The Daily Populous

Friday August 19th, 2022 morning edition

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Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced that 20 people who voted in the 2020 election will be arrested and charged Thursday for breaking the state's election laws on felon voting rights.

The move was described as the "opening salvo" for the Office of Election Crimes and Security, created by DeSantis and approved by the Florida Legislature.

DeSantis said the twenty people arrested were all convicted for either murder or sexual assault and were mostly from Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.

They did not get their rights restored and yet they went ahead and voted anyways.

That is against the law and now they're going to pay the price for it," DeSantis said at a news conference Thursday.

DeSantis also said the Office of Election Crimes and Security would also be looking at voters who were undocumented when they cast their vote in 2020.

News of the arrests come at a time when many Republicans still believe there was widespread fraud in the 2020 election, a claim perpetuated by former President Donald Trump. »

Police call for Bolsonaro to be charged for spreading Covid misinformation

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Brazilian federal police have called for President Jair Bolsonaro to be charged with spreading fake information about a coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 680,000 of his citizens, including bogus claims of a link between Aids and Covid vaccines.

On Wednesday night a senior federal police investigator was reported to have written to the supreme court asking for Bolsonaro to be questioned and charged with the crime of incitement, when someone encourages another person to commit an offense.

The federal police inquiry into Bolsonaro’s alleged Covid crimes was ordered last December at the end of a congressional inquiry into his handling of the public health emergency. »

GOP group apologizes for mistakenly posting KKK image

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A Republican group in Alabama is apologizing after accidentally using a picture of a GOP elephant that contained Ku Klux Klan imagery.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- A Republican group in Alabama is apologizing after accidentally using a picture of the GOP elephant that contained Ku Klux Klan imagery.

The Lawrence County Republican Party intended to post an image of the GOP elephant on its page, but ended up using one in which the white spaces between the animal's legs were drawn to resemble hooded Klansmen. »

McConnell says Republicans may not win Senate control, citing ‘candidate quality’

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WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday downplayed expectations of Republicans capturing control of the Senate in the fall elections, describing “candidate quality” as an important factor.

“I think there’s probably a greater likelihood the House flips than the Senate.

The Senate Leadership Fund, a group aligned with McConnell, recently bought $28 million worth of airtime in Ohio to support Republican nominee J.D. Vance. »