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Palm Beach Post: Did missing South Florida absentee ballots turn the tide?


State elections data indicate hundreds of thousands of absentee ballots mailed out were not returned, more than enough to have made the difference in Florida’s 2018 midterm election, where margins were so slender the governor’s and senator’s races are headed for recounts.

The number of absentee ballots not returned was much higher than in the 2014 or 2016 general elections. And the data show that played to the benefit of Republican candidates, especially in heavily Democratic Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

In those South Florida counties, 174,649 ballots sent to Democrats weren’t returned. That’s 91,038 more than those not returned by Republicans. The three counties accounted for 86 percent of the statewide gap of 105,283 between Democratic and Republican vote-by-mail ballots not returned.

In thousands of cases, the data show, county election supervisors didn’t send out requested ballots until after the legal cut-off, Oct. 31. They went out so close to Election Day it’s doubtful they could be returned in time to be counted, or to have problems sorted out, said Daniel Smith, chairman of University of Florida’s political science department, who specializes in absentee ballot analysis.

Now why is Rick Scott and the Republicans acting so crazy about looking @ the vote in FL?

Rick Scott's campaign announces three more election lawsuits


It might be because they know what they did and what would be found out about them.

Thanx to DUer DetlefK for posting this


Thousands of absentee-ballots discovered in postal facility, declared invalid.


An anonymous tip led to the discovery of “scores” of absentee ballots in a mail distribution facility that pipe bombs traveled through — after Miami-Dade County announced it finalized its vote counts for the 2018 midterms.

The Miami New Times reported that the Opa-locka mail distribution center was evacuated in October after Trump megafan Cesar Sayoc allegedly sent pipe bombs that passed through the facility.

That same center reportedly is still home to a huge number of uncounted mail-in ballots. Two sources that spoke to the New Times estimated the total could be in the hundreds or thousands.

Local activists demonstrated outside the mail facility and at the Miami-Dade County Elections Department over the uncounted ballots — but according to an official with the Elections Department, the ballots are now invalid.

Paul Krugman: 'This Could Be Worse Than Letting Mueller Finish'


Paul Krugman

· Nov 8, 2018
Replying to @paulkrugman
The thing is, with a Dem House Trump can't really kill the inquiry -- because now people with subpoena power can call Mueller and colleagues for testimony, and get the facts out anyway. In fact, this could be worse than letting Mueller finish and then sitting on the report 3/



(in Hinduism and Buddhism) the sum of a person's actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences.
destiny or fate, following as effect from cause.

Mass shooting at California dance bar

Source: CNN

Please reply to this thread https://www.democraticunderground.com/10142196756

38 minutes ago

Breaking: 12 dead in California Bar shooting
Twelve people, including a police officer, were killed after a gunman forced his way into the Borderline Bar & Grill and opened fire on Wednesday night, Sheriff Geoff Dean told reporters moments ago. The suspected gunman was also found dead at the scene. Up to 12 other people are injured.

25 minutes ago

Sheriff's deputy among the dead
A Ventura County sheriff's deputy is among those killed in the Borderline Bar & Grill shooting.

Sgt. Ron Helus had been on the force for 29 years and was one of the first officers on the scene in response to 911 calls of shots fired. He was looking to retire in the "next year or so," Sheriff Geoff Dean told reporters.

The sergeant died in hospital, Dean added.

"Ron was a hardworking dedicated sheriff's sergeant. He was totally committed, he gave his all and tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero; he went into save lives, to save other people," Dean said, his voice breaking with emotion.


4 min ago
Police: suspected gunman yet to be identified
The suspected gunman in the fatal Thousand Oaks bar shooting has not been identified yet, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said, who added that the FBI are assisting. The suspect was dead when police arrived on the scene.

Dean said, "It's well too early to know if he took his own life."

Authorities are investigating initial reports that a smoke bomb was used but continued that they had not found anything to support this yet.

"We have called in our bomb team to go through and a couple of bomb dogs here that are checking the area. But we haven't found any other explosive device or confirmation there that there was a smoke device."

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/california-shooting-intl/index.html

When will this madness stop?

Thoughts and prayers.

Now is not the time to talk about guns.

If only a good person with a gun was there.

BTW Fuck the NRA because right now they are in meetings or planning meetings
on how to "handle this news."

Don Jr. Has Reportedly Told Friends He Thinks He Could Be Indicted

Source: Mediate

Per Politico, Trump’s 2020 calculus could be impacted by the Mueller probe and the possibility of “more dramatic indictments and a potentially damning final report.”

And while things have been relatively quiet on the Mueller front––save for the increased scrutiny on Roger STone and the Jacob Wohl–Jack Burkman clownshow––things may heat up soon enough:

Mueller might submit a final report on his investigation to the Justice Department at any point in the coming months, and he could also bring dramatic new indictments that would thrust the Russia probe back into national headlines. Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., who served as a key campaign surrogate for Republican candidates, has told friends in recent weeks that he believes he could be indicted, according to one of those people.

Also of note is that minutes ago, the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions was announced, and according to Politico, “White House chief of staff John Kelly and former White House counsel McGahn have implored the president to wait until Mueller issues his report to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions and clean house at the Justice Department.”

Read more: https://www.mediaite.com/online/don-jr-has-reportedly-told-friends-he-thinks-he-could-be-indicted/


I have hunted, fished, spent time in the bush, and camped for over 40 years and those
pictures of the Trump Boys w/their "kills" makes my blood boil. They are no good little shits.
The big cat #s are dropping and we now know that elephants talk to each other, mourn
their dead, and live as families but those little dirt balls go and kill them for fun. I wish
that Donny Jr goes back to Africa and waves that elephant tail in a group of African elephants.

NY Mag: Donald Trump Jr. Expecting to Be Indicted by Mueller Soon


Last year, Donald Trump Jr. testified that he never informed his father of a meeting with Russian officials promising “dirt” on Hillary Clinton. It seemed hard to believe that the ne’er-do-well son would neglect to seek credit for his expected campaign coup from the father whose approval he so obviously craves. And now it seems that Robert Mueller has obtained proof that it is not in fact true. The Trump family lies all the time, of course, but doing it under oath is a crime.

Two days ago, Gabriel Sherman reported that White House officials are concerned about Donald Jr. “I’m very worried about Don Jr.,” a former West Wing official told Sherman, who fears Mueller will be able to prove perjury. Deep in a report about Trump’s 2020 campaign plans, Politico drops the news this morning that Trump Jr. “has told friends in recent weeks that he believes he could be indicted.”

If it’s what you’re saying, we love it.

The details of the expected indictment remain to be seen. But if Trump Jr. did lie under oath, the obvious question is why. He had a lawyer, who presumably informed him of the dangers of perjury. Why take the risk of perjury to deny having informed his father about a meeting with Russian officials if the contacts produced absolutely nothing?


Please let this be true.

Loves me some Native American Kick Boxing Lesbians

Any chance we could set up a match w/Mitch McConnell?

I call bullshit in Ohio

So some of the same people who voted for D Sherrod Brown for
senate then turned around and voted for R DeWine as governor?

A Native American, Liberal, Kick Boxer, and a Lesbian wins a House seat in Kansas and Kobach lost 2.

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