Trump on the ballot in Kentucky – Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin (R) will not concede to Democrat Andy Beshear, who leads him by less than 4,000 votes in Tuesday’s most-watched election race. If Bevin loses, the loss could signal weakness in President Trump’s support across the country.
Bevins has legal remedies to deal at his disposal if he challenges the final results of the election.
As of, 11 pm Tuesday night, Libertarian candidate John Hicks is turning out to be the 2% spoiler in the race, much like Ross Perot served as the spoiler in the 1992 presidential election when he took enough votes away from President George H.W, Bush, and helped usher in the Clinton years.
Trump wins in Mississippi
“President Trump’s rally and endorsement in Mississippi undoubtedly had an impact and helped Governor-elect Tate Reeves nail down his victory. Governor Reeves will be a tremendous conservative leader for Mississippians in fighting for freedom and keeping taxes low. He will also be a key ally as 2020 approaches and President Trump continues building momentum for re-election.” – Brad Parscale, Trump 2020 campaign manager
It’s election season and another Miami-Dade County election is in the books. Yes, these are local races but considering that Florida’s largest and most densely populated county tends to sway mid-term and presidential elections, people are paying close attention to voting patterns and turn out.
Here are the winners:
Christen Rosen Gonzalez– Miami Beach City Commission Group IV
Rick Arriola Miami Beach City Commission Group V
David Richardson– Miami Beach City Commission Group VI
Monica Perez – Hialeah Councilmember –Group 1
Jesus Tundidor– Hialeah Councilmember –Group 2
Jackie Garcia-Roves– Hialeah Councilmember –Group 3
Oscar De La Rosa -Hialeah Councilmember –Group 4
Alex Diaz De La Portilla– Miami City Commission- District 1
Ken Russell– Miami City Commission- District 2
In Miami-Dade Count, if you fail to garner 50% of the overall vote, the top two vote candidates go to a run-off election.
While mayoral candidates are already in a position to go to the mat to replace Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez job once he terms out next year, the buzz around the county is Gimenez’s potential congressional run in Florida’s 26th congressional district.
Yeah, Gimenez would run as a Republican, but his support for Hillary Clinton over now-President Donald Trump in 2016 could be a hurdle he may not be able to leap over.
“Republican Gimenez voted for Hillary Clinton, considers congressional run” – by The Floridian’s Javier Manjarres
The 2020 presidential election is now in full swing and as Republicans continue to galvanize behind President Donald Trump after House Democrats voted in favor of an impeachment inquiry, several potential Republican candidates for office will now have to face their anti-Trump past. Current Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, a Cuban-American immigrant, is expected to announce that he is running for congress in Florida’s 26th congressional district against freshman Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D).
Some more Election night results:
“Buddy Dyer overwhelmingly reelected to fifth term”– by Orlando Sentinel’s Ryan Gillespie
Buddy Dyer steamrolled to victory Tuesday, winning a fifth full term as Orlando’s mayor over two challengers who failed to make the case that it was time for a change in the City Beautiful.
Dyer carried 72% of the vote, easily topping the majority needed to avoid a Dec. 3 runoff. City Commissioner Sam Ings received 17% of the votes and Navy veteran Aretha Simons finished third with 11%.
CateComm’s Kevin Cate, who ran the show, is one happy camper over Dyer’s win.
St. Petersburg City Council winners–
Dist. 1 – Robert G. Blackmon
Dist. 3 – Edward Montanari
Dist. 5 –Deborah Figgs-Sanders
Dist. 7 – Lisa Wheeler-Bowman
“Gruters Slammed for Being “Anti-Immigration” – by The Floridian’s Daniel Molina
Since taking over the Florida GOP Chair, the controversial Joe Gruters has been consistently targeted by Florida Democrats.
This week, the criticism continued as Gruters was slammed over what many perceive to be anti-immigrant sentiments that he has shared. And, detractors argue that he’s only trying to keep power in looking to continue as the chair past 2020. Sunshine State Democrats have argued that Gruters is guilty of demonizing immigrant communities, and the mounting criticism has only gotten worse as his statewide immigration “listening tour” was recently postponed.
The state GOP has its problems, but the Broward GOP takes the cake. The local group not only has backed Democrats over Republicans in the past, but continues to be the open sore for Republicans in the state. If you think Trump 2020 isn’t paying attention to the group’s shenanigans, you are very wrong. Trump needs to win Florida, but Broward could be a losing cause because of hits failed leadership.
“For once, Roger Stone is quiet” by The POLITICO’s Darren Samuelsohn and Josh Gerstein
A federal judge appears to have done the impossible: Silence Roger Stone.His profession is speaking to reporters, his persona causing agitation. He was a welcome guest on Infowars and the star of his own documentary. He blogged about how to achieve sartorial success. He was pugilistic on social media. The Proud Boys, the far-right street brawlers, were his security detail.
But on Tuesday, Stone was barely a presence at the opening of his own trial over charges that he lied to Congress. After only a few hours, Stone addressed the judge, announcing: “I have, apparently, some food poisoning. I don’t want to waste the court’s time or the time of the jurors.” He then left the courthouse early, clutching a Gatorade bottle and flanked by his wife and daughter. Everyone carried on without him.
“Oregon cop warns Florida lawmakers about dangers of legal marijuana” – by the Sun-Sentinel’s Gray Rohrer
TALLAHASSEE ― Recreational marijuana has brought trouble to Oregon, a law officer said Tuesday, as Florida lawmakers prepared to deal with the chance that Sunshine State voters could legalize pot next year.
The House Health and Human Services Committee heard testimony from Chris Gibson, a narcotics officer in Oregon, where marijuana was legalized in 2015. He listed a litany of problems that followed, including an increase in positive drug tests in the workforce, legal marijuana being siphoned into the black markets of other states and a spike in the use of other, still illegal drugs.
“J.T. Burnette tells undercover FBI agents ‘who you’ve got to pay’ in secret recording” – by the Tallahassee Democrat’s Jeff
John “J.T.” Burnette bragged to undercover FBI agents that then-Tallahassee City Commissioner Scott Maddox was his “buddy” who “always worked deals” with him because Maddox could get fellow commissioners to go along with whatever he wanted.
His comments came during a conversation secretly recorded Sept. 21, 2016, between himself, three undercover agents and an unidentified male. It was included in court documents filed Monday by federal prosecutors seeking to block a request by Burnette’s lawyers to drop charges against the local businessman.
Florida’s Consumers First political committee is out pushing AG Commissioner as the “most prominent Democratic voice in Florida taking on Trump.”
They are right, but what does that say about the rest of the Democratic Team?
Gov. DeSantis waves his wand –
Reappoints Hector Vila to the Florida Board of Medicine and Alonzie Scott to the University of West Florida Board of Trustees
Tallahassee, Fla. – On Wednesday, November 6, Florida TaxWatch (FTW) will be joined by State Sen. Debbie Mayfield (R-Melbourne), Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Executive Director Ken Lawson, President and CEO of CareerSource Florida Michelle Dennard, FloridaMakes, the Associated Industries of Florida, the Florida Chamber Foundation, and the Florida Manufacturing & Logistics Council in Tallahassee to announce the release of its latest report, From Grease & Grime to Technology & Talent.
“Veteran Luna scores congressional endorsement from Matt Gaetz” by The Floridian’s Javier Manjarres – Air Force veteran and congressional candidate Anna Paulina Luna has just scored one of the most highly sought after Republican endorsements, the support of one of President Donald Trump’s most loyal supporters, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R) of Florida.
“Every day, I work to represent my constituents, advance our shared Conservative values and support and protect our President, Donald J. Trump, from the constant vicious and false attacks from the liberals in Congress,” stated Gaetz, “As we move forward we must grow our community of Conservatives leaders as we build a coalition to Keep America Great. I know that Anna Paulina Luna is a woman of action, someone who can be counted on to support the President, and someone who will stand up for our Country. I am proud to endorse her candidacy for Congress.”
“It’s about the “Universal dream,” not the American dream” by The Floridian’s Javier Manjarres – Appearing at a Bernie Sanders for President rally in Minneapolis, Minnesota, controversial Rep. Ilhan Omar (D) endorsed the popular senator’s presidential campaign and pushed back against President Trump and his agenda.
Rep. Omar fueled the fire of her detractors who believe that she does not believe in an America First, the rest of the world’s second, agenda.
In mentioning her personal story of accomplishment by immigrating to the U.S. and becoming a member of Congress, Omar said that her story was a “universal dream” and not an American one.
“Republicans on Iran-nuclear deal: “Tear Down That Deal” by HISPOLITICA’s Daniel Molina – During the 2016 Presidential election, an issue on President Trump’s platform that Americans agreed with was the criticism against the Iran Nuclear Deal that was done under the Obama administration. Republicans championed the criticism, and it someway so did Americans by electing President Donald Trump.
Since then, the criticism has only grown, but Republican leadership is now calling for the deal to be torn up once and for all.
This week, Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R) and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham (R), members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney (R), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, issued a joint statement following an announcement made by Iran that it would begin injecting uranium gas into centrifuges at the Fordow nuclear bunker.
“Sondland Updates Impeachment Testimony, Describing Ukraine Quid Pro Quo” by The New York Times’ Michael S. Schmidt – A crucial witness in the impeachment inquiry reversed himself this week and acknowledged to investigators that he had told a top Ukrainian official that the country would most likely have to give President Trump what he wanted — a public pledge for investigations — in order to unlock military aid.
The disclosure from Gordon D. Sondland, an ally of Mr. Trump who is the United States ambassador to the European Union, confirmed his role in laying out a quid pro quo to Ukraine that conditioned the release of security assistance from the United States on the country’s willingness to say it was investigating former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and other Democrats.
That admission, included in a four-page sworn statement released on Tuesday, directly contradicted his testimony to investigators last month, when he said he “never” thought there was any precondition on the aid.
“Trump administration outlines climate change “crisis of extinction” by The Floridian’s Javier Manjarres
Congressional Democrats and Climate Change advocates like to paint a gloomy picture that President Trump is a “climate change denier” and that he does not care what happens to the earth.
Florida Rep. Ted Deutch (D) is one of Trump’s loudest detractors, blames him for U.S. pollution woes and says that he’s making it “easier for polluters.”
“Trump suggests helping Mexico wage war against drug cartels” – by The Floridian’s Javier Manjarres
President Donald Trump suggested that the U.S. assist Mexico in waging “WAR” against drug cartels and “white them off the face of the earth” after gunmen shot and killed 9 Americans in the state of Sonora.
It is believed that those rival drug cartels mistakenly shot at a caravan of 3 SUV’s killing the nine and wounded others, all members of the same family traveling back to the U.S. to attend a wedding.
“Succeeding Marco Rubio in 2022” – by The Floridian’s Javier Manjarres
When Senator Marco Rubio (R) decides to either leave the U.S. Senate to run for President again or go into the private sector, he will undoubtedly leave big shoes to fill. Rubio has been criticized by many diehard Trump supporters of not toeing the line for the president, but Rubio has and at the same time, stayed true to himself and his beliefs.
@realDonaldTrump – 95% Approval Rating in the Republican Party. Thank you!
“So sad to see what is happening in New York where Governor Cuomo & Mayor DeBlasio are letting out 900 Criminals, some hardened & bad, onto the sidewalks of our rapidly declining, because of them, city. The Radical Left Dems are killing our cities. NYPD Commissioner is resigning!
@RepAdamSchiff – Our Founders understood that someday, a president might come to power who would abuse the office for personal gain and endanger our national security.
They understood that Congress would need to consider a remedy like impeachment.
Tragically, that day has come.
@DWStweets – We have more proof Trump abused his power by withholding bipartisan military aid from a country under Russian attack, all to secure personal favors against a political rival.
Republicans must answer: is this acceptable conduct for a U.S. president?
@marcorubio – The way forward for America is not socialism or a disordered economy that neglects the creation of dignified work.
We need Common Good Capitalism in which the private sector & workers fulfill their obligations to each other & the country is better for it.
@SenRickScott – More laughable propaganda from the Cuban thugs in Havana.
Just 3 weeks ago, an opposition leader was detained & last week political prisoner Armando Fortuny passed away after being imprisoned for over 40 years.
members to discuss the progress of this bill & how stronger environmental regulations will help combat the threat of climate change.
@GovRonDeSantis – Our water and natural resources are the foundation of our economy and way of life in Florida. This is a great step in moving our state toward more innovative ways to keep our residents and visitors informed and involved.
@FLCaseyDeSantis – Water is the lifeblood of our state, and this website brings environmental leaders, residents and visitors together to be a part of protecting and restoring Florida’s waterways.
@AGAshleyMoody – Tech support scams are designed to make consumers think they’re having a computer problem—and then exploit them of their money.If you’ve been a victim of a tech support scam, you may be eligible for restitution.
@NikkiFriedFL – Today’s @FloridaPSC vote is a victory for Floridians & complete validation of what I’ve said all along: FEECA is outdated & obsolete. Thank you to Commissioners Brown & Polmann for sharing my vision of the #energyefficiency goals that our future demands.
“Florida man accused of sexually assaulting teen girl while test-driving her mother’s van” by the New York Daily News’ David Boroff – A Florida man is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl while test-driving her mother’s vehicle, according to authorities.
David Domingo was charged this week in connection with the incident that took place in Lake Worth on Jan. 7, 2018, according to the Miami Herald.
Domingo called the girl’s mother to request a test drive of her van that was being sold, according to authorities. She was not home, but had her daughter join him for the test ride.
He drove around for an hour and stopped for beer twice, according to the police report obtained by the Herald. She drank some of the beer under pressure, according to authorities.