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Kendrick Meek tells Watermark his stance on LGBT issues

With another election year upon us, television campaigns and newspaper ads for politicians running for various positions have flooded our daily lives. While Florida faces many issues important to all residents, Watermark wants to focus on specific LGBT issues.

Congressman Kendrick Meek, Democratic candidate for the United States Senate took a few minutes to speak with Watermark to discuss some of the tough issues that are important to our readers. Here are his answers to questions pertinent to Florida’s LGBT community:

WATERMARK: What is your position on repealing the Gay ban in the military?
Kendrick Meek: The last three years, I’ve supported repealing “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” General Colin Powell said that it was the wrong decision when they made the decision [to implement it]. The Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mullin has said that it has nothing to do with the defense of the country. If we ask our men and women to be honorable and to be truthful with the people that they serve within this country, the last thing that we should ask them to do is lie about their orientation. That has nothing to do with their commitment and level of service to the country. So, I believe it will make it through the Congress. I’m in support of [repealing] it..

Why do you support same-sex adoption?
Florida is the only state in the union that denies (same-sex) couples from adopting children. Florida has one of the largest waiting lists on homes to place kids out of foster care. I don’t agree with the gay adoption ban. I think it has nothing to do with having a child grow up in a home where people love that child and are willing to take care of that child and are willing to make sure that child goes to college and become an adult.

To have adults willing to raise children in this state is far better than having a child in a foster home. All due respect to foster parents. Eight and nine kids in a house that are going to be released at the age of 18—I can tell you that at age 18 I wasn’t ready to be released from anything. I needed that parental involvement. If adoptions [by same-sex couples] can take place in states like Texas, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia—and Florida seems to be the only holdout—It speaks more to political agendas versus making sure that those children are taken care of.

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Dems hope Tuesday debate moves their candidates up in name recognition race

Can Florida Democrats recapture the U.S. Senate seat once held by Bob Graham? Or is the primary race between Jeff Greene and Kendrick Meek merely a battle for third place in the general election?

Polls show both Democrats trailing a pair of candidates who so far have commanded the media spotlight: Republican Marco Rubio, a darling of the conservative tea party movement, and Republican-turned-independent Gov. Charlie Crist.

But voters will have the chance to size up Meek and Greene at 10 a.m. Tuesday, when the two share a debate stage for the first time. The debate will be hosted and moderated by The Palm Beach Post, in cooperation with WPBT-2 of Miami, and can be watched live on PalmBeachPost.com.

The debate includes only the two frontrunners in the Aug. 24 Democratic primary. A June 10 Quinnipiac poll of Democratic voters showed Meek with 29 percent and Greene 27 percent, far outdistancing former Miami mayor Maurice Ferre’s 3 percent. Ferre, 75, also is seeking the Democratic nomination, as is Glenn Burkett, a “natural health educator” from Naples who was not included in the poll.

Tuesday could be pivotal for both candidates and set the tone for the final two months before the Aug. 24 primary. Continue reading here.

Kendrick Meek’s sinking ship buoys Jeff Greene campaign

From Kendric Ward: His name didn’t show up, but Jeff Greene can take heart from the latest polling in the U.S. Senate contest.

The George Washington University/Battleground survey shows Republican Marco Rubio and independent Charlie Crist in a dead heat, with Democrat Kendrick Meek trailing nearly 20 points behind.

It wasn’t always that way. Since Crist bolted the GOP and went “no party affiliation,” Meek’s numbers have nosedived in direct proportion to Crist’s rise.

The longer Meek languishes, the more Greene can make a case that the congressman is simply unelectable. And through his advertising blitz the multimillionaire has demonstrated he’s willing and able to spend whatever it takes to get that message across. Continue reading here.

Kendrick Meek’s sinking ship buoys Jeff Greene campaign

From Kendric Ward: His name didn’t show up, but Jeff Greene can take heart from the latest polling in the U.S. Senate contest.

The George Washington University/Battleground survey shows Republican Marco Rubio and independent Charlie Crist in a dead heat, with Democrat Kendrick Meek trailing nearly 20 points behind.

It wasn’t always that way. Since Crist bolted the GOP and went “no party affiliation,” Meek’s numbers have nosedived in direct proportion to Crist’s rise.

The longer Meek languishes, the more Greene can make a case that the congressman is simply unelectable. And through his advertising blitz the multimillionaire has demonstrated he’s willing and able to spend whatever it takes to get that message across. Continue reading here.

Wall Street Journal: Anybody but Marco Rubio?

Party affiliation wasn’t the only thing Gov. Charlie Crist switched when he dropped out of the GOP primary and decided to run as independent in the Florida Senate race. Mr. Crist has piqued the ire of many conservatives by flip-flopping on a number of issues in order to ingratiate himself with liberals. In fact, he’s made so many 180s that many Democrats are now considering throwing their weight and money behind him in order to upend the remaining Republican in the race, Marco Rubio.

In his most recent about-face, Mr. Crist changed his policy on travel to Cuba. In 2008, Mr. Crist signed a law imposing taxes on companies that traveled to and from the communist country. This week, he told Floridians: “I think that what the [Obama] administration has done by allowing families to visit [Cuba] is compassionate.”

Mr. Crist has removed pro-life references from his campaign site, endorsed the president’s off-shore oil moratorium, and come out in support of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. He has also made efforts to ally himself with unions and President Obama, vetoing a merit pay bill for teachers, which infuriated education reformists and conservatives. In another slap at his former supporters, he agreed to speak at the state AFL-CIO convention last month (the union thanked him by endorsing his Democratic opponent Kendrick Meek anyway).

Most of all, there’s his wild weathervane swingings on President Obama. First he embraced the president and his stimulus bill, then he tried to distance himself from both during the GOP primary. Now he’s keen to associate himself with the president again to hype up their oil spill recovery efforts. Continue reading here.

Florida Chamber Poll: Charlie Crist 42, Marco Rubio 31, Kendrick Meek 14

It’s becoming increasingly obvious that every vote Kendrick Meek loses goes directly to Charlie Crist.

How else to explain the results of a new poll released by the Florida Chamber of Commerce?

The poll shows Gov. Charlie Crist with a 42-31-14 lead over Republican Marco Rubio and likely presumptive Democratic nominee Kendrick Meek.

The survey of 607 likely Florida voters was conducted June 9-13 by the Florida Chamber of Commerce Political Institute and Cherry Communications. It has a 4 percent margin of error. The Chamber also did not release full cross-tabs or the wording of all questions.

All four Senate candidates will face off this Thursday

From Jeremy Wallace: Sarasota will be at the center of Florida politics this week when most of the major candidates for the U.S. Senate and for governor are scheduled to attend a pair of forums Thursday hosted by the Florida Society of News Editors/Florida Press Association.

When the U.S. Senate candidates face off at the Ritz-Carlton, it will be the first time that all four of the major candidates are together, and the first time Gov. Charlie Crist will have shared a stage with Republican candidate Marco Rubio since Crist dumped his Republican Party registration to run as an independent.

Crist, former House Speaker Rubio and Democrats Kendrick Meek and Jeff Greene have all confirmed they will attend the forum, which is part of the news associations’ annual convention. Continue reading here.

Politico: Dems flirt with backing Charlie Crist

Politico writes what many in the Democratic Party have been thinking:

The emergence of a politically unknown billionaire self-funder in the Florida Senate race is prompting top Democrats in the state to say publicly what some have been whispering for weeks: If Jeff Greene, who got rich betting on the collapse of the housing market, becomes their nominee, many in the party will have the cover they need to get behind Republican-turned-independent Gov. Charlie Crist.

Establishment Democrats in Florida, for now, are sticking with U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, who lags far behind in early general election polls against Crist and Republican Marco Rubio. Yet with Greene promising to drop at least $40 million of his fortune on the primary and pulling neck and neck with Meek in one survey, Sunshine State Democrats are beginning to consider the increasingly realistic prospect that their nominee might be a “meltdown mogul” — one who collects erotic art, had Mike Tyson serve as his best man and once hosted “Hollywood Madam” Heidi Fleiss as a house guest.

Faced with such an awkward possibility, many influential Democrats indicated that supporting Crist — who has quickly moved leftward since leaving the GOP — or just remaining quiet would be the better of the unenviable options. Continue reading here.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0610/38590.html#ixzz0r1D6hXSe

Rothenberg upgrades Florida Senate race to ‘Toss-Up/Tilt Republican’

Rothenberg Political Report updated its predictions for the U.S. Senate races on the ballot this November.

Republicans are seen making gains across the nation but not picking up enough seats to take control from the Democrats. The latest ratings have the U.S. Senate election in Florida as “Toss-Up/Tilt Republican,” giving GOP candidate Marco Rubio the slightest of edges over Independent Charlie Crist and Democrat Kendrick Meek.

As for the GOP’s chances of recapturing the U.S. Senate:

Realistically, Republicans are still short of the 10-seat gain they would need to flip the Senate in November. For now, we see no reason to revise our earlier outlook. The GOP is most likely to net 5 to7 Senate seats, with an 8-seat gain certainly possible. Additional Democratic losses would depend on whether Washington, Wisconsin and California become more competitive. This means Democrats would retain control of the Senate, but at a dramatically reduced level.

Rothenberg upgrades Florida Senate race to ‘Toss-Up/Tilt Republican’

Rothenberg Political Report updated its predictions for the U.S. Senate races on the ballot this November.

Republicans are seen making gains across the nation but not picking up enough seats to take control from the Democrats. The latest ratings have the U.S. Senate election in Florida as “Toss-Up/Tilt Republican,” giving GOP candidate Marco Rubio the slightest of edge over Independent Charlie Crist and Democrat Kendrick Meek.

As for the GOP’s chances of recapturing the U.S. Senate:

Realistically, Republicans are still short of the 10-seat gain they would need to flip the Senate in November. For now, we see no reason to revise our earlier outlook. The GOP is most likely to net 5 to7 Senate seats, with an 8-seat gain certainly possible. Additional Democratic losses would depend on whether Washington, Wisconsin and California become more competitive. This means Democrats would retain control of the Senate, but at a dramatically reduced level.

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