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The BIG LIST Of Ideas That Is Trump’s Reelection Path

Rod Thomson

If President Trump hibernated for the next 20 months he’d likely win reelection in a landslide. Of course it is not in his nature to do anything remotely like that, but that is how radical the Democratic Party has become in really just the past year.

Yes, it has been trending this direction for a long time. But Bill Clinton was nominated and elected in 1992 based on his promise to take the Democratic Party back to the center. Since that time, however, it has moved much further to the left.

In the past year, however, it has jumped to hyperdrive in its sprint even past the radical left and into a quasi fantasyland that is virtually unrecognizable to most Americans.

Most conservative Americans are aware of this, but still even those intricately involved with politics and public policy for decades — such as this humble writer — are left with mouths agape at what has happened. There is no way to make it more shockingly obvious than to simply list the topics that have become part of the Democratic Party’s unofficial platform — many of which are issues they cannot run from if they want to win the nomination, but they cannot publicly defend while running for President.

So here, in no particular order of unhinged, are the issues and position that have been taken in recents weeks by either Democratic presidential candidates, congressional leadership or the closet congressional leadership which might be labeled the Fresh Face Caucus. These are all documented and broader than just one person, frequently pursued by all of the Party structure.

Impeach the President for…anything. As the long-running scam that is the Trump-Russia collusion investigation winds down to slow-motion collapse, the new Democratic majority in the House is pursuing the President’s personal finances, investments, business and family members. The expressed goal is to go after every element of his life to destroy him — not something likely to play well to middle Americans.

Reparations. This fails morally, practically and sensibly. Less than 5 percent of white Americans have any generational connection to slave ownership, and even that is removed by 5-7 generations. And now with immigration over the decades (Africans actually love immigrating to the United States, that’s just how terribly racist we are) the majority of black Americans are not even the descendents of slaves. Without even getting into how it would work to take trillions of dollars from white people and hand it to black people, the reality is that it would be taking money from people who had nothing to do with slavery and giving to people who have never been enslaved. Total fail.

Abolishing the Electoral College. This is far more radical than is sometimes realized because it totally skews the two Americas and how we have always done it as Americans. It’s meant to empower the coasts and major metro areas. It’s only about gaining power for Democrats and further erases the value and differences of the states.

Allowing Illegal Immigrants To Vote. Consistent with the above, the Democrat-run House just voted last week along straight party lines in favor of illegals voting. Not in national elections, the media spins quickly for them, but we all know that won’t last long. Why fight to legalize them when their vote is all Democrats want anyway?

Mainstreaming anti-Semitism. With the excusing and obfuscation of Rep. Ilhan Omar’s overt anti-Semitism, Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s history of anti-Semitism and the general Congressional defense of this growing cancer, the Democratic Party has now accepted it, perhaps even embraced it.

Packing the courts by adding seats. Some congressional Democrats have been openly discussing the relative value of adding seats to the U.S. Supreme Court to counteract Trump appointees. The current nine seats are not proscribed Constitutionally. FDR wanted to do this to bypass the Court that was thwarting his anti-Constitutional agenda, but even his own party pushed back on it. If they added 4 seats when a Democrat is in the White House, they could fill all of those lifetime appointments for a generation of Court dominance.

Eliminate fossil fuels, air travel and cows. This, of course, was part of AOC’s embarrassingly junior high Green New Deal plan. Embarrassing, unaffordable, unattainable, silly. But every major Democratic presidential candidate endorsed it. So it cannot be discounted as some back-bencher nonsense. It’s mainstream Democrat nonsense.

Raise tax rates to 70-90 percent. This has been seriously discussed by the Fresh Face Caucus in the House and certainly fits with the Democratic desire in general to “tax the rich” and spend like drunken sailors.

“Free” healthcare for everyone. Nothing is free, most certainly not a budget-busting, healthcare-breaking $32 trillion biggest-government-program ever. It would blow out the budget and the deficit, while eliminating people’s private health insurance and crushing healthcare innovation.

“Free” college for everyone. Again, nothing is free, although this one is a mere $7 trillion over 10 years. Of course all of these estimates will be much higher if they ever become reality.

Government-guaranteed jobs for everyone. This also is the brainchild of the authors of the Green New Deal. The federal government would institute Depression Era-like programs that gave busy-work jobs to everyone — even though at this very moment we have 7 million unfilled jobs and 5 million people unemployed. Can’t make this up.

Double the minimum wage. The $15 minimum wage is just the beginning. The radicals would most certainly want to drive it much higher than that as the strong economy and tight labor market is pushing starting wages at companies across the nation higher and higher. Because markets work.

Open borders. The refusal to fund the wall and necessary additional Border Patrol agents while record numbers of illegal immigrants are crossing our southern border have put feet to the idea that borders and walls are now evil and we should let in everyone who wants to come. So, free healthcare, free college, guaranteed jobs, plus unlimited numbers of non-Americans swarming the southern border sounds like a perfect plan — to collapse the nation.

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From abortion to infanticide. The celebration by the New York legislature, the proposed bill and comments of the Governor of Virginia, and the actions of Congress make it perfectly clear that Democrats officially support abortion up to the moment of birth…and for some, even after birth. American public opinion continues to trend the opposite direction.

Abolishing ICE. There’s no hiding the ball on this one. Most Democrats in national public office have given voice to this either overtly or by implication. Of course, it fits completely with open borders.

Men can be women can be men, whatever. The party of economic nonsense is also the party of factual nonsense. Supporting, encouraging and celebrating the mental health condition that a man actually is a woman if he feels like a woman, regardless of physical realities, including DNA is a terrible abuse to people suffering from the condition.

Republicans are anti-science. Well obviously…

Lowering voting age to 16. Speaking of which, the National Institutes of Health explains the consensus of scientific studies that human brains do not fully develop until age 25. But Rep. Ayanna Pressley, part of the Fresh Face Caucus, wants to lower voting age to 16.16! This has been seriously considered in state of Washington.

America is not a good country. This has long been a poisonous lie of the left, but it now is at least tacitly accepted by the core of the Democratic Party. Not all Democrats, by a long shot, but an awful lot of Democratic leaders and much of the base. It’s not new. Barack and Michelle Obama openly said as much.

Socialism. Whether a majority of Democrats support full socialism or just much greater redistributive policies, it is only a matter of time before the full party embraces socialism based on their trajectory and young base. Despite the failed public school system and Hollywood propaganda machine, Americans are not there.

This will not be the whole list. It is all but impossible to predict just how much more radical Democrats will become, but it seems safe to assume they will continue their march. And that will be the script for Trump reelection.

Rod Thomson is an author, host of Tampa Bay Business with Rod Thomson on the Salem Radio Network, TV commentator and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Rod also is co-host of Right Talk America With Julio and Rod on the Salem Radio Network.


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Turns Out California Democrats Used Illegals For Ballot Harvesting

Rod Thomson

Sometimes a clueless leftist media is a conservative’s best friend.

The Los Angeles Times published a big mushy kiss of a puff piece on New Year’s Day about how Dreamers got deeply involved in the 2018 midterm elections that turned so many red Congressional seats blue — particularly in the days after the election through ballot harvesting.

Nowhere were the Dreamers more active than in California, where the almost entirely Republican blue Orange County flipped to 100 percent Democrat red and where these DACA beneficiaries were very active.

Here’s the story’s lead:

“Gabriela Cruz, who was brought to the U.S. illegally when she was 1, couldn’t vote, but in the final hours before the Nov. 6 election, she was making one last run to get people to the polls.

The sun was setting in Modesto when she found Ronald Silva, 41, smoking a cigarette on a tattered old couch behind a group home. He politely tried to wave her off until she reminded him he had a right that she as an immigrant without citizenship didn’t have.

“It could really make a change for us,” said Cruz, 29.

Half an hour later, she was helping Silva look up candidates as he filled out his ballot by the light of her phone. “I’m glad you guys came,” he said. “I was going to leave it in my drawer.”” (Emphasis added)

The notion of an ethnic “us” in America has always been poisonous. It requires the opposite and equal reaction of a different ethnic “them.” Divisive poison that the LA Times flatters.

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So a foreigner, a non-citizen of the United States, was openly working to affect the outcome of our elections. In another context, this is a scandal of enormous proportions. In this context, it is a wonderful of example of immigrant civic involvement.

More from the L.A. Times’ story:

“In California, Dreamers like Cruz phoned voters, walked precincts and protested outside Republican lawmakers’ offices, reaching people who had not been called or visited by either party. Their efforts helped boost turnout among Latinos in this year’s midterm election — 29 million nationwide were eligible to vote, according to the Pew Research Center — which is projected to surpass levels higher than in past presidential election years, political analysts said.

An analysis of data from eight states by the Latino Policy and Politics Initiative at UCLA found the Latino vote grew by an estimated 96% from 2014 to 2018, compared with 37% among non-Latinos. The surge, researchers said, helped move 20 House districts held by Republicans to Democratic control in California, Arizona, Nevada, Texas, New Mexico, Florida, New Jersey and New York.

In another study, the political research firm Latino Decisions found that an increase in Latino voter turnout contributed to flipping six GOP-held congressional seats in California — four in the once conservative bastion of Orange County and two in the Central Valley that have long eluded Democrats.”

In eight states, the Hispanic vote doubled in four years? Does that in any way seem legitimate, in a real sense?

Let’s be clear. The Democratic Party employed the manpower of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of foreigners living in the United States to effect the outcome of an election. And the media applauds. Further, there were no controls on the actions of those involved with ballot harvesting — whether legal or illegal — in how they handle ballots.

Is there really any doubt that the Time’s example, Gabriela Cruz, or other Democrat ballot harvesters, would be highly incentivized to “help” these indifferent and obviously politically ignorant “voters” in how they should vote? Remember her comment about “us.” She was pursuing Hispanics to vote in Democrats to help other Hispanics like her in the country illegally become legalized.

In most states, laws require political activity at polling places to be a certain distance from where voters are actually voting to limit undo political pressure.

But in ballot harvesting, there is no such thing. Quite the opposite, with people hunting down registered voters who had not voted because they want specific votes to be cast. They are not looking to simply turn out voters. They are turning out Democrat votes by people too indifferent to know the issues, the candidates or even vote until someone knocks on their door and essentially does it for them.

And in 2018, in California, a lot of the people doing that were not even American citizens.

Rod Thomson is an author, host of Tampa Bay Business with Rod Thomson on the Salem Radio Network, TV commentator and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Rod also is co-host of Right Talk America With Julio and Rod on the Salem Radio Network.


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Census Points To A More Conservative Florida For 2020 And Beyond

Rod Thomson

Florida gained more residents, i.e. voters, than any other state in the Union, continuing a trend of Florida growing as fast or faster than the two states larger than it — California and Texas.

Florida was the fourth fastest growing by percentage, but the three states ahead of it are much smaller (Nevada, Idaho and Arizona.) Florida gained 133,000 new residents last year, putting its population at 21.3 million, leaving New York in the dust with 19.5 million — losing 48,000 residents last year.

More importantly, however, is who these people are: primarily older, white voters from high-tax, high-regulation states such as Illinois and New York, but most heavily weighted from the conservative Midwest. That trend greatly favors Republicans in Florida and overwhelmed the influx of Puerto Ricans after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.

In fact, this new element suggests the demographic trends may have made a difference in the close 2018 midterms where Republicans squeaked out another victory for Governor and actually flipped the U.S. Senate seat during an election that saw an otherwise pretty blue wave for Democrats.

Not surprisingly, most of the mainstream media got the Census analysis totally wrong for Florida, because they could only view it through get-Trump animosity. Newsweek, for instance, wrote this tellingly dumb sentence in a piece entitled “Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election hopes may be threatened by population surges in key states, census data suggests.”

“Florida trails both Arizona and Nevada in terms of population growth, but it did have more U.S. residents move there than any other state over the past year.”

Of course the most elemental understanding of math and elections tells you that percentages do not matter in this case. Raw numbers are what constitute votes, and more importantly in presidential elections, electoral votes.

Politico reporter Marc Caputo, formerly of the Miami Herald and no conservative but pretty astute on Florida politics, tweeted out this insightful series of analyses:

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“More US residents moved to Florida (133k) than to any other state in the past year. To the degree they were white retirees (esp from high-tax/high-regulation states) , the influx helped the FL GOP win Nov. 6 and could help Trump in 2020 repeat his 2nd win in his 2nd home state

Lol. The same types of folks who said Florida Dems were sure to win in 2018 because of the Boricua Wave of Hurricane Maria evacuees are now sure of a new silver bullet: the passage of Amendment 4!

Former felons will save the day!

But the reality is FL’s Dem coalition (registered Ds & young, black, Hispanic & poor voters) have bad turnout rates compared to the GOP base, which is largely white & old. It’s why the GOP (which has fewer registered voters than Ds) ultimately dominates here: their voters vote @ higher rates.”

Outgoing Florida GOP Chairman Blaise Ingoglia told Politico, “The more older, whiter voters who move here from higher-tax, higher-regulation states, the more we win.”

Matt Isbell, a Florida Democratic analyst, basically agreed with Ingoglia: “We’ve been getting a ton of migration from the Midwest especially, and a lot of them fit the profile of Republican voters.”

Puerto Ricans who moved to Florida over the past year either did not register or did not vote, as their numbers didn’t show up in the midterms. Isbell said the trend of older, white Midwestern voters is “balancing out the growth with Democrats.”

It gets even more interesting moving forward.

Florida is by far the largest battleground state, flipping back and forth from going for Bush to going for Obama to going for Trump (obvious trend here: whence goes Florida goes the national election) with 29 electoral votes. California has 55 electoral votes and Texas has 38, but those are largely uncontested states.

A new Census will be conducted in 2020 that will reapportion electoral votes for the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential election. And analyses are generally finding that Florida will pick up at least one and possibly two electoral votes, bringing its total to 31. Texas could get two more also. Oregon, Colorado and Arizona could pick up a seat.

Meanwhile, it looks like uncontested blue states such as New York, Illinois and Minnesota, plus normally blue states such as Michigan and Pennsylvania, along with swing state Ohio, could all end losing electoral votes after 2020. Even California may lose a seat in Congress for the first time in its history.

All of this means the electoral challenge will be different in 2020 than in 2016, and very different in 2024. But Florida, the key state for either party, looks like it will be leaning more red.

Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Rod is co-host of Right Talk America With Julio and Rod on the Salem Radio Network.


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Mueller No Closer To Case Against Trump Than A Year Ago

By Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.

On Friday afternoon, the Mueller team and the Special Prosecutors Office for the Southern District of New York submitted a series of memos dealing with their investigation on Russian collusion, obstruction, and campaign illegalities. In response, the left wing media went abuzz citing the damning implications of the release.

One article by Erica Orden and Marshall Cohen of CNN claimed that “Federal prosecutors said for the first time Friday that Michael Cohen acted at the direction of Donald Trump when the former fixer committed two election-related crimes. . . ” It also claimed that the memos “exposed deeper entanglements than previously known between Trump, his campaign apparatus and the Russian government, . . .” including a claim of “‘political synergy'” between Moscow and Cohen.  Meanwhile, The New York Times headlined a prosecutorial charge that “Trump Directed Illegal Payments During Campaign.”

In fact, the memos contained little by way of new material, and some of the cited comments were actually mere corollary references to the President with little indication of illegality on his part.

The memos, available at The Federalist Pages Library, are part of the ongoing prosecutorial wrangling against Trump through his one-time associates Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen. In Cohen’s case, the two memos represent sentencing recommendations by the prosecutors from the Southern District of New York and Robert Mueller.

The federal prosecutors recommended “a substantial term of imprisonment” for Cohen while Mueller was much more cryptic stating only that the sentence should “reflect the fact that lying to federal investigators has real consequences, especially where the defendant lied to investigators about critical facts, in an investigation of national importance.”

But of more interest to the media were the comments implicating Cohen in Russian collusion or campaign finance violations on behalf of, or in coordination with, the President of the United States. And although the press is doing its best to spin the published comments, in point of fact, no such allegations were made.  

First, any objective analysis of these memos must acknowledge that neither refers to the actions of President Trump. They specifically discuss and detail the actions of Michael Cohen. In those instances where Trump is mentioned, the references are made solely with regard to the Cohen’s actions.

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The prosecutor’s memo spends some time discussing potential campaign financing violations by Candidate Trump from the standpoint of Michael Cohen. The allegations made regarding the President, if any, are actually those made by Cohen. In other words, there is no independent evidence presented that President Trump actually did anything wrong. There are contemporaneous comments made by Cohen where he claimed he was acting on behalf of candidate Trump and that he was facilitating Trump’s campaign, but these are hearsay comments made by a discredited party sounding like nothing more than boastful and hollow fluffery.

The references to potential Cohen participation in illegal campaign activity present no new insights or information regarding any potential violations on the part of Candidate Trump.

The memos spend a considerable time detailing the previously disclosed events surrounding alleged payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal. But the narrative provides no new details on the events nor does it provide any information regarding any orders from Candidate Trump. More importantly, the memo does nothing to address the issue of intent on the part of Candidate Trump, a necessary element in any case regarding campaign-finance violations.  Specifically, the memo does nothing to clarify whether Candidate Trump desired to silence the women to keep him from falling into a negative light with his wife and in his business dealings, or whether this was primarily a campaign concern as would be required in a successful prosecution of Trump.

The second issue discussed in the Mueller memo is Cohen’s involvement in Trump’s dealings with the Russians and the possibility of cooperation between the two in influencing the outcome of the presidential election. Here, the memos offered no evidence that such activities took place. As a matter of fact, they dealt only with Trump’s legal real estate dealings with Russian nationals.  

The Manafort memorandum is even less helpful to a potential case against President Trump because it is so heavily redacted. Just as in the Cohen memos, it does not provide allegations against Trump. Specifically, the memo makes the case that Manafort engaged in numerous lies after his plea agreement in 2018.

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Despite the paucity of information regarding the President and any wrongdoing on his part, the media are doing everything in their power to divine implications that simply do not exist.

CNN’s and The New York Times’ comments regarding the President having directed Cohen to commit election related crimes is simply not true. The claim comes from a sentence in the prosecutors’ memo detailing an admission by Cohen. Specifically, the memo says, “In Particular, and as Cohen himself has now admitted, with respect to both payments, he acted in coordination and at the direction of Individual 1.” (Individual 1 in the memo is Candidate Trump.)  

As is clearly evident, this sentence provides no independent evidence that President Trump actually directed the payments in question. Rather, it is merely a recitation of the claim made by the already discredited Michael Cohen. And even if Candidate Trump did direct the payments in question, one cannot conclude based on the information gathered, that the payments were illegal as CNN prematurely asserts.

The comment of “political synergy” alluded to by CNN is even more deceitful. This one comes from the Mueller memo describing a Russian national repeatedly offering Cohen the opportunity to arrange for “‘political synergy’ and ‘synergy on a government level,'” an invitation that Mueller specifies Cohen “never follow[ed] up on.”

In the end, the media’s enthusiasm over the contents of these memos is overplayed, once again demonstrating their zeal to go after the President no matter how fictitious an allegation may be. Although Friday’s claim by the President that he had been completely vindicated by the contents of the memos is overly enthusiastic, to say the least, the media’s claim that these memos contained anything threatening against the President is downright unfounded.

Once again, we will have to wait for the production of further documents on the part of federal prosecutors before a definitive conclusion can be made. But this much can be gleaned. With the information available, Mueller is no closer to establishing a case against Trump today, than he was one year ago.

Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. He is the author of The Federalist Pages and cohost of Right Talk America With Julio and Rod. Dr. Gonzalez is presently serving in the Florida House of Representatives. He can be reached through www.thefederalistpages.com to arrange a lecture or book signing.


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California’s Existential Threat: Ballot Harvesting Compounded By Illegals And Sanctuaries

Rod Thomson

Almost a year ago, I wrote an article under the headline, “California: A Growing Threat to the American Republic” which some people thought to be a bit of hyperbole, a bit over the top.

It was neither hyperbole nor over the top. As is becoming all too clear on a regular basis, the warning is being borne out. The latest step in this growing stampede to undermine America came with the revelation that a “barely noticed” California law allows what is euphemistically called “ballot harvesting” — but in practice throws the door wide open for what is better known as “ballot stuffing.”

This is the single biggest reason why every contested California Congressional race that Republicans won on election night — some by as much as 14 percentage points, a huge margin — were overturned during the next three to four weeks of continual ballot counting. It’s why solidly red Orange County, California flipped to totally blue. It’s why the Democrats went from picking up 26 seats on election night to 40 a month later. Almost all of those late-changing flips were in California.

And they were the direct result of ballot harvesting.

It’s worth noting that this bill — “passed as a barely noticed change in the state’s vote by mail procedures in 2016” — was all but ignored by the mainstream media. We needn’t wonder why. That cat is long out of the bag on media loyalties. But the Democrats who passed it sure noticed it and they trained their thousands of people to get out and start “harvesting.”

Orange County GOP chair Fred Whitaker wrote after the wave of overturned Republican victories:

‘The number of election day vote-by-mail drop-offs was unprecedented — over 250,000. This is a direct result of ballot harvesting,’ Whitaker wrote. ‘That directly caused the switch from being ahead on election night to losing two weeks later. … We have to develop a response to this new law that allows us to remain competitive while recognizing the realities of Republican voter attitudes towards handing over their ballot.’

Here’s how ballot harvesting works. The California law allows third parties to pick up ballots from Californians — going house to house for voters of their choice — and drop them off at polling places, theoretically on behalf of the voters. These third parties were not the local garden club or a civic association. They were trained Democratic operatives.

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The Daily Caller, which also has video evidence from Redstate of a Democrat going door to door to collect ballots long after the election, dug into this deeply corruptive law. They wrote:

As the polls closed on election day last month, six California Republican House candidates, including Representatives Dana Rohrabacher, Steve Knight, and Mimi Walters, were ahead in their respective races. However, as the absentee and provisional ballots rolled in over the intervening weeks, all six lost to their Democratic opponents.

The case of Korean-American GOP candidate Young Kim was one of the most prominent examples. On election night, Kim held an 8,000 vote lead over her Democratic opponent Gil Cisneros, and even attended freshman orientation in Washington, D.C. before watching her lead, and her victory, slowly evaporate over the subsequent weeks.

Her 8,000-vote lead represented 14 percentage points. She lost by a solid 4 percentage points to her male opponent. (Year of the woman, you know.) These were the results that caused Speaker Paul Ryan to tell Washington Post:

“California just defies logic to me…We were only down 26 seats the night of the election, and three weeks later, we lost basically every California contested race. This election system they have — I can’t begin to understand what ‘ballot harvesting’ is.”

It’s self-evident that this new practice of ballot harvesting is a prescription for fraud and abuse. It’s hard not to imagine that was part of the purpose for it, it’s just so obvious. Ballot harvesting is so infested with fraud that it is outright illegal in almost every state. A few states will actually put you in jail if you do it.

One of the army of workers Democrats recruited was a woman named  “Lulu,” who was captured on a home surveillance camera trying to “harvest” what she thought was a Democratic voter’s ballot in Rep. Knight’s district. Lulu told the people through the closed door that it’s a new service for “like, people who are supporting the Democratic Party.”

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The San Francisco Chronicle reported that 250,000 harvested ballots were used in Orange County alone. That totally explains the sweep. It also worked in making the two-thirds super-majority in the California Legislature a near “mega-majority” of three-quarters.

But this ballot harvesting is only the latest in a series of seemingly overt attempts to undermine democracy in California, which then affects the nation as a whole. Because it combines with the state’s open borders attitude and sanctuary state laws.

A year ago, we wrote:

California’s immigration intransigence and progressive disregard for the rule of law is making the nation’s largest state potentially an actual threat to the American Republic.

It’s not about their highest taxes in the nation, or their business-crushing regulations. Those mostly place heavy burdens and consequences on the citizens — well, maybe citizens — who vote into office such reckless progressive politicians.

No, it’s about two major directions the state is taking that are almost duty-bound to bring it into conflict with the republic, if there is the fortitude by the federal government and other states to force the issue.

The two primary issues are these:

Sanctuary for illegal immigrants

California started the sanctuary city lawlessness way back in 1971 in radicalized Berkeley and slowly more cities joined the subversion. But as of Jan. 1, 2018, the entire state of California is now a full-scale sanctuary locale. So no California state, California county or California city law enforcement officers can work with, cooperate with, or turn over known illegal immigrants to federal immigration officials — including illegal immigrants that commit crimes.

California leadership has learned nothing from the heinous case of Kate Steinle, who was shot to death in 2015 in San Francisco by an illegal immigrant who, instead of being turned over to federal agents requesting him, was set free and committed the crime. Apparently they see bigger plays at stake than simply protecting people.

But even that is no longer enough. Democratic state leadership is making it clear that not only will they protect and even promote the interests of illegal immigrants within their borders, they are threatening to prosecute Americans who help federal ICE agents enforce the actual law.

This is the governmental attitude that is a powerful part of the equation.

So California, home to at least 2.3 million illegal immigrants — or maybe twice that number, literally — is going to become home to an awful lot more. Once across the border into California, they are here to stay as long as they want. Further, California will graciously provide them schooling, medical care, other welfare benefits, and a driver’s license. Just slip in and head to the nearest California DMV office and you’re golden.

This marries into the next major direction that has the potential to cause even more disruption to the American republic.

Massive voting fraud opportunities for illegal immigrants

California is baking into its laws, regulations and governmental attitude the opportunity for literally millions of Mexican nationals and other non-American residents to be voting in American elections. This has probably already happened at least in some small ways. The problem is, we don’t really know.

Democratic leadership is doing it on purpose and with purpose. There is no other way to look at it. The supermajority Democratic California Assembly and Governor are actively working — sometimes in plain sight, sometimes in a more shadowy, Deep State sort of way — to subvert American elections.

Original reports from World Net Daily that California will automatically register illegals to vote beginning April 1 when they get a driver’s license appear to be exaggerated. However, state actions and judicial rulings are continuing apace to ensure that some, probably many and one day perhaps millions of illegal residents will be casting votes in California.

The single biggest legislative step is known as AB60, the 2015 legislation that allows illegal aliens to get a license in California. Of course, a license is a primary form of identification. That information doesn’t get forwarded to be automatically registered to vote unless they are U.S. citizens. But here is the key: They don’t have to prove it. Just claim it. Check a box or not check a box. Or possibly just not “opt out” as the paperwork requires them to do if they do not want to be registered.

“You’re setting the state up for a disaster. They don’t seem to have a process in place to verify that people are who they say they are. It’s a free-for-all, a process that can be manipulated,” said Catherine Engelbrecht, founder of True the Vote.

Constitutionalist KrisAnne Hall made the case last March that the states need to fight back against California. They have a right and a duty.

The Constitution is a legal contract between the States, specifically called a compact. This legal fact has been ignored for decades and has been subverted by deception and denial of testimony given by the drafters of the Constitution.

The federal government is the product of that compact, not a party to it. When a party of a contract is violating the terms of that contract it is not the responsibility of the product to seek remedy — it is the duty the parties to the contract to remedy.

California is a party to the Constitution with 49 other States. When California is creating laws establishing terms by which immigrants can obtain the benefits of citizenship, it is violating the terms of that agreement. In this situation, the injured parties are the other States, not the federal government. Therefore, it is incumbent upon those injured States to seek proper remedy and correction of California’s breach of contract.

Whether the states will or not is another question. It’s possible that President Trump will. Challenges in the courts will be in the Ninth Circuit, which is hopelessly politicized. They need to reach the Supreme Court. Because what California is doing cannot be allowed to stand.

Because it does not overstate it to say that voter fraud is being made “legal” in California, and that is an absolutely existential threat to America.

Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Rod is co-host of Right Talk America With Julio and Rod on the Salem Radio Network.


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Judge’s Ruling Adds Thousands More Votes In Florida Recount

Rod Thomson

In a victory for the campaign hopes of U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a federal judge has ordered all of Florida’s elections officials to give nearly 4,000 voters — or more maybe 7,000, no one is sure — whose ballots were rejected over mismatched signatures until Saturday to fix the problem and for their votes to count.

Judge Mark Walker ruled early today that apparently all of the state’s elections offices have wrongly, or unconstitutionally, applied the state law governing how voters can fix rejected signatures on absentee and provisional ballots. There were a known 3,700 ballots rejected in the Midterm election after canvassing boards determined that the signature on a mail-in or provisional ballot did not match the signature the state had on file for that voter.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s campaign sued last week to invalidate the signature rejection process, amid a series of lawsuits attempting to change Florida voting laws through the courts and push more votes into the final tallies.

Judge Walker issued a 34-page order granting a temporary injunction at the request of the Nelson campaign, and directed the state’s supervisors of elections to gives these voters until 5 p.m. Saturday to “cure” the problem.

The law had given voters had until the day before the election to fix the signature issue. So this ruling does change state law for this election, as it allows votes to be counted after the law said they cannot be.

If these are all Democrat votes, and most of them likely will be, they alone would not be enough to flip the two major elections. But they would get it closer.

In the Senate race, Republican Gov. Rick Scott is leading Nelson by 12,562 votes, or 0.15 percent. In the Governor’s race, Republican Ron DeSantis is up 0.41 percent, or 33,684 votes, on Democrat Andrew Gillum.

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However, and this is a really big caveat, it isn’t really known the total number of ballots that were rejected or mismatched signatures. Only 45 of Florida’s 67 counties had provided totals to the court on mismatched signatures during Walker’s hearing on the lawsuit last week. So it will likely be higher, but how much higher, no one knows. Some have predicted it could be 7,000.

Scott’s campaign is appealing Walker’s order. But that does not seem likely to change anything at this point.

Further, Judge Walker is scheduled to hear more lawsuits, including a challenge by Nelson to the state’s procedures for counting overvotes and undervotes. The Nelson campaign is confident they will close the gap through the overvote and undervote process, and more so if they can change the process.

The Nelson campaign is also suing to extend today’s deadline for Florida’s elections supervisors to get their recount totals to Tallahassee.

Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Rod is co-host of Right Talk America With Julio and Rod on the Salem Radio Network.


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Florida Media Is Adjusting Recount Expectations Downward

Rod Thomson

Several major Florida media outlets are running stories today explaining that the likelihood of the contentious Florida election recount changing the results of Tuesday’s elections are very small. That is good news for Republicans, bad news for Democrats, on a couple of fronts.

The state’s largest paper, the Tampa Bay Times, reported:

“…a recount that reverses an initial margin of more than a few hundred votes would be unprecedented in the recent history of American elections.

According to an analysis by the nonpartisan group FairVote, which advocates for electoral reforms that make it easier to vote, out of 4,687 statewide general elections between 2000 and 2016, just 26 went to a recount. Of those 26, just three recounts wound up changing the initial result of the race: The 2004 Washington governor’s race, the 2006 Vermont state auditor’s race and the 2008 Minnesota U.S. Senate race. The average swing in those three elections after the recounts? About 311 votes.”

The state’s second largest newspaper, the Miami Herald, ran essentially the same story and statistics. Expect more to follow.

Remember, Republican Gov. Rick Scott has a 12,500-vote lead over Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and Republican Congressman Ron DeSantis has a 34,000-vote lead over Democrat Andrew Gillum in the governor’s race after official tallies were in. While those are tiny leads in such a big state, they’re huge leads for a recount.

For a recount that does not find a major “error” or corrupted system (Broward County?) there is nothing remotely suggesting that this week’s recount will do more than change a few hundred votes. But even if it changes a few thousand votes, the results would still remain the same.

The difference between this time and 2000 in Florida — and the 2008 Minnesota race for U.S. Senator — is that the margins now are much larger and there are no more votes being added to the total. The uproar raised by Republicans and Republican lawyers to stop Broward and Palm Beach counties from continuing to “find” votes well past the legal deadline were successful in both the courts and the eyes of the public.

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So unless some court wrangling and a liberal judge allows Broward to manufacture some more Democrat votes — yes, that sounds cynical but it’s pretty hard not to be — then these are the vote totals. The recount will just find anomalies.

That’s why Gillum was in church Sunday politicking away and demanding every vote be counted, because he knows without more votes added to the total, the recount won’t give him the election.

The fact that the media is running these stories this Monday morning is also an important sign. Their readership is heavily Democratic for obvious reasons, and this acts to adjust expectations as those reporters who actually understand Florida voting laws and history realize the chances of changing the outcome of the two big races are very tiny.

If the recount does maintain these results, the left will still fly into hysterics and rage and march and protest and generally throw a tantrum. But they’ve been doing that almost every day since Donald Trump was elected president anyway.

Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Rod is co-host of Right Talk America With Julio and Rod on the Salem Radio Network.


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RECOUNT DRAMA: Broward Supervisor Mixed Rejected And Valid Ballots

Rod Thomson

In a twist almost too incredible to believe, Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes late Friday mixed rejected ballots with valid ballots and no one, on either side of the races, has any idea what to do about it. Apparently, there is no controlling statute.

The numbers are not large. Apparently there are about 20 rejected provisional ballots that were mixed in with 205 valid provisional ballots. But considering the level of corruption and mistakes, one begins to wonder if any of the election results out of Broward can be trusted.

The media are calling it “accidental” and a “mistake,” and it may be in this case just gross incompetence on the part of Snipes. But she has such a long history of violating election laws while continuing to be re-elected in Broward, it’s difficult not to be suspicious of this particularly when she intended to do it in secret and this was only found out after Republican lawyers forced her to do it publicly.

Republican Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Mike Bennett has seen too much of Snipes’ shenanigans over the years. “She has never run a good election,” he diplomatically told SRQ Magazine.

The problem is Snipes’ history. The Miami Herald published a story Nov. 2 on the terrible history of Broward and Snipes, in the lead-up to the Midterm elections:

“Following a court ruling in May that Broward Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes had illegally destroyed ballots from a 2016 congressional race, the governor’s office announced the Florida Department of State would send election experts to Snipes’ office during this year’s election “to ensure that all laws are followed” and “to observe the administration of the election.”

Even beyond her own reprimand for authorizing the destruction of ballots, Snipes cannot deny the department’s patchy track record. In 2016, early voting results for Broward were posted a half hour before polls closed, in violation of election law. Her office was sued unsuccessfully because a constitutional amendment was missing from some mail-in ballots…On multiple occasions, there have been problems with printing mail ballots. And in the August primaries, Broward was the last county to post election results. The department cited reasons from unexpected recounts, delayed jump drive delivery — rumor was they were temporarily lost — to a late influx of mail-in ballots that were still being counted the next day, leaving the results of several races unclear.”

Further, as Marc Caputo reported in Politico in August, just before the Florida primaries, that a court handed down an injunction that “prevents Broward County Election Supervisor Brenda Snipes from opening the mail-in ballots in secret or before the county’s three-member Canvassing Board meets to determine the ballots’ validity. The board can begin meeting Monday to handle absentee ballots, more than 75,000 of which have been cast in Broward ahead of the Aug. 28 primaries.”[emphasis added]

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Now in this election, four days after polls closed, it is not clear Broward or Snipes have any idea what is going on. She does not know know how many ballots are left to be counted; she did not report hourly or regularly as required; she has several times since the election dumped thousands of additional votes late at night that benefited Democrats.

As Sen. Marco Rubio tweeted: “A U.S. Senate seat & a statewide cabinet officer are now potentially in the hands of an elections supervisor with a history of incompetence & of blatant violations of state & federal laws.”

That is a factual statement. So this last “mistake” could be just the rampant incompetence that is part of Snipes’ office. Or it could be more of the illegalities that also are part of Snipes’ office.

The mixing of the ballots was discovered after Snipes was forced to present 205 provisional ballots to the Broward County canvassing board for inspection. She had originally planned to handle the ballots administratively (presumably, in secret again) but agreed to present them to the canvassing board after Republican attorneys objected.

“We have found no clear authority controlling the situation faced by the board,” said Broward County Attorney Andrew Meyers.

Broward County received more than 600 provisional ballots by the end of Nov. 6. The vast majority were declared invalid by the county’s canvassing board for causes such as registering to vote too late, previously voting, voting at the wrong precinct and so on.

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But a couple hundred provisional ballots were held in limbo because of what appeared to be technical snafus in the precinct ID system. On Election Day, Broward opened and removed those 205 anonymous ballots from their signed envelopes and counted them. Snipes was not originally going to have the canvassing board review those. But challenges from lawyers for the Republican Party forced her to give them to the board. Of course, they had already been opened, which makes their legitimacy more questionable.

About 20 of those ballots were declared illegal (that is the correct term by law) because they had mismatched signatures. But then they were mixed into the anonymous pile of 205 that had been declared valid.

“The ballots cannot be identified,” Snipes said after a Republican Party lawyer asked.

Republican Party lawyers immediately pressed Snipes about what she intended to do with those 205 votes, and if they’d be counted, which she refused to answer. Lawyers on neither side can find a controlling statute for this situation.

Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Rod is co-host of Right Talk America With Julio and Rod on the Salem Radio Network.


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UPDATED: The Latest On The Florida Recount Furor

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LATEST UPDATE — Saturday, 11/17/18 — 12:46 p.m.

Broward screws it up yet again, mixing ballots a different way!

On the second day of manual recounts in the Central Incompetence Zone known as Broward County, everything came to a halt this morning when lawyers from both parties — not election officials, but lawyers observing it — were mixing overvote and undervote ballots from the U.S. Senate race and the Agriculture Commissioner race.

Simply astonishing.

The manual recount started Friday when hundreds of trained volunteers sorted through about 32,000 undervotes and overvotes in the Senate race between Gov. Rick Scott and incumbent Bill Nelson. Today, volunteers began sorting through about 22,000 undervotes and overvotes for the Florida Commissioner of Agriculture race.

Republican and Democratic lawyers observing the recount found that some of the 10,000 overlapping ballots — supposedly overvotes or undervotes in both races — were clearly marked in the agriculture race.

“It appears there may have been some envelopes from yesterday mixed in,” Broward Canvassing Board Judge Deborah Carpenter-Toye told the Miami Herald.

Republican lawyer Joe Goldstein requested a recount of Saturday’s manual recount  — oy! — so the wrong ballots could be sorted out. But the canvassing board chose to continue counting and instead have volunteers identify incorrect ballots for removal. 

The voting was done by 9:30 a.m., but ballots still need to be certified by the canvassing board.

 

EARLIER…

Fewer vote totals after machine recounts

Former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris, who was made nationally famous during the 2000 Florida presidential recount, made a pretty good point on my show last night on Salem’s AM 860 The Answer in Tampa: Florida is a purple state and is always going to have close elections, sometimes razor close, in statewide contests.

It’s true. And that mean any little wobbles in voting that would go unremarked in other states with broad margins become the focus of intense scrutiny and publicity.

Of course we all know about George W. Bush and Al Gore in 2000. But also Gov. Rick Scott won both of his elections for governor by a percentage point. It’s just common. And that, Harris said, means that all the little hiccups that happen routinely in elections become greatly magnified because of the tightness of races. She pointed out that elections offices across the country have anomalies and problems in voting, but it never rises to be a big deal when the margins aren’t close.

And so all the various oddities happening in the Florida recount are greatly magnified due to the importance of every vote. (This excepts Broward County, which is clearly incompetent and possibly corrupt outside the realm of the others.)

One of those oddities yesterday was that some of Florida’s largest counties ended up with fewer votes after the mandate machine recount than before it.

The final recount in Hillsborough County, where Tampa is, was 846 votes fewer than last Saturday’s total. Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer said that his office dealt with two power outages during the counting on Wednesday and, a la Palm Beach County, lost a voting machine.

But Latimer said he simply did not know whether either of those problems, or human error, contributed to the drop in votes counted.

Broward reported 3,500 fewer votes in the Senate race than it did Saturday, but those were not official as the county missed the deadline and so their original totals were uses in the statewide tally.

Again, a reduction of 800 votes in a county of 1.3 million people would only be a curiousity for geeky elections officials in a race with a wide or clear margin.. But that’s not the case here.

Final results for the Senate race will be Sunday, as no deadline extension has been granted.

 

Thursday, 11/15/18 — 10:14 p.m.

Manual recount under way for Senate race; DeSantis is Governor-elect

For the first time in Florida history, a statewide hand recount is now under way to determine the winner of the U.S. Senate seat currently occupied by Bill Nelson as the machine recount that concluded this afternoon changed almost nothing. The worry that more Democrat votes would materialize has been assuaged, at least so far.

And the race for governor is over — unless of course there are more lawsuits and Judge Mark Walker decides to unilaterally change Florida election laws again.

The five-day machine recount of more than 8.3 million Floridian votes cast in the midterm elections resulted in very little change in the overall vote totals. Because Gov. Rick Scott has less than a 0.25 percent lead over Nelson, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner ordered hand recounts Thursday afternoon, as state law requires, along with a hand recount of the race for agriculture commissioner between Nicole “Nikki” Fried and Matt Caldwell.

The manual recount provides three days for each county’s canvassing board to review thousands of ballots that were rejected by machines because of “overvotes,” when a voter appears to choose more than one candidate in a race, or “undervotes,” in which a voter appears to have not voted in race.

The canvassing boards, which are made up of one judge, one county commissioner and the supervisor of elections, will try to determine how these voters intended to vote. The finals will be certified by Sunday. Judge Walker has rejected a request for that extension.

In the race for governor, the machine recount kept the margin the same, well outside the 0.25 that would trigger the hand recount, meaning that Republican Congressman Ron DeSantis is officially the governor-elect.

DeSantis issued a statement that was a reiteration of his acceptance speech on election night. “I remain humbled by your support and the great honor the people of Florida have shown me as I prepare to serve as your next governor,” he said, adding that the campaigning must “give way to governing and bringing people together to secure Florida’s future.”

However, Gillum had revoked his election night concession and has chosen not to yet today. More lawsuits are always a possibility.

 

Thursday, 11/15/18 — 3:16 p.m.

Nelson sues to block votes in hurricane-ravaged Bay County from counting

The machine gun spray of lawsuits being filed by Sen. Bill Nelson to try to turn a loss in the election into a win in the courts has added one more that may become infamous.

The Democratic incumbent for the U.S. Senate is suing Bay County Supervisor of Elections Mark Andersen to stop any ballots received via email or fax from being counted.

The supervisor told the Herald/Times Monday that 158 such ballots were accepted, though state laws do not allow emailed ballots, and faxing in ballots is only permitted for military and voters overseas.

Bay County remains devastated by Hurricane Michael that blew through about a month ago, with places such as Mexico Beach erased from the map and Panama City and others severely damaged. Thousands of people lost their homes and are displaced. Dozens of polling places were destroyed. Nelson doesn’t think there should be any extenuating circumstances for them, presumably because it is a heavily Republican county.

 

EARLIER…

Thursday, 11/15/18 — 8:46 a.m.

Federal Judge extends time to fix ballots

A federal judge has ordered all of Florida’s elections officials to give nearly 4,000voters whose ballots were rejected over mismatched signatures more time to fix the problem and for their votes to count.

Judge Mark Walker ruled early today that apparently all of the state’s elections offices have wrongly applied the law that lays out how voters can fix rejected signatures on absentee and provisional ballots. There were more than 3,700 ballots rejected in the Midterm election after canvassing boards determined that the signature on a mail-in or provisional ballot did not match the signature the state had on file for that voter.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s campaign sued last week to invalidate the signature rejection process.

Judge Walker issued a 34-page order granting a temporary injunction at the request of the Nelson campaign, and directed the state’s supervisors of elections to gives these voters until 5 p.m. Saturday to “cure” the problem. The law had given voters had until the day before the election to fix the signature issue.

If these are all Democrat votes, and most of them likely will be, they alone would not be enough to flip the two major elections. But they would get it closer.

In the Senate race, Republican Gov. Rick Scott is leading Nelson by 12,562 votes, or 0.15 percent. In the Governor’s race, Republican Ron DeSantis is up 0.41 percent, or 33,684 votes, on Democrat Andrew Gillum.

 

Wednesday, 11/14/18 — 10:15 a.m.

Republican lawyers are killing it in election recount

Jim Bonfiglio, a Democratic attorney and state House candidate, filed a lawsuit Monday after losing to a Republican candidate for a Palm Beach County state House seat by 37 votes, requesting an extension of the ballot counting in Palm Beach County.

Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers in Tallahassee Jim Bonfiglio during a telephone conference Tuesday that she would grant the extension.

But Republicans got wind of it and before Gievers could issue her decision in writing, attorneys for Secretary of State Ken Detzner filed a notice to move the case to federal court. That removed it from Gievers’ jurisdiction. The Republican notice was was filed two hours before Gievers’ order was issued — rendering it moot.

“She was writing the order when the removal petition was filed. Since the order was not put in writing, it was not effective,” Bonfiglio admitted.

U.S. District Judge Mark Walker has now ordered attorneys for Detzler to submit briefs for their argument that the extension should not be granted by 5 p.m. Wednesday.

 

Tuesday, 11/13/18 — 11:31 p.m.

Florida’s largest county, Miami-Dade, finished recounting its more than 800,000 ballots this evening at 8:12 p.m., with plenty of cushion ahead of Wednesday’s noon deadline.

However, one county north, Broward, the state’s second-largest county had only just begun its recount this morning. The Supervisor of Elections, who seems to be equal parts corruption and incompetence, said she was confident that Broward would meet the deadline and have the results in to Tallahassee by 3 p.m. Thursday.

Count us as skeptical, considering Broward’s universally awful track record in elections.

But never fear, if Broward pulls off a miracle and makes the deadline, one more county north, Palm Beach, has all but guaranteed that it will not. 

The county’s 10-year-old ballot-counting machines overheated today, spitting out incorrect totals. That forced election officials to restart their recount of about 175,000 early votes, supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher said tonight. Palm Beach has flown in mechanics to repair the machines.

The overheated machines have resulted in the loss of more than a day’s work, and Bucher said her office won’t make the 3 p.m. Thursday deadline.

Meanwhile, Gov. Scott is suing the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections for not allowing elections observers to be room where recounts are taking place. The observers are being forced to watch the recounts from an adjacent room through a window, and not able to hear election workers.

Lawyers for Scott and the National Republican Senatorial Committee say that’s a violation of state law.

 

Tuesday, 11/13/18 — 1:28 p.m.

As the election recounts continue across Florida, it looks like two statewide races — for U.S. Senate and agriculture commissioner — will end up heading to a manual recount of tens of thousands of ballots by Friday. The race for governor is not expected to tighten enough to trigger a manual recount.

Of course, the race for the Senate seat has the country’s attention.

The Miami Herald and Tampa Bay Times teamed up to confirm at least 33,000 votes will likely need to be manually recounted in the U.S. Senate race between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and incumbent Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson (plus 113,600 in the race between Republican Matt Caldwell and Democrat Nicole “Nikki” Fried for commissioner of agriculture.)

Those numbers are expected to rise based on preliminary data compiled by the newspapers’ team. “Comparing the number of votes in each race with the number of total ballots cast, there could be more than 125,000 overvotes and undervotes in the Senate race and more than 225,000 in the commissioner of agriculture race,” the papers reported.

Final official results need to be turned in by noon Sunday — not that Broward or Palm Beach will likely make any deadline.

An overvote is when a voter marks two candidates in one race while an undervote is when a voter leaves a race blank. Undervotes are not uncommon. On those ballots, hand recounts of just those ballots are meant to ensure there were no machine errors in reading votes.

By Florida state law, once the machine vote is done Thursday, a manual recount would be triggered if the number of overvotes and undervotes is greater than the number of votes separating the two leading candidates. Basically, if those all broke one way to the losing candidate. 

The newspapers have determined that this is almost certain in the Senate race, where Scott is leading Nelson by 12,562 votes, or 0.15 percent. The race for governor is not likely to get a manual recount as Republican Ron DeSantis is up 0.41 percent, or 33,684 votes, on Democrat Andrew Gillum.

 

Monday, 11/12/18 — 9:48 p.m.

And now for something totally different: Broward County continues to screw things up and be a national embarrassment to Florida and a laughing stock for the nation.

While the deadline is 3 p.m. Thursday for all counties to report in their machine recount results, Broward is still sorting the first page from ballots and has not started recounting them. FYI, Broward is the most dominant Democratic county in Florida. Palm Beach County, which started recounting votes Saturday afternoon, is warning that they may miss the deadline, according to the Supervisor of Elections. FYI, Palm Beach is the second most dominant Democratic county in Florida.

Meanwhile other counties are plugging away. Miami-Dade, which is the largest county in Florida is half way through its recount.

Keystone Cops Broward officials said the page sorting process may not be over until Tuesday morning.

“They will not be completed with separating until late tonight or early tomorrow morning,” said Judge Deborah Carpenter-Toye, a member of the Broward canvassing board, told the Miami Herald.

In other developments this evening, a judge said he could find no evidence for the improper activities that would justify impounding Broward’s voting machines, Rick Scott on Monday dropped his motion to do so. Sure seems like there are grounds considering the number of irregularities and violations of state law, but surely the Broward judge knows best.

 

Monday, 11/12/18 — 10:16 a.m.

Several Florida media outlets are running stories today explaining that the likelihood of a recount changing the results of the elections are very small.

For instance, the state’s largest paper, the Tampa Bay Times, reported:

“…a recount that reverses an initial margin of more than a few hundred votes would be unprecedented in the recent history of American elections.

According to an analysis by the nonpartisan group FairVote, which advocates for electoral reforms that make it easier to vote, out of 4,687 statewide general elections between 2000 and 2016, just 26 went to a recount. Of those 26, just three recounts wound up changing the initial result of the race: The 2004 Washington governor’s race, the 2006 Vermont state auditor’s race and the 2008 Minnesota U.S. Senate race. The average swing in those three elections after the recounts? About 311 votes.”

The Miami Herald ran a similar story.

Remember, Republican Gov. Rick Scott has a 12,500-vote lead over Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and Republican Congressman Ron DeSantis has a 34,000-vote lead over Democrat Andrew Gillum in the governor’s race.

So, expectations…

 

EARLIER…

Sunday, 11/11/18 — 8:09 p.m.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has sent a stinging letter to the Florida State Police regarding their unwillingness to open an official investigation into the claims and evidences of voter fraud from multiple sources in the U.S. Senate race between Gov. Rick Scott and Sen. Bill Nelson.

In the letter embedded below to Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Rick Swearingen, Bondi wrote that she was “deeply troubled” that Swearingen had not opened an investigation, despite the bevy of claims from candidates for office, members of the media and the actual actions of the Broward and Palm Beach supervisors of elections.

“I am directing you to take the necessary steps to promote public safety and to assure that our state will guarantee integrity in our election process,” Bondi wrote. “Your duty to investigate this matter is clear.”

Swearingen has not investigated because workers from the Florida Secretary of State’s office who are observing the election in Broward County have not reported seeing fraud. But of course, they have not observed everything that has happened.

Bondi focused in on what she clearly considers other specious reasoning for not investigating.

“It is troubling your agency stated that a complaint by a candidate, government official or elections officer was not put in writing and therefore the failure to reduce a request to writing is a legitimate reason for refusing to investigate,” she wrote. “Regardless of who the complainant is, I expect any responsible law enforcement agency, and certainly the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, to evaluate the credibility of the source who made the verbal request, gather facts, and conduct an inquiry rather than simply citing the lack of piece of paper.”

She bullet-pointed three sources of information, any one of which should result in an investigation, and continued to push the FDLE to do its job.

“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.”

Here is AG Bondi’s full letter:

 

Sunday, 11/11/18 — 11:43 a.m.

The Broward County Keystone Cops continue to blunder forward with their astounding incompetence — this time, probably just gross unfitness for the job.

The county that has royally screwed up all of Florida in super tight Midterm elections through doses of ineptitude and probable corruption, did not get its simple machine count process under way until 11 a.m. today — four hours past their own extended goal because of a series of what are being called “glitches” in the counting machines.

Before starting the recount, the counting machines run a series of tests called “logic and accuracy” to ensure the 10 machines were starting from zero and recording ballots accurately. Well, they failed three times in a row, and apparently for different reasons while attorneys at officials for both parties got increasingly antsy.

So that’s just awesome.

Were these glitches in effect when the original counting was done? Who knows. Can we really trust the counts now? Who knows. It’s Broward, laughing stock of the country — unfortunately at a time of deadly seriousness.

Under Florida law, the state’s 67 counties have five days to recount about 8.2 million ballots that were cast over a month, culminating in Tuesday’s midterms. If a race result is found to be within 0.25 percent, then a manual recount must be done. No one wants to go through that. But it looks like it will be the case at least for the U.S. Senate seat, maybe more. 

 

Saturday, 11/10/18 — 10:42 p.m.

While Miami-Dade is recounting its 813,000 ballots with the rest of Florida, triggered by the three races that were within 0.5 percent in the final tallies (sort of final because Broward is still part of the state) the ballots that Democratic activists were up in chants about at the Opa-locka mail sorting facility arrived at Miami-Dade’s elections office. There were 266 total and they will not be counted.

The reason is simple and legal: Florida law stipulates that only mail-in ballots that arrive by the time polls close at 7 p.m. on Election Day may be counted towards the election results. Miami-Dade received 15,000 mail-in ballots on Tuesday while voting was under way, and those were added to the county’s total of more than 813,000 votes. But all the ballots received after that will not. And that is a lot more than the activists got all fired up about at the mail facility.

And here were the last official numbers Saturday before the recount began:

Republican Congressman Ron DeSantis led Democrat Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum in the race for governor by 0.41 percent (33,684 votes). Republican Gov. Rick Scott led Democrat sen. Bill Nelson in the Senate race by 0.15 percent (12,562). Democrat Nikki Fried led Republican Matt Caldwell in the agriculture commissioner race by 0.18 percent (5,326 votes).

 

Saturday, 11/10/18 — 6:09 p.m. 

On election day, Democrat Nikki Fried lost in a very close race to Republican Matt Caldwell for the Florida Cabinet office of agriculture commissioner. But after Broward’s rounds of late — illegally late — vote tallies, she is now ahead by 5,326 votes,

So in a display of dizzying chutzpah, she has claimed victory and started working on a transition team — before the recount…in a race where she is ahead by six-one-hundredths of one percent (0.06). That’s a problem for a few reasons. Of course the closeness, but also the reality that the most recent tallies do not include the overseas votes, which are primarily military and those tend to skew heavily Republican.

Now the mischief in Broward may still cancel those out, but it’s worth noting that all things being equal at this point, the likelihood of her not losing votes in the recount including military ballots is thin.

 

Saturday, 11/10/18 — 5:55 p.m. 

The official recount is underway, and we’ll see if the re-writing of Florida’s election laws after the disastrous 2000 presidential election has created the smoother process that was promised.

Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner called for automatic machine recounts in races for U.S. Senate, governor and agriculture commissioner this afternoon after receiving unofficial vote counts.

This was mandatory. Statewide contests decided by less than a half a percentage point must go through a machine recount — everything is fed back through the machines. This is the case for the races between Gov. Rick Scott and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson; Congressman Ron DeSantis and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum; and Matt Caldwell and Nikki Fried.

If after this, the vote is less than one-quarter of one percentage point, then by law the vote must go to a manual recount, which opens the door for the incompetence and mischief of Broward and Pam Beach counties. It looks like the Scott-Nelson race will likely qualify for that.

 

Saturday, 11/10/18 — 10:25 a.m. 

The recount drama has now expanded to the the U.S. Postal Service.

The USPS is investigating its handling of absentee ballots mailed through a sorting facility in Opa-locka — which is located in Miami-Dade County, just south of Broward County — to “verify that all ballots have been handled in accordance to USPS service standards.”

A group of liberal activists protested outside the federal building, claiming possible voter suppression and sharing photographs they claimed showed scores of uncounted ballots sitting inside the facility’s mail room, according to the Miami Herald.

“At this time, we have no information to suggest any ballots were not properly handled and provided to local election officials, per our established process,” said Debra J. Fetterly, a USPS spokesperson with the South Florida District.

“What we are demanding is some transparency,” said Caroline Thompson of the Advancement Project, a civil rights organization. “Voters deserve to know if their ballots are sitting in a mailing facility.”

But apparently these were ballots that were postmarked after Election Day, and thus not legally eligible to be counted. Democratic Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, whose district includes Opa-locka facility, confirmed that postal officials told her the ballots left behind were postmarked after Nov. 6 — Election Day.

According to the Florida Division of Elections, absentee ballots must be received by the Supervisor of Elections office no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day. A 10-day extension is offered only for overseas voters, primarily members of the military.

 

Friday, 11/09/18 — 8 p.m. 

Gov. Rick Scott has won the first round in the process battle.

In Palm Beach County, a Circuit Court Judge granted the Scott team’s request for an injunction and ordered the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections to submit “overvoted” and “undervoted” absentee ballots to the Palm Beach County Canvassing Board for an open and public review of each vote before they are counted.

In Broward County, a judge ordered Broward County Supervisor of ElectionsBrenda Snipes to allow immediate inspection of voter records after an emergency hearing prompted by Scott’s legal team. The Judge said the Supervisor must allow inspections by 7 p.m. Friday evening.

And another lawsuit has been filed by Rep. Matt Caldwell, the Republican candidate for commissioner of agriculture and consumer services, who had apparently won on election night but now is behind. 

Caldwell’s lawsuit asks the court to determine if Snipes, the Broward County supervisor of elections, “illegally included ballots after polls closed” Nov. 6. His campaign also filed a public records request for all vote count communications and emails between Snipes, her team and anyone else regarding ballot counting.

And hundreds of protesters gathered outside the Broward County elections headquarters, calling for Snipes to be locked up. Snipes office called Lauderhill police to provide protection, although it was not clear such a step was necessary.

 

Friday, 11/09/18 — 12:30 p.m. Original Story

Well, Broward and Palm Beach counties have screwed up another national election. It cannot be emphasized enough that these are the two most heavily Democratic counties in Florida, and before this election, they were known for incompetence and, particularly in Broward, for corruption.

So those of us who have lived in Florida a long time recognize this pattern of recount corruption. Nonetheless, this time we have a Governor who will come out firing and already has filed a lawsuit against Broward and directed the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate the county elections office. And it goes without saying, yet we will say, we have a President who is more than willing to enter the fray and fight back.

Neither of these leaders existed in the infamous 2000 Florida presidential recount, which absolutely would have eventually gone to Al Gore if the U.S. Supreme Court had not stepped in and said, “Enough!” Remember, Palm Beach was the “hanging chads” county and they would have continued to keep “finding” more Democrat votes.

With that context in mind, The Revolutionary Act will be keeping a running update of the recount shenanigans that will have national implications.

 

Current Tallies

Republican Gov. Rick Scott leads Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in the U.S. Senate race by 0.18 percent, about 15,000 votes — down from the 70,000 on election night.

Republican Congressman Ron DeSantis leads Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum by 0.44 percent,, about 36,000 votes.

The Democratic voting “indiscretions” have already flipped one statewide Florida race to a Democrat. Nikki Fried now has a lead of 0.04 percent over Republican Matt Caldwell for the Cabinet post of agriculture commissioner. That’s 2,915 votes. But we all know it will only grow for the Democrat. Caldwell had won that race on election night.

 

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Gov. Rick Scott

Scott has accused Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes and Palm Beach Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher of trying to steal the election — and not without merit.

Snipes has a long and well reported history of violating election laws, the last time being when she destroyed ballots too soon in the re-election of Debbie Wasserman-Schulze in 2016. Scott has ordered the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate Snipes.

Scott has the authority to suspend Snipes and/or Bucher from office. To do so, he must cite evidence of malfeasance, misfeasance, neglect of duty or incompetence. It seems there is prima facia evidence for incompetence. If he does that, he can then appoint an interim elections supervisor.

Scott has filed suit against Snipes, alleging noncompliance with Florida’s Public Records Act by not allowing the inspection of the ballots as required under law. “The allegations are part of what appears to be a broader array of inconsistencies in vote counting,” writes Julio Gonzalez at the Federalist Pages.

“It has been over 48 hours since the polls closed” and ballots are still being “found” in Broward and Palm Beach, Scott said. “The people of Florida deserve fairness and transparency” and Floridians should be very worried about “rampant fraud” in Tuesday’s elections.

Later in the evening, Scott announced the lawsuit: “I will not sit idly by while unethical liberals try to steal this election.”

 

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Sen. Marco Rubio

The Senator not known as a bomb-thrower has gone on a tear on the recount fiasco, and its refreshing. This is a little like when Sen. Lindsey Graham went off during the Judge Kavanaugh hearings. Even mild-mannered Republicans have really begun to have enough of what Democrats are doing and the anger and frustration is rising.

Rubio tweeted out a series of pieces of evidence that essentially makes the case that Snipes held back votes in some reserve method to pull out in case of a recount. It’s pretty incendiary, but also pretty compelling.

Here’s the full tweet storm:

“Long but IMPORTANT THREAT ON ELECTIONS IN #FLORIDA.

#BayCounty was hit by a Cat 4 Hurricane just 4 weeks ago,yet managed to count votes & submit timely results.

Yet over 41 hours after polls closed #Broward elections office is still counting votes?  

#Broward supervisor:
– says she doesn’t know how many ballots are left to be counted; &
– Isn’t reporting hourly or regularly,but rather releasing thousands of additional votes,often in the overnight hours,that are chipping away at GOP leads

#Broward elections department has a history of violating the law:

A court found they improperly handled votes by mail:
https://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2018/08/13/judge-sides-with-florida-gop-in-absentee-ballot-dispute-with-broward-county-555553 …

Court found they destroyed ballots in 2016 in violation of state & federal law:
https://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2018/05/14/florida-to-monitor-broward-election-chief-after-judge-finds-unlawful-ballot-destruction-in-wasserman-schultz-race-415832 …

Now democrat lawyers are descending on #Florida. They have been very clear they aren’t here to make sure every vote is counted.

– They are here to change the results of election; &
#Broward is where they plan to do it.


A U.S. Senate seat & a statewide cabinet officer are now potentially in the hands of an elections supervisor with a history of incompetence & of blatant violations of state & federal laws.
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/broward/article220841135.html

#Broward election supervisors ongoing violation of #Florida law requiring timely reporting isn’t just annoying incompetence. It has opened the door for lawyers to come here & try to steal a seat in the U.S. Senate & Florida”

 

President Trump

Shortly after Scott announced his lawsuit, the President took to Twitter, condemning what he called a “big corruption scandal” brewing in Broward County, adding, “Florida voted for Rick Scott!”

 

Other State Leaders

Florida’s Republican House Speaker-designate Jose R. Oliva released this statement:

” I fully support and commend the Governor for directing FDLE to investigate. The power of the vote is only as strong as the trust in the count. With each new ballot ‘found’ that trust erodes.”

This is a long way from being resolved. Recounted ballots can be sent to the Florida Department of Elections beginning today (Friday.)

But if history is any guide, Broward and Palm Beach will keep “counting” long after today and keep finding more Democrat votes.

Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Rod is co-host of Right Talk America With Julio and Rod on the Salem Radio Network.


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The Question Before Us Today

by Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.

Once again, we find ourselves at a midterm election, and once again, the nation is at an impasse. Essentially we are confronted with a referendum on two alternative and incompatible visions for the future of our nation.

On the one hand, we have the followers of Donald Trump who share a vision for the country. Take away what you feel about Donald Trump himself, his tweets, his comments…his quips. The fact is that certain people placed him in power, and those people believe in certain things. If you support Donald Trump or the candidates in his camp, you are supporting the aspirations and dreams of this group of Americans.

These are people who believe that the United States is the greatest country in the world. They believe this status carries with it certain responsibilities. Those include an affirmative leadership role globally.

They also believe the United States is truly exceptional, not because of a shared ethnicity since the country certainly does not have that, but because of a certain set of circumstances that made this country an exception to all others. They believe it is the human spirit that drives greatness, freedom, and success. They believe that the more government gets the hell out of the people’s lives, the better off the people are, and the better off the government and the nation is.

The great flag bearers of this philosophy today are people like, Mark Levin, John Bolton, Rush Limbaugh, and Ben Shapiro.

On the other side, we have the followers of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. Once again, remove from the analysis whatever feelings you may have towards Sanders or Clinton. Instead, think of the things the people who put them in positions of authority believe. These folks are not the Democrats of old. They are not the people who, like John F. Kennedy, asked not what their country could do for them, but what they could do for their country. These people are totally different.

They don’t believe that there are problems plaguing the nation. Rather, they believe the country is the problem. They believe the United States is the great promoter of injustice. This is because they think America is a flawed state; from its inception.

They believe that the United States is the greatest fomenter of evil in the world today. They believe that so many of the world’s injustices; poverty, famine, disease, and even the future decline in the health of the planet itself, is to a great extent the result of the presence and actions of the United States. They believe that because the United States has achieved a certain amount of stability and wealth, it must now give most of it up to the rest of the world.

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The people in this camp believe it is appropriate to suspend due process because of the many injustices the United States has itself perpetrated in the past. They believe in socialism, wealth distribution, and in the inherent evil of their opponents. They believe that each and every one of you is responsible for the health of all those around you, and you should pay for it.

They believe that every majority group is inherently hateful, or at least unjust, towards every minority. For this reason, they claim others are racist, sexist, misogynistic, homophobic, anti-semitic haters.

This group’s flag bearers are Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Joaquin Castro, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, and Mazie Hirono, and George Soros.

And there you have it; the two directions being offered to the American public.

Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a stark dichotomy between the two groups hoping to lead our country, and today, each group is asking you to help it take the nation in the direction it believes is better for the nation and the world. Each is trying to convince you that theirs is the better way.

The question you need to answer is which vision do you believe is better?  Your response is fundamentally important to our nation’s future.

Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. He is the author of The Federalist Pages and cohost of Right Talk America With Julio and Rod. Dr. Gonzalez is presently serving in the Florida House of Representatives. He can be reached through www.thefederalistpages.com to arrange a lecture or book signing.


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