Scott stood beside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for a photo op along with incoming Republican freshman senators including Tennessee’s Marsha Blackburn and Missouri’s Josh Hawley Wednesday morning.
The incoming senators will vote for party leadership as well as pose for endless photos and learn where the restrooms are located.
So the question is, did Sick Rott invite himself or did McConnell?
I was gobsmacked by the photo-op on C-SPAN this morning.
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Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D) withdrew his concession to Republican candidate Ron DeSantis in the Florida gubernatorial race on Saturday as a recount in the state begins.
“I am replacing my words of concession with an uncompromised and unapologetic call that we count every single vote,” Gillum said at a press conference.
“And I say this recognizing that my fate in this may or may not change,” he added.
The announcement comes after the Florida secretary of state ordered recounts in Florida’s gubernatorial and Senate races on Saturday.
Unofficial results showed Gillum and DeSantis separated by roughly 0.41 points, within the margin necessary to trigger a machine recount.
Gillum initially conceded the race on Tuesday after returns showed him trailing by 1 point. That margin narrowed considerably, however, as new vote totals came in from Broward and Palm Beach counties on Thursday and Friday, putting the race in recount territory.
The Democrat said Saturday that since election night “more information has come in, more information has become available around the votes, around the votes that are still outstanding and really for our need to ensure in this process that every vote be counted.”
To borrow from someone I like very much at TOP, we have some things to cheer about this week. The jeers we’ve mentioning today already, but I’m certain we have a few more to add.
I don’t drink alcohol-infused beverages these days, but I will offer a cocktail that I used to drink occasionally in college: a 39th Street whiskey sour.
Ingredients include whiskey, OJ, splash of lemon juice, and a little bit of confectionery sugar. Shaken not stirred. Served with a bit of shaved ice.
This is for toasting Bill Nelson, Andrew Gillum, Stacey Abrams, and Kyrsten Sinema defending their states’ voters’ rights. Not just their supporters, but everyone’s, in ensuring all votes are recorded accurately. I confess I didn’t expect Bill Nelson to fight back. He deserves some kudos for not folding. They are the sunshine gang.
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I’ll start this with some parrot head music. #bringithome
A U.S. district judge has issued an order blocking construction of the controversial transnational Keystone XL Pipeline until the State Department conducts further study of its impact on the environment.
Judge Brian Morris’ 54-page order, issued late Thursday, overturns the Trump administrations’s approval last year of the proposed 1,179-mile pipeline and at least temporarily prevents it from being built.
Although the decision does not permanently halt the pipeline’s construction, it nevertheless comes as TransCanada, the Canadian company that owns Keystone, is preparing to start construction in Montana, shipping pipe to various locations throughout the state, the Great Falls Tribune reports.
The order stems from a lawsuit filed by the Indigenous Environmental Network and North Coast Rivers Alliance, which alleges that the State Department and TransCanada violated National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA, the environmental law described in the order as “the basic national charter for protection of the environment.”
In Thursday’s ruling, Morris wrote that the State Department’s analysis of potential environmental effects fell short of a “hard look” on the effects of current oil prices on the viability of Keystone, cumulative effects of greenhouse gas emissions, cultural resources and potential oil spills.
“These omissions require a remand with instructions to the Department to satisfy its obligations under NEPA,” he wrote.
In a bid to get young people to the polls, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders told a crowd made up mostly students that if they don’t vote, Republicans will win.
“If voter turnout is low, you’re going to end up with right-wing reactionary leadership in Florida,” Sanders told a crowd of several hundred people at the University of South Florida on Wednesday.
Sanders’ visits to USF and the University of Central Florida in Orlando earlier in the day were all in an effort to solidify support among a key block of voters who are notorious for sitting out of mid-term elections.
Sanders said he was told before taking the stage that just 81 votes out of a potential 2,900 have been cast in the precinct that includes the USF campus.
“That’s pathetic,” he told the crowd, before announcing that Democratic attorney general candidate Sean Shaw would lead students to an early voting site on campus after the speech.
“Your views don’t mean anything unless you participate in the political process and you come out to vote,” Sanders said.
Several students who spoke to 10News said they had not voted yet but intended to do so, with most saying they were headed to one of the on-campus early voting sites.
“It’s not too late,” said USF student Aly Palumbo. “I think this rally will really help get people going to the polls.”
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