Tag Archives: Florida

Florida Gov Suspends Sheriff Over Parkland Response

The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reports: Gov. Ron DeSantis removed Broward Sheriff Scott Israel from office Friday, replacing him after 10 months of turmoil spawned by the slaughter of 17 staff and students in Parkland. The governor replaced Israel with former Coral Springs Police Sgt. Gregory Tony, 40, who has a background in active-shooter training and becomes the first black sheriff …

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FLORIDA: Voting Rights Restored For 1.4M Felons

NPR reports: Tuesday is a historic day in Florida. Under an amendment passed by the voters in November, as many as 1.4 million former felons are regaining the right to vote. The referendum overturned a 150-year-old law that permanently disenfranchised people with felony convictions. Before the change, people who served their time could apply for clemency to a board headed …

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Trump To Spend 16 Days At Mar-A-Lago Over Holidays

The Palm Beach Post reports: President Donald Trump is expected to spend 16 days at Mar-a-Lago over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, according to an alert issued by the Federal Aviation Administration this morning. The alert warns pilots to avoid the airspace over Mar-a-Lago during the more than two-week time frame, from Dec. 21 to Jan. 6. Trump’s extended …

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FLORIDA: Gov-Elect Ron DeSantis Appoints Evolution, Climate Change Deniers To Education Transition Team

Education Week reports: Newly elected Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has appointed the members of his transition team for education—and on it are two people linked to efforts to weaken the teaching of evolution and climate change, among other topics. One of them, Keith Flaugh, is the managing director of the Florida Citizens Alliance, a local advocacy organization which supports “individual …

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Manafort’s Wife Faces Eviction From Florida Home

The Palm Beach Post reports: Paul Manafort’s efforts to make sure his wife could continue living in the couple’s Palm Beach Gardens home should he go to prison fizzled after special counsel Robert Mueller III filed court papers last week asking a judge to throw out the deal because Manafort lied. Also in the plea deal, Manafort agreed to forfeit …

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Florida Cop Demoted For Wearing #QAnon Patch

The Miami New Times reports: This past Friday, Broward Sheriff’s Office SWAT member Matt Patten wore a QAnon conspiracy-theory patch while greeting Vice President Mike Pence at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Today Patten was reprimanded and demoted from the SWAT team and BSO’s Office of Homeland Security. For the uninitiated, QAnon is the staggeringly dumb internet conspiracy theory that claims …

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New GOP Rep Already In Campaign Finance Scandal

The Tampa Bay Times reports: Newly elected congressman Ross Spano has acknowledged that his campaign financing “may have been in violation” of federal law. In a filing with the Federal Elections Commission which Spano released publicly Saturday afternoon, he acknowledged borrowing $180,000 from two people he has described as personal friends from June through October this year, and then lending …

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FLORIDA: Broward County Elections Official Resigns

The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reports: The supervisor of elections for Broward County, Florida — Brenda Snipes — who has faced national scrutiny in recent days for her county’s chaotic performance during the recount in the Florida Senate and gubernatorial races, resigned on Sunday. Her county’s performance during the most recent recount — which was delayed by faulty machines and missing …

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FLORIDA: Bill Nelson Concedes After Final Recount

The Associated Press reports: Florida’s recount is over and Republican Gov. Rick Scott leads incumbent U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in the state’s contentious Senate race by more than 10,000 votes. Official results posted by the state on Sunday showed Scott ahead of Nelson following legally required hand and machine recounts. State officials will certify the final totals Tuesday. The results …

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FLORIDA: Andrew Gillum Concedes Gubernatorial Race

CNN reports: Andrew Gillum, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate in Florida, conceded to his Republican opponent, former Rep. Ron DeSantis, on Saturday, ending a protracted fight that saw the Tallahassee mayor take back his Election Day concession during a statewide recount. The concession ended Gillum’s first bid for statewide office in Florida, but the run — despite his loss — vaulted …

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FLORIDA: Senate Race Heads For Manual Vote Recount

The Miami Herald reports: An unprecedented statewide hand recount is now under way in the Sunshine State, further extending a high-stakes, partisan battle over every last vote in Florida’s crucial U.S. Senate race. Following a five-day machine recount of the more than 8.3 million votes cast in the Nov. 6 elections, Secretary of State Ken Detzner ordered hand recounts Thursday …

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FLORIDA: Court Extends Deadline, Scott Files Appeal

ABC News reports: U.S. Chief Judge Mark Walker issued a preliminary injunction this morning in a lawsuit filed by U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson over ballots thrown out because of mismatched signatures — declaring a state law unconstitutional and offering a middle path to give voters a few days to correct their ballots. The ruling is a victory for Nelson as …

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Rick Scott To Recuse From Certifying Election Result

The Tampa Bay Times reports: Gov. Rick Scott will not participate in the Elections Canvassing Commission on Tuesday, relieving him from the chance that he could certify — or not — the results of his U.S. Senate race. Scott had been silent about his participation on the canvassing commission, a relatively obscure board that signs off on the results of …

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Rick Scott Attends Senate Freshman Orientation in DC

From the far-right Daily Caller: Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott is in Washington, D.C., Wednesday for the start of the Senate’s freshman orientation although no winner has been officially declared in his race against Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson. Scott stood beside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for a photo op along with incoming Republican freshman senators including Tennessee’s Marsha …

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Rubio Posts Bible Quote Amid Florida Recount Fight

Apparently, counting every vote is against Jesus: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Wednesday tweeted a Bible verse amid his criticism of the Florida recounts, writing, “You cannot count what is not there.” Rubio, who frequently posts Bible passages, posted the quote as he continues to accuse Democrats of attempting to “steal” elections in Florida as the races for governor and …

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Palm Beach County Forced To Restart Recount After Ballot Machines Overheated And Gave False Totals

The Miami Herald reports: Palm Beach County’s race to recount votes is heating up — literally. The county’s decade-old ballot-counting machines overheated and gave incorrect totals, forcing the county to restart its recount of about 175,000 early votes, supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher said Tuesday night. The department has flown in mechanics to repair the machines. “We’re disappointed by the …

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Court Extends Recount Deadline For Palm Beach County

The Palm Beach Post reports: A Leon County circuit judge issued an order today extending the deadline for recounts in Palm Beach County on state races in question to Nov. 20, about five days after the original 3 p.m. Thursday deadline. The order include extending the recounting of votes in the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Bill Nelson and Gov. …

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Huckabee: Dems Are Trying To Steal Florida Election

“This is not just mere incompetence, because it continues to happen in the one county in Florida that is heavily Democratic, that has shown that it has incredible levels of corruption, as we saw from even the fallout from the Parkland shooting and the sheriff’s office, and the fact that elected officials in that county don’t even have the confidence …

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Civil Rights Groups Sue To Boot Scott From Recount

Dominic Holden reports at Buzzfeed News: Republican Gov. Rick Scott has filed at least five lawsuits since Thursday against county election officials and instructed state police to investigate them for “fraud.” But on Monday, a group of Florida voters and organizations filed their own lawsuit that alleges Scott has illegally abused his power as governor to swing the outcome of …

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Bill Nelson Calls On Rick Scott To Recuse Himself From Overseeing Recount: “He Can’t Be Impartial” [VIDEO]

Florida Politics reports: Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson doesn’t want his opponent Republican Gov. Rick Scott to have anything to do with the recount of their election. On Monday Nelson called on Scott to recuse himself from “any role” in Florida’s recount process as the supervisors of elections across the state begin a mandatory machine recount of more than 8.2 …

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