That Euro Army(tm) he proposed is going to cost big time even if they go back to a draft. Guess who's going to pay for it? You can have a wartime budget or a social welfare budget. You can't have both (unless you are the US which has now absorbed a multi-TRILLION dollar debt. See - indentured generations).
So many controversies have bedeviled Broward County Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes ‐ culminating in her office’s troubles in the aftermath of Florida’s chaotic 2018 elections ‐ that her days in office are now numbered, insiders and politicians say.
She’s losing support from fellow Democrats and faces the increasing likelihood of an embarrassing suspension from office at the hands of either Gov. Rick Scott or his likely successor, Ron DeSantis.
Suspending Snipes from office would put a final exclamation point on one of the most contested midterms in recent Florida history, which has resulted in three statewide recounts ‐ for U.S. Senate, governor and agriculture commissioner ‐ as well as recounts in three local legislative races. Removal proceedings in the GOP-led Florida Senate could also cause a possible rift among Florida state Senate Democrats if the black caucus rallies around Snipes in the same way it did around her predecessor, who was also African-American, more than a decade ago.
[THEGUARDIAN] A top elections official in Florida who endured national humiliation after missing a midterms recount deadline by two minutes has told the Guardian that racism is "probably" a factor in the backlash against her.
Brenda Snipes, elections supervisor of Broward county, was condemned by Republicans and Democrats after failing to submit tallies in the US Senate race between Rick Scott and Bill Nelson on schedule.
On Friday, with a hand count of votes under way, about two dozen protesters continued their vigil in a car park outside Snipes’s headquarters. Some claimed without evidence that she had missed the deadline deliberately because the results she oversaw boosted Scott’s overall lead.
In a short interview, Snipes, 75, said: "You know, the protesters have been claiming stuff all week so whatever they’re doing, that’s what they’re doing. That’s what they feel like they need to do."
Asked if she felt it was racially motivated, the supervisor replied: "Probably. Probably." She declined to elaborate.
Snipes had promised "100%" in a CNN interview earlier this week that Broward county, a Democratic stronghold, would complete its machine recount on time. It appeared to do so with just under 15 minutes to spare before Thursday’s 3pm deadline. The recount showed Scott, currently the Republican governor of Florida, down 606 votes from the first count and Nelson down 1,385 ‐ a net gain for Scott of 779 votes.
Worse than hanging, the old dear will spend the rest of her life known as the woman who lost Florida by two minutes. Nobody will remember that she just happened to miss the deadline after the machine recount turned her original win for the Democrats into a solid loss, and therefore needed to prevented from becoming official. It will be interesting to see how the hand count turns out.
...She's already claiming 'racism' for her problems. Sadly though, I don't think the state will have the cojones to go after her or really investigate - way too many apple carts to be upset, even though the only way for this to end is for people to be marched off to jail for a few years.
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski ||
11/18/2018 5:10 Comments ||
Broward is going to keep their turd of a Sheriff and also elect someone who makes Snipes look good. Silly to think otherwise...
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
11/18/2018 7:03 Comments ||
Who was it that said, "Elections have consequences"?
Which, I suppose, is why some try so hard to unravel them.
Who appointed Snipes? Unless some laws with teeth that ensure multiple oversight at every step of custody chain and the counting process and storage are put into place, the next liberal corrupt administration will appoint another like her.
She resigned: Just hours after finishing a tumultuous election recount, Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes submitted her resignation, ending a 15-year tenure full of botched elections, legal disputes and blistering criticism.
[POLITICO] Sen. Bill Nelson has run out of time, run out of favorable court rulings and is about to officially run out of votes.
After losing to Gov. Rick Scott on Election Day, losing after an automatic recount and appearing to not make up the gap following a manual recount Friday, Nelson’s campaign was dealt a mortal blow later that evening by U.S. District Judge Mark E. Walker, who crushed the Democrat’s last major hope by upholding a Florida law that forbids county election offices from counting vote-by-mail ballots received after 7 p.m. Election Day.
"It’s done. But it was done before today. This was a total Hail Mary," said a top Democrat involved in Nelson’s campaign who didn’t want to speak publicly before the Democratic Party icon conceded defeat to one of the party's most-hated rivals.
The night before, Walker had rejected yet another Nelson lawsuit concerning standards for divining voter intent in manual recounts, and he refused to extend the deadlines of the recount.
That’s what she said at a presser in Atlanta on Friday. "This is not a speech of concession," she told supporters and news hounds, "because concession means an action is right, true, or proper. As a woman of conscience and faith, I cannot concede that."
But the former Georgia state representative and Democratic nominee for governor did essentially end her campaign and recognize that her opponent, Brian Kemp, the GOP nominee and former state secretary of state, will officially win the election. "I acknowledge that Brian Kemp will be certified as the victor in the 2018 gubernatorial election," Abrams said. "But to watch an elected official who claims to represent the people in this state baldly pin his hopes for election on the suppression of the people’s democratic right to vote has been truly appalling."
In the immediate term, the specifics don’t matter much. This is, for all intents and purposes, legal and otherwise, a concession speech, regardless of Abrams’s statement. Kemp will win. Abrams will lose. But in her speech, Abrams also announced that she will continue her fight against Kemp as a private citizen. And that fight could have significant consequences for Georgia, for Abrams’s career, and for the Democratic Party nationwide.
Kemp, who stepped down as Georgia secretary of state last week‐after he administered the most important parts of his own election‐cast Abrams’s speech as a full concession, and beseeched her and Georgians to turn the page."Moments ago, Stacey Abrams conceded the race and officially ended her campaign for governor," his campaign said in a statement. "I appreciate her passion, hard work, and commitment to public service. The election is over and hardworking Georgians are ready to move forward. We can no longer dwell on the divisive ...politicians call things divisive when when the other side sez something they don't like. Their own statements are never divisive, they're principled... politics of the past but must focus on Georgia’s bright and promising future."
That outcome doesn’t seem likely. In her news conference, Abrams announced that she’d be initiating a "major federal lawsuit" against alleged mismanagement of the election under Kemp, through an initiative called "Fair Fight Georgia," which she said will push for major changes to election law in the state.
The existing allegations against Kemp and his old office are manifold. Kemp was the architect of a massive voter-purge campaign and an "exact match" policy requiring registrations to be identical to personal identifications, which moved more than 50,000 registrations‐90 percent of them belonging to minorities‐to "pending" status before a federal court enjoined it. There were long lines on Election Day, several precincts that were underprepared or featured near-comic mishaps with voting machines, and huge spikes in the number of provisional ballots some precincts offered to voters, especially students.
Sick to death of the "voter suppression" narrative. Go try to buy cigarettes, alcohol, plane tickets or ammonium nitrate fertilizer without a valid ID.
No more early voting, late voting or shaky voting. While in the hospital recently, an attorney came to my room. If you need an absentee ballot, an affidavit of critical need should be the minimum to get it and chain of custody should be enforced on the ballot.
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
11/18/2018 7:11 Comments ||
I believe there should be an actual Election Day, period. That day you vote, everybody that's going to for better or worse. An absentee ballot is for somebody demonstrably working out of town and otherwise physically unavailable to cast a ballot. Of course that last part refers only to the living. Further the news can't cover the election until the next day. It isn't some college football game, it's serious. Enough antics.
Further the news can't cover the election until the next day. It isn't some college football game, it's serious. Enough antics.
I remember in 2000 when Dan Rather reported that Al Gore won the presidential election before I even had a chance to go to the polls in California. I could have accepted his report and not bothered to vote. After all, Dan Rather wouldn't lie...would he? I voted anyway.
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
11/18/2018 14:39 Comments ||
Abu -living in a blue state I still vote even though a dead D vote exists for each of us living Rs.
"Nazi Germany took over Interpol in the 1930’s"
Not quite (but almost). It took over its predecessor, the Internationale Kriminalpolizeiliche Kommission (IKPK) in 1938. Presidents were Heydrich, then Kaltenbrunner. The Wannsee Conference took place in a building used by the IKPK.
The IKPK was dissolved in 1945 and reestablished in 1946 with new statutes.
Posted by: European Conservative ||
11/18/2018 17:53 Comments ||
Thank you for that bit of history, liebe European Conservative. Now we know.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.