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Marco Rubio officially running for Senate seat listen

05/05/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Former House Speaker Marco Rubio became the first major Republican candidate to declare announce his intention to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated next year by Mel Martinez.

Rubio made his announcement via video on his website. Rubio said his campaign would not be negative, but for promoting ideas like tax reform, and not just tax cuts. And he alluded to the expectant entrance in the race of the most popular politician in the state, Gov. Charlie Crist.

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Senate candidate Kevin Burns on same-sex marriage listen

04/09/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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North Miami Mayor Kevin Burns says he is the first openly elected gay official to run for statewide office in the country. Burns, along with Congressman Kendrick Meek and Sen. Dan Gelber, are the announced candidates for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate next year.

WMNF spoke with Mayor Burns last Saturday morning. In the third and final part of our interview with him, we asked him his thoughts on same-sex marriage.

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Kevin Burns on immigration, Obama stimulus plan listen

04/08/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Kevin Burns is the mayor of North Miami, and a candidate for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate next year.

In the second part of a three-part interview, we began by asking him about immigration reform.

Tomorrow night, we’ll hear the final portion of our interview, where we ask the mayor, who is openly gay, his thoughts on same-sex marriage, now legal in four states.

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South Florida mayor says he's viable in Senate race listen

04/06/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Kendrick Meek was in Tampa’s Ballast Point Park yesterday to gather signatures in his drive to qualify for the 2010 ballot.

One of his competitors in the race for the Democratic nomination for Senate is the very little known Kevin Burns, mayor of North Miami.

Burns was in Tampa this weekend to begin courting voters. He stopped by WMNF’s studios Saturday morning. We began by asking him how a little known mayor from South Florida thinks he can be the Democratic nominee next year. ...

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Kendrick collects signatures to get on ballot listen

04/02/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A day after Congressman Kendrick Meek announced that he has raised nearly $1.5 million in the early days of his campaign for the U.S. Senate, he announced today that he intends to qualify for the ballot by gathering signatures by petition.

Meek will have a year to collect the 112,000+ signatures he needs to qualify. Sometimes local candidates qualify for a ballot by gathering petitions, but it is nearly unprecedented for a candidate running statewide in Florida – home to approximately 1...

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Meek reports huge fundraising numbers listen

04/01/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Currently, there are three candidates running for the Democratic nomination: a state Sen. Kendrick Meek, former House Minority Leader Dan Gelber from Miami Beach, and North Miami Mayor Kevin Burns.

Meek is a former state legislator who was first elected to Congress in 2002, taking over the seat held for years by his mother, Carrie Meek. If Meek were to win, he would be the first black to hold statewide office in Florida.

Senior Strategist Steve Hildebrand says the new fundraising number...

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Buckhorn speculates on Iorio entry into Senate race listen

01/28/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio said yesterday that she is considering a run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Mel Martinez next year.

Her comments came on the same day Democratic state Sen. Dan Gelber joins Miami area Congressman Kendrick Meek as the only declared candidates at this early stage.

Iorio says several people have asked her to run after Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink declined to run earlier this month.

Bob Buckhorn is a former Tampa City Councilman wh...

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