Florida Politics Has Us All Slightly Confused At The Moment

Florida Politics Has Us All Slightly Confused At The Moment

Recounts and lawsuits galore! Florida is currently in the middle of a recount that echoes the 2000 election.

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Three races in Florida are being recounted. The high profile Senate and Governor races as well as the Agriculture Commissioner race. On election night, it seemed that current governor Rick Scott would become the state's next senator. Keeping that Republican theme, Ron DeSantis appeared to have edged out a win over Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, to replace Rick Scott. As ballots continued to be counted, the margins between the two candidates in both races fell into recount territory. Rick Scott was ahead of Bill Nelson, the Democratic incumbent by 12,400 votes, a mere .2%. In the governor's race, Gillum was making up ground on DeSantis cutting that margin to just about 34,000 votes. Any vote margins under .5% in the state of Florida are automatically put into a machine recount, if they are at .1% then it goes to a hand recount. Two things Republicans in the state do not want to happen.

Rick Scott claimed of rampant voter fraud in Broward County, which has seen its fair share of controversy. The Secretary of State in Florida denies the claims and says that there is no evidence that this is happening. Meanwhile, the county's election supervisor says that the recount will not be ready by the mandated deadline on Thursday. The spokeswoman for the Department of State for Florida says that if a county does not provide a complete recount by Thursday, then state law mandates that the results from election night will remain in their place. The spokeswoman also said that the Secretary of State has no authority to grant extensions on the recount.

The deadline for the recount is Thursday of this week. This recount is reminiscent of the 2000 election where Florida was make it or break it for George Bush and Al Gore. That election wasn't decided until 36 days after the election. Hopefully, this race will be decided sooner, and we'll have winners by Thursday. Anyways, like always we'll have to wait and watch as the results come in.

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I'm The College Girl Who Likes Trump And Hates Feminism, And Living On A Liberal Campus Is Terrifying

I will not sugarcoat it: I don't feel safe on my own campus.

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I will get right to the point: being a conservative on a liberal college campus in 2019 downright terrifying.

At my university, I'm sure about 90% of the population, both students and faculty, are liberals. They are very outspoken, never afraid to express their views, opinions, and feelings in several ways. There are pride events for the LGBT community, a huge celebration for MLK day, and tons of events for feminists.

Then there's the minority: the conservatives. The realists. The "racists," "bigots," and "the heartless." I am everything the liberals absolutely despise.

I like Donald Trump because he puts America first and is actually getting things done. He wants to make our country a better place.

I want a wall to keep illegals out because I want my loved ones and me to be safe from any possible danger. As for those who are genuinely coming here for a better life, JUST FILL OUT THE PAPERWORK INSTEAD OF SNEAKING AROUND.

I'm pro-life; killing an infant at nine months is inhumane to me (and yet liberals say it's inhumane to keep illegals out…but let's not get into that right now).

I hate feminism. Why? Because modern feminism isn't even feminism. Slandering the male species and wanting to take down the patriarchy is just ridiculous.

I hate the media. I don't trust anyone in it. I think they are all biased, pathological liars. They purposely make our president look like the devil himself, leaving out anything good he does.

I will not sugarcoat it: I don't feel safe on my own campus.

I mostly keep my opinions to myself out of fear. When I end up getting one of my "twisted" and "uneducated" thoughts slip out, I cringe, waiting for the slap in the face.

Don't get me wrong; not everyone at my university is hostile to those who think differently than they do.

I've shared my opinions with some liberal students and professors before, and there was no bloodshed. Sure, we may not see eye to eye, but that's okay. That just means we can understand each other a little better.

Even though the handful of students and faculty I've talked to were able to swallow my opinions, I'm still overwhelmed by the thousands of other people on campus who may not be as kind and attentive. But you can't please everybody. That's just life.

Your school is supposed to be a safe environment where you can be yourself. Just because I think differently than the vast majority of my peers doesn't mean I deserve to be a target for ridicule. No one conservative does. Scratch that, NO ONE DOES.

I don't think I'll ever feel safe.

Not just on campus, but anywhere. This world is a cruel place. All I can do is stand firm in my beliefs and try to tolerate and listen to the clashing opinions of others. What else can I do?

All I can say is... listen. Be nice. Be respectful of other's opinions, even if you strongly disagree. Besides, we all do have one thing in common: the desire for a better country.

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We Should All Keep Our Focus On 2019, Not 2020

2020 might be an election year, but 2019 is the current year.

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We are only a few days into 2019, but that doesn't mean everyone is focusing on this new year. To some, it might as well already be 2020.

The "some" I refer to is made up mostly of politicians and those who closely follow them, but also the American public. 2020 is, after all, an election year.

And not just a midterm election year, either. 2020 will offer the American people a chance to change or keep the direction the country goes toward. 2020 will host the next election for the president of the United States.

As such, some politicians are already planning accordingly. Elizabeth Warren kicked off 2019 by announcing she is considering running for president in 2020, a move largely predicted by pundits.

Warren is the first of many probable presidential hopefuls on the Democratic side of the aisle to publicly announce her intentions. From Kamala Harris to Beto O'Rourke to Joe Biden, whispers run rampant about who might try to seize the nomination.

And on the Republican side, the incumbent president might have to fight off a challenge from within his own party before he can run for a second term.

All of this is classic political gossip: who will run? Who can win? Who can speak to {insert group of people classified as a key voter base}? Who has the best progressive or conservative policies? Who is the most liked by average Americans?

These whispers will soon start to dominate cable news shows and analysis columns. As more hopefuls announce exploratory committees and platforms, more pundits and reporters will undoubtedly follow.

What does this mean, you might ask?

It means 2019 might be defined not as its own year, with its own happenings, but as a precursor to another year.

2019 might be defined, at least by some people, as pre-2020.

But thinking of the year as nothing more than the year before another one will ignore some of the things that will happen in 2019. When we shift our focus to political campaigns that will not officially start for another year we move our focus away from what the current administration chooses to do.

We should not all get so far ahead of ourselves that we discount 2019.

Issues and political grandstanding at the U.S.- Mexico border will continue. Rollbacks of environmental protections and regulations will continue.

The stock market downfall might continue in 2019. The economy could, potentially, head towards a recession in 2019.

It is very likely storms will once again wreak havoc on American communities in 2019.

Many, many things that took center stage in 2018 will continue in 2019.

It is, frankly, foolish to think that 2018 will stay bottled up in the past and have no influence on the present this year. 2018, and the policies made during it, will linger over and shape 2019.

No matter your opinions or political leanings, do not put all of your focus on 2020. It is interesting, sure, but things will happen in 2019 that will directly impact people in 2019.

The people impacted in 2019 matter more than the campaigning of 2020.

We are the people who will be impacted in 2019.

It is 2019, and we need to focus on 2019.

Let's all save 2020 for 2020.

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