Florida Politics’ Juicy Read – 8.7.20 – DeSantis’ New Exec. Edict Targets Restaurants – Biden’s Black Gaffe – Dissolving The NRA – Broward Sheriff’s Race – More…
Florida Politics

Florida Politics’ Juicy Read – 8.7.20 – DeSantis’ New Exec. Edict Targets Restaurants – Biden’s Black Gaffe – Dissolving The NRA – Broward Sheriff’s Race – More…

982
0

Oh Joe…

Democrats all over the country just got another dose of Biden reality yesterday as their 2020 presidential savior insulted every single African American with an epic gaffe where he contrasts Black Americans with Latinos.

Look, I’ll just come out and say it. I am starting to feel a little bad for many good-intentioned and loyal Democrats like Steve Schale who are always having to defend Biden.

take our poll - story continues below

Will You Be Voting In Person November 3rd?

  • Will You Be Voting In Person November 3rd?  

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Completing this poll grants you access to The Floridian updates free of charge. You may opt out at anytime. You also agree to this site's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

And to be honest, Biden, like Trump, is original and unfiltered, so let’s not fault him for that.

But how much more can Democrats and even those nutty Lincoln Project hacks like my friend Rick Wilson take?

And of course, President Donald Trump countered Biden’s “diversity” gaffe.

Wow! Joe Biden just lost the entire African American community. What a “dumb” thing to say!

And of course, Biden back-peddled.

Earlier today, I made some comments about diversity in the African American and Latino communities that I want to clarify. In no way did I mean to suggest the African American community is a monolith – not by identity, not on issues, not at all.

But he did. Video doesn’t lie. READ MORE/WATCH

 

Visit The Floridian

 

 

 

***Your morning JUICE is also sponsored by Fran Flynn. Fran Flynn is a Republican running for Congress in Florida’s 22nd congressional district. She’s Pro-Trump, Pro-Gun, Pro-Life.***

 

Marco Rubio @MarcoRubio -Great move by @realDonaldTrump to strengthen the domestic supply chain for critical medicines. My bipartisan Strengthening America’s Supply Chain & National Security Act would build on this to combat U.S. dependence on #China for critical medical goods.

US Rep Kathy Castor @USRepKCastor -The #VRA became law 55 years ago, to prevent illegal actions by states that limit American’s fundamental right to vote. In 2013, SCOTUS in Shelby v. Holder dismantled critical provisions of the #VRA that opened the door for states to discriminate & disenfranchise American voters.

Congressman Ross Spano @RepRossSpano –These statistics from NYC show in tragic terms the impact of the Democrats’ defund the police movement, and how crucial it is that we support our law enforcement agencies who keep our communities safe. #BackTheBlue

Rep. Val Demings @RepValDemings– If your employer needlessly risks your health during this pandemic, you should have legal recourse. The GOP wants to make employers immune to this, allowing dangerous policies to continue. Our plan includes new OSHA protections to keep workers safe.

Rep. Donna E. Shalala @RepShalala –Thank you to the Rotary Club of Miami Airport for donating over 1,000 masks to people in need in our community. Wearing masks saves lives. If we all do our part to keep each other safe, we will get through this crisis together. #ThankfulThursday

Rep. Anna V. Eskamani @AnnaForFlorida-Anyone can experience depression, including First Ladies like @MichelleObama If you need help, seek it out.

National Helpline: 800-662-HELP (4357)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 800-273-TALK (8255)

You are not alone.

Rep. Lois Frankel @RepLoisFrankel –Americans shouldn’t have to choose between their health and their vote. Today, as we celebrate 55 years of the #VotingRightsAct, it’s vital that we give states the resources they need to #ProtectOurVote this November. #VRA55

FL Senate Dems @FLSenateDems– @FLSenateDems to @GovRonDeSantis “This is not the time for another premature victory lap.” With FL’s persistently high positivity rate, Senators are once again asking that he reconsider school openings. “What parent is prepared to play Russian roulette with their child’s life?”

Florida GOP @FloridaGOP -We won the voter registration war! Voter intensity on our side is through the roof and the love for @realDonaldTrump is off the charts. There’s no question that our voters are going to show up to Keep Florida RED!

 

Gov. Ron DeSantis

“Biden: Latino Community ‘Incredibly Diverse Community’ Unlike Black Community by The Floridian’s Mona Salama – Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden during a virtual panel event compared the Latino community as “an incredibly diverse community” unlike the African American community who lacks diversity of thought.  During a panel interview at a joint conference of National Black and Latino journalists that aired Thursday morning, Biden was asked if he would restore the Obama administration’s focus on mending relations and “reengaged with Cuba.” Biden responded “yes,” before he pivoted to compare the “incredibly diverse community” with “incredibly different attitude” of the Latino community unlike the diversity of the African American community. “And by the way, what you all know, but most people don’t know, unlike the African-American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community, with incredibly different attitudes about different things,” Biden told the panel.

“Polsky’s Voting Record on Gun Control Called Into Question By Opponent” by The Floridian’s Daniel Molina – The race for Florida State Senate District 29 has only become more contentious as Tina Polsky (D) has continuously slammed former Florida Rep. Irvin Slosberg (D) of being a pro-gun lawmaker. The two State Senate hopefuls recently took part in an online debate that only fueled the rivalry even further, but now Polsky is receiving criticism fr0m her opponent Slosberg for having walked away from the SB 730 vote. With SB 730, the legislation authorized that guns would be present in schools, and this was legislation that Democrats overwhelmingly opposed. In fact, a number of similar bills also received pushback from lawmakers and gun control groups. The bill required “the Office of Safe Schools to annually provide training for specified personnel” along with “requiring district school boards and school district superintendents to partner with security agencies to establish or assign safe-school officers.” On the final vote, Polsky left the room and did not vote initially, but later returned and cast her vote after the official roll call. Polsky’s “No” vote was based on her belief that teachers should not be allowed to carry a weapon in classrooms because of the chance that an accident could occur. Polsky recently spoke out against the bill on the floor of the House, as well as whipped votes against it.

“DeSantis Issues Executive Order Targeting Restaurants” by The Floridian’s Daniel Molina – With COVID-19 cases continuing to skyrocket in the sunshine state, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) has issued an executive order that targets restaurants in Florida. In the executive order, “the Department of Business and Professional Regulation shall ensure all restaurants implement employee screening protocols pursuant to guidance developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the restaurant market has been hit, and they have had to adapt to regulations and curfews in order to maintain business. The Florida Governor has also issued a number of executive orders for different parts of the sunshine state, and they have been met with both support and heavy criticism.

“New York Attorney General Seeks to Dissolve NRA” by The Floridian’s Daniel Molina – Letitia James (D), New York’s State Attorney General, has just announced her intention to move forward in dissolving the NRA. The Attorney General made the announcement on Twitter, arguing that she filed the lawsuit against the NRA “for years of self-dealing and illegal conduct.” She added that “the NRA is fraught with fraud and abuse,” saying that “no organization is above the law.” The lawsuit concludes an 18-month investigation into the organization, and it comes at a time when gun control has become a prominent conversation in the national political conversation. In a statement, James commented that “the NRA’s influence has been so powerful that the organization went unchecked for decades while top executives funneled millions into their own pockets.” Aside from a number of crimes that the NRA is accused of taking part in, James also accuses the NRA’s executives of engaging in “a culture of self-dealing, mismanagement and negligent oversight,” which is alleged to have contributed to “the waste and loss of millions in assets.”

“Scott Israel asked to be appointed by Republican governor, pledged to run in Republican primary.” By The Floridian’s Javier Manjarres – Florida’s 2020 primary election season is winding down as absentee ballots have been mailed and voters are voting early. In Broward County, where there always seems to be one or two contentious and drag out political races every election cycle, opens up early voting this upcoming weekend. This race for Broward Sheriff will be decided in the Democratic primary, as current Democrat Sheriff Gregory Tony and former disgraced Sheriff Scott Israel are expected to garner the most votes in the crowded race to be the top cop in the county. Israel, who was booted from office last year over his response to the deadly Parkland school shooting incident, has proven to be a scrappy candidate, which fits his life-long personality of being one of those door-kicking types of police officers. But just like Israel is known to be a ‘tough’ cop, he has also been known for all of his life as being a Republican. Israel was a registered Republican in 2007 and switched his voter registration to Democrat when he decided to run for Broward Sheriff. According to the Sun-Sentinel, “Scott Israel, one of the Democratic candidates for Broward Sheriff, was a life-long Republican until last year – when Gov. Charlie Crist picked another Republican, Al Lamberti, as interim sheriff.”

“FBI helping in search for Georgia woman whose toddler was found wandering alone in Florida” by CNN’s Laurie Ure – The FBI is now involved in the case of a missing Georgia woman whose toddler was found barefoot, wandering alone in a Florida city almost two weeks ago.mThe bureau is “providing assistance to local enforcement,” spokesman James Marshall told CNN in a statement. Leila Cavett, 21, of Dawsonville, was last seen July 25 in a Walmart parking lot in Hollywood, Florida, with a man, according to Javaron Buckley, an attorney hired by Cavett’s family. Cavett’s 2-year-old son, Kamdyn, was found the next day walking without shoes and wearing a soiled diaper outside an apartment complex about two miles from his mother’s last sighting, Buckley told CNN. Two residents there called police, and cared for the toddler in the meantime. Police discovered Cavett’s white mid- to late-’90s Silverado 3500 pickup truck in Hollywood on July 28, Buckley said, its “baby on board’ sign displayed in a passenger side window. Cavett was last seen driving the truck, the Miramar Police Department said in a Facebook post. Kamdyn has been placed in Florida’s foster care system while Cavett’s family works to gain custody, Buckley said. Some family members were able to chat with the boy during an online video session.

“2020 Primary Preview: Republicans running to represent Florida’s 3rd Congressional District” by WCJB’s Dylan Lyons – Judson Sapp, Kat Cammack, Todd Chase, Gavin Rollins, and Ryan Chamberlin are five of the 10 candidates on the republican ticket in a crowded primary race for the 3rd Congressional District. One of these 10 candidates will face a Democratic challenger in their quest to replace current Representative Ted Yoho, who has been serving since 2012. Judson Sapp said he would undoubtedly address health care if he were elected to congress. He said it’s not the only issue relevant to 3rd district voters, and his background would help. “I’m also a transportation and infrastructure guy, and that is the committee I want to serve on, which is a committee that benefits everybody in the district. I’m talking about bringing high-speed internet to rural areas, better cell phone coverage, drainage, new streets. I’m talking about bringing your tax dollars you’ve already paid back to the district and fighting for you,” said Sapp. Kat Cammack served as the Deputy Cheif of Staff for Representative Yoho. She said her experience in the nation’s capital would help her on day 1. “With me, they are going to get someone who is going to be a voice of reason on these issues that have been plaguing our country and our district for decades. Whether it is mandatory spending or national debt, fixing these broken programs that have gone on for so long. We’re going to be focused on that long term vision for America,” said Cammack.

“High-speed Florida chase ends with suspected human trafficker hospitalized, 3 minors recovered” by Kelli Dugan, Cox Media Group National Content Desk – A suspected human trafficker, smuggler and burglar is in critical condition following a high-speed chase in northwestern Florida Wednesday. According to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, authorities began questioning Domingo Morales Hamilton Fernando about a burglary in the Dogwood Heights community, when he drove off and led them on a chase that ended in a crash, WEAR reported. Fernando was taken into custody at the scene, but deputies also discovered three minors in the vehicle, who all emerged “miraculously” unharmed, WTXL reported. According to deputies, a 17-year-old girl crawled out of the car; a 2-year-old child was found standing in the backseat; and a 3-year-old child who had been ejected from the vehicle during the crash wandered out of a nearby wooded area, the TV station reported. According to the incident report, investigators were unaware the children were present until after the wreck occurred. Jackson County Sheriff Lou Roberts told WTXL that the pursuing investigator would not have given chase had the children’s presence been known.

“VP contender Karen Bass’ Cuba baggage a burden in Florida” by ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON and BOBBY CAINA CALVAN, ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON and BOBBY CAINA CALVAN, Associated Press – Until recently, Robert Lewis had never heard of Karen Bass, the California congresswoman in contention to be Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s running mate. But the recent college graduate had long heard stories from his grandfather recounting the days of oppression in Cuba under Fidel Castro. When he learned that Bass had called Castro’s death “a great loss,” the 22-year-old considered it a disregard for the plight of those who suffered at the hands of Castro’s government. “Through the stories from my grandparents and because of my upbringing, it makes me feel like their experiences were my own,” said Lewis, a political independent who is still weighing his choices ahead of the presidential election. Lewis’ reaction is a blow to Democrats who in recent years have tried to pull young Cubans in Florida away from the Republican Party, the political home of many of their parents and grandparents. The next generation is less focused on the past and open to change, Democrats argued, as President Barack Obama embraced engagement with Cuba and in 2014 declared he would “bury the last remnant of the Cold War.” But Bass’ comments provide fresh evidence to the contrary. While polling shows young Cubans in Florida open to new policies, they also remain skeptical of the Cuban government and, experts note, wary of politicians who aren’t. Even for some young Cubans, the congresswoman’s remarks are troubling — and a reminder that Castro still stirs strong passions.

“Payments to Florida lobbyist flagged in lawsuit against NRA” by Politico’s Gary Fineout – Marion Hammer, one of Tallahassee’s most well-known lobbyists, received payments from the National Rifle Association under contracts that were improperly handled, according to a civil lawsuit filed Thursday by New York Attorney General Letitia James. James is seeking to dissolve the gun rights group, which has been a major political force nationally and in Florida, where it successfully swayed the state Legislature to pass the state’s “stand your ground” law, which allows a person who feels threatened to use deadly force without trying to retreat. The lawsuit alleges that the NRA’s leadership spent funds improperly, engaged in self-dealing and made false or misleading disclosures to the attorney general and the IRS. The complaint describes payments made to “Board Member No. 5,” a person identified as the executive director of the Unified Sportsmen of Florida. State corporate records list the 81-year-old Hammer as executive director of the group. She has routinely identified herself with the organization when testifying on gun legislation at the state Capitol.

“Company Florida is investigating for unemployment website woes receives new state contract” by Wink News – A Florida state agency announced it will award a large contract to the same company that Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has repeatedly criticized for bungling the state’s unemployment system. The Agency for Health Care Administration announced Monday that Deloitte won the bid for a new system to manage Medicaid data over four other vendors. Politico reports the contract is worth $135 million. WINK News found the contract could be worth at least $110 million. Florida Gulf Coast University justice studies professor and attorney Pamella Seay told WINK News there are a lot of questions surrounding why AHCA would select Deloitte, but knowing that the company is under state investigation and the subject of a class-action lawsuit, it “doesn’t look good.” “To me that seems like a very big hornet’s nest to be involved in,” Seay said. “I would have reviewed that a little more carefully.” WINK News also spoke with people in Southwest Florida who have dealt with Florida’s frustrating unemployment system. Mike Dearden of Fort Myers Beach said he’s still waiting for his benefits. “I’m in limbo with them. I’ve given up hope,” Dearden said Thursday. He doesn’t think it’s a good idea that the state would enter into another deal with Deloitte.

 “Taiwanese man in ICE custody passes away in Florida” by ICE – A 51-year-old unlawfully present Republic of China (Taiwan) national in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the Krome Service Processing Center in Florida died Wednesday afternoon at the Kendall Regional Medical Center. Kuan Hui Lee, 51, was pronounced dead at 1:36 p.m. local time by hospital medical staff at the Kendall Regional Medical Center, where he had been in critical condition with a diagnosis of a massive intercranial hemorrhage. Medical staff at Krome Service Processing Center contacted 9-1-1 Emergency Services after finding Lee unresponsive July 31. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the 9-1-1 call and transported Lee to Kendall Regional Medical Center where he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit for further evaluation and treatment. He remained at Kendall Regional Medical Center since that date. Lee initially entered ICE custody Jan. 24, after his arrest by U.S. Border Patrol Jan. 23. Lee, who legally entered the U.S. in 2004, significantly violated the terms of his admission and overstayed his temporary visa status

.

READ MORE at THE FLORIDIAN

 

 

 

 

“Biden walks back African American ‘diversity’ remarks, lauds community’s ‘diversity of thought’” by Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn – Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden attempted late Thursday to walk back remarks he made favorably comparing the diversity of the Latino community to that of the Black community. “Earlier today, I made some comments about diversity in the African American and Latino communities that I want to clarify,” Biden wrote on Twitter. “In no way did I mean to suggest the African American community is a monolith—not by identity, not on issues, not at all. “Throughout my career,” he continued, “I’ve witnessed the diversity of thought, background, and sentiment within the African American community. It’s this diversity that makes our workplaces, communities, and country a better place. My commitment to you is this: I will always listen, I will never stop fighting for the African American community and I will never stop fighting for a more equitable future.” Biden raised eyebrows twice this week over remarks he made during an interview that aired at the convention of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ). In the full interview, broadcast Thursday, Biden contrasted the Black and Latino communities, saying “unlike the African American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly different attitudes about different things.”

“Daisy Coleman, student featured in Netflix documentary on sexual assault, dies by suicide” by CNN’s Eric Levenson – Daisy Coleman, whose allegation of sexual assault and ensuing harassment was chronicled in the Netflix documentary “Audrie and Daisy,” died by suicide on Tuesday, her mother confirmed on Facebook. She was 23. “She was my best friend and (an) amazing daughter,” Melinda Moeller Coleman wrote. “I think she had to make it seem like I could live without her. I can’t. I wish I could have taken the pain from her!” Coleman’s death comes eight years after she accused a high school classmate of sexual assault when she was 14 in her hometown of Maryville, Missouri. The student, Matthew Barnett, was arrested and charged with sexual assault. The assault charge was dropped two months later as the Nodaway County Prosecuting Attorney said there was insufficient evidence. Barnett’s attorney said that his client cooperated with authorities and argued the sex was consensual. Barnett ultimately pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child and was sentenced to two years of probation. Afterward, Coleman’s mother said that the family received threats and that she was fired from her job as a veterinarian at a clinic.

“Justice Department Sends Federal Agents to St. Louis and Memphis” by WSJ’s Sadie Gurman – The Justice Department said Thursday it is sending federal agents to St. Louis and Memphis, Tenn., in an expansion of a crime-fighting program that officials say focuses on aggressive federal gun prosecutions. The agents will work alongside local police to solve shootings, arrest fugitives, thwart illegal gun sales, crack down on gangs and bring more cases in federal court, where prosecutors can seek longer sentences that can be served at out-of-state prisons. The effort, called Operation Legend, resembles prior joint ventures between federal and local law enforcement under administrations of both parties since the 1990s, though this time it is on a bigger scale. Additional agents have already been deployed in Chicago, Kansas City, Mo., Albuquerque, N.M., Milwaukee, Detroit and Cleveland as part of the program. Headed to St. Louis are 50 agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and the Drug Enforcement Administration. City officials said St. Louis had 53 homicides in July alone. While federal prosecutors often spend months building broader conspiracy cases involving multiple defendants before bringing charges against gang and drug suspects, they will now start prosecuting lower-level suspects sooner to get them off the street, said Jeff Jensen, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri.

“Trump signs executive order banning TikTok in 45 days” by Fox News’ Caitlin McFall – President Trump issued an executive order Thursday night that would see the social media platform TikTok banned within 45 days. TikTok is a video sharing mobile application, owned by ByteDance Ltd., that the Trump administration has deemed a national security threat on the basis that the app has been gathering data that could potentially be shared with the government of China. “TikTok automatically gathers vast swaths of information from its users, including internet and other network activity information such as location data and browsing and search history,” the executive order said. “This data threatens to allow the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) access to Americans’ personal and propietrary information – potentially allowing China to track the locations of Federal employees and contractors, build dossiers of personal information and blackmail, and conduct corporate espionage.” The U.S. ban puts pressure on the China-based company to sell the app’s U.S. platform – Microsoft is reportedly a leading contender, but the deal will be closely monitored by the Trump administration. “If Microsoft or any U.S. company buys TikTok this will be carefully monitored to make sure there is absolutely no Chinese involvement in the new company,” said one Wall Street executive with knowledge of the matter told Fox Business.

“Stimulus talks on the brink of collapse as two sides trade blame and get no closer to a deal” by CNN’s Clare Foran, Manu Raju, Ali Zaslav and Lauren Fox – A three-hour meeting Thursday evening between senior administration officials and Democratic leaders yielded little progress as both sides seemed resigned to the likelihood that Congress won’t reach a major stimulus deal amid an economic crisis. Both sides emerged from the meeting trading blame for the sputtering talks — and the administration officials warned that President Donald Trump would take executive action if no deal is reached by Friday. It’s unclear if the two sides will meet on Friday. White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin plan to brief Trump later Thursday night and Friday morning as they decide whether to continue to negotiate with Democrats. “We are very far apart — it’s most unfortunate,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said. “We are very disappointed in the meeting. … They were unwilling to meet in the middle,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said. Mnuchin and Meadows similarly indicated they are “very far apart” from the Democrats on some major issues. “I think there’s a lot of issues we are close to a compromise position on, and I think there’s a handful of very big issues that we are still very far apart,” Mnuchin said.

“White House Seeks Crackdown on U.S.-Listed Chinese Firms” by WSJ’s David Michaels – Chinese companies with shares traded on U.S. stock exchanges would be forced to give up their listings unless they comply with U.S. audit requirements under a plan recommended Thursday by the Trump administration. The proposal addresses a long-simmering dispute over U.S. regulators’ inability to inspect the financial audits of Chinese companies that sell shares in U.S. markets. It follows bipartisan legislation that passed the Senate in May, which would give Chinese companies that don’t comply three years to delist in the U.S. and find a new exchange. Under the plan, Chinese firms that are already listed on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Stock Market would have to comply by 2022—or give up their listings on those exchanges. To comply, Chinese auditors would have to share their work papers with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, a specialized audit regulator overseen by the U.S. government. Chinese firms that aren’t yet public—but which plan to do an initial public offering in the U.S.—would have to comply before they can go public on NYSE or Nasdaq, and wouldn’t get until 2022 to follow the rules, according to senior Treasury Department and Securities and Exchange Commission officials.

“Trump-backed businessman beats Cruz and Paul-backed surgeon in Tennessee primary clash” by Fox News’ Frank Miles – Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty rode the endorsement from President Trump to victory Thursday in a hotly contested Republican Senate primary in Tennessee. The Nashville businessman emerged from a tough challenge from trauma surgeon Manny Sethi, backed by Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky, to clinch his party’s nomination for the seat of retiring Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander. Hagerty will face Marquita Bradshaw who won the Democratic primary on the same evening, with her result declared less than an hour later. Republicans are heavily favored to keep the seat, considering the GOP has held both Tennessee Senate seats since 1994. Last July, Trump let Tennessee voters know he would back Hagerty for the seat, months before he declared himself a candidate. Sethi had already been running for about a month when Trump’s tweet turned the contest upside down. Hagerty proceeded to ignore Sethi for most of the campaign, until back-and-forth attacks opened up a few weeks ago and never slowed down. Hagerty leveraged Trump’s endorsement to brush back attacks on his previous business and political ties to Mitt Romney, who was once the GOP presidential nominee and now, according to Hagerty, is a “weak-kneed” Republican senator who voted to convict Trump during the impeachment trial.

“Tennessee Supreme Court vacates ruling that would have allowed all registered voters in the state to vote absentee in 2020” by CNN’s Veronica Stracqualursi – The Tennessee Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned a lower court ruling that would have allowed all eligible voters to vote via absentee ballots due to the coronavirus pandemic. Under the ruling, those with underlying medical conditions who have determined it’s “impossible or unreasonable” to vote in-person due to Covid-19, and their caretakers, are eligible to vote via absentee ballot in the fall election. State law already allows those who are hospitalized, ill or physically disabled and their caretakers to vote absentee. Fear of contracting or spreading the virus will not apply as an excuse to vote absentee in Tennessee. The decision comes as several states plan on holding a primarily vote-by-mail election in November, and other states push to expand mail-in voting amid the Covid-19 pandemic, which has infected over 4.8 million Americans and led to over 158,000 deaths. Tennessee is one of several states that require an excuse to cast an absentee ballot — such as being 60 years old or over, jury duty, observing a religious holiday, out of town or enrolled as a full-time student at a college outside the county. In April, as it became clear the pandemic could affect voting, Tennessee released an election contingency plan stating that “a person who is quarantined because of a potential exposure or who has tested positive to Covid-19 should vote absentee by-mail as a person who is ill.”

President Donald Trump @realDonaldTrumpWE will WIN Ohio even bigger than we did in 2016 — MAGA is stronger than ever before!

Adam Schiff @RepAdamSchiffOnce again, a principled, patriotic public servant has come forward to expose Trump’s abuse of power. Once again, Trump sought to use the levers of power not to advance the country’s interests, but to help himself. Trump’s only foreign policy: line my pockets or help me cheat.

Tagged:

Javier Manjarres is a nationally renowned award-winning political journalist. Diverse New Media, Corp. publishes Floridianpress.com, Hispolitica.com, shark-tank.com, and Texaspolitics.com He enjoys traveling, playing soccer, mixed martial arts, weight-lifting, swimming, and biking.Javier is also a political consultant and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics.Learn more at www.brownpeople.orgEmail him at [email protected]