Deutch: No more debate. Impeachment inquiry is already underway


Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22), a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, argues in an op-ed published this morning that an impeachment inquiry is already underway in the committee.

"No additional step is required. No magic words need to be uttered on the House floor. No vote to authorize an impeachment inquiry is necessary."

"The remedies for presidential misconduct, including impeachment, are in Congress’s hands. Now that we have Special Counsel Mueller’s report and testimony, it is time for the witnesses of the President’s wrongdoing to appear before the committee as part of our ongoing investigation."

Click here to read the op-ed published in the Sun Sentinel
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Florida Pols Endorse Mayor Pete


South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg managed to nab a handful of endorsements from state and local politicians while visiting Florida for the Democrats' first presidential debate.
Buttigieg is one of 25 candidates currently running for the nomination. Now, state Rep. Loranne Ausley, Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis and Parkland Mayor Christine Hunschofsky are all backing his bid.
"Mayor Pete understands the unique challenges facing everyday people," Ausley wrote on Twitter. "It’s time for a new generation of leadership to unite us around our shared values. Proud to support Pete for President!"
"I am pleased to announce my wholehearted endorsement of Mayor Pete Buttigieg for President of the United States," added Trantalis late Thursday. "He represents the best of integrity, honesty and compassion. He will lead our country forward."
Hunschofsky called 2020 "a real opportunity for our nation to elect a leader who will run toward, not away from, the toughest challenges we face today. @PeteButtigieg is exactly the kind of leader we need in this day and age. I’m proud to endorse fellow Mayor Pete to be the next #POTUS."
Buttigieg was among a group of 10 candidates who took the debate stage Thursday night at the Adrienne Arsht Center. He was also one of several candidates to travel to the Homestead migrant facility Friday morning as part of an invite from U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell.
He reiterated comments from Thursday night's debate, questioning Republicans who preach family values yet support President Donald Trump's immigration policies.
"They talk about family values. They talk about faith. They talk about freedom," Buttigieg said. "Are we seeing family values? Are we seeing freedom in that building?"
Looking forward to cheering on my friend @PeteButtigieg tonight. Mayor Pete understands the unique challenges facing everyday people. It’s time for a new generation of leadership to unite us around our shared values. Proud to support Pete for President! #DemDebate
— Loranne Ausley (@LoranneAusley) June 27, 2019
I am pleased to announce my wholehearted endorsement of Mayor Pete Buttigieg for President of the United States. He represents the best of integrity, honesty and compassion. He will lead our country forward.
— Dean Trantalis (@deantrantalis) June 27, 2019
2020 presents a real opportunity for our nation to elect a leader who will run toward, not away from, the toughest challenges we face today. @PeteButtigiegis exactly the kind of leader we need in this day and age. I’m proud to endorse fellow Mayor Pete to be the next #POTUS
— ChristineHunschofsky (@CHunschofsky) June 27, 2019


Source Florida Politics.com 


Deutch, House Democrats Pass Major Election Security Bill

Deutch, House Democrats Pass Major Election Security Bill
 
(Washington) This afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Securing America’s Federal Elections (SAFE) Act of 2019 (H.R. 2722), legislation to guard against foreign interference in our democracy.

This bill would provide funding to states to replace outdated and vulnerable voting equipment, mandate paper ballot voting systems and risk-limiting post-election audits, and mandate strict cybersecurity requirements for both election technology vendors and for voting systems.

"We know that Russians interfered in our 2016 election, and national security experts have warned that they will do it again in 2020," said Congressman Deutch. "After learning that some of our election systems were hacked in 2016, Floridians expect a strong response to bolster election security. This bill will defend our elections by setting strict cybersecurity standards, requiring regular audits, and mandating the use of paper ballots will help to prevent election manipulation and interference. This is a crucial step toward updating and securing our election infrastructure and protecting our democracy."

The SAFE Act is supported by organizations including Common Cause, People for the American Way, End Citizens United Action Fund, Network Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, NAACP, and Public Citizen.
The SAFE Act:  
  • Authorizes $600 million in Voting System Security Improvement Grants for states to modernize and secure their election infrastructure, which was appropriated by the FY 2020 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill that the House passed on Wednesday.
  • Authorizes $175 million every two years to states to maintain the state’s election infrastructure.
  • Mandates that voting systems use individual, durable, voter-verified paper ballots – a widely agreed upon reform to protect our elections from manipulation.
  • Requires states to conduct post-election risk-limiting audits to ensure election integrity; whether it is a programming error or a cyber-attack, these audits help detect inaccuracies.
  • Sets strict cybersecurity standards for both election technology vendors and for voting systems.
  • Fosters accountability for election technology vendors, creating a “qualified election infrastructure vendor” designation.
  • Bans Internet accessibility or connectivity for devices on which ballots are marked or counted.
  • Requires voting machines to be manufactured in the United States.

Video of the first Democratic primary debate

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Video Of Debate Below



The full transcript of the first Democratic primary debate, Wednesday June 26 2019, held at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami. Transcript provided by ASC Services on behalf BGOV.



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Press Conference About the Appointed Sheriff 12pm today

PRESS CONFERENCE
WHEN: Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 12:00 PM
WHERE: Broward County Courthouse
Law Office Of the Public Defender
201 SE 6th Street Suite 3872, Third Floor, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301

TOPIC: The purpose of the press conference is to address the lack of accountability
by Broward County State Attorney, Michael Satz and Broward County

Sheriff Gregory Tony in the DeLucca Rolle Case.

SPEAKERS :

Marsha A. Ellison. President Fort Lauderdale/Broward NAACP
Attorney Benjamin Crump
Ms. Claintina Rolle, Mother of DuLucca Rolle
Attorney Gordon Weeks, Chief Assistant Broward Public Defender
Senator Perry E.Thurston, Jr., Florida Senate
Representative Bobby DuBose, Florida House of Representatives
Representative Patricia H. Williams, Florida House of Representatives
Rev. Dr. Marcus Davison, Senior Pastor New Mt. Olive Baptist Church
*Additional Speakers TBA

which Florida state legislators voted to put people first instead of powerful special interests?

In 2019, which Florida state legislators voted to put people first instead of powerful special interests?

We've graded each legislator based on their votes on issues that matter to Floridians: our economy, our public schools, our environment, our civil rights, reproductive freedom, gun safety, and more. Click on a legislator’s picture to see their report card for the 2019 legislative session.

Not sure who your state legislators are? Look them up here.





Sen. Ben Albritton
Republican - Bartow
District 26
F (35%)
Rep. Ramon Alexander
Democrat - Tallahassee
District 8
A (95%)
Rep. Vance Arthur Aloupis
Republican - Miami
District 115
F (38%)
Rep. Thad Altman
Republican - Indialantic
District 52
F (24%)
Rep. Robert Alexander Andrade
Republican - Pensacola
District 2
F (29%)
Rep. Bruce Antone
Democrat - Orlando
District 46
B (81%)
Rep. Loranne Ausley
Democrat - Tallahassee
District 9
A (95%)
Rep. Bryan Avila
Republican - Hialeah
District 111
F (29%)
Sen. Dennis Baxley
Republican - Lady Lake
District 12
F (35%)
Sen. Aaron Bean
Republican - Jacksonville
District 4
F (47%)
Rep. Melony Bell
Republican - Fort Meade
District 56
F (29%)
Rep. Mike Beltran
Republican - Lithia
District 57
F (29%)
Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto
Republican - Fort Myers
District 27
F (35%)
Sen. Lori Berman
Democrat - Boynton Beach
District 31
A (94%)
Sen. Lauren Book
Democrat - Plantation
District 32
C (76%)
Sen. Randolph Bracy
Democrat - Ocoee
District 11
C (71%)
Sen. Rob Bradley
Republican - Orange Park
District 5
F (35%)
Sen. Jeff Brandes
Republican - St. Petersburg
District 24
F (35%)
Rep. Charles Brannan
Republican - Macclenny
District 10
F (29%)
Sen. Oscar Braynon II
Democrat - Miami Gardens
District 35
A (94%)
Rep. Kamia Brown
Democrat - Ocoee
District 45
A (100%)
Sen. Doug Broxson
Republican - Pensacola
District 1
F (29%)
Rep. James Buchanan
Republican - Osprey
District 74
F (29%)
Rep. Colleen Burton
Republican - Lakeland
District 40
F (29%)
Rep. James Bush
Democrat - Miami
District 109
F (57%)
Rep. Cord Byrd
Republican - Jacksonville Beach
District 11
F (29%)
Rep. Michael Caruso
Republican - Delray Beach
District 89
F (33%)
Rep. Joseph Casello
Democrat - Boynton Beach
District 90
A (95%)
Rep. Charles Clemons
Republican - Jonesville
District 21
F (24%)
Rep. John Cortes
Democrat - Kissimmee
District 43
A (100%)
Sen. Janet Cruz
Democrat - Tampa
District 18
A (94%)
Rep. Travis Cummings
Republican - Orange Park
District 18
F (29%)
Rep. Kimberly Daniels
Democrat - Jacksonville
District 14
F (52%)
Rep. Tracie Davis
Democrat - Jacksonville
District 13
A (95%)
Rep. Ben Diamond
Democrat - St. Petersburg
District 68
A (95%)
Sen. Manny Diaz
Republican - Hialeah Gardens
District 36
F (35%)
Rep. Nick DiCeglie
Republican - Indian Rocks Beach
District 66
F (29%)
Rep. Byron Donalds
Republican - Naples
District 80
F (29%)
Rep. Brad Drake
Republican - DeFuniak Springs
District 5
F (29%)
Rep. Fentrice Driskell
Democrat - Tampa
District 63
A (95%)
Rep. Bobby DuBose
Democrat - Fort Lauderdale
District 94
A (100%)
Rep. Wyman Duggan
Republican - Jacksonville
District 15
F (29%)
Rep. Nicholas Duran
Democrat - Miami
District 112
B (86%)
Rep. Dane Eagle
Republican - Cape Coral
District 77
F (29%)
Rep. Anna Eskamani
Democrat - Orlando
District 47
A (100%)
Sen. Gary M. Farmer, Jr.
Democrat - Fort Lauderdale
District 34
A (94%)
Rep. Javier Fernández
Democrat - South Miami
District 114
B (86%)
Rep. Juan Fernandez-Barquin
Republican - Miami
District 119
F (29%)
Rep. Elizabeth Fetterhoff
Republican - DeLand
District 26
F (29%)
Rep. Randy Fine
Republican - Palm Bay
District 53
F (29%)
Rep. Jason Fischer
Republican - Jacksonville
District 16
F (29%)
Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen
Republican - Fort Myers
District 78
F (33%)
Sen. Anitere Flores
Republican - Miami
District 39
F (59%)
Sen. George B. Gainer
Republican - Panama City
District 2
F (47%)
Sen. Bill Galvano
Republican - Bradenton
District 21
F (35%)
Rep. Joseph Geller
Democrat - Dania Beach
District 100
A (90%)
Sen. Audrey Gibson
Democrat - Jacksonville
District 6
B (88%)
Rep. Joy Goff-Marcil
Democrat - Maitland
District 30
A (100%)
Rep. Margaret Good
Democrat - Sarasota
District 72
A (95%)
Rep. Michael Gottlieb
Democrat - Davie
District 98
A (100%)
Rep. Erin Grall
Republican - Vero Beach
District 54
F (24%)
Rep. James Grant
Republican - Tampa
District 64
F (29%)
Rep. Michael Grant
Republican - Port Charlotte
District 75
F (29%)
Rep. Tommy Gregory
Republican - Sarasota
District 73
F (29%)
Rep. Michael Grieco
Democrat - Miami Beach
District 113
A (90%)
Sen. Joe Gruters
Republican - Sarasota
District 23
F (35%)
Rep. Brett Hage
Republican - Oxford
District 33
F (29%)
Sen. Gayle Harrell
Republican - Stuart
District 25
F (35%)
Rep. Dianne Hart
Democrat - Tampa
District 61
A (95%)
Rep. Adam Hattersley
Democrat - Riverview
District 59
A (95%)
Rep. Mike Hill
Republican - Pensacola
District 1
F (24%)
Rep. Delores Hogan Johnson
Democrat - Fort Pierce
District 84
A (90%)
Sen. Ed Hooper
Republican - Palm Harbor
District 16
F (29%)
Sen. Travis Hutson
Republican - Palm Coast
District 7
F (35%)
Rep. Blaise Ingoglia
Republican - Spring Hill
District 35
F (29%)
Rep. Kristin Jacobs
Democrat - Coconut Creek
District 96
(N/A%)
Rep. Al Jacquet
Democrat - West Palm Beach
District 88
B (81%)
Rep. Evan Jenne
Democrat - Hollywood
District 99
A (100%)
Rep. Shevrin Jones
Democrat - West Park
District 101
(N/A%)
Rep. Dotie Joseph
Democrat - North Miami
District 108
A (100%)
Rep. Sam Killebrew
Republican - Winter Haven
District 41
F (33%)
Rep. Mike La Rosa
Republican - St. Cloud
District 42
F (29%)
Rep. Chip LaMarca
Republican - Lighthouse Point
District 93
F (38%)
Rep. Chris Latvala
Republican - Clearwater
District 67
F (29%)
Sen. Tom Lee
Republican - Brandon
District 20
F (41%)
Rep. Thomas Leek
Republican - Daytona Beach
District 25
F (29%)
Rep. MaryLynn Magar
Republican - Hobe Sound
District 82
F (29%)
Rep. Amber Mariano
Republican - Port Richey
District 36
F (29%)
Rep. Ralph Massullo
Republican - Lecanto
District 34
F (29%)
Sen. Debbie Mayfield
Republican - Melbourne
District 17
F (35%)
Rep. Stan McClain
Republican - Belleview
District 23
F (29%)
Rep. Lawrence McClure
Republican - Plant City
District 58
F (29%)
Rep. Kionne McGhee
Democrat - Miami
District 117
B (86%)
Rep. Amy Mercado
Democrat - Orlando
District 48
A (100%)
Sen. Bill Montford
Democrat - Tallahassee
District 3
C (76%)
Rep. Wengay Newton
Democrat - St. Petersburg
District 70
D (67%)
Rep. Jose Oliva
Republican - Miami Lakes
District 110
F (29%)
Rep. Anika Omphroy
Democrat - Lauderdale Lakes
District 95
(N/A%)
Rep. Tobin Overdorf
Republican - Palm City
District 83
F (29%)
Sen. Kathleen Passidomo
Republican - Naples
District 28
F (35%)
Rep. Bobby Payne
Republican - Palatka
District 19
F (29%)
Rep. Daniel Perez
Republican - Miami
District 116
F (29%)
Sen. Keith Perry
Republican - Gainesville
District 8
F (29%)
Rep. Cary Pigman
Republican - Avon Park
District 55
F (25%)
Sen. Jason Pizzo
Democrat - Miami
District 38
A (94%)
Rep. Scott Plakon
Republican - Longwood
District 29
F (29%)
Rep. Rene Plasencia
Republican - Orlando
District 50
F (38%)
Rep. Cindy Polo
Democrat - Miramar
District 103
A (95%)
Rep. Tina Polsky
Democrat - Boca Raton
District 81
B (81%)
Rep. Mel Ponder
Republican - Destin
District 4
F (24%)
Sen. Bobby Powell
Democrat - West Palm Beach
District 30
C (76%)
Rep. Sharon Pritchett
Democrat - Miami Gardens
District 102
A (95%)
Sen. Kevin J. Rader
Democrat - Boca Raton
District 29
A (93%)
Rep. Holly Raschein
Republican - Key Largo
District 120
F (33%)
Rep. Paul Renner
Republican - Palm Coast
District 24
F (29%)
Rep. Spencer Roach
Republican - North Fort Myers
District 79
F (29%)
Rep. William Robinson
Republican - Bradenton
District 71
F (29%)
Rep. Ray Rodrigues
Republican - Estero
District 76
F (29%)
Rep. Ana Maria Rodriguez
Republican - Doral
District 105
F (29%)
Rep. Anthony Rodriguez
Republican - Miami
District 118
F (29%)
Sen. Jose Javier Rodriguez
Democrat - Miami
District 37
A (100%)
Rep. Bob Rommel
Republican - Naples
District 106
F (29%)
Rep. Rick Roth
Republican - Loxahatchee
District 85
F (29%)
Sen. Darryl Ervin Rouson
Democrat - St. Petersburg
District 19
B (88%)
Rep. Anthony Sabatini
Republican - Howey-in-the-Hills
District 32
F (24%)
Rep. David Santiago
Republican - Deltona
District 27
F (29%)
Rep. David Silvers
Democrat - Lake Clarke Shores
District 87
B (86%)
Sen. David Simmons
Republican - Longwood
District 9
F (35%)
Sen. Wilton Simpson
Republican - Spring Hill
District 10
F (35%)
Rep. Tyler Sirois
Republican - Merritt Island
District 51
F (29%)
Rep. Emily Slosberg
Democrat - Boca Raton
District 91
(N/A%)
Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith
Democrat - Orlando
District 49
A (100%)
Rep. David Smith
Republican - Winter Springs
District 28
F (33%)
Rep. Chris Sprowls
Republican - Palm Harbor
District 65
F (29%)
Sen. Kelli Stargel
Republican - Lakeland
District 22
F (35%)
Rep. Richard Stark
Democrat - Weston
District 104
A (90%)
Rep. Cyndi Stevenson
Republican - St. Johns
District 17
F (29%)
Sen. Linda Stewart
Democrat - Orlando
District 13
A (94%)
Rep. Charlie Stone
Republican - Ocala
District 22
F (29%)
Rep. Jennifer Mae Sullivan
Republican - Mount Dora
District 31
F (24%)
Sen. Annette Taddeo
Democrat - Miami
District 40
B (88%)
Rep. Geraldine Thompson
Democrat - Windermere
District 44
A (100%)
Sen. Perry E. Thurston, Jr.
Democrat - Fort Lauderdale
District 33
B (88%)
Rep. Jackie Toledo
Republican - Tampa
District 60
F (29%)
Rep. Josie Tomkow
Republican - Polk City
District 39
F (29%)
Sen. Victor M. Torres, Jr.
Democrat - Kissimmee
District 15
A (94%)
Rep. Jay Trumbull
Republican - Panama City
District 6
F (21%)
Rep. Susan Valdes
Democrat - Tampa
District 62
B (86%)
Rep. Barbara Watson
Democrat - Miami Gardens
District 107
A (95%)
Rep. Clovis Watson
Democrat - Alachua
District 20
A (100%)
Rep. Jennifer Webb
Democrat - Gulfport
District 69
A (90%)
Rep. Matt Willhite
Democrat - Wellington
District 86
B (81%)
Rep. Patricia Williams
Democrat - Lauderdale Lakes
District 92
A (90%)
Rep. Jayer Williamson
Republican - Pace
District 3
F (29%)
Sen. Tom Wright
Republican - Port Orange
District 14
F (35%)
Rep. Clay Yarborough
Republican - Jacksonville
District 12
F (24%)
Rep. Adrian Zika
Republican - Land O' Lakes
District 37
F (24%)