Meek in the three-way race for U.S. Senator, statewide Rubio swept 49% of the vote, leaving Meek and Gov. Charlie Crist with less than 30% each. Rubio's strongest showing was in northern co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2010

    So, Who's Lying About Kendrick Meek and Bill Clinton's Secret Deal?

    Meek and Clinton appear both to be telling, at best, half-truths.​Skipping ahead to the conclusion, here are the liars: Bill Clinton a little, Politico.com some, and Kendrick Meek a lot.First off, Politico.com, which broke the story yesterday that Clinton supposedly urged Meek to quit the Senate r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2010

    Kendrick Meek Bitch-Slaps Bill Clinton, Doesn't Want to Be Seen as Quitter (UPDATED)

    Meek denied reports that Clinton wanted him to quit.​Touring Florida in support of Democratic candidates last week, Bill Clinton quietly pressured senatorial candidate Kendrick Meek to drop out of the race and endorse independent candidate Charlie Crist, according to Politico.com. By throwing the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    One Blog, One Vote

    I'll be writing more about the infamous crusher handshake later, but a few people have asked me who I'm voting for (or would vote for if in a certain district). I got it a lot in the primary too. So I thought I'd go ahead and spit it out. Don't call these endorsements. I wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    Charlie Crist: Bubba the Love Sponge Is Swaying the Election

    KendrickMeekdotcomWonder how Meek feels about Bubba supporting Charlie.​Is Bubba the Love Sponge swaying next week's election?The syndicated radio host (Bubba the Love Sponge is his real name; he had it legally changed) has been encouraging his listeners, known as "The Bubba Army," to vote for hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    UPDATED: Kendrick Meek Addressing Clinton Report

    Palm Beach Post​Kendrick Meek has called a press conference for 9:30 p.m.-- i.e. right now -- to address the report that Bill Clinton advised him to drop out of the race in a bid to put Charlie Crist over Marco Rubio in a bid to keep the Senate Democrats in power. & ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2010

    Top Five Reasons Charlie Crist Should Come Out Today

    Cheer up, Charlie, and come out of the closet!​Come out, come out wherever you are, Charlie. It's National Coming Out Day, and a mere three weeks before Election Day. Rumors have been swirling for years, but only you have the power to spin them into reality. Here's why you should seize the moment: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    Crist, Meek Dunce Meter: In Competition for Union Vote, Both Look Like Losers

    Teamster Charlie.​As Election Day approaches, the three-way U.S. Senate race between Independent Charlie Crist, Republican Marco Rubio, and Democrat Kendrick Meek gets stranger by the minute. In today's installment, Crist and Meek both canceled a scheduled talk at the Kravis Center in West Palm Be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    Florida Liberals May Have to Plug Nose and Vote Crist to Keep Rubio From Winning

    FlickrA vote for Meek may help Rubio take the Senate race.​Congressman Kendrick Meek has failed to galvanize the Democratic base, he failed to properly trounce wacky billionaire Jeff Greene, and now he may be abandoned by even the most die-hard Democrats, who may be leery of throwing him their vot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    Andrew Breitbart, Conservative Character Assassin, Endorses Kendrick Meek?!?

    FlickrBreitbart wishes there were more microphones in the world.​The man famous for calling Shirley Sherrod a racist is now trying to destroy the reputation of another prominent African-American, U.S. Senate candidate Kendrick Meek. Andrew Breitbart, who passes for a hero among many in the tea par ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2010

    Newsweek Resurrects Charlie Crist's Campaign, Insults Florida Voters

    This guy is really Florida's best hope?​Last week, just as his pissing match with the state Legislature over oil drilling in the Gulf reached ludicrous proportions, Charlie Crist got a big, wet boost to his Senate campaign from the national press.In a Newsweek article, "The Resurrection of Crist" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2010

    Morning Juice: Haitian Community Mourns Victim of Van Crash; No Gay Resort on Site of Dixie Trailer Park

    ​The news in Broward and Palm Beach for this Monday morning:Services were held Sunday in Deerfield Beach for Paulette Noel, the 68-year-old Haitian woman who was killed Saturday night when the van she was riding in crashed on Florida's Turnpike near Yeehaw Junction. Noel was returning from a day t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    Alex Snitker's Senate Campaign Being Ignored, so He Calls on... Us

    snitker2010.comAlexander Snitker​There's an old saying that goes something like "never trust the media." At New Times, we take axioms as seriously as anybody. We don't even trust each other. For instance, the lunch I put in the fridge? It's a decoy. My real lunch is in the rafters. See how you lik ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    Poll Confirms the Obvious: Kendrick Meek's Campaign a Disaster for Florida Democrats

    Flickr: maximas.prime​There's nothing particularly dynamic about the U.S. Senate campaign being run by Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene -- except when you compare it to the one by Miami Congressman Kendrick Meek. Greene doesn't really have a message, unless you count his constant bellyaching abo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    Rubio Hits Crist Over GOP Chair Scandal

    We knew that was coming, didn't we? Marco Rubio borrows footage from a Sun-Sentinel editorial meeting with Charlie Crist to show how the governor defended Jim Greer even as it became evident that the Florida Republican Party chairman had been mishandling -- if not stealing -- party money.There shou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2010

    Kendrick Meek Has a Personality, Declares Jeff Greene, an "Eddie Haskell"

    If you haven't already seen this week's Meek campaign ad, get ready to laugh so hard that you fall out of your chair and can't find your way back from the 1950s again. That's apparently what Meek's campaign staff is doing, anyway, because every time I call them, I get a different person, who tells ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2010

    Oil-induced Tourism Slump: No Match for our Pun-tastic Slogans

    Flickr: [ jeremy ]Yes, yes. Love that beautiful Florida beach.​As a general rule, people like going to the beach and splashing around in the ocean, but they tend to get fussy when they emerge covered in toxic tar sludge from an exploded BP oil rig. Strange, I know--but decidedly true.Although the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2010

    Meek to Use Elena Kagan to Siphon Moderate Votes from Crist

    ​The hard part of being the independent in a three-way race is that you can't always play it down the middle politically. Likely Democratic candidate for Senate Kendrick Meek is trying to force Charlie Crist's hand: Does Crist support the Supreme Court nomination of Elena Kagan or not?In his Washi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2010

    Jeff Greene Lawsuit Dismissed When Seniors Feared Counterclaim

    Courtesy Greene campaignNo lawsuit for Jeff Greene.​Things are getting dramatic with a capital "middle school" between the Kendrick Meek and Jeff Greene campaigns for the Democrat Senate nomination. This weekend, the he-said, he-said jumped from catty campaign emails to my cell phone, when I got w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2010

    Billionaire Jeff Greene's Campaign Slogan: "I Took on Wall Street and Won"

    Courtesy Jeff Greene's campaignJeff Greene also took on headshots and won.​Pulling away from last week's will-he-won't-he-gasp-he-did Crist frenzy for just a sec, I got an e-mail yesterday from Democrat Jeff Greene's campaign, in which Greene reminds voters that he "took on Wall Street and won and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2010

    [UPDATED] Jeff Greene Donated to Meek Campaign Before Declaring His Own Senate Candidacy

    Flickr: Greene4FloridaGreene​I guess when you've got over a billion dollars, it's easy to forget where you spent $500. But considering Jeff Greene's personal interest in Florida's U.S. Senate race, you'd think the Palm Beach billionaire would remember making that donation to the Kendrick Meek for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    Does Crist Indy Run Help or Hurt Meek's Chances?

    Meek​Now that Crist has declared an independent candidacy for U.S. Senate, the likely Democratic nominee Kendrick Meek will have a general election challenge that's different than what he might have been anticipating a month ago. This week I quizzed some Florida Democratic Party insiders about whe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2010

    Live-Blogging Crist's Independence Day

    Sorry, that's the best we could do for a dramatic video lead-in on such short notice. Anyway, Charlie Crist's about ready to step to the mic and make it official. Follow us after the jump for the MSNBC feed and commentary.

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2010

    NBC Analyst Casts Kendrick Meek as Favorite in Senate Race if Crist Runs as Independent

    As pundits go, Chuck Todd usually has two feet squarely on the ground; his analysis was on the mark throughout the 2008 presidential campaign. But I think he's missing the boat with his take on Florida's Senate race. His theory sounds persuasive. Republican nominee Marco Rubio and independent cand ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2010

    If Crist Runs as Independent, New Challenge for Kendrick Meek

    Flickr: cliff1066If Crist goes indy, Meek's in trouble.​The Quinnipiac poll released Thursday shows that if the general election for U.S. Senate were this week -- and if Charlie Crist opted to run as an independent -- he would earn a narrow victory (32 percent) over Marco Rubio (30), with Democrat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2010

    Morning Juice: Deerfield Teen's Mother Meets the Media; Bill Targets Sexting

    ​A glance at the local news: Josie Lou Ratley's mother talked to the media yesterday about her daughter's condition following the brutal beating that occurred last week at a bus stop on the campus of Deerfield Beach Middle School. [WPLG-10]The Broward County auditor says that if the Broward Sherif ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2010

    Rubio Secretly Hoping Crist Declares as Independent?

    Flickr​A pollster's analysis of Florida's Senate race suggests that if Charlie Crist declared as an independent candidate, he would be doing adversary Marco Rubio a big favor. Public Policy Polling found that while Rubio has flipped the race in the Republican primary, he may be a tad too conservat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    Kendrick Meek Looks to Diversify Voting Bloc by Sponsoring Race Car

    Flickr: jd06Mike Wallace, driving in the 2009 Daytona 500.​NASCAR races aren't known for their racial diversity. And the traditional good ol' boy fan base isn't known for voting for Democrats. But maybe it's a place where an African American Democrat can score a few swing votes in Florida's U.S. S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2009

    Senate Race Update: Rubio Seeks Vaccine for Jets Fans; Crist Approval Numbers Dip; Meek Needs Money

    Crazy, charming Marco Rubio -- but you're serious about the Jets vaccine, right? Do NOT toy with us, boy wonder. Anyway, video of his appearance one week ago at the Broward GOP Women's Club, whom he charmed as surely as the Palm Beach Republicans who would give him an overwhelming victory against C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2009

    Kendrick Meek Campaign Suddenly Saddled With Electability Questions

    Meek​The St. Petersburg Times and Miami Herald teamed up for an article in yesterday's editions that voiced concerns among Democrats that their leading senatorial candidate, Congressman Kendrick Meek, isn't "high-profile" enough to beat Charlie Crist. It's a strange moment to raise that question - ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2009

    Senate Race Looking More Competitive -- on One Side, Anyway

    Flickr: maurice.ferreFerre​Charlie Crist continues to lead in polls, but former House Speaker Marco Rubio has all the momentum in the battle for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. During a quarter when he appeared on the cover of the National Review, dominated straw polls, and received hig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2009

    Meek, Rubio, I-Team Ganging Up on Crist and LeMieux, But Other Broward Dems Are Gun-Shy

    Congressman Kendrick Meek just posted the above video from CBS 4's Tuesday newscast to his campaign's YouTube account, and you can see why. It shows Charlie Crist playing dumb about the role that George LeMieux's law firm, Gunster Yoakley, played in getting visas for the immigrant workers who were h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2009

    Pretty Speech, Barack, But What Will You Do About the Robots Who Will Eat Our Pills?

    Seriously, that classic SNL sketch above is only slightly more absurd than the kind that are being circulated by Boca Raton's state legislator and House Leader Adam Hasner. In tonight's speech, Obama took on the "death panel" myth and the socialism myth and remembered to shave the Hitler mustache th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2009

    Meek Lambastes Crist for LeMieux Appointment; Rubio, When Will You Tweet?

    U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek​Congressman Kendrick Meek, the leading Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate just released a statement about Charlie Crist's announcement that he was appointing former chief of staff George LeMieux to the Senate seat vacated by Mel Martinez.From the moment Senator Martinez a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2009

    Feds: No, Florida, You're Not Allowed to Be a Pirate Colony

    Flickr User: Karen Moreau BondNobody wants to admit it, but if the federal government is going to make fraud-busting its new "War on [hot topic]," then it's going to deal another blow to the South Florida economy.It's just that fraud's what we're good at! Take the case of Christopher Maury. The West ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2009

    World-Renowned Poll Cruncher Awed by Crist's Popularity

    No true political wonk goes 24 hours without checking fivethirtyeight.com, except maybe the people in Congressman Kendrick Meek's senatorial campaign, because seriously, campaigns run on hope.Last week, the site's wunderkind blogger, Nate Silver, devised a new metric (always with the metrics, this o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2009

    Gelber "Steps Back" From Senate Race

    That's video from Saturday's Netroots Coalition meeting in Miami Beach, where State Sen. Dan Gelber acknowledged his intention to leave the U.S. Senate race. Miami-Dade Democratic activist Larry Thorson posted it last night on the Daily Kos, along with his congratulations for the Democrats avoiding ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2009

    Finally, a State Poll That's Relevant

    Flickr User: drewanteyeTill recently, every poll for the 2010 Florida election was filled with "ifs." If Crist runs for Senate will you vote for him? If Alex Sink runs for governor, will you vote for her? With the flurry of campaign announcements the last few weeks, the new poll from Mason-Dixon is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2009

    Florida's 2010 Races Taking Shape; Meek Looking Strong

    Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Kendrick Meek, of Miami,continues to tear up the fund-raising circuit -- an article in today's Roll Call says Meek will report $1.5 million in campaign dollars in the year's first quarter, which ended March 31. His primary competition for that nomination, Florida ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2009

    An Idea for the Democrats in the Senate Race: One-on-One Hoops, for All the Marbles

    Seriously, wouldn't that be fun? Kendrick Meek versus Dan Gelber. Both were college athletes in another sport: Meek played linebacker at Florida A&M, while Gelber rowed for the crew team at Tufts University. And yes, I know that linebacker translates better to basketball and that at age 42 Meek ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2009

    Kendrick Meek Coming to Broward Tomorrow to Collect a New Endorsement

    U.S. Senate candidate Congressman Kendrick Meek of Miami will be coming to Pompano Beach tomorrow morning to snag another labor endorsement.The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, AFL-CIO, with offices on South Andrews Boulevard, will officially back Meek's bid for the Democratic nomi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2009

    Meek Inching Closer to Frontrunner Status

    It would be one thing if a South Florida paper was heralding U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek as the frontrunner in the U.S. Senate's Democratic primary for 2010. It's a far more auspicious thing that a Tampa Bay paper is making that claim, albeit with some hesitation. Along with Orlando, Jacksonville and th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    New Poll: Crist in Pole Position

    A "double" what? Sorry, I don't speak French. Just check out the Strategic Vision poll released yesterday on Florida's 2010 U.S. Senate race. It attaches numbers to some obvious truths, such as Gov. Charlie Crist getting 54 percent of the votes against other prospective candidates in a Republican pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2009

    Down Goes Sansom

    House Speaker Ray Sansom stepped down today. He's the one who lobbied to win state funds for a college, which then gave him a $110,000 job -- a chain of events that Sansom would have us believe were unrelated. Sansom has said he "welcomed" an investigation, which is good, because he got one -- actua ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2009

    The Stage Is Set: Katherine Harris, Will You Please Run for U.S. Senate?

    Man, I turn my head for one day (to work on some print edition goodies) and all hell breaks loose in that 2010 Senate race. Democratic Rep. Allen Boyd is out. Democratic State Sen. Dan Gelber is in. Attorney General Bill McCollum is out. It's such a free-for-all that even Tampa's Democratic mayor is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2009

    From Mel To Meek? Miami Congressman Launches Senate Bid

    At the top of the hour, baby-faced U.S. Rep Kendrick Meek, the Democrat from Miami, will announce his bid for the U.S. Senate in 2010 when Republican Sen. Mel Martinez steps down. Being the first from either party to declare, Meek's given himself nearly two years to campaign.Which is a good thing, b ... More >>

  • News

    October 31, 2002

    Hustling the Hood

    Does it matter to blacks which wealthy, middle-aged white guy is Florida's next governor?

  • News

    April 19, 2001

    The Deadbeat Goes On

    The state legislature should soon pass a bill criminalizing failure to pay child support, but those who live within the system say this reform doesn't go nearly far enough

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