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    Florida’s highest-ranking elected Democrat is calling on the FBI to investigate allegations that Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantis Florida Keys enclave, home to political donors, received COVID-19 vaccine as rest of state struggled CVS pharmacies in Florida to vaccinate teachers under 50 despite state age limits The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate Dems face unity test; Tanden nomination falls MORE has used the state’s coronavirus vaccination initiative to direct vaccines to select communities in exchange for political contributions. State Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried accused DeSantis in a press conference on Thursday of engaging in vaccine favoritism, in which the state steered vaccine pop-up sites to communities associated with wealthy political donors, while other residents have struggled to receive their shots. “The fact pattern is simply just too clear to avoid,” Fried, who is seen as a prospective candidate for governor in 2022, said. “Give campaign contribution big...
    A Democratic congressman may be stirring the pot with some of his cannabis stock purchases. Rep. John Yarmuth of Kentucky, who serves as chairman of the House Budget Committee, purchased stocks in Canopy Growth Corporation, Aurora Cannabis, and Tilray on Nov. 5, according to a filing with the Clerk of the House Representatives obtained by Popular Info. Shortly thereafter, Yarmuth signed on as a co-sponsor to H.R. 3884, the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, which decriminalized cannabis. The legislation passed the House on Dec. 4. Honored to preside over the House today as we considered the rule for H.R. 3884, the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act to decriminalize & deschedule cannabis. As a cosponsor, I look forward to voting in support of this legislation tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/zUwvwkR2fJ— Rep. John Yarmuth (@RepJohnYarmuth) December 3, 2020 In the time since the Democratic Party gained control of both chambers of Congress,...
    Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried (D) announced Monday that she will request state offices under her direction to ignore Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ (R) order to lower flags to half-staff in honor of the late radio talk host icon, Rush Limbaugh. “Lowering to half-staff the flag of the United States of America is a sacred honor that pays respect to fallen heroes and patriots. It is not a partisan political tool,” Fried said in a statement obtained by WFLA. “Therefore, I will notify all state offices under my direction to disregard the Governor’s forthcoming order to lower flags for Mr. Limbaugh – because we will not celebrate hate speech, bigotry, and division. Lowering the flag should always reflect unity, not division, and raising our standards, not lowering them. Our flags will remain flying high to celebrate the American values of diversity, inclusion, and respect for all.” On Friday, DeSantis said...
    Florida Democratic Rep. Stephanie Murphy urged President Biden to adjust his plan for distributing vaccines nationwide after finding "obvious flaws" that could prove detrimental to states with higher rates of seniors. "We share the same goal, which is to manufacture and distribute enough vaccine doses to vaccinate every American as swiftly as possible," Murphy said in a letter to the president Thursday. But the Florida Democrat took issue with the plan laid out by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to distribute vaccines to states based on the number of residents they have that are 18-years of age and older. FLORIDA GOV. DESANTIS CALLS THREATS OF DOMESTIC TRAVEL BAN ‘UNCONSTITUTIONAL, UNWISE AND UNJUST’ "This single-factor formula has the benefit of simplicity, but it also has obvious flaws," she said. "According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Americans age 65 and older account for 81 percent...
    Florida State Sen. Shevrin Jones (D) is pushing legislation to repeal the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law. “Stand Your Ground” laws allow innocent citizens under attack to use force, including lethal force, to save their lives. By design, a “Stand Your Ground” law creates a framework whereby a citizen cannot be held liable for using such force in an instance where fear of losing his own life is demonstrable. The Palm Beach Post notes that Jones’ legislation is Senate Bill 1052, and he makes clear he is pushing a repeal because he believes the law puts minorities in jeopardy. Jones said, “We know for a fact that Stand Your Ground promotes vigilantism, it allows people to shoot first and ask questions later. More important, it puts black people and other people of color at a greater risk of gun violence.” Ironically, on September 9, 2016, Breitbart News reported data from John Lott’s book, The War on Guns:...
    Disgraced former Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum has credited the coronavirus pandemic and couples therapy for helping to save his marriage, nearly a year after he was found passed out in a Miami hotel with a male escort.  On March 12, 2020, Gillum was pictured unconscious and naked alongside sex worker Travis Dyson in a $220 per-night hotel room in South Beach.  The married father-of-three was pictured laying in a pool of his own vomit, with plastic baggies of suspected crystal meth and prescription pill bottles scattered on the floor. Gillum who narrowly missed out on becoming Florida’s first ever black governor, entered rehab for alcohol abuse shortly afterwards. He has denied 'knowingly' taking any drugs that night.  The 41-year-old former Tallahassee Mayor said he still believes he was 'set up', suggesting his drink may have been spiked.  Now, some 11 months on, Gillum opened up to GQ about the...
    PHOTO VIA RICK SCOTT/FACEBOOKFlorida Sen. Rick Scott signaled he will likely vote against certifying Pennsylvania’s slate of electors. The Republican and close ally of President Donald Trump issued a lengthy statement ahead of certification of the Electoral College, which Democrat Joe Biden won with 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232. Scott signaled sympathy to many criticisms leveled by Trump against election officials in the swing states won by the Democrat. “During today’s proceedings, I will listen to any and all objections that are raised,” he said. “I will pay careful attention to the evidence and arguments presented by both sides.” But he made clear he walks in with skepticism about at least one state requiring legitimacy of the election. “The situation in Pennsylvania is of particular concern to me, and I will likely vote to sustain the objection to their slate of electors,” Scott said. “The actions of the Governor’s Administration and the courts in Pennsylvania...
    Florida state Rep. Omari Hardy (D) is calling on Palm Beach County officials to shut down  President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort due to alleged mask mandate violations. “Hardy, a Democrat representing District 88, wrote to Assistant County Administrator of Palm Beach County Todd Bonlarron regarding an online video showing maskless partygoers and entertainers at a New Year’s celebration at Mar-a-Lago,” WPBF reported Saturday. In a tweet Friday, Hardy shared the video reportedly showing the party at the resort, writing, “Mar-a-Lago is a club. A club is a business. Businesses must abide by Palm Beach County’s mask order, or be fined or even shut down”: Mar-a-Lago is a club. A club is a business. Businesses must abide by Palm Beach Countys mask order, or be fined or even shut down. We knew that Trump was hosting a New Years party. Ill be reaching out to folks at @pbcgov to ask why we werent ready...
    A man in Florida was reportedly arrested Tuesday night for using a fire extinguisher on himself when he wasn’t on fire. Florida State University Police arrested David Mann after he was found with a fire extinguisher he took from a station in a parking garage, according to the Tallahassee Democrat. Florida State University police arrest man for drying himself off with fire extinguisher https://t.co/zCyrwJLviu — Tallahassee Democrat (@TDOnline) December 30, 2020 When police arrived at the top floor of the university’s West Call Street parking garage, Mann was allegedly covered in fire extinguisher powder. (RELATED: Man Blows Fire Extinguisher In The Face Of Guy Smoking By His Business) Mann reportedly told the officer he had been drinking and then fell asleep. He had then fallen in water after waking up. Mann told the officer he was using the extinguisher to try and dry himself, the Tallahassee Democrat reported. (RELATED:...
    The teddy bear toss is a hockey tradition. Even in a pandemic, this community kept it going. 10 hidden iPhone features we discovered after installing iOS 14 University of Florida takes out full-page ad thanking Florida State, others who helped Keyontae Johnson On Wednesday morning, the Tallahassee Democrat published a full-page ad from the University of Florida's Athletics Association thanking the Florida State community and Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare for their care and action after Gators star Keyontae Johnson collapsed during a game against FSU on Dec. 12. © Tallahassee Democrat University of Florida's thank you to Florida State "To Amanda Robinson, Vanessa Fuchs, Ryan Zornes, Erick Casto, Chuck Walsh, Dr. Marylin Cox, Dr. Devin Buston, Dr. Jason Oberste, Dr. Hector Mejia, Dr. William Thompson, Dr. Carlos Campo, Dr. Greg Hartiage, Mark O' Bryant and the Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare team, President Thrasher, Coach Leonard Hamilton and everyone else who stepped up in a moment...
    Shifting populations in the U.S. could mean Democrat strongholds like New York and California lose congressional seats to Republican states like Texas and Florida when boundaries are redrawn next year, according to new analysis. The U.S. Census Bureau released figures Tuesday showing how populations have changed in the last year.  New York has seen more residents leave in the past year than any other state, with 126,355 people fleeing the Empire State between July 2019 and July 2020, the Bureau revealed. And analysis of the statistics by The Brookings Institution suggests they could lose congressional seats, when the official 2020 Census results are released next year, along with a new legislative map. An estimated 126,000 people have left New York in the past year, representing 0.65 per cent William Frey, chief demographer for the Brookings Institution, predicts that New York will lose one congressional seat, taking the...
    Photo via Allen Ellison/FacebookAllen Ellison, a two-time congressional candidate, said he will challenge Sen. Marco Rubio for his U.S. Senate seat in 2022. “We have watched career politicians stand by and do absolutely nothing for our people,” Ellison said in a prepared statement. “We have watched them fill this nation with hate through their divisive rhetoric, and we have watched them line their pockets at the expense of the American people, while our fellow citizens struggle to make ends meet. “I say enough is enough. We are in desperate need [of] visionary leaders with fresh ideas who care about the issues that matter to all of us.” The Wauchula Democrat ran against U.S. Rep. Greg Steube, a Sarasota Republican, in 2018 and 2020. The first time, he stepped in as a replacement candidate after Democrat April Freeman’s untimely death while seeking an open seat in Florida’s 17th Congressional District. He didn’t post huge numbers either time running in the deep-red district....
    Incoming Florida Congressman Carlos A. Gimenez has tested positive for the coronavirus. “After several negative tests, both my wife, Lourdes, and I tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday. We are both feeling good & experiencing no symptoms at this time.” Gimenez, a Florida Republican, said in a tweet Friday evening. “I am extremely grateful for all of the incredible health care workers who are tirelessly dedicated to their patients.” Gimenez, 66, a former Miami-Dade County mayor, defeated incumbent Debbie Mucarsel-Powell in Florida’s 26th District in a closely watched race. Gimenez said one of his primary goals in Congress will be to do battle against New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and has already joined up with an emerging “freedom squad” to counter their energy on capitol hill. More than 270,000 people have died of coronavirus in the United States so far as it continues to rage largely out of control. Gimenez...
    Incoming Florida Congressman Carlos A. Gimenez has tested positive for the coronavirus. “After several negative tests, both my wife, Lourdes, and I tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday. We are both feeling good & experiencing no symptoms at this time.” Gimenez, a Florida Republican, said in a tweet Friday evening. “I am extremely grateful for all of the incredible health care workers who are tirelessly dedicated to their patients.” Gimenez, 66, a former Miami-Dade County mayor, defeated incumbent Debbie Mucarsel-Powell in Florida’s 26th District in a closely watched race. Gimenez said one of his primary goals in Congress will be to do battle against New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and has already joined up with an emerging “freedom squad” to counter their energy on capitol hill. More than 270,000 people have died of coronavirus in the United States so far as it continues to rage largely out of control. Gimenez announcements...
    A DEMOCRAT troll has been arrested for allegedly threatening to kill Republicans Ron DeSantis, Marco Rubio and Rick Scott for "looting" Florida. Karen Jones, 55, was arrested at her South Florida home last Saturday. She is facing three charges of making written threats to kill or do bodily harm to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and US senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, according to an arrest report. 4Karen Jones, 55, was arrestedCredit: AP:Associated Press 4She allegedly threatened to kill DeSantisCredit: Getty Images - Getty All three elected officials are Republicans. Jones posted on Twitter last week, "DeSantis, Rick Scott and Marco Rubio are looting my state. Imma shoot them," according to the arrest report. During an interview with detectives, Jones said she made the post as a joke. "When I made the observation that there were no commonly used terminology to show the post was a joke, Jones stated that...
    A registered Democrat in Florida was arrested Saturday after allegedly issuing online threats targeting the Sunshine State’s leading Republican lawmakers, according to law enforcement. Karen Jones, 55, is accused of threatening to shoot Gov. Ron DeSantis and Sens. Rick Scott and Marco Rubio. “DeSantis, Rick Scott and Marco Rubio are looting my state. Imma [sic] shot [sic] them,” Jones tweeted last week. Fox News reports: “Jones made the remark online after retweeting a reporter from The Washington Post who shared a story by the Miami Herald about DeSantis backing ‘anti-mob’ legislation that would bolster Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law. Unique to self-defense laws in other states, the statute does not require a person to retreat before using deadly force to prevent bodily harm to themselves or others or to prevent a felony.” On Saturday, Palm Beach County sheriff deputies arrested Jones at her Lantana home and charged her with three counts of written threats...
    A registered Democrat in Florida was arrested for threatening to kill Republican politicians in the state. "[Ron] DeSantis, Rick Scott and Marco Rubio are looting my state. Imma shot them,” Karen Jones, 55, posted on Twitter last week in response to a Washington Post reporter who shared an article about Florida potentially expanding its “stand your ground law.” She was arrested on Saturday in her home by Palm Beach County authorities on three counts of written threats to kill or do bodily harm. Jones admitted to writing the tweet but said it was meant to be a joke. A Palm Beach County detective, however, wrote in an affidavit that there was nothing suggesting the message was said in jest. “When I made the observation that there were no commonly used terminology to show the post was a joke, Jones stated that anyone who follows her knows her sense...
    Florida Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-PowellDebbie Mucarsel-PowellRundown of the House seats Democrats, GOP flipped on Election Day Trump gains with Latino voters driven by rural support Democrats' post-election 'family meeting' descends into chaos MORE (D) on Wednesday said a fear of socialism alone did not explain her surprise Election Day loss, breaking down what she thinks happened as Democrats search for answers to explain their drubbing in the nation’s largest swing state.  Mucarsel-Powell, who lost reelection in a district that voted for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMichelle Obama: 'So proud' of Barack Obama for memoir The data reveals foreign influence and pollsters are 2020's biggest losers Democracy at risk? Folks, that's a bunch of malarkey MORE in 2016 but swung to President TrumpDonald John Trump46 percent of voters say Trump should concede immediately: poll Michigan county reverses course, votes unanimously to certify election results GOP senator: Trump shouldn't fire top cybersecurity official MORE...
    PHOTO BY JOEY ROULETTEMarco Rubio, a sentient inflatable tube man shaped like a U.S. Senator, has inserted himself into Georgia’s U.S. Senate runoff elections over the last week, and this morning he attempted to drum up controversy by criticizing Democrat Senate candidate Raphael Warnock for quoting Jesus. On Wednesday morning, the Florida Republican tweeted a clip of Warnock, who has been a senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta since 2005, criticising the Democrat for his radical stance of, you know, reading the Bible.  “Not shocked #Georgia Democrat Senate candidate Raphael Warnock said “You cannot serve God and the military” at the same time,” tweeted  Rubio. “These & even crazier things is what the radicals who control the Democratic party’s activist & small dollar donor base believe.” Not shocked #Georgia Democrat Senate candidate Raphael Warnock said “You cannot serve God and the military” at the same time. These...
    Hispanic Democrats are grappling with a surprising shift in their base support, blaming the focus on far-left messaging during the U.S. presidential election, according to reports. Current vote totals put President-elect Joe Biden around 5.5 million votes ahead of President Donald Trump, but certain local battles ended far closer, indicating a noticeable shift in numbers for Trump among Hispanic and Asian voters. Trump won big in Florida, and Hispanic-heavy Miami-Dade County shows a strong example of why: while Biden won the county, Trump lost by less than 100,000 votes – a far smaller gap compared to the nearly 300,000 votes by which he fell behind Hillary Clinton in 2016. October 10, 2020 - Orlando, Florida, United States - People hold placards after U.S. Vice President Mike Pence addressed supporters at a Latinos for Trump campaign rally at Central Christian University on October 10, 2020 in Orlando, Florida. With 24 days until...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — After pouring more than $1.2 billion of his personal fortune into presidential politics this election, former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg has little to show for it. His only win during a short-lived Democratic bid for the White House was in the territory of American Samoa. And after pledging to spend “whatever it takes” to defeat President Donald Trump, he routed $110 million to Florida, Ohio and Texas — all states that President-elect Joe Biden lost. Bloomberg, who built a media and financial services empire before turning to electoral politics, has long used his $55 billion in estimated wealth to play kingmaker, with no shortage of candidates and causes seeking favor. Yet after dumping $1.1 billion into his campaign, he waited until September to follow through on his vow to spend big to unseat Trump. His investment was especially disappointing in Florida, a battleground state that is...
    WASHINGTON – After pouring more than $1.2 billion of his personal fortune into presidential politics this election, former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg has little to show for it. His only win during a short-lived Democratic bid for the White House was in the territory of American Samoa. And after pledging to spend “whatever it takes” to defeat President Donald Trump, he routed $110 million to Florida, Ohio and Texas — all states that President-elect Joe Biden lost. Bloomberg, who built a media and financial services empire before turning to electoral politics, has long used his $55 billion in estimated wealth to play kingmaker, with no shortage of candidates and causes seeking favor. Yet after dumping $1.1 billion into his campaign, he waited until September to follow through on his vow to spend big to unseat Trump. His investment was especially disappointing in Florida, a battleground state that is...
    With newly elected lawmakers joining incumbents in Tallahassee to be sworn into the Florida Legislature on Tuesday, pre-filed bills soon will pile up for the 60-day legislative session that begins March 2. After flipping five House seats in the Nov. 3 election, Republicans head into the 2021 legislative session with a 78-42 chamber advantage and hold a 24-16 Senate majority after GOP challenger Ileana Garcia was declared the winner Thursday against Democratic incumbent José Javier Rodríguez in their Senate District 37 race. Republican priorities, therefore, will be the focus in getting pre-filed bills before committees and onto chamber floors when the session begins, with little time for bills filed by Democrats unless they can garner GOP support. Although pre-filing for the 2021 session began Aug. 1, no proposed House bills had been posted by Thursday and nine Senate bills had been filed. All are “relief” bills seeking...
    Florida Sen. Rick Scott on Tuesday was elected to serve as chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC).  Scott announced he would run for the post late last week, and his run was unopposed. The current NRSC chairman, Todd Young, R-Ind., is up for reelection in 2022.  The former Florida governor is widely viewed as a contender for the 2024 presidential race, and the NRSC role will boost his national profile. Scott could be tasked with defending a narrow GOP majority or winning one back, likely depending on the outcome of two Senate runoff races in Georgia. MCCONNELL, SCHUMER REELECTED AS PARTY LEADERS IN SENATE AS BALANCE OF POWER HANGS IN LIMBO  Scott flipped his Senate seat red in 2018, beating longtime Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson in an extremely close race -- one of the most expensive Senate races ever, until the 2020 cycle. Scott, a former hospital CEO and...
    Vatican report on disgraced ex U.S. cardinal McCarrick expected this month: sources British grocer Sainsburys is cutting 3,500 jobs and closing more than 80% of Argos stores Republican Gimenez unseats Democrat Mucarsel-Powell in Florida House race Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, a Republican, unseated incumbent Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, limiting the Democrat to a single term in Congress. © Jason Koerner/Getty Images Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez speaks at the Miami International Mall in Doral, Fla. Gimenez, who is term-limited and unable to run again for mayor, won with 51.3 percent of the vote to Mucarsel-Powell’s 48.6 percent with 210 of 215 precincts reporting, according to the Miami-Dade County Supervisor of Elections website. Background: The 26th Congressional District, which includes Monroe County and parts of Miami-Dade County, again was a nationally watched swing seat this year, attracting outside support and money. Video: Battleground Florida (ABC News) Battleground Florida ABC News...
    Photo by Kimberly DeFalcoRepublicans further cemented their control of the Florida House on Tuesday, knocking off three incumbent Democrats, picking up open seats and successfully defending districts against Democratic challenges. Republican Linda Chaney defeated Rep. Jennifer Webb, D-Gulfport, in Pinellas County’s House District 69, Republican Dana Trabulsy unseated Rep. Delores Hogan Johnson, D-Fort Pierce, in St. Lucie County’s House District 84, and Republican Tom Fabricio toppled Rep. Cindy Polo, D-Miramar, in House District 103 in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Meanwhile, Republican Fiona McFarland picked up an open seat in Sarasota County’s House District 72, as did Republican Demi Busatta Cabrera in Miami-Dade County’s House District 114. Those seats became open when Rep. Margaret Good, D-Sarasota, ran for Congress and Rep. Javier Fernandez, D-South Miami, ran for the state Senate --- with both losing their races Tuesday. Also, the GOP appeared to hold off Democratic challenges in several hotly contested districts...
    Carlos Gimenez (R), mayor of Miami-Dade, defeated Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL) in Florida’s 26th Congressional District, according to the Associated Press. Gimenez defeated Mucarsel-Powell in Florida’s 26th district, which serves as a pickup for Republicans in their bid to take back the House majority. Republicans only need a net 17 seats to regain the House majority: BREAKING: Republican Carlos Gimenez wins election to U.S. House in Floridas 26th Congressional District, beating incumbent Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell. #APracecall at 10:10 p.m. EST. #Election2020 #FLelection https://t.co/lGfinjTqT4 — AP Politics (@AP_Politics) November 4, 2020 Dan Conston, president of the Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF), released a statement on Tuesday, cheering Gimenez’s victory. Conston said: South Florida is tired of the dysfunction in Washington and tonight they elected the perfect man in Carlos Gimenez to bring people together and get the job done. A Cuban immigrant, former firefighter and successful Mayor of Miami-Dade County, Mayor Gimenez...
    Freshman Rep. Kendra Horn has conceded the race for her house seat to Republican challenger Stephanie Bice, according to a statement from Horn’s campaign. In the run to Election Day, national media outlets ranked the contest as one of the tightest in the country. Horn (pictured) released the following statement conceding to her opponent: Inbox: Democratic first-term Rep. Kendra Horn of Oklahoma has conceded the race to Republican Stephanie Bice #OK05 Horn, along with Reps. Debbie Mucrasel-Powell and Donna Shalala of Florida, is a group of freshman Dems to lose reelection to a second term pic.twitter.com/h8bwMjMV8m — Grace Panetta (@grace_panetta) November 4, 2020 “Oklahoma’s Fifth District doesn’t belong to a party, it belongs to the people. Oklahomans showed up today to make their voices heard because there is so much at stake this election,” Horn said in part. “Thank you to all of the staff, volunteers, and supporters who put...
    MIAMI, Florida -- President Donald Trump has won Florida and its 29 electoral votes, the biggest prize among the perennial battlegrounds and a state crucial to his reelection hopes.A victory in Florida means reelection is within Trump's grasp. A loss in the state would have made it nearly impossible for Trump to reach the 270 electoral votes needed to retain the White House.*Counties are colored red or blue when the % expected vote reporting reaches a set threshold. This threshold varies by state and is based on patterns of past vote reporting and expectations about how the vote will report this year.Democrat Joe Biden's campaign had hoped the devastating toll of the coronavirus pandemic, particularly among older adults, would put him in a strong position in a state popular with retirees.Trump moved his official residence to his Palm Beach estate Mar-a-Lago from New York last year.Trump narrowly beat Democrat Hillary...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 12:35 p.m. President Donald Trump has won Florida and its 29 electoral votes, the biggest prize among the perennial battlegrounds and a state crucial to his reelection hopes. A victory in Florida means reelection is within Trump’s grasp. A loss in the state would have made it nearly impossible for Trump to reach the 270 electoral votes needed to retain the White House. Democrat Joe Biden’s campaign had hoped the devastating toll of the coronavirus pandemic, particularly among older adults, would put him in a strong position in a state popular with retirees. Trump moved his official residence to his Palm Beach estate Mar-a-Lago from New York last year. Trump narrowly beat Democrat Hillary Clinton in the state in 2016. ___ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE: It’s Election Day in America. President Donald...
    A top Democrat said that the Biden campaign failed in Florida because Democrats tried to court the black vote with support for the Black Lives Matter movement and got backlash from Latinos. The surprising admission was reported by Marc Caputo, who covers the presidential campaign in Florida for Politico. "We must have gotten obliterated by Hispanics ... defund the police killed us," Caputo quoted the unidentified Democrat, who texted him after Florida was projected to be won by the president. The crucial battleground state appeared to head towards a victory for President Donald Trump's re-election campaign on election night. The Trump campaign made a concerted effort to court the Hispanic vote in Florida, while Democrats were caught between conflicting demographic groups. "We came out strong for BLM and then saw the [H]ispanic push back and went lukewarm and got killed with...
    Politico’s Marc Caputo reported on Tuesday that a “top Miami Democrat told him former Vice President Joe Biden’s performance in Florida was damaged by the Democrat Party’s support for the “defund the police” movement. Caputo tweeted, “‘We must have gotten obliterated by Hispanics…. defund the police killed us,’ says top Miami Dem, citing a BLM backlash Waving Che Guevara flags, even though it was by just a few, gets lots of attention in a community that sees him as a symbol of totalitarian butchery.” Caputo showed a screen capture of text messages he claimed to have received from the “top Miami Democrat”: We must have gotten obliterated by Hispanics I assumed worst case was +15 Defund the police killed us We came out strong for BLM and then saw the hispanic push back and went lukewarm and got killed with both demos “We must have gotten obliterated by Hispanics…. defund...
    Republican Maria Elvira Salazar is projected to defeat Democrat incumbent Rep. Donna Shalala (D-FL) in Florida’s 27th Congressional District, according to reports. WPLG Local 10 News reported Salazar defeating the freshman House Democrat in the Miami-Dade district. With 92 percent of the vote reported, the New York Times showed Salazar leading the incumbent 51.4 percent to 48.6 percent: VOTE 2020 – Maria Elvira Salazar defeats incumbent Donna Shalala in race for Miami-Dade District 27 congressional seat https://t.co/JrWreg9pBX pic.twitter.com/Wc358ov9Km — WPLG Local 10 News (@WPLGLocal10) November 4, 2020 BREAKING: Maria Elvira Salazar (R) defeats incumbent Donna Shalala (D) in race for Miami-Dade District 27 congressional seat https://t.co/cUA90ImXF0Via @WPLGLocal10 — Political Polls (@PpollingNumbers) November 4, 2020 Two Democratic incumbents in Florida unseated. Shalala also lost https://t.co/KxgdJUdLIg — Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) November 4, 2020 Right now the only change in the Florida Congressional delegation might come in South Florida, where two Democrats – Shalala...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Democrat Alcee Hastings has won reelection to U.S. House in Florida’s 20th Congressional District. Hastings is the longest serving member of Florida’s congressional delegation. He was easily was reelected to his 15th term representing a South Florida district. He defeated Republican Greg Musselwhite, who is a welding inspector.
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    By CURT ANDERSON, Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The final day of voting in Florida will decide the state's balance of Republican and Democratic members in the U.S. House, and while most incumbents seem likely to win reelection, a handful of seats are in play. The highest-profile of these races Tuesday are in the Miami area: first-term Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell vs. Republican Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, and freshman Democrat Donna Shalala in a rematch against GOP Spanish-language TV personality Maria Elvira Salazar. Shalala defeated Salazar by about 6 percentage points two years ago in District 27 and has broad name recognition from her time as President Bill Clinton's secretary of Health and Human Services and president of the University of Miami. Salazar appealed to the Hispanic voters in the district, which includes Little Havana and the more liberal Miami Beach area. Mucarsel-Powell, the first person from Ecuador to...
    Registered Republicans in Florida have reduced the Democrats’ overall lead in ballots cast to just over 108,000 ahead of Election Day, according to data from the Florida Division of Elections. The early voting period concluded over the weekend in the Sunshine State. The most recent data, released Monday morning, shows that Republicans vastly outpaced Democrats in early voting, holding a 555,562 edge. With the election just one day away, Democrats continue to hold an advantage in mailed-in ballots, up 663,685. Overall, throughout the early voting period, Republicans reduced the Democrats’ total advantage to 108,123, casting 3,404,088 ballots to the Democrats’ 3,512,211 (when mail-in voting and early voting are combined).  Nearly two weeks ago, on October 21, Democrats held a 486,797 overall ballot advantage. Nearly 9 million Floridians have already voted in the election. Republicans remain confident on Trump’s prospects of securing the state again, pointing to the fact that Democrats now have the...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 11:50 a.m. Barack Obama plans to campaign in Georgia on Monday in an election-eve push to shift the traditionally Republican into the Democratic column. Obama will be in Atlanta for a rally to boost Joe Biden and the two leading Democratic Senate candidates in the state. Jon Ossoff is challenging GOP Sen. David Perdue, and fellow Democrat Raphael Warnock is running in a special election against Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler. Georgia hasn’t voted for a Democrat in a presidential race since 1992. But the Biden campaign is looking to capitalize on the favorable political environment in the state as the coronavirus pandemic drags down President Donald Trump in typically GOP-leaning states. Biden was in Georgia this past week and his running mate, Kamala Harris, campaigned there the week before. But Republicans are working to defend their hold on...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 11:50 a.m. Barack Obama plans to campaign in Georgia on Monday in an election-eve push to shift the traditionally Republican into the Democratic column. Obama will be in Atlanta for a rally to boost Joe Biden and the two leading Democratic Senate candidates in the state. Jon Ossoff is challenging GOP Sen. David Perdue, and fellow Democrat Raphael Warnock is running in a special election against Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler. Georgia hasn’t voted for a Democrat in a presidential race since 1992. But the Biden campaign is looking to capitalize on the favorable political environment in the state as the coronavirus pandemic drags down President Donald Trump in typically GOP-leaning states. Biden was in Georgia this past week and his running mate, Kamala Harris, campaigned there the week before. But Republicans are working to defend their hold...
    I felt the emotion of an event: Virtual New York City Marathon has been far from normal This Is the Best Horror Film of 2020, According to Critics Biden, Trump hold Florida rallies hours apart, as Democrat retakes lead in crucial state’s polls ELECTION COUNTDOWN © Associated Press President Donald Trump speaks in July in Doral, Fla. The presidential campaign focused on Florida on Thursday, as both President Donald Trump and challenger Joe Biden made in-person plays for the critical battleground state’s voters with just five days remaining until the election. Load Error With Biden taking back a slim lead in Florida polls, the former vice president was slated to campaign in Broward County and in Tampa. Hours before Biden’s planned 6:30 p.m. Eastern drive-in rally in Tampa, Trump was visiting the same city for a rally at Raymond James Stadium. The president is also planning a...
    President Trump is the last bastion to stopping the radical left, talk show host Dave Rubin said Thursday as the 2020 presidential election is five days away. “As most of your audience knows, I have been a lifelong Democrat. I have voted for Obama twice, I voted for Gore, I voted for John Kerry, this is the first time I ever voted for a Republican president,” the host of "The Dave Rubin Show" told “Fox & Friends.” “But, I see Trump, basically, as the last bulwark to stop the radical left,” Rubin said. ELECTION 5 DAYS AWAY: TRUMP, BIDEN TO HOLD DUELING RALLIES IN FLORIDA BATTLEGROUND Meanwhile, Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden are set to hold dueling campaign rallies in Florida — a crucial battleground state vital to winning the White House — with just five days left in the presidential race.   The candidates will appear in Tampa hours apart on Thursday, looking to make last-minute appeals and energize Central Florida voters ahead of...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – For Florida Senate District 39, Republican candidate Ana Maria Rodriguez pretty much sums up what’s at stake in her race with Democrat Javier Fernandez. “The Senate has 23 Republicans and 17 Democrats. Because there is such a tight balance in the Florida Senate there is a lot from the Democratic side to flip it to blue to take control of the Senate,” she said. Download The New CBS4 News App Here This year, half of Florida’s Senate seats are up for reelection in November. Democrats have made Senate gains in the past decade and they see a chance to take control. “The Florida Senate for the first time in decades is actually in play,” said Fernandez. “This is one of the very important races across the state to change the leadership in the Florida Senate and bring balance in politics back to Tallahassee.” RELATED:...
    President Donald Trump has slammed Joe Biden's 'dark, dismal, gloomy' vision for the future, saying the Democratic presidential nominee could send the country back into a COVID-19 lockdown that would cause a super 'depression'.  The Commander-in-chief made the claim during two campaign rallies in Florida on Friday, as he tries to muster up support in the vital swing state just 11 days out from the election.  'This election is a choice between a Trump super recovery and Biden super depression!' he told a raucous crowd in Pensacola.    'Joe Biden's plan will crush American; my plan will crush the virus. We're going to get back to normal where we were seven months ago'. Trump echoed the same theme during an earlier rally at The Villages - a retirement community in Sumter County.  'This election is a choice between... a Trump super recovery and a Biden depression because you will have a depression. Who...
    President Donald Trump made his pitch to him home state of Florida in a setting of double rallies on Friday as he ramped up his attacks on Democratic rival Joe Biden.  Trump painted a picture of economic recovery and downplayed the spread of the coronavirus as he claimed his rival would lock up the country and cause an economic depression. 'This election is a choice between a Trump super recovery and Biden super depression. It's a choice between a boom and a lockdown,' he told the cheering crowd at the Pensacola airport. Hundreds came out to cheer Trump, packed in together in a tight space with no social distancing and few wearing masks. The number of infections in Florida is on the rise. Trump trails Biden in his home state but the race is tight. The RealClearPolitics polling average has Biden up by 2 points, well within the margin of error. ...
    NBC/Florida Department of Corrections Sigfredo Garcia was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of professor and author Dan Markel. Tonight on Dateline NBC, correspondent Dennis Murphy looks into the murder of Florida law professor Dan Markel. The investigation has drawn national attention, and it is not over yet, with trials for those involved still being scheduled. According to the Tallahassee Democrat, Markel was shot in his home on July 18, 2014 at around 11 a.m. He was a 41-year-old Florida State law professor and author. Shortly after, the crime was classified as a murder, as law enforcement came out to say that Markel was the intended victim, according to Forward.com. Now, more than one person is behind bars for the crime. Currently, according to the Tallahassee Democrat, Katherine Magbanua is in jail, though her attorneys would like for her to be released on bond after a mistrial last...
    An attendee of President Trump’s rally in Jacksonville, Florida, said that she had to “jump ship” from the Democrat Party — a change that, she said, occurred after voting for former President Obama once. Hundreds of enthusiastic Trump supporters lined up hours ahead of his rally in the northeastern portion of the state, ready to show their support for the commander in chief. One supporter, Kristen Reese, identified herself as a former Democrat, who made the change during Obama’s presidency after voting for him once. “I think we’re really at risk of losing our freedoms,” she said. “I think there’s an extreme left agenda that has infiltrated the Democratic Party.” “It’s not the Democratic party I knew growing up. I used to be a Democrat but I had to jump ship and go to the Republican side,” Reese continued, explaining that she switched sides when Obama was in office. “And...
    Floridas GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis is calling for a “bill of rights” to protect college students from getting punished by colleges for hosting partings and other large gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Associated Press. “I understand that universities are trying to do the right thing,” the governor told reporters at a press briefing at the Capitol in Tallahassee. “But, I personally think its dramatically draconian that a student could get potentially expelled for going to a party. That’s what college kids do.” DeSantis said he will prevent local governments from closing restaurants because little data exists showing that keeping these businesses closed would curb coronavirus cases. In April, the governor issued an executive order claiming that state guidelines “supersede any conflicting official action or order issued by local officials in response to COVID-19.” The defense from DeSantis comes after photos went viral online of parties taking place...
    Joe Biden was mocked by viewers last night after pulling out his phone and playing the megahit 'Despacito' at a Hispanic campaign event in Florida.  A grinning Biden played the song into a microphone after being introduced by its Puerto Rican-American singer Luis Fonsi at the event in Tampa, as the Democratic nominee seeks Hispanic backing in one of the chief battleground states.  But critics accused Biden of 'pandering' and mocked him for playing a song whose title translates as 'Slowly' - evoking Donald Trump's nickname 'Slow Joe'.  Trump himself shared an edited video in which the song was changed to 'F*** The Police' by N.W.A., with the president asking: 'What is this all about?'.    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden played 'Despacito' on his phone as he took to the stage to deliver a speech at a Hispanic Heritage Month kickoff event in Kissimmee, Florida Trump retweeted a doctored...
    Rep. Lois Frankel, the Democrat congresswoman representing Florida’s 21st district, supports the ban of one of her opponent Laura Loomer’s ads from social media platforms. Frankel’s opponent, Loomer, has already been blacklisted from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and a number of other tech platforms. The ad that Frankel wants banned attacks the four-term Democrat congresswoman for supporting the militant, far-left Black Lives Matter movement, highlighting the BLM organization’s attacks on U.S. support for Israel. The ad can be watched below: NEW: Laura Loomers latest ad which will soon be airing in South Florida pic.twitter.com/JHKr0oz1mc — Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) September 4, 2020 After the ad was posted, Frankel retweeted a Democrat-aligned activist who called for it to be banned from social media. The Democrat party is openly in favor of Big Tech censorship. The DNC and the Biden campaign have both called on Facebook to censor Trump ads they accuse of “misinformation,” a...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden pitched U.S. military veterans on the notion of a “Harris-Biden administration” on Tuesday afternoon during a campaign swing through Florida. Biden, who has aroused concerns over his fitness for the presidency in recent weeks, told reporters in Tampa that a White House helmed by himself and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) would work to expand opportunities not only for veterans, but military families as well. “It’s so much harder for military spouses to find good jobs and build their careers,” the Democrat nominee said. “We have to change that and we’re working on it… for example making it easier to carry your professional credentials with you, from one state to another, when your spouse moves. “The Harris-Biden administration will relaunch that effort and make it easier for military spouses and veterans meaningful careers, to ensure teachers know how to support military children in the classroom, and...
    A bipartisan House group on Tuesday introduced a resolution to recognize the results of Puerto Rico's upcoming statehood referendum, which will be on the territory's ballots in November. The resolution, led by Rep. Darren SotoDarren Michael SotoOcasio-Cortez, Velázquez call for convention to decide Puerto Rico status Let's build a better post-COVID future than fossil fuel consolidation Hispanic Caucus requests meeting with private detention center CEOs MORE (D-Fla.), recognizes the validity of the referendum, declaring that the president and Congress would have a duty to move toward statehood if voters choose that option. November's referendum, the first yes/no vote on statehood that has been scheduled during a general election, was not sanctioned by the Department of Justice, despite Republican Gov. Wanda Vázquez-Garced's entreaties. But the local legislature passed a bill mandating the referendum on the core issue that divides the territory's politics. Soto's resolution pits statehood against proponents of a longer process, which...
    House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) advanced 16 Republican congressional candidates on Monday to the National Republican Congressional Committee’s (NRCC) highest level of the 2020 “Young Guns” program, including New Jersey conservative David Richter. “These candidates are gaining serious momentum in their respective races,” McCarthy said in a statement on Monday. “They’re working every single day to fight back against the Democrats’ socialist agenda, and their success is critical to ensure we flip the House this November.” The NRCC will promote many Republican congressional candidates across the country to the highest level of the Young Guns program. This includes: Tiffany Shedd in Arizona’s first congressional district. Leo Valentin in Florida’s seventh district. Anna Paulina Luna in Florida’s 13th congressional district. Scott Franklin in Florida’s 15th congressional district. Rich McCormick in Georgia’s seventh congressional district. Jake LaTurner in Kansas’s second congressional district. Peter Meijer in Michigan’s third congressional district. Paul...
    Married former Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum came out as bisexual in an interview with Tamron Hall on Monday. 'You didn't ask the question but I don’t identify as gay. I identify as bisexual. I’ve never shared that publicly before,' Gillum, once considered a rising star of the Democratic party, said. The admission came as part of a lengthy interview with Hall, alongside his wife R. Jai Howard, in which he discussed the shame he felt after being found 'inebriated' in a South Beach hotel room in March, along with a male escort who overdosed on crystal meth.  The 41-year-old father-of-three entered a rehab facility to deal with alcohol abuse shortly after the incident and revealed to Hall that he has 'cried every day' since his sudden fall from grace. Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum has spoken in a TV interview to address an incident in which he was found unconscious in a...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – Michael Bloomberg is putting his money where his mouth is and committing one hundred million dollars to Joe Biden’s campaign in Florida. The former Democratic presidential candidate says he made the decision after learning the Trump campaign will spend millions in the state. Some political observers believe Florida is a must-win state for the president to have a chance at winning the election. A recent survey shows that Biden and Trump have split the Latino vote and there’s mounting anxiety among Democrats that the Biden campaign’s standing among Latinos is slipping, potentially giving President Donald Trump an opening in his reelection bid. That’s fueling an urgent effort by Biden, his running mate Senator Kamala Harris. and their allies to shore up older voters, suburbanites, and African Americans to make up for potential shortcomings elsewhere. Biden is scheduled to make his first visit to...
    Former Democrat Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum opened up in an interview with Tamron Hall scheduled to air next week about the South Beach hotel incident that derailed his political career. Six months after the police found him too inebriated to respond in a hotel room while they dealt with a suspected drug overdose, Gillum sat down with Hall to share what brought him to that hotel room in the first place, adding that he “cried” every day since that incident took place, according to a preview aired on Good Morning America on Thursday. “I would say, the reason why I went to that room is probably no different than how anybody might communicate with someone that they are in a friendship, relationship, whatever, with, ummmmm,” he said. “I understand very well what people assumed about that,” he continued. “When that photo came out, I didn’t recognize the person on the...
    Billionaire Mike Bloomberg has pledged at least $100m (£78m) to help Democrat Joe Biden's presidential campaign in Florida. Of the battleground states Florida offers the biggest share of the electoral college votes needed to win. Mr Bloomberg already spent $1bn this year trying to defeat Mr Biden to become the Democratic challenger. Donald Trump has hinted he will spend his own money in the state ahead of early voting opening on 24 September. Both campaigns are keen to appeal to voters who may be casting their votes early by post and set the tone of the final weeks of their campaigns. Postal voting is expected to be double this year compared to 2016 due to the coronavirus pandemic encouraging voters to avoid the polling station. Florida offers 29 of the 270 electoral college voters needed to win the election. Only California (55) and Texas (38) offer more...
    Former Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum has told of the shame he felt after being found 'inebriated' in a South Beach hotel room in March, along with a male escort who - DailyMail.com revealed - overdosed on crystal meth. Gillum opened up in his first television interview since he was was pictured unconscious and naked together with photos that depicted a slew of drugs, both prescription and illegal, found inside a swanky $220-per-night hotel room. The 41-year-old father of three entered a rehab facility to deal with alcohol abuse shortly after the incident and revealed to Tamron Hall that he has 'cried every day' since his sudden fall from grace. Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum has spoken in a TV interview to address an incident in which he was found unconscious in a hotel Gillum told Tamron Hall, pictured, that he was shown to be 'at his most vulnerable state' at the...
    DEMOCRAT star Andrew Gillum detailed his substance abuse spiral after losing the Florida governor's race and the meth overdose furore. Gillum, 40, has opened about his struggle which saw him unable to recognize himself in a post-binge photo that was published. 3Andrew Gillum opened up about his struggles in an interview Credit: AP:Associated Press 3Cops found baggies with white materials in a hotel room where former Florida gov candidate Andrew Gillum was 'drunk and with two other men'Credit: AP:Associated Press 3Bombshell pictures showed vomit-stained and rumpled bed sheets, a box for a party light disco ball, spilled white pills on the carpet and a vial of a drug often used for erectile dysfunctionCredit: AP:Associated Press In an “Good Morning America" interview set to air on Monday, Gillum spoke about the career-shattering image. “When that photo came out, I didn’t recognize the person on the floor,” Gillum said. “That...
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Black Democratic state lawmaker who is challenging the appointment of a Black woman to the Florida Supreme Court contended Thursday that Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis is engaging in “racial tokenism” by choosing someone the court itself has already ruled is not eligible for the position. State Rep. Geraldine Thompson said in an online news conference that DeSantis only chose Renatha Francis for the high court because she shares his conservative ideology, not because he is trying to achieve racial diversity. Thompson says Francis doesn’t meet the constitutional requirement of being a Florida Bar member for at least 10 years, a point the Supreme Court noted two weeks ago when it ruled DeSantis had exceeded his authority by appointing an ineligible candidate. The court did not undo the appointment, however. “He wants to throw the rulebook out the window and do whatever he wants...
    Florida Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez warned in her address to the Republican National Convention on Tuesday that the socialist agenda increasingly defining the Democrat Party would lead America “down a dark road of chaos and government control.” Nuñez, the daughter of Cuban refugees who, she detailed, specifically left after the 1959 communist revolution to escape religious persecution, highlighted President Donald Trump’s efforts during his first term to confront the communist dictatorships plaguing Latin America in Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela, adding China to the list of rogue states the Trump administration has attempted to subdue. Nuñez is the first Hispanic American to hold her position, the second-highest ranking in the state. “The fabric of our nation is in peril. Daily, the radical left systematically chisels away at the freedoms we cherish. They peddle dangerous ideologies, cower to local progressives, and normalize socialism to dismantle our constitution,” Nuñez asserted. “Let me assure...
    PHOTO VIA MIKE HILL/FACEBOOKState House members Kimberly Daniels and Mike Hill, who clashed with other members of their parties because of sometimes-controversial positions and statements, were unseated Tuesday, while Rep. Al Jacquet also appeared headed toward defeat. Community organizer Angie Nixon easily defeated Daniels in the Democratic primary in Duval County’s House District 14. With only a write-in opponent on the November ballot, the primary win virtually assured that Nixon will become the district’s next representative. Daniels drew criticism from some other Democrats, in part because of her support for issues such as school vouchers and abortion restrictions. Nixon raised more money than Daniels and had the support of labor unions and some trial attorneys, two key groups in Democratic politics. Hill, meanwhile, lost the Republican primary to Michelle Salzman in Escambia County’s House District 1. Hill got crossways last year with House Speaker Jose Oliva, R-Miami Lakes, and incoming...
    A Naples, Fla., poll worker has been fired for allegedly telling a Democratic voter Friday that she could not cast her ballot, according to a report. The Collier County Supervisor of Elections said the interaction took place at the North Collier Regional Park Center. A poll worker wears personal protective equipment as she monitors a ballot drop box for mail-in ballots outside of a polling station during early voting, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Miami Beach, Fla.  (AP) Ellen Hemrick, a Naples resident, said a poll worker began “aggressively” questioning her when she went to turn in her ballot at the polling site. “I was aggressively asked why I wasn’t using the mail-in ballot, did I have it with me and do I have to surrender it,” said Hemrick. Hemrick said the poll worker told her that she could not vote because she is a Democrat and...
    (CNN)In a matter of days, Joe Biden is expected to announce his vice presidential pick. So far, he has only given a few clues -- she will be a highly qualified woman, and at least four Black women are under consideration. Sharon Wright AustinWhile much of the media attention has focused on California Sen. Kamala Harris, former national security adviser Susan Rice and California Rep. Karen Bass, there is another qualified Black candidate who warrants a closer look -- Florida Rep. Val Demings. A former social worker turned police chief, Demings impressed so many people after her retirement that she was urged to run for Congress. After she won, she became a rising star, and most recently, she was asked to be one of seven managers in the impeachment efforts against Donald Trump, Demings would bring a set of important, albeit disparate, experiences to the number two position on...
    U.S. Attorney General William Barr said at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday that he would not commit to delaying the release of a report expected from U.S. Attorney John Durham about the Russia investigation until after the November election. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL), after showing video she claimed showed how the brutal dictatorship in Venezuela is the same as federal officers being deployed to protect federal building from rioters in Portland, Oregon, asked Barr about the Durham report. “Under oath, do you commit to not releasing any report by Mr. Durham before the November election?” Mucarsel-Powell asked. “No,” Barr said. “You don’t commit to that?” Mucarsel-Powell asked. “No,” Barr said. “So you won’t go with Department of Justice policy that you won’t interfere in any political investigations before the November election?” Mucarsel-Powell asked. “We’re not going to interfere, in fact I’m not going to tolerate that,” Barr said....
    PHOTO VIA RICK SCOTT/FACEBOOKU.S. Rick Scott backs increased federal law enforcement presence on riot-torn American streets, lauding it as evidence that President Donald Trump is “showing up.” Scott trumpeted a media appearance in which he said that much, spotlighting a slice of it in a Monday afternoon tweet. “The federal government has a responsibility to protect our country from anarchy. RT if you agree!” Scott urged the retweet of his spot on Fox News with John Scott on Sunday evening. He addressed the recent initiatives from the White House, and said he was “glad the President is going to show up” when it comes to imposing more aggressive law enforcement measures in cities rocked by protest of varying degrees of peacefulness. The first-term Republican Senator said that President Donald Trump is “going to defend people and property, which is what every elected official in the country should be doing.” “I’m glad the President is taking this seriously,” Scott added. “I wish...
    At least three Florida Democrat Party staffers have criticized law enforcement in recent months, with one top aide even alleging that police, when “presented with the slightest inconvenience,” turn to deadly violence. Ali Akin Kurnaz, the state party’s creative director, made that particular claim in late May as much of the country was roiled by protests over George Floyd’s death in police custody. “Cops know they don’t have to face any consequences for their actions. Presented with the slightest inconvenience they turn to brutal, deadly violence. Especially if you’re black. Always if you’re black,” Kurnaz, a former delegate for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) unsuccessful 2016 presidential bid, wrote on social media. The post was made in response to a video appearing to show a New York Police Department vehicle driving into a crowd of protesters. Cops know they dont have to face any consequences for their actions. Presented with the...
    Before the coronavirus pandemic sickened Floridas economy, and before the Black Lives Matter movement widened her eyes to racial injustice, Kelly Johnson had little interest in politics except to occasionally cast a ballot. In 2018, she voted for the Republican in the Florida governors race, and four years ago she supported Donald Trump. Now, the unemployed, white single mother of eight is running for office — as a Democrat — in a bid to oust a state legislator who is one of Florida’s rising Republican stars. She knows its a long shot, but she hopes even a loss will serve a purpose for Democrats: boosting turnout in the race to evict Trump from the White House. “There’s a greater good happening," she said. "And I’m glad to be part of that.” Johnsons campaign is part of a major change in strategy for Florida Democrats. Long accustomed to being on the...
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Before the coronavirus pandemic sickened Florida’s economy, and before the Black Lives Matter movement widened her eyes to racial injustice, Kelly Johnson had little interest in politics except to occasionally cast a ballot. In 2018, she voted for the Republican in the Florida governor’s race, and four years ago she supported Donald Trump. Now, the unemployed, white single mother of eight is running for office — as a Democrat — in a bid to oust a state legislator who is one of Florida’s rising Republican stars. She knows it’s a long shot, but Johnson hopes even a loss will serve a purpose for Democrats: boosting turnout in the race to evict Trump from the White House. “There’s a greater good happening,” she said. “And I’m glad to be part of that.” Johnson’s campaign is part of a major change in strategy for Florida Democrats. Long accustomed...
    Florida schools must reopen for students in August under an executive order issued by the states education commissioner Monday, with few exceptions such as the local health department declaring it is not safe due to the novel coronavirus. Education Commissioner Richard Corcorans order said the schools must be open for students five days a week and specified requirements that needed to be met if a school was to offer a remote instruction option, the Tallahassee Democrat reported. The announcement comes on the day President Donald Trump tweeted – in all caps – "SCHOOLS MUST OPEN IN THE FALL!!!" It also comes a week after the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended schools reopen and policy considerations "should start with the goal of having students physically present in school." Local health officials can override the states mandate, but Department of Education spokeswoman Cheryl Etters told the Democrat it will difficult to justify without...
    A Florida Democrat has angered a black-owned newspaper after a staffer shared a campaign-style video on social media that the paper ripped as "racist." Florida state Rep. Margaret Good is running in November to unseat Republican Rep. Vern Buchanan in Florida's 16th Congressional District, anchored by Sarasota and Bradenton. But Good, 43, enraged Tempo News's editorial board this week for continuing to stand by legislative aide Elizabeth Wilson, who shared the video on Twitter last month. Wilson's post was also "liked" by some of her colleagues from Good's office and campaign. The video, made by an unaffiliated campaign supporter, is a 40-second compilation of footage of Good in the Florida Capitol, at events, speaking with voters, and giving media interviews. What's controversial about the clip is that it's overlaid with Nicki Minaj's song "Yikes." fuck it, margaret good fancam pic.twitter.com/3S0z2aNzu4— Zach Bright (@zachbrightt) May 26, 2020 The rapper upset...
    Republican representative Matt Gaetz launched into a tirade during a Wedgnesday House Judiciary Committee while responding to remarks from a black congressman from Louisiana.  The Florida politician had the tense exchange with Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) while the Democrat offered comments about the Justice in Policing Act.  Richmond was speaking to his frustration with Republican efforts to include language in the legislation geared towards Antifa.     'By the time I am finished you will be clear that we are not good friends,' Richmond said before explaining that he had experienced police brutality and feared for his son. The Florida politician had the tense exchange with Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) while the Democrat offered comments about the Justice in Policing Act 'To my colleagues, especially the ones who keep introducing amendments that are a tangent and a distraction to what we are talking about, you all are white males, you...
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