Gov. Rick Scott removes Broward elections supervisor Brenda Snipes from office

Gov. Rick Scott removes Broward elections supervisor Brenda Snipes from office

By David Smiley (Tampa Bay Times) – Gov. Rick Scott suspended Broward County elections supervisor Brenda Snipes from office Friday, citing malfeasance and incompetence on the heels of a tumultuous recount during which the governor also accused the embattled supervisor of elections fraud. Scott signed an executive order late Friday afternoon removing Snipes from office. To back his decision, he listed a litany of well-publicized problems, including the misplacement of thousands of ballots during the recount, a missed state deadline to file results and the inadvertent mixing of invalid ballots with valid ones. Read...
Florida Democrats eye climate change, gun legislation, infrastructure bill with new House majority

Florida Democrats eye climate change, gun legislation, infrastructure bill with new House majority

By Steve Contorno (Tampa Bay Times) – Florida Democrats in Washington could only watch when the Republican Congress decided against new gun legislation after a shooter killed 17 students and staff at a Parkland high school last year. Nor could they force action to combat rising sea levels off Florida’s coastlines. That will change come January. After gaining 38 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, including two in Florida, Democrats will control the lower chamber for the first time since 2011. Read...
Florida officials flag a possible violation of elections law by state Democrats

Florida officials flag a possible violation of elections law by state Democrats

By Emily Mahoney (Tampa Bay Times) – The Florida Department of State, which oversees elections, has asked federal prosecutors to look into faulty forms sent to voters in at least four counties that may have caused them to miss the deadline for fixing problems with their mail-in ballots. Emails released by the Department show that the forms appear to have been sent by the state Democratic Party. In a post-midterm season that is bubbling over with lawsuits and allegations of rampant voter fraud, this is the first instance in which state officials have flagged a possible violation of elections law. Read...
Here’s what a recount in Florida would look like

Here’s what a recount in Florida would look like

By Kirby Wilson (Tampa Bay Times) – Recounts are the talk of Florida politics today, with the races for U.S. Senate and Florida Agriculture Commissioner — as well as a smattering of smaller races — all within a razor-thin margin. Statewide results have to be reported to the state elections office before a recount can be ordered. Between provisional and other late ballots, it might be this weekend before results are in. Read...
Koch-backed super PAC endorses Ron DeSantis for governor

Koch-backed super PAC endorses Ron DeSantis for governor

By Emily Mahoney (Tampa Bay Times) – One of the political operations supported by conservative billionaire Charles Koch endorsed Ron DeSantis on Tuesday, signaling more heavyweight out-of-state support for the Florida Congressman. The Freedom Partners Action Fund, a Washington-based super PAC, announced the endorsement in a press release which cited DeSantis’s Congressional record and his military service as a Navy JAG officer. Read...