POLITICS 09/27/2018 12:26 pm ET The Tallahassee mayor confirmed that Clinton would be joining him for an event in South Florida next month. By Doha Madani Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is set to campaign alongside Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum in October. The Democratic Tallahassee mayor confirmed reports that Clinton would be joining him at a South Florida campaign event on Oct. 23 in a press release Thursday. Gillum endorsed the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee during her campaign and spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention on her behalf. “I’m honored to have Secretary Clinton join me in Florida next month,” Gillum said in a statement. “Hillary knows just what’s at stake in this election ― affordable healthcare, a brighter future for our children ― and that the choice in this election could not be clearer.” A source told The Hill, which first reported the news, … [Read more...] about Hillary Clinton To Stump For Andrew Gillum In Florida Governor’s Race
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POLITICS 08/31/2018 09:04 pm ET The ugly call features a speaker who pretends to be the black candidate, using an exaggerated dialect, as drums and jungle sounds play in the background. By Mary Papenfuss Florida voters started receiving ugly robocalls Friday targeting Democrat Andrew Gillum, the African-American candidate for governor, that are linked to a neo-Nazi website in Idaho, the Tallahassee Democrat reported. In the automated phone calls, someone speaking in an exaggerated dialect pretends to be Gillum as drums and jungle noises can be heard in the background. A voice says at the end of the call that it was funded by The Road to Power, an Idaho neo-Nazi website and video podcast, according to the newspaper. At one point in an audio of the call obtained by NBC, the speaker says that blacks “done made mud huts while white folk waste a bunch of time making their home out of wood an’ stone.” The caller also says he’ll pass a … [Read more...] about Neo-Nazi Robocalls Target Andrew Gillum In Florida Governor Race
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who pulled off an amazing upset to win the Democratic nomination for Florida governor this week, found himself with an early lead over his Republican rival. See Also: History Is Made! Andrew Gillum Wins Democratic Primary For Florida Governor Florida’s first African-American nominee for governor was enjoying a five-point advantage over U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, according to a survey released Thursday by the Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling. Gillum had the support of 48 percent of those surveyed against 43 percent for his Trump-backed opponent. The remaining 9 percent was undecided. The poll was conducted Wednesday and Thursday. “The most interesting number is among Independent voters where Gillum leads DeSantis by 34,” Florida Democratic consultant Christian Ulvert, who commissioned the survey, told the Tampa Bay Times. The poll was also drawn along gender lines, with Gillum leading among women by 21 percent, while … [Read more...] about Early Polling: Andrew Gillum Already Favored To Win Florida Governor Race
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - President Donald Trump endorsed Ron DeSantis in the Republican race for Florida governor first on Twitter, then in person at a boisterous rally in Tampa two weeks ago. Adam Putnam, the other big-name GOP candidate for governor, quickly touted his endorsements, including those of outgoing Attorney General Pam Bondi, sitting Lt. Gov. Carlos López-Cantera, 45 Florida sheriffs, the Fraternal Order of Police and the Florida Chamber of Commerce. More Headlines Progressives seek path to Florida Governor's Mansion Sheriff Williams: 'Flattering' to be on DeSantis' short list How President Trump is shaping race for Florida governor On the Democratic side, former Jacksonville Mayor Jake Godbold just endorsed former congresswoman Gwen Graham for governor. In a guest column for the Florida Times-Union, the two-time mayor wrote that the Democratic Party has some good gubernatorial candidates to choose from, but "Graham is … [Read more...] about Who backs who in Florida governor race?
Nearly 20 years ago, Bob Graham found himself in an unusual place: At odds with environmental groups and accused of a conflict of interests. Miami officials were trying provide relief to a busy Miami International Airport, and they came up with two options. Build an aiport in Homestead, where it would be sandwiched in between two national parks. Or build one in Opa-Locka, next to the headquarters of Graham's family company, the Graham Companies. Graham, who was then a U.S. Senator and who had served as Florida governor from 1979 to 1987, had for years backed the Homestead proposal, infuriating environmentalists. They protested outside his campaign offices and accused him of siding with his financial interests over his environmental ones. He eventually backed away from the idea, and the airport was never built. Fast forward to now, where his daughter is the front-runner for the Democratic nomination for governor and faces questions of her own about the family company. What was … [Read more...] about How a mega-mall project became an issue in Florida governor race