THE LEGACY OF WILLIAM CRAMER AND THE EMERGING OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IN FLORIDA - Mitch Perry

11/19/04

After President Bush s relatively easy victory over John Kerry in this year s Presidential Election of Florida, some analysts are now saying that Florida is no longer a swing state but has became a solid conservative or Red State.

Others say that isn t so, and point out to the much closer race between Mel Martinez and Betty Castor for U.S. Senate, in which Martinez edged out the Democrat by just slightly more than a percentage point.

Tomorrow on the USF-St. Petersburg Campus, there will be a look back , and forward at Florida Politics, in an all day conference entitled: William C. Cramer and the Emergence of the Modern Republican Party in Florida &&

USF-St. Pete Political Science Professor Daryll Paulson explains who William Cramer was, and his significance to Florida Politics (roll tape#1 o.q. until 1970 )

Professor Paulson says that at that point in 1970, William Cramer ran for U.S. Senate against Democrat Lawton Chiles (roll tape#2 o.q. in 1970 )

The Keynote Address will be given by Merle and Earl Black, Political Science Professors and brothers who have become experts on discussing Politics in the South (roll tape# 3 o.q. which is nothing )

The Conference s last panel will feature a panel of Republican and Democratic officials from the Tampa Bay Area who will discuss the impact of this year s election on the future of Florida s Political Parties.

The conference begins tomorrow at 9AM, and takes place at the Florida Center for Teachers, room 118, on the USF St. Pete Campus in St. Petersburg.

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