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  • RNC not supporting Gingrich's quest for Florida delegates

    02/02/2012 11:16:03 AM PST · by Qbert · 47 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 02/02/12 | Cameron Joseph
    The Republican National Committee will not support Newt Gingrich in his quest to add some Florida delegates to his count. The former Speaker's campaign argued it deserves some delegates out of Florida despite the state party's position that its contest is winner-take-all. But an RNC memo obtained by The Hill says that is not a possible scenario. "With regard to proportionality, the RNC does not have the authority to intervene in a state’s primary plans beyond the imposition of the Rule 16 penalties," the memo says, referring to the state's loss of half its delegates for moving its primary up...
  • McCollum Questions Scott's Character; No Endorsement

    08/26/2010 1:03:07 PM PDT · by Mojave · 94 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Thursday, 26 Aug 2010 | David A. Patten
    Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum still has "serious questions" about gubernatorial opponent Rick Scott's "character, his integrity, his honesty," and he does not plan to endorse Scott as the GOP candidate for governor. McCollum confirmed to reporters Thursday that he called Scott Wednesday "to congratulate him and wish him well." Asked whether he would consider endorsing Scott, McCollum replied: “I still have serious questions and I have had them throughout the time that I’ve had the very brief acquaintanceship with Rick Scott about issues of his character, his integrity, his honesty, things that go back to Columbia/HCA.”
  • Don't Tread On Florida

    08/16/2010 5:21:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 70 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 16, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    The Border: The Sunshine State's attorney general not only supports Arizona in court but has proposed a law tweaking the objections and going even further. Punishing criminals and protecting citizens sounds good to us. Florida attorney general and gubernatorial candidate Bill McCollum isn't waiting for the final word on Arizona's court-challenged SB1070. He's sponsoring a Florida version that deals with the legal objections while ending the concept of sanctuary cities and providing for enhanced penalties when illegal aliens commit crimes. McCollum will no doubt be accused of political motives and opportunism. He will be accused of being racist. But if...
  • McCollum Gains Big: 12 Points Ahead of Scott

    08/16/2010 7:40:57 PM PDT · by JulieRNR21 · 44 replies
    Newsmax ^ | August 16, 2010 | Jim Meyers
    Breaking from McCollum Gains Big: 12 Points Ahead of Scott By Jim Meyers Bill McCollum has opened a 12 percentage-point lead over Rick Scott in his campaign for the Republican nomination for governor in Florida, according to a new poll released by the Florida Chamber of Commerce. The poll of likely Republican primary voters shows McCollum with 45 percent of the vote, Scott with 33 percent, and roughly 20 percent undecided. Attorney General McCollum has a comfortable lead over businessman Scott among moderates, 48 percent to 27 percent, as well as conservatives — 43 percent to 36 percent, according...
  • Milquetoast McCollum vs. the Hillarycare Killer

    06/18/2010 5:11:58 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 12 replies · 439+ views
    Red State ^ | May 27th | Erick Erickson
    I have paid little attention to the race for Governor in Florida. But that race is getting more and more interesting. Friends of mine have been pushing me to weigh in on one side, then the other. Lately, however, a multitude of people have asked me to weigh in on this business with Rick Scott. He guest posted once here about Obamacare and I’ve defended him once from White House attacks. It did strike me as a bit odd to see him jump into the Florida Governor’s race. I got curious and started digging in. The field had been cleared...
  • Florida Suit Poses a Challenge to Health Care Law

    05/11/2010 5:42:44 AM PDT · by Blue Turtle · 16 replies · 815+ views
    Some legal scholars, including some who normally lean to the left, believe the states have identified the law's weak spot and devised a credible theory for eviscerating it. The power of their argument lies in questioning whether Congress can regulate inactivity -- in this case by levying a tax penalty on those who do not obtain health insurance. If so, they ask, what would theoretically prevent the government from mandating all manner of acts in the national interest, say regular exercise or buying an American car?
  • Sink getting steamrolled by McCollum health care push (Dem getting crushed due to Obamacare)

    03/29/2010 5:10:34 PM PDT · by Frantzie · 15 replies · 715+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 3-29-2010 | Editors
    TALLAHASSEE – Republican Bill McCollum’s trigger-happiness to sue over the federal health care overhaul appear to be paying dividends with Florida voters. The attorney general and leading GOP candidate has swelled his advantage to double-digits over Democrat Alex Sink since early summer, garnering a 49-percent to 34-percent edge in the latest Mason-Dixon poll released Monday. Last June, McCollum, a 20-year congressman and three-time statewide candidate with far higher name-recognition than the relatively novice Sink, nonetheless held just a 6 percentage-point lead, fanning Democratic exuberance that the party had its best shot at re-taking the Governor’s Mansion in decades. Since then,...
  • Witness for his opponents: Rekers case takes bite of McCollum's credibility

    05/22/2010 5:36:04 PM PDT · by reaganairport · 3 replies · 310+ views
    The Palm Beach Post ^ | May 21, 2010
    If the state's 61-year-old star witness in defense of Florida's gay adoption ban looks laughable for vacationing with a 20-year-old gay male escort, Attorney General Bill McCollum looks pretty foolish himself. George Rekers got payments totaling $120,693 in 2008 and 2009 to testify as a supposed expert against Martin Gill, the Miami man who wants to adopt the two brothers in his foster care. When the Florida Department of Children and Families refused, citing the 1977 ban on adoptions by gays, Mr. Gill sued, and won. The state has appealed. After the embarrassing revelation two weeks ago about Mr. Rekers,...
  • Rick Scott Profits from Abortions

    06/09/2010 2:58:09 PM PDT · by sbpublicaffairs · 6 replies · 53+ views ^ | June 9, 2010 | Robert Stacy McCain
    Rick Scott jumped into the Florida GOP gubernatorial primary, calling himself “pro-life,” when he profited by running a hospital chain that performs abortions. Scott’s Republican rival, Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, explains: “In his most egregious attempt yet to run from questions of his role in overseeing massive Medicare fraud, Rick Scott is now claiming he is a ‘pro-life leader’ who allegedly believes ‘every life is worth defending’. Unfortunately for some, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. “As the disgraced CEO of Columbia/HCA, Rick Scott profited from elective abortions performed at his hospitals. He can say he’s pro-life, but...
  • Bill McCollum: Florida should copy Arizona's immigration law

    05/15/2010 9:10:45 PM PDT · by jerry557 · 23 replies · 664+ views
    Palm Beach Post ^ | 05/13/10 | Beth Reinhard
    Attorney General Bill McCollum has had a dramatic change of heart on Arizona's new immigration law. Here's what he said on April 27: "I think Arizona has its own unique problems. I don't think Florida should enact laws like this -- quite that far out.' Now he says some amendments to the law -- which failed to mollify most critics, including, apparently, former Gov. Jeb Bush -- have made it palatable, and that he would support a similar measure in Florida. McCollum's statement: As state and local law enforcement officials in Arizona begin to implement the states aggressive new border...
  • Health Care Challenge

    05/12/2010 9:53:28 AM PDT · by ChrisBoundsTX · 2 replies · 161+ views
    Liberty Juice ^ | 04/15/2010 | Chris Bounds
    Extensive higher taxes, federal mandates to purchase health insurance, tax penalties for non-compliance, nationalization of the entire student loan industry, subsidized Viagra for rapists and sex offenders and much more – what is not to like about ObamaCare? The wise President Obama must be dumbfounded as to why most Americans are opposed to his radical intrusions in their lives. After all he does know what is better for us, right? I am sure it is even more puzzling to him as to why 18 state attorney generals and even more state legislatures are challenging his sweeping health care reform. It...
  • Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott will challenge health care legislation as unconstitutional

    03/22/2010 5:46:36 AM PDT · by real_patriotic_american · 36 replies · 1,130+ views
    San Antonio Headlines Examiner ^ | March 22, 2010 | Jack Dennis
    Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced on March 22, 2010, the State will be joining other states in challenging the health-care reform legislation that passed in the U.S. House last night 219-212. "The federal health care legislation passed tonight violates the United States Constitution and unconstitutionally infringes upon Texans' individual liberties," said Abbott. "To protect all Texans' constitutional rights, preserve the constitutional framework intended by our nation's founders, and defend our state from further infringement by the federal government, the State of Texas and other states will legally challenge the federal health care legislation," Abbott announced. Virginia's Attorney General Ken...
  • SC's Attorney General Will Challenge Health Care Bill (Health Care Bill Unconstitutional)

    03/22/2010 5:02:26 AM PDT · by real_patriotic_american · 45 replies · 1,362+ views ^ | March 22, 2010 | Continuous News Desk
    After the U.S. House's historic vote Sunday night passing the health care reform bill, South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster issued the following statement: "The health care legislation Congress passed tonight is an assault against the Constitution of the United States. It contains various provisions and federal mandates that are clearly unconstitutional and must not be allowed to stand. A legal challenge by the States appears to be the only hope of protecting the American people from this unprecedented attack on our system of government. The key question involved is whether personal freedom, state sovereignty and constitutional law will survive...
  • A Look at Who May Run for Sen. Martinez's Seat

    12/02/2008 7:45:03 PM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 43 replies · 1,049+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | December 2, 2008 | Staff
    Sen. Mel Martinez's announcement Tuesday that he would not seek a second term immediately set off speculation about possible candidates for his seat. The following is a look at people who have indicated interest or are the subject of speculation: Republicans - Former Gov. Jeb Bush. He is seriously considering a run and party and elected officials from Florida and beyond are encouraging him, according to a former political adviser who spoke on condition of anonymity because Bush is not ready to publicly discuss his plans. But for now, the official word from spokeswoman Kristy Campbell is this: "Governor Bush...
  • Ex-U.S. Rep. McCollum to Run for Fla. AG

    10/11/2005 7:39:17 PM PDT · by nypokerface · 5 replies · 208+ views
    AP ^ | 10/11/05 | BRENDAN FARRINGTON
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Former U.S. Rep. Bill McCollum, who has lost two straight U.S. Senate campaigns, said Tuesday he would enter a crowded Republican primary for attorney general. McCollum received national attention in 1998 as one of the House managers who prosecuted President Clinton during his impeachment. He spent 20 years in Congress. The name recognition he's built through the two previous statewide campaigns should make him the GOP front-runner to succeed Attorney General Charlie Crist, who is running for governor. "It's a responsibility that I feel to my children and my grandchildren and to the state: If I can...
  • Angry ads raise ire in Senate campaign

    08/20/2004 10:10:19 AM PDT · by kjfpolitical · 5 replies · 757+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | August 20, 2004 | Steve Bosquet
    As the Republican U.S. Senate primary heads into its final 10 days, many voters are now paying attention - just in time for a blast of critical ads aimed at undecided voters. Doug Gallagher, a wealthy Miami business executive, launched a radio ad calling himself a "successful businessman" and labeling rivals Bill McCollum and Mel Martinez "the M&M boys." He called McCollum "a lobbyist beholden to special interests" and Martinez the "president of the trial lawyers." "We've tried it their way. Now let's try it our way," says Gallagher, who is financing his campaign with nearly $6-million of his own...
  • Martinez Surges; McCollum Drops 10 Points; Castor Leads Duestch

    07/26/2004 5:24:08 AM PDT · by kjfpolitical · 44 replies · 1,825+ views
    Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel ^ | July 26, 2004 | Mark Hollis
    TALLAHASSEE · Robust, early leads by the Democratic and Republican front-runners in the race to become the next U.S. senator from Florida have narrowed sharply, according to a new statewide poll that shows the 12-candidate race has tightened into a five-person sprint. With television advertisements for the race beginning to hit the airwaves, the survey of likely voters conducted for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and the Florida Times-Union newspapers puts Betty Castor ahead of Peter Deutsch among Democrats, and Bill McCollum over Mel Martinez and Doug Gallagher at the top of the eight-candidate Republican field. After months of quiet preparations...
  • FLASHBACK: McCollum Campaigns to Include Homosexuals in Hate Crimes Law

    06/10/2004 5:29:21 PM PDT · by kjfpolitical · 11 replies · 161+ views
    Miami Herald | August 30, 2000 | STEVE BOUSQUET AND DANIEL A. GRECH
    The Miami Herald August 30, 2000 Wednesday SECTION: LOCAL; Pg. 3B HEADLINE: MCCOLLUM TOUTS NEED FOR HATE-CRIME BILL BYLINE: STEVE BOUSQUET AND DANIEL A. GRECH Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bill McCollum visited three major media markets across the state Tuesday and will visit one more today, carrying the same message: The need for a federal hate-crimes law to protect minorities, including gays and lesbians, from discrimination. McCollum, a congressman from the Orlando suburbs and chairman of the House Subcommittee on Crime, met with gays in Miami, including members of the largest gay GOP group, the Log Cabin Republicans. The Miami...
  • Martinez on a roll in bid for U.S. Senate seat

    03/13/2004 9:46:39 PM PST · by JohnnyZ · 8 replies · 778+ views
    Boca Raton News ^ | March 14, 2004 | Dale M. King
    Mel Martinez is riding a wave of grassroots support. “It’s going great,” said the candidate – one of 18 people, nine of them Republicans – already in the running for the U.S. Senate seat being given up this year by Democrat Bob Graham. Though it’s early in the game, and Martinez is in the middle of a crowd of high rollers from both sides of the aisle, polls put him high on the list. A poll released by the St. Petersburg Times and Miami Herald put Martinez even with former Rep. Bill McCollum of Longwood, another GOP candidate for Graham’s...
  • Speculation About Sen. Bob Graham's Future Rampant (Announcement Monday)

    11/02/2003 4:14:25 PM PST · by Pubbie · 19 replies · 95+ views
    AP ^ | November 2, 2003 | AP
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- He's listened to his friends and colleagues and talked with his family. Now U.S. Sen. Bob Graham has a decision to make. The 66-year-old lawmaker, who seems to have made a full recovery from major heart surgery in January, was expected to announce Monday whether he plans to run in one more campaign or retire from a political career that began 37 years ago when he ran for the Florida Legislature. Just four weeks ago, Graham dropped his presidential ambitions after longtime political contributors began to lose faith in the senator's ability to catch on with voters...
  • Bob Graham's Senate Future In Limbo (He May Retire)

    10/13/2003 11:10:35 AM PDT · by Pubbie · 60 replies · 168+ views
    Naples Daily News ^ | Monday, October 13, 2003 | JOEL ESKOVITZ
    WASHINGTON — Maybe someone out there knows what Sen. Bob Graham is going to do now that his presidential campaign has ended and his Senate seat is up for grabs in 2004. But the odds are that the only people who have a strong sense of Graham's next step are his wife, Adele, and his four daughters. After all, this is the same man who announced his decision on the presidency last week on CNN's "Larry King Live" to the shock of many members of his senior campaign staff. Graham spokesman Paul Anderson still expects his decision on the Senate...
  • Foley (R) Formally Begins Fla. Senate Bid

    07/08/2003 10:44:37 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 52 replies · 378+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | 7/8/03 | Ken Thomas
    MIAMI - Rep. Mark Foley formally opened his campaign for Senate on Tuesday, filing papers to seek the seat now held by Democratic presidential hopeful Bob Graham. Foley, a five-term Republican, filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission and paperwork establishing a fund-raising committee for his Senate campaign. Graham has said he does not "anticipate" running for re-election but has not ruled out another Senate race next year. Five Democrats have announced plans to run if Graham declines another term, but Foley was quick to focus on the three-term senator. "Floridians deserve a senator who will work...
  • Nudists: Foley's (R) attack on camp is malicious (Florida)

    07/07/2003 11:22:49 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 24 replies · 3,158+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | 7/7/03 | Peter Wallsten
    In his quest for a seat in the U.S. Senate, Rep. Mark Foley has rankled a group that is barely covered in most elections: nudists. Foley, of West Palm Beach, has hit the national TV and radio talk-show circuit in recent weeks to bash a Tampa-area summer camp not unlike most camps -- except that the boys and girls, ages 11-18, are naked. Foley, a Republican hoping to replace Sen. Bob Graham, says that letting naked teenagers play together is immoral and potentially dangerous. But ''naturists'' who say the camp exposes their children to a perfectly healthy and wholesome education...
  • With eye on Senate, Foley (R) in lead in fund-raising race (Florida)

    07/02/2003 10:27:41 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 4 replies · 303+ views
    Tallahassee Democrat ^ | 7/2/03 | Jill Barton
    WEST PALM BEACH - U.S. Rep. Mark Foley, who's seeking the GOP nomination for Senate, held onto his large fund-raising advantage over Bill McCollum, his party's unsuccessful nominee in 2000. Foley announced Tuesday that he has raised nearly $3.2 million for the race and $734,000 this quarter, more than twice as much as McCollum, who brought in $315,000 in the past three months. McCollum has raised nearly $670,000 to date. But supporters of McCollum, a former U.S. representative from the Orlando area, say he gained valuable momentum, nearly doubling his overall fund-raising total with donations from 3,000 people in 59...
  • Deutsch checks on Graham's legal status as candidate (Florida)

    06/20/2003 10:24:59 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 4 replies · 250+ views ^ | 6/21/03 | Brent Kallestad
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- U.S. Rep. Peter Deutsch, who has already said he's interested in running for U.S. Sen. Bob Graham's seat, may go to court to see if Graham would violate Florida law by seeking the presidency at the same time he's on the ballot for re-election to the Senate. In a response to a Deutsch inquiry, Tallahassee attorney Mark Herron said Florida law may not prevent Graham from qualifying for re-election to the Senate while he seeks the Democratic nomination for president, or possibly a vice presidential role at some point. Graham's bid for president does not qualify him...
  • Another Democrat (Allen Boyd) considers Senate run (Florida)

    06/13/2003 10:12:36 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 8 replies · 227+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 6/13/03 | Mark Silva
    TALLAHASSEE -- U.S. Rep. Allen Boyd, a North Florida Democrat, is organizing a campaign for the U.S. Senate on the premise that he is well-positioned to win a crowded party primary and then challenge any Republican statewide. Boyd has commissioned a poll that portrays a wide-open contest among Democrats who hope to replace U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, D-Fla., next year, and he has started lining up supporters before a campaign announcement. "Sometime after July 4, he will probably make an announcement," said Barney Bishop, a Tallahassee lobbyist, political consultant and Boyd friend. Boyd, a congressman from tiny Monticello since 1996,...
  • Castor (D) enters race for Senate (Florida)

    06/11/2003 10:21:03 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 15 replies · 272+ views
    Tallahassee Democrat ^ | 6/12/03 | Bill Cotterell
    Former Education Commissioner Betty Castor, who left the Cabinet to become president of the University of South Florida 10 years ago, announced her candidacy for the U.S. Senate on Monday. Castor named former Auditor General Charles Lester as her campaign treasurer. She also put together the nucleus of a campaign staff that will be headquartered in Tampa, Castor's political base as a county commissioner and state legislator. "After three weeks of exploring a candidacy, I have been encouraged both by friends and people I've never met before, in Florida and in Washington, to run for the U.S. Senate," she said....
  • Among others, Webster (R) eyeing Florida Senate seat

    06/03/2003 10:09:29 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 19 replies · 532+ views
    The Hill ^ | 6/3/04 | Sam Dealey
    Florida State Sen. Daniel Webster appears poised to enter the Republican primary to challenge Democratic Sen. Bob Graham next year. Webster would join former Rep. Bill McCollum, who ran unsuccessfully for the Senate in 2000, and Rep. Mark Foley in the contest. Webster was not available for comment. Webster, 54, is regarded as a principled social conservative. First elected to the Florida Legislature from central Florida in 1980, Webster came to preside over the House as speaker in 1996 when the GOP recaptured the chamber after 122 years. In 1998, he ran unopposed for the state Senate. Rep. Tom Feeney...
  • (Katherine) Harris Almighty? She could have Senate power

    06/01/2003 10:29:54 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 38 replies · 333+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 6/1/03 | Mark Silva
    This may be just the campaign for Katherine Harris. Florida's looming election season offers Republicans a chance to cement a slim majority in the U.S. Senate. But few candidates could attract as much national attention -- and money -- as Harris, the newly seated congresswoman from Sarasota, former secretary of state and heroine for some, devil for others, from the fabled 2000 election. The beauty of Harris is her name, so well-known that she can afford to wait much longer than anyone else before entering any statewide race. "I always say I am famous or infamous," Harris says. Her best...
  • Graham, Edwards Put Senate Democrats in Bind

    05/18/2003 10:18:54 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 7 replies · 229+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5/16/03 | John Whiteside
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sens. John Edwards and Bob Graham may be busy running for president, but their fellow Democrats back home are in limbo as they anxiously await word on the pair's Senate re-election plans for next year. Edwards, a freshman from North Carolina, and Graham, a three-term veteran from Florida, have left open the option of running for the Senate again next year if their presidential campaigns do not take off. The uncertainty has left the Senate races in both states in suspended animation and complicated Democratic hopes of recapturing a Senate majority next year. "It has put everybody...
  • Fla. Sen. Graham May Not Seek 4th Term

    04/22/2003 10:26:52 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 2 replies · 213+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | 4/22/03 | Brent Kallestad
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Democratic presidential hopeful Bob Graham said Tuesday that he's urging potential successors to start working on their bids to replace him in the U.S. Senate. The Florida lawmaker has not ruled out seeking a fourth term next year if his presidential campaign falters. Still, a handful of state Democrats have expressed interest in the race, and Graham said he has heard from several. "I've been encouraging them to get organized, start forming a campaign and be ready to go," he said during a campaign appearance. Graham also told reporters he expects to formally launch his presidential campaign...
  • War chests grow in Senate race (Florida)

    04/02/2003 10:37:16 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 9 replies · 163+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 4/2/03 | Mark Silva
    TALLAHASSEE -- U.S. Rep. Mark Foley of West Palm Beach has bolstered a fund-raising advantage in his campaign for the U.S. Senate, but former U.S. Rep. Bill McCollum of Longwood has gotten off to a strong start in his bid for the office. Foley will report raising $706,000 in the three months that ended Monday, raising his total cash on hand to $2.34 million. With this head start, Foley hopes to secure the 2004 Republican nomination for the seat held by Sen. Bob Graham, a Miami Lakes Democrat planning to announce a campaign for president later this month. "The smart...
  • McCollum recounts Nixon's warning of Muslim extremists

    03/28/2003 11:06:23 AM PST · by veronica · 4 replies · 164+ views
    Palm Beach Post ^ | March 28, 2003 | Brian E. Crowley
    BOCA RATON -- In a private meeting with Richard Nixon in 1990, the former president warned Bill McCollum that America's next big threat would come from Muslim extremists. McCollum, a former Orlando-area congressman who is a candidate for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Bob Graham, recounted that conversation to a Thursday gathering of the Boca Raton Republican Club, where there was much talk of America's war with Iraq. The club is planning a "Support America Rally" on April 10 at the South Palm Beach County Civic Center, at 16700 Jog Road west of Delray Beach. The 7 p.m....
  • McBride's wife, Alex Sink, considers Senate run (Florida)

    03/22/2003 10:27:52 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 13 replies · 401+ views
    TAMPA - Alex Sink, wife of defeated gubernatorial candidate Bill McBride, is considering a run for the U.S. Senate. "I'm giving it real thought," said Sink, the former Florida chief for Bank of America. "I think I would have a chance, and I know I could put together a great team of people. I have friends all over the state. I don't have to say, 'I'm going to Pensacola - who does somebody know there?"' In November, McBride lost in his bid to prevent Gov. Jeb Bush from becoming the first Republican to be re-elected to Florida's highest office. The...
  • Graham decision creating ripples

    03/18/2003 12:06:06 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 13 replies · 294+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | 3/18/03 | Peter Wallsten and Beth Reinhard
    ALLAHASSEE - As Sen. Bob Graham heads for the hustings of presidential politics, Florida Democrats are obsessing over one question: Will Graham try to keep his U.S. Senate seat if his White House bid sputters next year? Graham's repeated refusal to entertain that question -- he jokingly raps querying reporters as ''pessimists'' -- is putting party strategists and would-be successors in an awkward position as they straddle the line between building their own campaigns and showing proper deference to a political icon. The issue is so sensitive that few are willing to openly acknowledge the tension, fearful they would alienate...
  • Panhandle Democrat joins others eyeing Graham Senate seat

    03/14/2003 12:06:39 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 11 replies · 239+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | 3/14/03 | Peter Wallsten
    TALLAHASSEE - A conservative North Florida Democrat is close to opening a campaign for next year's U.S. Senate race, adding geographical intrigue to a field of hopefuls that so far hails exclusively from the party's South Florida base. U.S. Rep. Allen Boyd, a ''blue dog'' Democrat from the rural Panhandle district once represented by Vietnam war hero and one-time gubernatorial candidate Pete Peterson, said Thursday that he would decide by June whether to begin fundraising to replace U.S. Sen. Bob Graham. Graham is expected to formally announce his presidential campaign next month. Boyd would join Miami-Dade County Mayor Alex Penelas,...
  • Foley, Hastings eye Senate seat

    02/19/2003 2:09:06 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 4 replies · 327+ views
    Fort Pierce Tribune ^ | 2/18/03 | Joel Eskovitz
    WASHINGTON -- U.S. Reps. Alcee Hastings and Mark Foley don't have much in common ideologically. Foley's support of the president's agenda is almost unwavering, while Hastings has been very critical of a number of Bush initiatives. But on one issue, their agenda is almost indistinguishable: both are taking a good hard look at the U.S. Senate seat Bob Graham might leave open in 2004. Hastings, D-Miramar, said he will "give active consideration" to running if Graham decides to run for president. Foley, R-West Palm Beach, is saying he's "moving closer" to a decision, and the response to his recent visits...
  • Where's Bob Graham headed?

    02/12/2003 9:49:18 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 208+ views
    The Hill ^ | February 12, 2003 | Allison Stevens
    Sen. Bob Graham will not seek reelection to the Senate if he decides to run for president, his spokesman said Friday. The Florida Democrat's decision raises the likelihood that Democrats will lose a popular incumbent from one of the country's most competitive states to retirement. Graham, 66, postponed his decision on a presidential bid to undergo heart surgery last week. Insiders say he's leaning toward a presidential bid -- even though he would be virtually guaranteed reelection to a fourth Senate term. In making a president run, however, Graham would face stiff competition in an already crowded presidential primary race...
  • An Oklahoma Mystery New hints of links between Timothy McVeigh and Middle Eastern terrorists

    07/19/2002 10:28:09 PM PDT · by glorygirl · 98 replies · 2,038+ views
    L.A. Weekly ^ | JULY 19 - 25, 2002 | Jim Crogan
    EITHER CONVICTED OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBERS Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols were part of a conspiracy, possibly involving Middle Eastern and Filipino connections, or they were not. Seven years later, the authorities have still not fully examined this question. But taking on this issue would seem to fit the mission of the House and Senate Intelligence committees, which are jointly investigating intelligence failures by the FBI and CIA before 9/11. Chaired by two Floridians -- Republican Representative Porter Goss and Democratic Senator Bob Graham -- the Committees' began their closed-door work by focusing on two areas: U.S. investigations of terrorism since...