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1193224 2999-04-26 00:00:00.0 UTC 2999-04-25T20:00:00.000-04:00 2011-09-23 16:57:52.0 UTC 2011-09-23T12:57:52.000-04:00 florida-presidential-primary-committee-holds-off-on-setting-a-date Published 2011-09-24 01:54:36.0 UTC 2011-09-23T21:54:36.000-04:00 news/politics/stateroundup DTI 82064302 TALLAHASSEE — Scheduling Florida's presidential preference primary became a game of chicken Friday as the committee charged with setting the date decided to wait a week to make a decision, giving it time to see what other states have done. "Call it what you will, Florida wants to have relevance,'' said Secretary of State Kurt Browning, the nonvoting member of the Presidential Preference Primary Committee. The panel of six legislators, former Gov. Bob Martinez and an adviser to Gov. Rick Scott met for 20 minutes Friday but postponed a decision until Sept. 30. Complicating their decision is the fact that Arizona has broken the primary calendar rules set by the political parties and set its date for Feb. 28, the same day as South Carolina, which is expected to move its date up earlier. Missouri has also broken the calendar rules and set Feb. 7 as its primary. Michigan is poised to move its date into early February as well. All states must report their primary dates to the parties by Oct. 1. "Florida wants to be a player and if you want to be a player you're going to have to change your primary date,'' said former Sen. Al Lawson, a Tallahassee Democrat and member of the committee. The Republican National Committee allows only Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina to vote before March. Violators are subject to losing half their delegates, which could make them half as influential during the nominating vote at the party's national convention — set for Tampa in August. The Democratic National Party has also warned Florida that if its primary is held before March 6, violating the national party rule, the state will also lose its delegates. The result, Florida Democrats have said, is they are not likely to participate in the primary but instead pick delegates to their national convention in county caucuses held in June 2012. The decision won't likely affect the 2012 Democratic nomination because President Barack Obama isn't expected to face any serious challenge from within the party. Scott said Friday that Florida's primary should be early and on a day when no other state holds a presidential election. Scott said he was "optimistic" the state would not lose convention delegates by breaking the Republican National Committee rules with an early primary. Most Republicans appear to all be in agreement that Florida should designate itself as the fifth primary. Sen. John Thrasher said his preference is to hold Florida's primary immediately after South Carolina "or as close to South Carolina as we could." Browning said that South Carolina's primary is customarily on a Saturday and may be rescheduled for as early as Feb. 4 but is currently posted as Feb. 28. Lawson urged the committee to keep Florida a player because of the state's electoral diversity and its history of close elections make it a crucial state. "Whatever we decide I would hope we do not run in front of the traditional states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina,'' he said. "It's also important for Florida to maintain its proper place in the early primaries because Florida is the largest swing state in the country,'' he said. He noted that Florida has 29 electoral votes while the next closest swing state, Ohio, only has 19. Staff writer Michael C. Bender contributed to this report. By Mary Ellen Klas, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau News,State Roundup,Politics,rnc-politics,breaking-news,Scott Florida presidential primary committee holds off on setting a date ASHAROCKMANN 4STA Main Fla. delays setting a primary date Follow local preparations and national politics 11 prezprimary092411 Fla. delays setting a primary date 2011-09-24 04:00:00.0 UTC 2011-09-24T00:00:00.000-04:00 false templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2011/09/23/82064302-florida-presidential-primary-committee-holds-off-on-setting-a-date StaffArticle news,politicsPoliticsnews,politics,state roundupState Political RoundupTALLAHASSEE — Scheduling Florida's presidential preference primary became a game of chicken Friday as the committee charged with setting the date decided to wait a week to make a decision, giving it time to see what other states have done.News,State Roundup,Politics,rnc-politics,breaking-news,ScottNews,State Roundup,Politics,rnc-politics,breaking-news,ScottMary Ellen Klas 997869 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-25 12:55:10.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:55:10.000-04:00 mary-ellen-klas published 2013-02-13 19:35:34.0 UTC 2013-02-13T14:35:34.000-05:00 Mary Ellen Klas <p>Mary Ellen Klas is capital bureau chief for the <i>Miami Herald</i> and co-bureau chief of the <i>Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald </i>Tallahassee Bureau. She is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and a graduate of the University of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minn. Before she became bureau chief for the <i>Herald</i> in 2004, Mary Ellen was Tallahassee bureau chief for <i>Florida Trend</i> magazine and also served as a senior writer for the <i>Palm Beach Post</i>. She was bureau chief for the <i>Palm Beach Post</i> from 1990-94, after which she worked part time for 10 years while her daughters were young. She is married to John Kennedy, senior writer for the <i>Palm Beach Post</i>'s Tallahassee bureau. They have two daughters.</p> Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau writers DTI 50589984 Mary Ellen Klas is capital bureau chief for the Miami Herald and co-bureau chief of the Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald Tallahassee Bureau. She is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and a graduate of the University of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minn. Before she became bureau chief for the Herald in 2004, Mary Ellen was Tallahassee bureau chief for Florida Trend magazine and also served as a senior writer for the Palm Beach Post. She was bureau chief for the Palm Beach Post from 1990-94, after which she worked part time for 10 years while her daughters were young. She is married to John Kennedy, senior writer for the Palm Beach Post's Tallahassee bureau. They have two daughters. <p>Phone: 850-222-3095</p> <p>Email: <a href="mailto:meklas@MiamiHerald.com">meklas@miamiherald.com</a></p> <p>Twitter: <a href="http://twitter.com/MaryEllenKlas">@MaryEllenKlas</a></p> 1 resources/images/dti/2012/10/Klas_ME_wp.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/50589984-mary-ellen-klas AuthorProfile 2012-10-25 12:55:10.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:55:10.000-04:00 <span style="display:none;" class="author vcard"><span class="fn">MARY ELLEN KLAS</span></span><span style="display:none;" class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Tampa Bay Times</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="/universal/user_agreement.shtml">&#169; 2016 Tampa Bay Times</a><br /><br />Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau 2269388 2016-03-15 12:32:15.0 UTC 5 Months Ago heres-what-you-need-to-know-to-vote-in-floridas-presidential-primary news/politics/elections Here's what you need to know to vote in Florida's presidential primary StaffArticle 2269402 2016-03-15 19:33:18.0 UTC 5 Months Ago decision-time-tampa-bay-voters-head-to-the-polls-for-presidential-primary news/politics/elections Live now: Polls buzzing with voters in Florida's presidential primary StaffArticle 2269478 2016-03-16 00:00:46.0 UTC 5 Months Ago donald-trump-cruises-to-florida-primary-victory-marco-rubio-trails-behind news/politics/stateroundup Marco Rubio ends his presidential campaign after bruising Florida primary loss StaffArticle <p>TALLAHASSEE — Scheduling Florida's presidential preference primary became a game of chicken Friday as the committee charged with setting the date decided to wait a week to make a decision, giving it time to see what other states have done.</p> <p>&quot;Call it what you will, Florida wants to have relevance,'' said Secretary of State Kurt Browning, the nonvoting member of the Presidential Preference Primary Committee. </p> <p>The panel of six legislators, former Gov. Bob Martinez and an adviser to Gov. Rick Scott met for 20 minutes Friday but postponed a decision until Sept. 30.</p> <p>Complicating their decision is the fact that Arizona has broken the primary calendar rules set by the political parties and set its date for Feb. 28, the same day as South Carolina, which is expected to move its date up earlier. Missouri has also broken the calendar rules and set Feb. 7 as its primary. Michigan is poised to move its date into early February as well. All states must report their primary dates to the parties by Oct. 1.</p> <p>&quot;Florida wants to be a player and if you want to be a player you're going to have to change your primary date,'' said former Sen. Al Lawson, a Tallahassee Democrat and member of the committee.</p> <p>The Republican National Committee allows only Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina to vote before March. Violators are subject to losing half their delegates, which could make them half as influential during the nominating vote at the party's national convention — set for Tampa in August.</p> <p>The Democratic National Party has also warned Florida that if its primary is held before March 6, violating the national party rule, the state will also lose its delegates. The result, Florida Democrats have said, is they are not likely to participate in the primary but instead pick delegates to their national convention in county caucuses held in June 2012. </p> <p>The decision won't likely affect the 2012 Democratic nomination because President Barack Obama isn't expected to face any serious challenge from within the party.</p> <p>Scott said Friday that Florida's primary should be early and on a day when no other state holds a presidential election. Scott said he was &quot;optimistic&quot; the state would not lose convention delegates by breaking the Republican National Committee rules with an early primary.</p> <p>Most Republicans appear to all be in agreement that Florida should designate itself as the fifth primary.</p> <p>Sen. John Thrasher said his preference is to hold Florida's primary immediately after South Carolina &quot;or as close to South Carolina as we could.&quot;</p> <p>Browning said that South Carolina's primary is customarily on a Saturday and may be rescheduled for as early as Feb. 4 but is currently posted as Feb. 28.</p> <p>Lawson urged the committee to keep Florida a player because of the state's electoral diversity and its history of close elections make it a crucial state.</p> <p>&quot;Whatever we decide I would hope we do not run in front of the traditional states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina,'' he said. &quot;It's also important for Florida to maintain its proper place in the early primaries because Florida is the largest swing state in the country,'' he said. He noted that Florida has 29 electoral votes while the next closest swing state, Ohio, only has 19.</p> <p><i>S</i>taff writer Michael C. Bender contributed to this report.</p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:36:52