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Kendrick Meek calls for health reform approval through reconciliation, says he’s only 10,000 signatures away from goal

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Kendrick Meek on Friday called for a simple majority vote and reconciliation process to approve President Obama’s health care reforms.

“We Floridians deserve an up-and-down vote on health care,” the Democratic candidate said at a campaign rally here. “There can be no ‘let’s start all over again.’ We can’t move the goal post further and further away. We need health care and we need it to be affordable.”

Meek, who addressed 50 supporters at the St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church, said he’s less than 10,000 signatures shy of obtaining the 112,476 he needs to become the first statewide candidate ever to earn a spot on a ballot by petition. The petition must be filed by March 29.

Meek said his petition drive makes him the candidate of the people.

“It’s a grass roots movement, and so many people are taking part in this historic movement,” Meek said. “It shows that we are organized, believe it or not, as Democrats. Independents and Republicans will also play a role in that effort, and I’m excited about it.”

Based on Meek’s comments, I’m ready to upgrade his chances on the Will-Meek-Make-It? Meter.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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