According to NBC News, "There are signs across racial and ethnic demographic groups that Republicans are becoming the party of blue-collar Americans and the change is happening quickly."
Over the last 10 years, the percentage of “blue-collar voters” who describe themselves as Republicans grew by 12 points, while at the same time, the number in that group who identify as Democrat went down eight points.
The GOP saw a 13-point increase in Hispanic blue collar workers.
Black blue-collar workers also increased from five percent to 12 percent over the last 10 years.
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“Last November, Florida held the smoothest, most successful election of any state in the country."
“While we should celebrate this feat, we should not rest on our laurels. Today, we are taking action to ensure that Florida remains a leader on key issues regarding our electoral process, such as ballot integrity, public access to election information, transparency of election reporting and more," said Governor DeSantis.
"By strengthening these election integrity protections, we will ensure that our elections remain secure and transparent, and that Florida’s electoral process remains a blueprint for other states to follow. The proposed legislation takes an important step in designing some of the nation’s strongest election integrity protections and providing unprecedented election transparency for Florida residents."
The proposed legislation would include the following measures:
- Address the use of ballot drop boxes.
- Address ballot harvesting so that no person may possess ballots other than their own and their immediate family.
- No mass mailing of vote-by-mail ballots—only voters who request a ballot should receive a ballot.
- Vote-by-mail requests must be made each election year.
- Vote by mail ballot signatures must match the most recent signature on file.
Transparency in the Elections Process
- Political parties and candidates cannot be shut out from observing the signature matching process.
- Supervisors of Elections must post over-vote ballots to be considered by the canvassing board on their website before the canvassing board meets.
- Prohibits counties from receiving grants from private third-party organizations for “get out the vote” initiatives.
Transparency in Elections Reporting
- Requires real-time reporting of voter turnout data at the precinct level.
- Supervisors of Elections must report how many ballots have been requested, how many have been received, and how many are left to be counted
January 12, 1951 - February 17, 2021
"Rush, in recognition of all that you have done for our Nation ..
.. the millions of people a day that you speak to and that you inspire, and all of the incredible work that you have done for charity, I am proud to announce tonight that you will be receiving our country's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom."
Republican Rep. Mike Waltz has introduced a resolution urging the U.S. to boycott the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing if they are not moved, saying the U.S. "cannot in good conscience" have American athletes celebrating an event hosted by "a brutal dictatorship" and warning that China's Communist Party would be "emboldened by the legitimacy conferred by the Olympics."
Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., earlier the month also introduced a resolution in the Senate, calling on the International Olympic Committee to move the 2022 Winter Olympics out of China and rebid it to another country unless Beijing "immediately addresses its egregious and numerous violations of human rights." Scott has been calling for the IOC to move the games from Beijing for over a year.
"Think about what we've gone through in the last year as a country – what it is doing to our children, to our elderly, to our families in terms of the coronavirus," Waltz told Fox News, saying it is "indisputable at this point that the Chinese Communist Party covered" the virus up.
"So you have that, on top of, what is increasingly coming to light a genocide – forced labor, internment," Waltz continued. "To see the American flag and to see American athletes in Beijing celebrating what is the worst of the worst authoritarian regimes right now – I can’t imagine it."
"It makes me sick to think of the Olympics – in just 11 months – being celebrated in Beijing after all of that."
Waltz added that his resolution is "focused on the CCP." "There is no issue with the amazing culture and long history of the Chinese people. They are being brutalized by the Chinese government."
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“The biggest winner I think of this whole impeachment trial is Lara Trump” - Sen. Lindsey Graham
“Lara knows North Carolina and North Carolina knows her. If she decides to run, she’d bring an unmatched ability to connect with voters, while also being able to raise the money necessary to compete in a close election.”
Lara Trump is a native of Wilmington, North Carolina, who describes herself in her Twitter profile as an “NC girl in NYC.” She is married to Eric Trump, the middle son of former President Donald Trump; the couple has two children.
“If Lara decides to run, she will trample the competition in a Republican primary. It won’t be close,” a former Trump White House official told The Epoch Times. “And as far as the general goes, remember North Carolina is a state that former President Trump won twice, and Lara probably has room to grow that support with independents who value a softer tone.”
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As Governor DeSantis notes schools have been open for in-person tuition all year and almost all businesses are operating without issue. Millions of people are flowing into the Sunshine state as they flee the totalitarian dictates from Democrat governors.
Additionally DeSantis outlines the issues with Big Tech capturing confidential information from Floridan’s cell phones. The privacy issues are being addressed by the FL legislature.
DeSantis says the threats from the Biden administration to institute a travel ban on Florida are unconstitutional.
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Ron DeSantis is the leading candidate to carry the mantle of the MAGA community. A commonsense outlook and a pragmatic approach toward retaining all inherent freedoms and liberties are the smart cornerstone of DeSantis policy.
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May 2017 marked the transformation.
More Republicans had registered to vote in Volusia Co. than Democrats ... for the first time since Reconstruction, maybe ever. It was no accident. It was the right leadership. We Remember -
MARCH 11, 1947 – FEBRUARY 13, 2019
On Wednesday, February 10, 2021, the House Criminal Justice Committee heard and PASSED HB-259
HB-259 is a bill to restore the private property rights of religious institutions.
Rep Webster Barnaby stood up vocally for Volusia County and for America today when he voted YES on the vote for firearms at churches. The Bill, HB #259, will allow licensed holders to carry on church property just like on other private property , unless a specific church prohibits it. The law as it reads today says if you have a school on the church property, firearms are prohibited; and that would include Saturdays and Sundays when school isn’t even in session.
Barnaby rose in support of this bill and self identified himself as a minister of the gospel and a proud member of the NRA. He felt it important to recognize that our right to keep and bear arms, as the Constitution says, “SHALL NOT be infringed”.
HB #259 will now head to the next committee.
Rep Elizabeth Fetterhoff, also from Volusia County, is on the same committee and also voted YES.
(t/y Tom & Cheryl Taaffe for the update)
DeSantis .."It's a political attack"
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Yesterday it was widely reported the JoeBama administration was considering federal intervention to restrict travel into and out-of Florida. Essentially a travel ban.
Florida Governor DeSantis discussed the position of his state during a segment of a COVID update press conference from Port Charlotte, Florida.
“Restricting the right of Americans to travel freely throughout our country while allowing illegal aliens to pour across the southern border unmolested would be a ridiculous but very damaging farce.”