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    Florida Politics
    Democrats planned to distribute “altered” voting forms
    Javier Manjarres
    9 hours ago
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    With the Broward Supervisor of Elections having completed the U.S. Senate race’s manual recount today, it appears as if nothing rally has changed, and Scott is all-but assured Nelson’s senate seat.

    The Broward SOE will convene Saturday and Sunday to count the ballots for down ticket races, but from the looks of it, the only race in question is that of Agriculture Commissioner, where Matt Caldwell is trailing by a few thousand votes to Nikki Fried.

    Republicans have been crying fouls since election day, saying that Democrats were “trying to steal” the 2018 mid-term elections away from DeSantis and Scott.

    Sen. Marco Rubio has been front and center of the cry of foul play, and has been the target of Democratic Party opposition. Rep. Ted Deutch (D) has been on Rubio’s case, countering the senator virtually at ever turn or tweet.

    While the initial reports were that there hasn’t been any fraud committed, that may have just changed.

    According to a Naples Daily News story, Democrats planned to send out altered ballot forms so that they would be submitted “cure affidavits” to voters.

    But an email obtained by the USA TODAY NETWORK – Florida shows that Florida Democrats were organizing a broader statewide effort beyond those counties to give voters the altered forms to fix improper absentee ballots after the Nov. 5 deadline. Democratic party leaders provided staffers with copies of a form, known as a “cure affidavit,” that had been modified to include an inaccurate Nov. 8 deadline.

    This is Rubio’s “I told you so” moment.

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    RNC to Kamala Harris: “ICE agents deserve respect”
    Javier Manjarres
    9 hours ago
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    President Trump’s pick to be Assistant Secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Ronald Vitiello, took harsh criticism from all the Democratic Senators he sat before during his confirmation hearing on Thursday, including Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who appeared to draw a parallel between ICE and the KKK.

    Harris focused on driving home her point that “perception” was instilling fear and intimidation among immigrants.

    Are you aware that there’s a perception that ICE is administering its power in a way that is causing fear and intimidation, particularly among immigrants and specifically among immigrants coming from Mexico and Central America? Are you aware of that perception?-Sen. Kamala Harris

    Alabama Senator Doug Jones told HISPOLITICA that he found Vitiello’s testimony “very troubling, to say the least.”

    Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Daniels stated that Harris was only trying to “launch her 2020 campaign off of comparing ICE officers to the KKK, and it’s absolutely disgusting.”

    Daniels, who was in Broward County, Florida helping count ballots during the manual recount, told HISPOLITICA that Harris is “known to be offensive,” and that “ICE agents deserve respect, not to be vilified, especially by a United States Senator.”

    It was disrespectful to the person testifying and people who are dedicating their lives to care about our country, to say do you see how people view you as being the same as the KKK. There is no equivalence, it was offensive. Kamala Harris has known to be offensive

    Let’s remember what ICE does, they are helping find human traffickers, they are helping prevent drugs from getting into this country, they are abiding by the laws of this country. Our ICE agents deserve respect, not to be vilified, especially by a United States Senator. –RNC Chairwoman Ronna Daniels

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    No Indication That Gillum Will Overcome Election Night Deficit
    Daniel Molina
    1 day ago
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    Barry Richards, the attorney representing Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, is commenting on the current political atmosphere regarding the recounts. In 2000, Richards also defended President George W. Bush during the recount efforts in the sunshine state when Bush faced Vice President Al Gore.

    While it looks like Mayor Gillum will not overcome the 0.41% deficit that caused Governor-elect Ron DeSantis to win the race last Tuesday night, Richards spoke to MSNBC and commented that it’s “disturbing” how “people are a lot nastier today, both the voters and the candidates.”

    In terms of the controversial recounts taking place, Richards added that “In eighteen years, we haven’t fixed the main problem. We have no consistent standards from county to county. That’s a violation of everybody’s equal protection rights.”

    Although Richards did explain that the process has been “a lot more efficient than in 2000,” he still believes that the “efficiency has been accomplished at the sacrifice of everyone’s vote being counted.” Richards also noted that “the Legislature hasn’t done the job,” claiming that “Gillum’s primary concern is fixing the problem. That’s what he’s weighing in his mind what his next option will be.”

    In an interview with Rolling Stone, Mayor Gillum commented on the road ahead, saying that “I think my mission and my work becomes a lot more clear, first and foremost around the work that has to be done to ensure our democracy. And that means counting every vote. Every legal vote that is cast being counted. I don’t know what form that takes, really. I haven’t been able to think long enough and hard enough about that.”

    Gillum also added that he doesn’t “want to see anybody legitimately have the excuse that they are not voting because their votes don’t count. That can’t happen. Whether I’m the one impacted by that vote or not. That can’t be the legacy of this election. I’m not gonna let that be the legacy of this election.”

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    Schumer’s Hypocrisy on Display in Senate Race Between Nelson and Scott
    Daniel Molina
    2 days ago
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    Senator Bill Nelson was defeated on election night by his Republican opponent Governor Rick Scott. As the controversial Florida recounts continue, Senator Nelson is still trailing the Governor, but Senator Chuck Schumer still believes that Senator Nelson will pull off a victory.

    However, in 2006, Senator Schumer was calling for different actions to take place.

    Democrats were ahead by a narrow margin in two senate races, and Senator Schumer was calling to end the recounts. In the respective races, Democrats led Republicans by 7,000 and 3,000 votes. Schumer was insistent on then-President George W. Bush to call for Republicans George Allen and Conrad Burns to concede their respective Senate races in Virginia and Montana.

    In the current Florida Senate race between Nelson and Scott, Nelson trails Scott by 12,000 votes.

    In a statement, Schumer commented that “Republicans know that if this recount is conducted fairly and thoroughly that Sen. Nelson has an excellent chance of being reelected. If this is done fair and square, we believe Sen. Nelson has an excellent chance, a much greater than half chance of being reelected.”

    In 2006, Schumer called conceding the “gentlemanly thing to do,” and he mentioned that “John Kerry did just that in 2004 – you may remember that morning, where he said he knew that a recount could delay things but wouldn’t change the outcome.”

    There’s no indication why Chuck Schumer is so optimistic that Senator Nelson will win the race, but it’s clear that in 2006 he was calling for different measures to be taken in order to ensure that Democrats won their respective races.

    With the controversy surrounding Broward Elections Office Supervisor Brenda Snipes and the validity of the ballot being counted, Republicans have been combative in order to ensure that the ballots being counter are authentic.

    Many feel that a hypocritical Chuck Schumer is trying to steal the election from Governor Rick Scott, and one wonders if a 2006 Chuck Schumer would agree.

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    Julian Castro eyes presidency, brother Joaquin confirms
    Javier Manjarres
    2 days ago
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    Potential and probable Democratic hopefuls are beginning to line up for the 2020 presidential sweepstakes against President Donald Trump.

    Senators Corey Booker and Kamala Harris are already positioning themselves for a run, establishment Democrats want Biden, and Hillary Clinton is said to be mulling over a third run.

    Americans can expect a hotly contested Democratic presidential primary race what will most likely include former HUD Secretary Julian Castro.

    Castro has reportedly met with his top donors and potential staffers to discuss strategy for presidential run.

    The other Castro, Julian’s twin brother Rep. Joaquin Castro (D), has confirmed his brother’s aspirations, and is backing his play for president.

    We caught up with Rep. Castro at the Capitol, where the he expressed excitement over the high “number of Latinos and Latinas” in the U.S. Congress,” adding that there was a “lot of energy” among new crop of Democratic legislators.

    Castro is all in for his brother “likely” run against Trump.

    I think all those folks will have a chance to get up on stage and make their best case to Democrats and the American people, and may the strongest person emerge to challenge Donald Trump.

    When asked about another Clinton presidential candidacy in 2020, Castro laughed and said that he believed “it’s a wide open field.”

    Well, my brother is thinking about running, so I’m going to be supportive of my brother if he runs. I’m backing by brother. 100%.

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    Crist says he supports Pelosi for Speaker
    Javier Manjarres
    2 days ago
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    Washington-With Florida’s disastrous and embarrassing recount underway, orientation week for newly minted members of congress was all the talk throughout the Capitol.

    Speaking of the recount, Florida’s Senator-elect Rick Scott (R) was playing the part and made the rounds on Capitol Hill.

    During a Democratic Party freshman orientation even in the Capitol, Rep. Charlie Crist told the Floridian that as far as the recount was concerned, he just wanted “the process to work well” and “work effectively.”

    Crist echoed what his colleague Rep. Ted Deutch has been saying about the claims of “rampant fraud” occurring this election cycle. Crist stated that voter fraud was “not happening” even though Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi confirmed that law enforcement has opened a statewide criminal investigation.

    We asked Rep. Crist about whether he would support House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s Speaker of the House candidacy.

    Crist said the new class of Democrats were “impressive people,” but he was backing Pelosi, saying that the Leader was “talented, hardworking, and remarkable.”

     

     

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    Florida Democrats inline to back Pelosi for Speaker
    Javier Manjarres
    3 days ago
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    Regardless of the opposition to her probable speakership roll she is receiving from new House Democrats, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D) continues to lay the groundwork for her re-ascension to  Speaker of the U.S.House of Representatives.

    Some say she is a shoe in for the job, others like Rep-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D), who recently joined in on a protest outside of Pelosi’s Washington, D.C. office, have expressed their willingness to oppose her.

    But with all that said, Pelosi is very popular among the Democratic House Caucus, and with the help of some of loyal colleagues like Florida Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Ted Deutch, Alcee Hastings, and Lois Frankel, some of the newbies in the House could be persuaded to back Pelosi.

    Deutch and Wasserman Schultz have been two of Pelosi’s most ardent supporters.

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    Governor-elect DeSantis measures his new office drapes
    Javier Manjarres
    3 days ago
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    While election officials scramble to complete the final vote recount in Florida’s 2018 mid-term elections, Governor-elect Ron DeSantis appears to be shrugging off the very slim chance that he could eventually lose his race in a recount.

    Because DeSantis beat Andrew Gillum by a significantly number of votes on election day, he should be fine after the final recount is tallied.

    The governor’s race is all-but over for him, but Gillum has pulled back his concession and is waiting for the last vote to be recounted.

    The U.S. Senate race between Sen. Bill Nelson and Rick Scott, is a whole other story. Rick Scott, who has already declared victory, has seen his vote lead diminished to 12,5000 from 54,000 on election night.

    He and other Republicans like Sen. Marco Rubio have been crying foul over the tens of thousands of votes that appear to have popped out of nowhere days after election night.

    While Scott and Republicans wage a legal battle against Broward and Palm Beach Counties Supervisor of Elections, DeSantis and his Lt.Gov. Jeanette Nunez were taking in the state capital this week.

    In other words, DeSantis was measuring the drapes for his new gig.

    Meanwhile in Broward County, the official recount is underway, but a manual recount of ballots cast is expected to commence shortly after the machine count is finished.

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    Bondi confirms criminal investigation into “Recountgate”
    Javier Manjarres
    3 days ago
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    The 2018 Florida mid-term election recount continues, and the embattled Broward County Supervisor of Elections, Dr. Brenda Snipes, has said that the machine recount effort will conclude on time.

    Snipes made the remark days after glitches in the recount process delayed the actual recount of 714,000 ballots cast this election cycle.

    That’s great news for Americans, but considering this office’s elections track record, it’s probably safe for voters to take a wait and see approach.

    Because of the apparent “incompetence” displayed by Dr. Snipes in past elections, more and more Republican politicians like Senator Marco Rubio and former Governor Jeb Bush, who appointed Snipes in the first place, have called for her ouster or resignation.

    This level of in competence gives us no confidence about anything in regard to that office. – Sen. Marco Rubio

    Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has injected herself into the election calamity, and confirmed to Sean Hannity that there is now an open criminal investigation into Florida’s 2018 mid-term elections.

    Bondi, who says she has her prosecutors “on the ground in Lauderdale” and has directed the FDLE to investigate all possible criminal actions, said she would not “go into (talk about) the criminal investigation.”

    Senator Rubio also told Hannity that election attorneys are not in Florida to make sure voters are represented, but to look after their respective client’s best interests.

    Rubio has been criticized by his colleagues, namely Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch, for his assertions that fraud has occurred during the election.

    Rubio says that he only wants to see “every legal vote that was cast in timely manner,” counted.

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    Broward Supv of Elections goes dark, no public updates
    Javier Manjarres
    3 days ago
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    Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes has not said much since the Broward County Commission Canvassing Board convened to oversee the recount efforts in this year’s mid-term elections.

    Snipes has answered very few questions from reporters, leaving her attorney’s and aides to take the lead on addressing any questions or concerns.

    This past Saturday Attorney Pettis and aide Dotie Joseph address the newly found Provisional ballot box The Floridian first reported on, but aside from that press conference, the elections office has been pretty quit.

    When asked if she felt mistakes were made, Snipes stated that she wished “issues” would have been addressed better address.

    Since November 6, the official Broward SOE Facebook page has gone quiet, and the Twitter account has yet to launch.

    The Twitter account exits, but has not tweeting anything.

    Snipes’ office is not putting out any recount updates, rather leaving it to the press to report on the recount efforts.

    Jeb Bush, who appointed her in the first place, has joined the chorus of politicos that have called for Snipes’ removal.

    Click below to read the about the Florida recount.

    Broward SOE employee jokes that racists “wear red hats”

    Nelson’s Attorney Blasts Governor Scott for using “Third World Dictatorship” Power

    Broward Recount of 714,000 ballots begins

    More Provisional Ballots Found in Broward

    Broward Elections Supv. Brenda Snipes Barricades Ofc From Protestors

    Rick Scott says “left wing activists” trying to “steal” election

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    Marco Rubio’s football playing dreams revived
    Javier Manjarres
    4 days ago
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    There is no question that U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R) has left a lasting mark on the world of politics, and in the coming years, he could all-but solidify his legacy of being one of the most popular senators in recent history.

    Was Rubio always destined to serve in public office, or was he to become the “world class athlete”  he once stated he was.

    Rubio  deciding to hit the books during college, and not the football pads.

    Being an avid Miami Dolphins fanatic, during football season, he can heard yelling at the TV or throwing a pillow at it when his beloved Dolphins fumble the ball.

    Rubio’s days of playing football are over, but that doesn’t mean he should stop dreaming of one day putting on the pads and returning a fumble for a touchdown.

    Nowadays, Rubio can be found watching football on TV, but another Rubio, his 13-year-old son Anthony, can be found streaking down the sideline in route to scoring a touchdown for his traveling pee wee football team.

    Anthony Rubio is not the biggest or the strongest player on this team, but the younger Rubio is a burner.

    Considering that his father wasn’t the quickest player, Anthony shows that he can “shake and bake” on most  defenders, as well as stick ankle-breaking cuts every time he touches the ball.

    How do we know this?

    Well, upon searching for his father’s name on YouTube, we happened to stumble upon a newly-created channel that captures Anthony’s football highlights.

    There is no doubt that proud Papa Rubio is behind the channel. What dad wouldn’t want to showcase his kid’s skills.

    Maybe Papa Rubio is taking out built up frustrations over the latest Dolphin loses, and is living vicariously through Anthony?

    Here is the highlight video we are referring to. In the montage of clips, Rubio #13 appears to play receiver, safety, and running back.

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    Broward’s canvassing board tries to clear the SOE mess
    Javier Manjarres
    4 days ago
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    While the Broward Supervisor of Elections tries to get back on track and continue the recount process with the help of two more ballot counting machines, many questions arise as to who oversees the entire recount process.

    The Broward County Canvassing Board is the governing body in this year’s mid-term election mess.

    Fortunately for voters, the canvasing board, is doing a pretty good job of allowing the armies attorneys from both Republican and Democratic Parties to state their objections and concerns.

    The board consists of Dr. Brenda Snipes and Judges Betsy Benson (pictured center), and Debborah Carpenter-Toye (pictured right).

    Benson and Carpenter-Toye are running the show, not Snipes, who is appears to more of a figure head (just for show) in the proceedings.

    Benson is a judge in the civil court division, while Carpenter-Toye works in the criminal division.

    Brenda Snipes has just stated that roughly 214,000 ballots have yet to be sorted.

    Once the 714,000 ballots are sorted, the recount will start.

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    Pam Bondi Weighs in on Broward Voting Recount
    Daniel Molina
    4 days ago
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    Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is sharing her thoughts on Florida’s ongoing recount, and she’s doing so by sending respective letters to Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Rick Swearingen and Secretary of State Ken Detzner.

     In the two-page letter to Swearingen, Bondi criticizes the Commissioner for not pursuing an investigation into alleged irregularities concerning the handling of election ballots in Palm Beach and Broward counties.

    She expressed thoughts on being “deeply troubled” that Swearingen’s “duty is not limited to investigating allegations made by the secretary of state.”

    Bondi details that “Transparent and fair elections are the bedrock of our democracy, and protecting the integrity of our electoral process is central to the oath you and I both took to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the State of Florida. As attorney general, chief legal officer, and a 20-year prosecutor in the state of Florida, there is nothing I take more seriously.”

    She also asserts that “As law enforcement officials, regardless of political affiliation, it is our job to investigate facts and circumstances giving rise to reasonable suspicion in order to determine whether criminal conduct has occurred. In the case of the 2018 election, and as more fully detailed in this letter, election officials in Broward and Palm Beach Counties have been found by courts and have admitted in their own public statements, that irregularities occurred and required procedures were violated. Election officials, campaigns, media, observers, and others have documented multiple instances of additional irregularities. It is incumbent upon you, as commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, to investigate whether these documented irregularities constitute incompetence or intentional malfeasance and outright fraud.”

    In Detzner’s letter, Bondi asks that if Detzner should “find any indication creating a reasonable suspicion of potential criminal activity,” that he should “report it to law enforcement agencies including the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.”

    She reminds him “that Florida Statute 97.012 (15) also directs you to report such findings to the Office of Statewide Prosecution or the local state attorney’s office when prosecution might be warranted.” And, though Detzner is not a prosecutor or an attorney, Bondi is “formally requesting that you report any reasonable suspicion of criminal activity to both the statewide prosecutor and state attorney.”

    Contrary to what many detractors are arguing, Bondi’s pressing that she had no authority to intervene in the process just because she’s Florida’s Attorney General. And, as the recounts continue, every effort is being made to ensure that voter fraud is avoided.

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    Broward SOE employee jokes that racists “wear red hats”
    Javier Manjarres
    5 days ago
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    The vote recount process in Broward County, Florida has already begun, as supervisor of elections employees have begun the 30-35 hour process of separating the first and only page of the ballot to be counted.

    Only after the page is separated will the actual counting of 714,800 votes begin.

    Republicans have been crying foul over the Broward County’s apparent systemic voting counting incompetence, saying that “rampant fraud” is occurring in Florida’s second most populated county.

    Since election day, well over 60,000 ballots have been found, and when you couple that with the fact that Dr. Brenda Snipes and her office were found guilty of illegally destroying ballots from the 2016 general election, the case can be made for Republicans to stick to their claims of fraud.

    Just this week, the Miami Herald reported that Snipes’ office  was mixed bad ballots together with a good ones.

    Snipes’ past election year track record of follies is well known, but is “rampant fraud” really occurring as Republicans claim?

    Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D) doesn’t believe any wrongdoing has occurred, tweeting that Republicans needed to “stop making bogus claims” and listen to their own state election experts.”

    It doesn’t appear as if Wasserman Schultz has much confidence in Dr. Snipes if she is saying that voters need to listen to “state election experts,” and not local officials like Dr. Snipes.

    Republican and pro-Trump protestors have been gathering outside of the Broward Supervisor of Elections office in Lauderhill, Florida, where on two occasions, tangled with SEIU and pro-Andrew Gillum supporters.

    The demonstrations were peaceful, but just yesterday, a couple of Broward SOE workers referenced protestors as being racists.

    Several known Democratic Party operatives inside the building claimed that the crowd of protestors was filled with “nationalists” and “white supremacist,” some of them wearing “Proud Boy” hats.

    Proud Boy’s is considered to be an alt-Right extremist group.

    We went out to find individuals what could look like white supremacists, or anyone wearing anti-Semitic or racially charged clothing, but could not find any. Upon re-entering the building, a couple black elections office employees were asked about the claims of white supremacists in the crowd.

     Broward Republican official, State Committeewoman Michelle Merrell, is said to have been denied access to the building because she was accused of heading up “all the racist protestors,” this according to several protestors we spoke to.

    Elections employees said that Merrell was denied access because she was disruptive, but wouldn’t elaborate more on the matter.

     Merrell, who was sanction by the local and state Republican Parties to do so, was observing the recount proceedings the previous two days.

    When asked were all the ‘white capes and hats’ were (jokingly referring to the KKK), that individual jokingly said that “nowadays they wear red hats” and glanced over to the protestors.

    Most of the 10 or so protestors wearing baseball caps were sporting red Trump “Make America Great Hats.”

    Aside from several glitches in system, under the guidance of the Broward County Canvassing Board, the Broward SOE is addressing any and all issues and concerns, and looks to actually being counting ballots on Monday.

     

     

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    Nelson’s Attorney Blasts Governor Scott for using “Third World Dictatorship” Power
    Daniel Molina
    5 days ago
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    Senator Nelson and Governor Rick Scott have exchanged blows since the culmination of Tuesday’s midterm elections that saw Governor Scott winning Senator Nelson’s seat. As their race undergoes a recount, Senator Nelson’s attorney compared Governor Scott’s use of a state law-enforcement agency to investigate the actions of elections officials in Broward and Palm Beach counties to that of a “Third World Dictatorship.”

    Marc Elias, Senator Nelson’s attorney, has largely received criticism with claims that Democrats are trying to “steal” the election. Elias, commenting on the news conference that Governor Scott held on Thursday, said that Governor Scott’s “tone and the tenor and behavior” are that of a campaign that doesn’t believe they will win after the recounts are over.

    Elias criticized Governor Scott by saying that “He himself said that as ballots are being counted it is tightening. Then he made some veiled threat or suggestion that he was going to somehow involve law enforcement. This is not a Third World dictatorship.”

    Matt Caldwell, Republican candidate for Florida Agriculture, has been vocal about the recount efforts and the suspicious activity surrounding them. He assured that “we will fight to ensure this election is accurate and fair.” In addition, along with many other Republicans, Caldwell has blasted Brenda Snipes.

    In a statement the night he declared victory, Caldwell detailed that “We have watched Brenda Snipes and the Broward supervisor of elections demonstrate gross incompetence and potential corruption election cycle after election cycle. Over the past two days, Snipes’ office has refused to give either an accurate count of outstanding ballots or where they come from, all while the Democratic candidates continue to pick up tens of thousands of new votes. Ms. Snipes’ office has a record of incompetence and illegal behavior.”

    Still, Senator Nelson and Democrats push forward as they try to keep the “blue ripple” alive and going.

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    Broward Recount of 714,000 ballots begins
    Javier Manjarres
    5 days ago
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    The Broward County Supervisor of Elections voting machine recalculation was supposed to begin at 7am Sunday morning, followed immediately by the official recount.

    That didn’t happen.

    The first recalculation of the machines ended with the Broward Elections Canvassing Board calling for a re-re-calculation of the machines after a glitch in one of the devices was detected.

    According to supervisor of elections Attorney Eugene Pettis, only the first page containing individual races, including senate, gubernatorial, congressional, and commissioner of agriculture, were being recounted.

    The morning proceedings began with both political parties picking a representative with “expertise” in voting machines to serve as observer during the recalculation process.

    Republicans had their guy already identified, Democrats didn’t. Democratic Party Attorney Mitchell Berger sprung up and stated that he would serve as the observer because he was an “expert” on voting machines.

    Republican Party of Florida Attorney Ed Pozzuoli jokingly quipped at Berger, stating,” Mitch, do you even know what you are looking at,” and kept referring to him as an “expert.”

    We asked Berger about his expertise and he simply stated that he was an attorney. During the canvassing proceedings, Broward County Democratic Party Chairwoman designated Berger as their representative.

    Several hours and recesses (4) later, the official recount process began, but not before some more drama.

    Both political parties were granted observers to sit in the actual room where votes are being counted. Even though a reasonable number of names was asked of them, Democrats sent the canvassing board an email with 41 names, but attached a document with hundreds more.

    The canvassing board quickly addressed the email, saying that only the names in the actual email, not the attachment, would be place on the official observer list.

    More Drama.

    In a move to expedite the process, two more ballot counting machines were requested and are en route to Broward County from the Orlando area. Rick Scott Attorney Jessica Kopas objected to the move, saying that those machines needed to be re-calibrated simultaneously with the existing ten machines upon their arrival.

    According to director of the recount process,  only Page 1 of the 5-page ballot will be counted, and will take at least 30-35 hrs. to sort before the 714,000 ballots begin to be recounted.

    The Broward SOE has until November 16 to receive all overseas ballots, so a final count will not be known until Friday, at the earliest.

    More on the recount here.

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    More Provisional Ballots Found in Broward
    Daniel Molina
    6 days ago
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    ***Update

    The controversy surrounding unaccounted for ballots in Broward continues as provisional ballots were found unattended in a the Tamarac Lakes Community Center.

    Upon finding them Saturday night, a citizen called the Broward Sheriff’s Office after finding election equipment and two locked boxes marked “Provisional Ballot Box.”

    Lt. Ulvang was notified, and Dep. Sammarco and Sgt. Rivera are presently on the scene.

    Sgt. Chenoweth of the Broward Sheriff’s Office spoke to Javier Manjarres of the Floridian and told him that he was there to investigate and secure the scene. After the BSO concluded their investigation, The Floridian was allowed to enter and document the voting equipment and the provisional ballots that were left.

    Protests continue outside the Broward County Elections Office, and Labor Unions have arrived to counterprotest.

    For more information on the ongoing controversial recount efforts, refer to:

    Broward Elections Supv. Brenda Snipes Barricades Ofc From Protestors

    Rick Scott says “left wing activists” trying to “steal” election

    Below are the pictures taken at the scene:

    ***Update-Shortly after publishing this story, Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes and her team addressed the newly found provisional ballot box. In a press conferenced called to specifically address the matter, Snipes’ press secretary Dottie Joseph and Counsel Eugene K. Pettis said that the box was used to insert completed provisional ballots, but was also used as storage.

    The boxes had a duel purpose. Pettis opened one sealed sample box that was being stored to show reporters the contents. That particular box was used to store office supplies, but when asked where the actual box in question was, Pettis could only say that the box  was “still on the truck.”

    The story was written four hours before the press conference.-Javier Manjarres

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    Broward Elections Supv. Brenda Snipes Barricades Ofc From Protestors
    Daniel Molina
    1 week ago
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    “Don’t count fake votes!” are the chants heard in footage showing protestors in front of the Broward County Election Office. Recounts are currently taking place concerning major Florida midterm election races.

    Protesters stand, wearing MAGA hats and holding up signs saying “Lock Her Up!” behind giant Enterprise rent trucks. They’re protesting, what they feel, is an atmosphere of election fraud looming over the recounts.

    Governor Scott, after filing a lawsuit against Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes for not providing information on outstanding ballots that have not yet been counted, addressed the issue on the footsteps of the Governor’s mansion in Tallahassee. He commented that nobody is stating “where they (ballots) came from or where they’ve been.” Governor Scott also warned that “Every Floridian should be concerned that there could be rampant fraud.”

    Congressman Matt Gaetz, who won his reelection bid, is present in front of the office and got into a shouting match with a Democrat over the validity of the recount.

    Rick Scott says liberals trying to steal election

    The office is headed by Brenda Snipes, the controversial Broward Elections Supervisor who violated state and federal laws by destroying ballots from the 2016 congressional race while they were the subject of a lawsuit against her office.

    Below are pictures from the ongoing protest