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Congressman Darren Soto Joins Other Top Dems in Endorsing Daisy Morales for Florida House

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Congressman Darren Soto (D-09, left) has endorsed Supervisor Daisy Morales for Florida House District 48. Photos used with permission.

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – The Daisy Morales campaign announced the endorsement of Congressman Darren Soto (D-09) Friday.

“Daisy Morales has been a champion of higher paying jobs, access to healthcare and protecting our environment,” said Congressman Soto in a written statement. “She will be a strong advocate for our community in Tallahassee.”

Congressman Soto, a fellow Puerto Rican American like Supervisor Morales, works tirelessly for Floridians in Washington, D.C. He serves on the Natural Resources Committee and Subcommittee on the Environment and Climate Change. Congressman Soto was on the front lines in aiding the island of Puerto Rico while also securing resources for displaced Puerto Ricans who came to Florida in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Supervisor Morales went to Tallahassee to speak with lawmakers, pushing for aid for Puerto Ricans during Hurricane Maria.

“I’m honored to receive an endorsement from the first person of Puerto Rican descent to serve in Congress from Florida, Congressman Soto,” said Morales. “I look forward to joining him on the front lines as he leads the fight for Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans in Florida—he’ll fight on the federal level, and I’ll do so at the state level. We also share a strong passion for the environment and protecting Florida’s natural resources.”

After winning the Florida Democratic primary, Morales has earned the endorsements from the top-ranking Democrats in the Florida House of Representatives, Co-Leaders Bobby Dubose (D-District 94, Fort Lauderdale) and Evan Jenne (D-District 99, Dania Beach), and most recently earned the endorsement of Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried.

During the primary election, Representatives John Cortes (D-District 43, Kissimmee) and Bruce Antone (D-District 46, Orlando) also endorsed her for Florida House District 48.

Daisy Morales is running against Jesus Martinez in the general election Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

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Mellissa Thomas is Editor for Florida National News. | mellissa.thomas@floridanationalnews.com

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4th Resident of Retirement Haven Charged with Voter Fraud

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FILE - People sit in an outdoor dining area of a restaurant in the Lake Sumter Landing Market Square, Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021, in The Villages, Fla. Three voters from the Florida retirement community that's a GOP stronghold have been arrested on charges of voting more than once. The arrests come weeks after Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis made a pledge to create a law enforcement agency to investigate election crimes, despite there being little evidence of such in the Sunshine State. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

THE VILLAGES, Fla. (AP) — A fourth resident of a massive Florida retirement community has been arrested on a charge of voter fraud.

Charles Barnes, 64, was arrested Tuesday and charged with voter fraud for casting more than one ballot, according to an arrest affidavit filed in court.

The arrest affidavit doesn’t detail the basis for the charge. Barnes entered a not guilty plea on Thursday.

His attorney, Victor Mead, didn’t immediately return an email inquiry.

Online voting records showed Barnes wasn’t affiliated with any political party and that he first registered to vote in Sumter County in 2019.

Barnes’ arrest was the fourth for voter fraud in the past two months of residents of The Villages retirement community in a county that is a Republican stronghold in Florida. Of the three other residents, two were registered Republicans and the third had no party affiliation.

The arrests come after Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis pledged to create a law enforcement agency to investigate election crimes, despite there being little evidence of electoral malfeasance by voters in the Sunshine State.

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[OPINION] Yes, American Democracy is at Risk

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Smoke grenade goes off at insurrection led by supporters of President Trump, Washington, D.C., January 6, 2021. Photo by Eric Lee/Bloomberg.

ORLANDO, Fla. – On January 6, 2021, the United States witnessed more history in the making. As United States representatives and senators went to work to confirm the electoral college votes for the duly elected President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, thousands of people showed up to persuade congress to overturn the election results. All of this overshadowed the historic victories of United States Senators-elect Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff of Georgia.

To be clear, this was not a protest, this was an insurrection put together with leaders of QAnon and white supremacist organizations such as the Proud Boys at the forefront. These were terrorists. After the insurrection died down, 66% of Republican House members voted to overturn the election results and eight Republican Senators – including Rick Scott of Florida – voted to overturn the election results. 147 Congressmen effectively voted in favor of terrorists. The worst part of this insurrection is that it was led by a powerful leader: President Donald J. Trump.

2020 broke many records, including the Black Lives Matter protests. Between 15 and 26 million protestors gathered, possibly becoming the largest protest in the history of the United States. Of the tens of thousands of BLM demonstrations that took place, 93% of them were entirely peaceful, meaning not one brick was thrown. However, the peaceful nature of BLM protestors did not stop law enforcement from using unnecessary force against them, it was common to see the use of rubber bullets and tear gas. In fact, President Trump condemned BLM protestors numerous times and even had peaceful protestors tear-gassed just so he could get a photo-op in front of St. John’s Church around Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C.

When far-right Trump supporters with confederate flags and Trump flags barreled into the United States Capitol breaking glass, assaulting officers, calling black officers racist slurs, erecting nooses, and breaking into congressional office buildings, the presence of officers were low. There was a large contrast between the officer response to peaceful BLM protests and the violent insurrection that got blood in the halls of the nations’ capitol. Instead of seeing violent arrests or racial profiling that occurs during BLM protests, people saw officers helping terrorists and members of guerilla movements walk down the stairs of the Capitol building and even take selfies with them.

Don’t be mistaken. This discrepancy between the response of law enforcement for left-leaning protests involving climate change or racial justice and right-leaning “protests” such as the so-called “Stop the Steal” protests and Wednesday’s violent riot are not completely unintentional. Over a decade ago, the FBI expressed concern about white supremacy in law enforcement, but those fears were not taken seriously by the U.S. government and over the past four years with a racist President Trump in office, law enforcement has only doubled down on racial bias.

For far too long, right-wingers have stood up for what they refer to as “blue lives” against the calls for reform and accountability in the law enforcement system to counteract efforts of social justice. The primarily white terrorists who launched the insurrection at the nations’ capitol were significantly more comfortable breaking glass and hurling insults at officers than BLM protestors were when they peacefully marched the streets. This comfort was caused by a sense of entitlement among right-wingers.

Since BLM protests first started, right-wingers flooded their social media pages with seven-point stars, placed thin blue hearts on their cars, and flew thin blue flags on their homes. This allegiance to police officers was viewed more as an alliance, so when the time came for them to start protesting, police officers would inevitably be on their side. Even when some officers retaliated against these terrorists, it was met with shock and anger.

If the pandemic didn’t get citizens thinking about how developed the U.S. is, this insurrection certainly should. The United States is supposedly one of the wealthiest and most developed countries, but the wealth inequality is high, right-wing demagoguery is on the rise, and more evidence is pointing to the idea that members of the Capitol Police colluded with terrorists to possibly harm members of Congress along with their staff. The U.S.’s status as a developed democracy is at risk, but it could be fixed.

The members of Congress who constantly voted to appease this dangerous president over the past four years and the members who chose to vote against certifying the results of a democratically held election must be held accountable. This means removing them from committees and even expelling those members, including Senator Rick Scott. The U.S. should also do more to hold law enforcement officers accountable and make them follow the same laws that ordinary citizens follow by getting rid of qualified immunity. There must be a stronger movement to shift funding to mental health resources in local communities to counter this large increase in white supremacy in law enforcement.

Democracy is at risk and the United States must do everything it takes to protect it from the same people who damaged it by placing this dangerous and corrupt administration at the top.

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Nathaniel Douglas is a newly elected Supervisor on the Orange Soil & Water Conservation District Board, making history as the youngest to ever be elected to that board, and was the youngest to be elected to public office in the state of Florida during the 2020 election. He is a Florida National News political contributor. | info@floridanationalnews.com

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Trump Campaign Launches ‘Native Americans for Trump’ with Kick-Off Event Featuring Donald Trump Jr.

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Donald Trump Jr. speaks at the Native Americans for Turmp coalition launch in Williams, Arizona. Photo: Donald Turmp campaign.

WILLIAMS, Az. — Yesterday, Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. officially launched the ‘Native Americans for Trump’ coalition with an event at the Williams Rodeo Grounds in Williams, Arizona featuring Donald Trump Jr. President Trump has been the fiercest ally of the Native American community, and the grassroots support for him around the country is reflected in the launch of the campaign’s newest coalition.

“President Trump has shown unprecedented support for the Native American Community by advocating for tribal sovereignty and providing real solutions to the critical issues facing the Tribal Nations,” said Donald Trump Jr. “Native Americans for Trump is mobilizing support for President Trump’s re-election because four more years under this Administration’s leadership means a greater future for our communities for generations to come.”

Native Americans for Trump is focused on mobilizing Tribal Nations for President Trump’s re-election. Never before have we seen an American President dedicated to uplifting and protecting the Native American community. Re-electing the President will ensure greater economic opportunity, safer tribal communities, and better healthcare policies for generations to come.

Sharon E. Clahchischilliage, Navajo, and Carlyle Begay, Navajo, will lead the ‘Native Americans for Trump’ coalition as co-chairs.

Other key members of ‘Native Americans for Trump’ include:

Ben Keel, Chickasaw
T.W. Shannon, Chickasaw
Jason Lambert, Cherokee
Michael Stopp, Cherokee
Cameron Jacobs, Lumbee
Elisa Martinez, Navajo/Zuni
Michael Woestehoff, Navajo
Jerome Kasey, White Mountain Apache

For more information, please visit nativeamericans.donaldjtrump.com

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