Kendrick Meek

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    Obama Nominates Kendrick Meek to United Nations Post

    ​We're actually kind of surprised it took this long for someone to appoint Kendrick Meek to something. The White House has announced that it will nominate the former South Florida congressman to a representative position at the United Nations.

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    Kendrick Meek's Post Politics Gig: Journalism

    After his failed Senatorial bid, we've been wondering what former Congressman Kendrick Meek's next step would be? Would he follow his mother into the lucrative world of lobbying? Would he join a think tank or non-profit? What about an appointment in the Obama administration? Nope. Actually he's head ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    What's Kendrick Meek Up to Now? Just Making Weird Twitter Updates

    ​We haven't heard much out of Kendrick Meek since he came in third place in the senate race behind Marco Rubio and Charlie Crist. With the congressional seat he could have held for the rest of his life now held by the collection of hats known as Frederica Wilson, Meek hasn't made any formal announ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2010

    The Amazing Non-Story of Kendrick Meek Not Dropping Out of the Senate Race

    When we signed off with our last post here on Riptide last night Kendrick Meek was still running a campaign to be elected to the United State Senate as the candidate of the party with the most registered voters in Florida. When we woke up this morning that was still the case. So what happened in bet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2010

    Bill Clinton Says He Never Asked Kendrick Meek To Drop Out

    ​Following reports that he asked Kendrick Meek to drop out of the senate race former President Bill Clinton has taken some serious heat. However, he's just released a statement refuting Politico's story and says he never asked Meek to drop out, nor did Meek ever at any point agree to drop out.

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    Frederica Wilson's 25 Best Hats

    Frederica Wilson was the winner of the Democratic primary in Florida District 17, and will almost certainly fill the vacancy left behind by Kendrick Meek in the next United States Congress. She is also a state legislator, mother, grandmother, founder of the 5000 Role Models program, former principal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2010

    Poll: Crist and Rubio Would Tie If Meek Dropped Out

    An interesting poll from Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-affiliated but usually accurate firm: If Kendrick Meek dropped out of the senate race, Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio would be in a dead heat. If Crist dropped out, Rubio would have a seven point lead over Meek. Meek says he won't drop out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2010

    President Obama Records Radio Ad for Kendrick Meek

    ​Just days after The Wall Street Journal was floating severely under-sourced rumors that Kendrick Meek may be forced out of the senate race by his own party, President Obama has recorded a strongly worded radio ad for the Democratic candidate. It may be a little late in the game, but it should put ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    Report: Kendrick Meek May Drop Out of Senate Race

    Democrat Kendrick Meek may drop out of the senate race giving a independent Charlie Crist an big boost in his chances of defeating conservative Republican Marco Rubio, according to an explosive new report from The Wall Street Journal. Whoa, but is the candidate who just yesterday refused to share an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2010

    Kendrick Meek Will Not Share Endorsements with Charlie Crist, Thank You Very Much

    ​Democratic Senate Candidate Kendrick Meek has declined the endorsement of influential environmental group the Sierra Club by basically claiming that he's greener than them. What's got Meek so mad? Well, the group made a joint endorsement throwing their support behind Charlie Crist as well.

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2010

    Meek Ad: Charlie Crist Used to Love George W. Bush, Sarah Palin

    ​As most other Democratic senate candidates in the nation try to scuttle to the political middle in the face of a climate that's supposedly hostile to liberals, Florida's Kendrick Meek is in the unique position of reminding everyone, proudly, that he's a tried and true Democrat. That's because Ind ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2010

    Kendrick Meek, Undocumented Students Rally at Miami-Dade College In Favor of DREAM Act

    ​Standing before a row of undocumented Miami-Dade College students downtown this morning, Senate hopeful Kendrick Meek urged Congress to pass a long-debated bill that would give college graduates and military members a quick path to full citizenship. Democrats plan to attach the DREAM Act to a def ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    Kendrick Meek Takes Defiant Stance on Pressing French Fry Issues

    via​Sure, there are pressing issues out there like health care, the economy and wars, but going by America's ever growing obesity rate, the most important issue in all of America continues to be French fries. With the exception of the 2003 "freedom fries" controversy, politicians ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    With Greene Gone, Meek Still Has Mountain to Climb in US Senate Race

    kendrickmeek.comMeek on Election Day​Kendrick Meek will not miss Jeff Greene. Like that guy at your party who shows up uninvited, plays Kelly Clarkson so loud the cops come, and then bolts before you're handed a noise violation, Greene has been a major headache.But Meek will miss Greene's money. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2010

    Florida Primary Election Results Live Blog

    ​Today Florida went to the polls for the 2010 primary election. While tonight's big theme involved controversial, self-funded billionaire outsiders taking on establishment career politicians in both the Republican primary for Governor and Democratic primary for Senate, there's still lots of ballot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    Jeff Greene's Senate Hopes Are Near Dead

    Jeff Greene has used nearly $23 million of his own money trying to win the Democratic nomination for senator, and he's not even done spending. But tomorrow is Election Day, and two recent polls show Greene's candidacy is pretty much dead in the water.

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2010

    President Obama Coming to Fontainebleau Next Month for Fundraiser With Alex Sink

    ​Democrats love partying at the Fontainebleau. Bill Clinton held a fundraiser at the hotel's club LIV earlier this summer, and President Obama, who's no stranger to the megaresort, will return to town August 18. He'll be on hand to raise funds for the Florida Democratic Party a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2010

    Kendrick Meek Wonders if Jeff Greene is Even a Democrat or a Floridian

    ​Democratic senate rivals Rep. Kendrick Meek and Jeff Greene met up for their first debate today hosted by the Palm Beach Post. Meek is the affable, but not exactly superstar, Democratic establishment pick, while Greene is a shady billionaire who plans on winning the election on the strength of hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    If Jeff Greene Wins Primary, Democrat Establishment Might Tacitly Embrace Charlie Crist

    The impetus for the latest Politico article about the Florida senate race must have gone something like this: "Hey, you know that Jeff Greene guy who's spending $40 million to buy the Democratic Senate nomination -- he's kind of creepy with a bit of a shady background, right? And Charlie Crist ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    Rubio, Meek Celebrate Cuban Independence Day With Appeal For More Cash

    ​Yesterday was Cuban independence day, a holiday as ignored by Cubans as President's Day is by Americans. But for every Florida politician with an election coming up, it was the perfect opportunity to suck up to the pickiest voting bloc in the state. The three enemigos -- Charlie Crist, Marco Rubi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    Kendrick Meek Attacks Jeff Greene By Comparing Him To 1950s TV Character Your Parents Barely Remember

    ​Senate candidate Kendrick Meek is now facing a self-financed billionaire in the Democratic primary. In fact, that billionaire, Jeff Greene, already has TV ads running all over the state. So how does Meek fight back? By drawing a quirky correlation to a current and relevant pop culture phenomenon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2010

    Kendrick Meek Saves the Life of Fellow Rep from Dreaded Turkey Sandwich Threat

    ​Democratic congresspeople Kendrick Meek and Jan Schakowsky both come from the kind of heavily left leaning, big city districts they could hold for life. Of course, Meek is cutting his tenure short to run for Senate, and Schakowsky almost saw her term --and life-- ended Mama Cass style. Thank ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2010

    Marco Rubio Polls Behind Both Crist and Meek in His Home Turf of South Florida

    Rubio needs to improve his numbers in his hometurf​Marco Rubio apparently won't be enjoying a home field advantage in Florida's senate race. The Miami born Republican who got his start in local politics isn't too popular in Southeast Florida, and it's the only region in the state where he polls be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2010

    Crist Runs as an Independent: The Live Blog

    ​Any moment now Florida Governor Charlie Crist is expected to announce that he's running as an independent for Senate. A crowd full of reporters and supporters have gathered at Straub Park in St. Pete, Fl to hear his announcement. We're watching CNN where Wolf Blitzer says they'll be covering it l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2010

    Senate Poll: Meek Has a Shot Against Rubio, Crist's Best Shot Is as an Independent

    ​Public Policy Polling is back today with its full-fledged Florida Senate general election polling, and it's more or less bad news for Charlie Crist.Yesterday it was announced PPP's new numbers show Crist losing the Republican primary by a whopping 32 points. In fact, as the numbers stan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2010

    Kendrick Meek Supports NASCAR, but Speedway Owners Back Charlie Crist

    The owners of Florida's NASCAR-hosting speedways prefer Charlie Crist to Kendrick Meek and Marco. Rubio​News that Rep. Kendrick Meek is sponsoring NASCAR driver Mike Wallace's car in this weekend's Daytona 500, as well as being part of Wallace's pit crew, had Banana Republican scratching his peel. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2010

    Why Are The Liberal Net Roots More Concerned With a Crist Switch than Electing Meek?

    ​Marco Rubio, virtually unknown by most Floridians last year, has taken a stunning lead not only in the Republican primary but the general election with out spending much of a dime on traditional campaigning. It's thanks in no small part to a strong grass roots effort and internet buzz, and Erik E ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2010

    Rep. Kendrick Meek Captures Rescue of 2-Year-Old Haitian Girl on iPhone

    Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Kendrick Meek traveled to Haiti over the weekend to assist with the Miami-Dade Urban Search and Rescue Team's efforts. The team rescued a 2-year-old girl who was stuck under debris for five days and reunited her with her father. Meek captured the moment on video fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2009

    News Roundup

    Kendrick Meek attacked Charlie Crist (his possible foe in the 2010 Senate race) for not handling stimulus funds in a way best for Florida. [PBPost]Some d-bag was arrested for using his camera phone to take up-skirt videos at Aventura Mall. [NBCMiami]"Don Diego" Montoya, a Colombian drug ki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2009

    Kendrick Meek Opposes Using Federal Funds to Pay for Abortions

    Rep. Kendrick Meek has joined a small group of house Democrats asking that any health-care reforms not lead to federal funding of abortion, according to the Washington Post. The possibility of taxpayer money being used to pay for abortions is becoming a hot-button issue in the health-care reform ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2009

    I Want To Gradulate Corrine Brown On Her Possible Senate Bid

    Rep. Corrine Brown strikes me as a relatively fearless politician. Which is why it's not out of character that she's thrown her hat in as a possible candidate for the Democratic nomination for Florida's open senate seat, even if it means challenging front runner, family friend, and colleag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2009

    Crist Cruising Competition, McCollum Favored Over Sink

    via azwaldo's flickrPolls are very, very meaningful and exciting. The picture of the 2010 races aren't even in perfect focus yet, but that doesn't mean it's too early for a poll. Mason-Dixon unleashed their first poll post-Crist-for-Senate announcement, and things don't look too good ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2009

    Hot New Senate Campaign Gimmick Alert: Petitions!

    These dang Florida Democrats can't seem to run for Senate without some sort of campaign gimmick. Lawton Chiles had his walk, Bob Graham had working days, and Dan Gelber is undertaking 100 days of public service. Rep. Kendrick Meek might be leading in fundraising, but he is totally losing in the gimm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2009

    Bill Clinton Makes Second Fund Raiser Appearance For Meek

    Kendrick Meek has one thing no one else in the 2010 Senate fray have - a big fan in former President Bill Clinton. After appearing at a fundraiser for Meek in late January, Clinton made his second pitch for Meek this morning in Jacksonville. With another close ally in Nancy Pelosi, and a veteran of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2009

    Kendrick Meek Has A Shiny New Website

    More interesting Senate '10 internet developments have unfolded since we posted our "Battle of the Net Roots All-Stars" (or whatever we end up calling it). Kendrick Meek has relaunched his outdated, old website as The whole thing isn't live yet, but it's being developed by Blue Sta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2009

    Senate 2010: Who Is Winning The Netroots So Far?

    Oh, we know, we know, it's so early in the campaign, but with State Senator and US Senate Candidate Dan Gelber's announcement today that he'll Twitter his way through the 60 day legislative session up in Tallahassee, we decided to role out a feature we've been toying with for a while. So new is it t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2009

    Kevin Burns Has a Campaign Gimmick Too

    With a field for the 2010 Senate Race filled with a bunch of long shot candidates, everyone has to have a gimmick, because, hey, it worked for Walkin' Lawton Chiles and Bob "Work Days" Graham. Dan Gelber promises to complete 100 days of public service and buy up a million Google ads (net roots!). Ke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2009

    Crist Could Be Elected Ms. Florida if He Wanted, but Floridians Like Him as Gov

    Oh, that Charlie Crist -- he's so popular. Quinnipiac, always interested in exactly how popular, finds that Charlie can be pretty much elected to anything he wants. But 41 percent of Floridians prefer he seeks re-election as governor, compared to 22 percent who would like to see him run for Senate. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2009

    Rod Smith Might Be Considering Losing Another Primary Election

    When it comes to the 2010 Senate election, just about anybody who's nobody is getting in. Rod Smith, a former state Senator of the conservative Democrat variety, made a decent run in the 2006 Gubanotorial primary, but ended up losing to Jim Davis. Along the way though he picked up some key newspaper ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2009

    Tampa Mayor Might Jump into Senate Race

    With 22 months left before the election, there are still plenty of surprises left in this Senate race. The latest of which is that Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio told the Tampa Bay Tribune she's considering running in the Democratic primary:"It was not something I was considering when there was a possibilit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2009

    Crist Is as Popular as Obama, No One Knows Any of These Senate Wannabes

    Charlie Crist is still enjoying a quite enviable approval rating, according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll, with 65 percent of Floridians approving of his job performance. That's about the percentage President Obama is getting in nationwide polls. Meanwhile, of all the names being thrown ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2009

    The Perfect Resumé for a Florida Senate Seat

    Political math god Nate Silver put together a handy pie chart showing that the career stop for a majority of current U.S. senators is a U.S. House seat. Good news for Kendrick Meek, Connie Mack IV, and the handful of other representatives who might be angling for the seat, but don't expect to see a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2009

    Kendrick Meek Expected to Kick Off Senate Run Tomorrow

    All the other potential Democrats with wet dreams of Senate subcommittee hearings are waiting until the mighty Alex Sink (mighty because she is one of two Dems who can get elected in this state) decides if she's going to run for governor or senator or Florida's first galactic empress. Not Rep. Kendr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2008

    Kendrick Meek Interested in Senate Seat

    We've been criticizing ol' Jebby Bush for positioning his possible run for Senate as an end to the problems of the GOP, and not the end to the problems of America and Florida. Well, along comes Broward Congressman Kendrick Meek, who told the AP that indeed he is considering running for the Senate s ... More >>

  • News

    December 15, 2005

    The Meek Better Look Out

    A Haitian-American candidate for the nation's most Haitian district

  • News

    November 30, 2000

    The Untold Story

    Guess who's coming to vote? Guess again.

  • News

    June 22, 2000

    Don't Look for the Union Label

    For two years Goya Foods has waged a war to prevent its workers from unionizing. Now things are starting to get really ugly.

  • City Life

    May 11, 2000

    Best Political Gamble

    Governor's office sit-in

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