The Common Thread in All Those Florida Election Debacles


One thing Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis have going for them — besides the obvious lead in vote totals so far — is history. Republican presidential candidates Rutherford B. Hayes and George W. Bush both eventually ended up carrying the state of Florida in 1876 and 2000, two other prolonged elections.


Even before Brenda Snipes ran elections in Broward County, Florida had real issues with counting votes. My book, Tainted by Suspicion: The Secret Deals and Electoral Chaos of Disputed Presidential Elections, opens by asking, “What is it with Florida anyway?”



I never expected to be asking this question after the 2018 midterm elections. The country is also on edge this year over the outcomes of the Arizona Senate race where Democrat Kyrsten Sinema is slightly leading Republican Martha McSally. Also, Democrat Stacey Abrams won’t concede defeat to Republican Brian Kemp in the Georgia governor’s race, even though it appears Kemp is the likely winner. Razor thin elections create the risk that large portions of voters will view the winner as illegitimate.


Still, only Florida will definitely have recounts, in this case affecting two of the most closely-watched statewide races in the country. Perhaps the biggest common thread for 1876, 2000, and 2018 isn’t numbers and geography. Rather, it’s the Democratic party’s determination to hunt for votes after election day to gain power. 


Of course, other states have had past voting problems too. But Florida managed to be one of four states contested in the disputed 1876 presidential election — eventually decided by Congress. It was the only contested state in the 2000 election — eventually decided by the Supreme Court.


In one respect, the 2018 midterms are more similar to the 1876 centennial crisis of Hayes and Democrat Samuel Tilden, since multiples states are in question.


Rather than a recount, the 1876 controversy was about who carried the Florida’s four electoral votes. The other contested states in 1876 were South Carolina, which had seven electoral votes; Louisiana, which had eight; and one of Oregon’s three electoral votes was in question.


Today, “voter suppression” is a bumper sticker slogan the DNC rolls out every two years to raise money and oppose voter ID laws. In 1876, just 11 years after the Civil War, the south was in reconstruction. For the newly freed black Americans, voter suppression was a reality. Democrats were also eager to cheat in those days as well. In Florida, Democrats handed out Tilden tickets decorated with Republican symbols to try to deceive freedmen they believed were illiterate.


After the election, the Republican recanvasing boards determined Hayes won the Florida by 922 votes out of 47,000 cast. However, the Democratic officials found enough votes to contend that Tilden had won the state by 94 votes.


A federal electoral commission made up of five senators, five House members, and five Supreme Court justices voted 8-7 along party line that Hayes had won the electoral votes in all four contested states. After much partisan debate and a compromise to preemptively end Reconstruction in the South, a Democratic House and Republican Senate voted to ratify the commission’s determination and make Hayes president.


In another respect, the Florida mess of 2018 more resembles the 2000 presidential showdown between Bush and Democrat Al Gore. It’s a recount where Democrats insisted that new votes could be found in Palm Beach and Broward counties, among other Democratic strongholds in the state, if they looked and counted enough. Palm Beach and Broward are the two key counties today.


Gore reportedly said in the midst of the 2000 recount, “I’m not like George Bush. If he wins or loses, life goes on. I will do anything to win.”


Similar to Gore, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum conceded defeat then unconceded. Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson never conceded, but, almost echoing Gore, Nelson’s campaign attorney Marc Elias said bluntly of the recount push, “We’re doing it to win.” 


In 2000, Democratic lawyers targeted overseas absentee ballots from the military, presumed more likely to be Bush voters. Democrats threatened to sue Seminole and Duval counties in Florida, over technicalities, to stop military vote counts.


Gore campaign operative Bob Beckel thought that there was a way to capture the Electoral College without the Florida recount. He said, “I’m trying to kidnap electors. Whatever it takes.” Beckel and the Democrats were researching the backgrounds of Republican electors across the nation in hopes of persuading them to give the Electoral College vote to Gore. However, Beckel insisted this was about lobbying and not blackmail.


These were both PR nightmares for Democrats, which previously had the upper hand in messaging by insisting every vote be counted.


Counting every vote has been a standby line for Democrats for years, but few folks believe it anymore. Most Americans only believe that every eligible and legal vote should count — not literally every vote. Whether it’s 1876, 2000 or 2018, the Democrats’ goal is to win and gain power. For that, Elias may deserve credit for honesty.


Fred Lucas is the author of Tainted by Suspicion: The Secret Deals and Electoral Chaos of Disputed Presidential Elections and is the White House correspondent for The Daily Signal. 










One thing Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis have going for them — besides the obvious lead in vote totals so far — is history. Republican presidential candidates Rutherford B. Hayes and George W. Bush both eventually ended up carrying the state of Florida in 1876 and 2000, two other prolonged elections.


Even before Brenda Snipes ran elections in Broward County, Florida had real issues with counting votes. My book, Tainted by Suspicion: The Secret Deals and Electoral Chaos of Disputed Presidential Elections, opens by asking, “What is it with Florida anyway?”


I never expected to be asking this question after the 2018 midterm elections. The country is also on edge this year over the outcomes of the Arizona Senate race where Democrat Kyrsten Sinema is slightly leading Republican Martha McSally. Also, Democrat Stacey Abrams won’t concede defeat to Republican Brian Kemp in the Georgia governor’s race, even though it appears Kemp is the likely winner. Razor thin elections create the risk that large portions of voters will view the winner as illegitimate.


Still, only Florida will definitely have recounts, in this case affecting two of the most closely-watched statewide races in the country. Perhaps the biggest common thread for 1876, 2000, and 2018 isn’t numbers and geography. Rather, it’s the Democratic party’s determination to hunt for votes after election day to gain power. 


Of course, other states have had past voting problems too. But Florida managed to be one of four states contested in the disputed 1876 presidential election — eventually decided by Congress. It was the only contested state in the 2000 election — eventually decided by the Supreme Court.


In one respect, the 2018 midterms are more similar to the 1876 centennial crisis of Hayes and Democrat Samuel Tilden, since multiples states are in question.


Rather than a recount, the 1876 controversy was about who carried the Florida’s four electoral votes. The other contested states in 1876 were South Carolina, which had seven electoral votes; Louisiana, which had eight; and one of Oregon’s three electoral votes was in question.


Today, “voter suppression” is a bumper sticker slogan the DNC rolls out every two years to raise money and oppose voter ID laws. In 1876, just 11 years after the Civil War, the south was in reconstruction. For the newly freed black Americans, voter suppression was a reality. Democrats were also eager to cheat in those days as well. In Florida, Democrats handed out Tilden tickets decorated with Republican symbols to try to deceive freedmen they believed were illiterate.


After the election, the Republican recanvasing boards determined Hayes won the Florida by 922 votes out of 47,000 cast. However, the Democratic officials found enough votes to contend that Tilden had won the state by 94 votes.


A federal electoral commission made up of five senators, five House members, and five Supreme Court justices voted 8-7 along party line that Hayes had won the electoral votes in all four contested states. After much partisan debate and a compromise to preemptively end Reconstruction in the South, a Democratic House and Republican Senate voted to ratify the commission’s determination and make Hayes president.


In another respect, the Florida mess of 2018 more resembles the 2000 presidential showdown between Bush and Democrat Al Gore. It’s a recount where Democrats insisted that new votes could be found in Palm Beach and Broward counties, among other Democratic strongholds in the state, if they looked and counted enough. Palm Beach and Broward are the two key counties today.


Gore reportedly said in the midst of the 2000 recount, “I’m not like George Bush. If he wins or loses, life goes on. I will do anything to win.”


Similar to Gore, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum conceded defeat then unconceded. Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson never conceded, but, almost echoing Gore, Nelson’s campaign attorney Marc Elias said bluntly of the recount push, “We’re doing it to win.” 


In 2000, Democratic lawyers targeted overseas absentee ballots from the military, presumed more likely to be Bush voters. Democrats threatened to sue Seminole and Duval counties in Florida, over technicalities, to stop military vote counts.


Gore campaign operative Bob Beckel thought that there was a way to capture the Electoral College without the Florida recount. He said, “I’m trying to kidnap electors. Whatever it takes.” Beckel and the Democrats were researching the backgrounds of Republican electors across the nation in hopes of persuading them to give the Electoral College vote to Gore. However, Beckel insisted this was about lobbying and not blackmail.


These were both PR nightmares for Democrats, which previously had the upper hand in messaging by insisting every vote be counted.


Counting every vote has been a standby line for Democrats for years, but few folks believe it anymore. Most Americans only believe that every eligible and legal vote should count — not literally every vote. Whether it’s 1876, 2000 or 2018, the Democrats’ goal is to win and gain power. For that, Elias may deserve credit for honesty.


Fred Lucas is the author of Tainted by Suspicion: The Secret Deals and Electoral Chaos of Disputed Presidential Elections and is the White House correspondent for The Daily Signal. 




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Trump Admin Ends Official Time Policy for VA


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Taxpayers will no longer foot the bill for union officials at the Veterans Administration.

The Trump administration issued a new policy that will put an end to the practice known as official time, which forces the federal government to continue paying employees for work conducted on the union’s behalf, for medical staffers.

The agency has been the subject of numerous scandals in recent years following revelations that it doctored records exposing delays in care that resulted in the deaths of dozens of veterans.

President Trump campaigned on reforming the agency and has instituted measures aimed at streamlining service and imposing accountability on employees. In July, President Trump issued an executive order calling on the VA to review its official time practices. The new agency rules will apply to medical personnel, rather than the agency’s clerical workers, including all union physicians, dentists, registered nurses, and chiropractors, among other agency employees.

VA Acting Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Administration Jacquelyn Hayes-Byrd said the measure is intended to focus employees on the agency’s duty to care for former service members. Official time, she said, distracts doctors and other medical personnel from their mission. The new rules reflect “common sense.”

“Allowing health care workers to do taxpayer-funded union work instead of serving Veterans impacts patient care negatively,” she said in a statement. “President Trump has made it clear—VA employees should always put Veterans first. And when we hire medical professionals to take care of Veterans, that’s what they should do at all times. No excuses, no exceptions.”

The move sparked anger from the American Federation of Government Employees, which accused the White House of undermining the rights of workers. Union boss J. David Cox said the reforms represented a “grave disservice to our nation’s veterans.” Rather than detracting from the VA’s core duty, official time enhanced care. He credited union officials for exposing the agency’s failure to adequately care for veterans over the years.

“Clinicians use official time to raise concerns about patient safety, access to care, and staffing shortages. Silencing their voices endangers our veterans,” Cox said in a statement. “Removing access to this time is like asking the fire department to operate without firetrucks or a firehose—and the result will be just as disastrous for our veterans. Make no mistake, this is an attempt to silence the voices of VA employees at a time when such oversight is more critical than ever.”

The VA spent $49 million to cover union activities in 2016. The agency said those resources would be better spent on healthcare, pointing to an Office of Personnel Management report on official time. OPM found that the agency continued to pay one registered nurse despite the fact that she no longer provided any care to patients, instead focusing 100 percent of her time on union duties. The administration said such a role was “an example of the negative effect taxpayer-funded union time has on Veteran care.”

“Although she no longer provides patient care, she continues to receive a nurse’s salary, which at VA averages more than $90,000 per year,” the agency said in a Thursday evening release.

The nurse’s experience at the agency is not an aberration. Nearly 300,000 VA employees spent 1.1 million hours conducting union business on the taxpayers’ dime, according to a 2015 report from the non-partisan Government Accountability Office.

The Trump administration has sought to eliminate official time in other agencies, as well. The Department of Education spearheaded reforms to eliminate the practice through collective bargaining—the AFGE declined to participate in multiple negotiating sessions, but has filed legal challenges to the contract issued by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

Labor watchdogs praised the administration for the reform. Patrick Semmens, spokesman for the National Right to Work Foundation, said the official time policies advanced by the Obama administration have been an albatross around the agency’s neck. He encouraged other agencies to follow the department’s lead and do away with the practice.

“The practice of granting federal employees ‘official time’ to do union business on the taxpayers’ dime has wasted hundreds of millions of dollars and diverted services from their intended recipients, in this case veterans in need of health care,” he said. ”If union activities are worthwhile then members will voluntarily pay for them, and if not then it only further demonstrates how outrageous it is that thousands of federal employees are being paid for so-called union business instead of the job they were hired to do.”

The policy will apply to 430 VA staffers currently serving union roles and is scheduled to take effect on Nov. 15.

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Fox News Boycotts Twitter After Antifa Attack on Tucker Carlson


Twitter has let its favoritism of the left go too far — and Fox News is striking back.

Smash Racism DC, a branch of antifa, attacked Tucker Carlson’s house, reportedly threatened his wife, and doxed Carlson and his family on Twitter on Thursday, November 8. Since then,  Fox News decided to hold Twitter accountable for enabling some of these violations. According to Business Insider, a managing editor at Fox News emailed employees telling them to “please refrain from tweeting out our content from either section accounts or your own accounts until further notice.”

On Friday, Fox News made the “conscious decision” to not tweet out from its official account after Smash Racism DC attacked Fox News host Tucker Carlson. Twitter suspended Smash Racism DC for this offense, but this wasn’t the first time the group had doxed a public figure. After chasing Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) out of a restaurant, the group posted Conservative Review’s Gavin McInnes’ phone number.

The hiatus from Twitter is said to be a “protest of Twitter’s response to complaints that users were posting Carlson’s home address online.”

Twitter apparently refused to delete tweets with Carlson’s address, according to a Fox News source cited by Tribune Media’s content manager Scott Gustin.

Fox News’s CEO Suzanne Scott and President Jay Wallace condemned what happened at Carlson’s house, saying, “The violent threats and intimidation tactics towards him and his family are completely unacceptable.”

Carlson himself only tweeted on November 11, in response to critics who claimed that he attacked a gay Hispanic man on October 13. He gave his side of the story and said, “Last month one of my children was attacked by a stranger at dinner. For her sake, I was hoping to keep the incident private. It’s now being politicized by the Left.”

 

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‘Three Stooges of Socialism’: Cuban, Venezuelan Dictators Wish Nicaragua’s Ortega Happy Birthday


Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro and Cuba’s ceremonial “president” Miguel Díaz-Canel took the time Sunday to celebrate the birthday of fellow leftist autocrat Daniel Ortega, who turned 73 years old and has ruled Nicaragua for about half of the years since the 1979 Sandinista revolution.

The Trump administration recently announced a recalibration of its Latin America strategy to specifically target the three socialist/communist regimes in Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua, citing their widespread human rights violations and cooperation in enabling criminal activity in the region.

American National Security Advisor John Bolton referred to Maduro, Díaz-Canel, and Ortega as the “three stooges of socialism” in a speech announcing the new policies in Miami this month.

“The people of Bolívar and Chávez unite with our Sandinista brothers to celebrate the birthday of our friend and president, Comandante Daniel Ortega,” Maduro wrote on Twitter. “We appreciate your contribution in the construction of a multicentered and pluri-polar world. Long live a free Nicaragua!”

Díaz-Canel replied to Maduro on Twitter, adding, “I add myself to President Maduro on this congratulation on the birthday of the brother Comandante Daniel Ortega. Congratulations.”

Comandante is a Spanish term popularized by late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro for the supreme leader in a communist society.

Maduro expressed his good wishes from Caracas, where he is currently presiding over a government that has devastated the economy to such an extent that it has triggered the largest migrant crisis in the modern history of South America. To suppress protests by pro-democracy voices who note that Maduro has banned free and fair elections and illegally dissolved the legislature, the Venezuelan socialist regime has taken hundreds of political prisoners and killed and tortured many not imprisoned for extended periods of time. According to Lorent Saleh, a student activist who spent four years in prison for organizing peacefully, guards in Venezuelan prisoners actively tortured prisoners using sensory deprivation, sleep deprivation, beatings, extracting blood to weaken a prisoner, and crucifixion.

In neighboring Cuba, pro-democracy voices more often face public beatings and humiliation, as dictator Raúl Castro attempts to keep political prisoner statistics low to discredit human rights advocates. Cuba arrests hundreds of political activists every month, typically beating them and leaving them hours from home with no way of getting back. Some activists, like Ladies in White organization leader Berta Soler, are arrested nearly every week.

The Cuban regime actively supports and advises Venezuela. Some estimates place the number of Cuban state security agents in Venezuela running government operations at close to 100,000 people. As a result, Cuba’s economy has suffered, beaten down by the related collapse of Venezuela’s. Díaz-Canel, who serves as Castro’s ambassador to the world given the latter’s advanced age, is currently in Laos after visiting Russia, China, and North Korea seeking financial aid.

Ortega ran Nicaragua from 1979-1990 and returned as president in 2007, imposing the same socialist/communist ideology that his Sandinista revolution brought to power. Nicaragua’s government became significantly more violence in April of this year in response to a series of peaceful protests that began with demands to preserve the current social security system but resulted in widespread protests for Ortega to step down. Ortega has ordered police to violently attack and arrest peaceful dissidents. Recent estimates found that more than 300 people died in police attacks, over 2,000 were injured, and thousands more arrested. Those who survived prison report being raped, beaten, and tortured in attempts to make them claim to be affiliated with the United States and the CIA.

Ortega declared protests illegal in late September.

Pro-Ortega Nicaraguan media claimed that towns throughout the country organized celebrations for Ortega’s birthday featuring children singing performances in Ortega’s honor and that “families came together to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ in their homes.”

This month, the Trump administration launched a multi-pronged approach to diminish the influence of all three repressive regimes through a speech Bolton delivered in Florida.

“I am here to deliver a clear message from the president … to those three regimes,” Bolton told an audience largely composed of refugees from those countries. “We will not reward torturers, murderers, and abusers.”

“This Troika of Tyranny, this triangle of terror stretching from Havana to Caracas to Managua, is the cause of immense human suffering, the impetus of enormous regional instability, and the genesis of a sordid cradle of communism in the Western Hemisphere,” he added, referring to the two leaders and subordinate Díaz-Canel as “the Three Stooges of Socialism.”

“They are pathetic clowns that resemble Larry, Curly, and Moe, three absurd comedians,” he said.

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Former Facebook Security Chief: Google CEO Sundar Pichai Is Lying About China


Many have been critical of Google’s plan to launch a censored search engine in China, now a former Facebook executive has called out Google’s CEO for lying about the company’s motives.

Facebook’s former security chief Alex Stamos took to Twitter recently to attack Google CEO Sundar Pichai for his comments defending the company’s decision to move into the China market with its censored search engine known as “Project Dragonfly,” Silicon Beat reports.

In a recent interview with the New York Times, Pichai stated that Google was “committed to serving users in China” and compared Chinese censorship laws to the “right to be forgotten” law in the European Union. Pichai received severe criticism for this comparison, both internally and from those outside of Google.

“Tech companies constantly walk a difficult path between complying with local law and protecting human rights,” Stamos tweeted Thursday. “For Sundar to compare the “right to be forgotten” (which I agree is problematic) with censorship in China is, at best, amoral and mendacious.”

Stamos further added that: “China’s censorship regime is a tool to maintain the absolute control of the party-state and is in no way comparable,” to the right to be forgotten law.

Google software engineer Colin McMillen tweeted: “It is extremely bad that Sundar appears to either think that RTBF is morally equivalent to government surveillance & censorship, or that he appears to think that nobody will notice this analogy is extremely inaccurate.”

In another tweet, McMillen stated: “the RTBF regulation was passed by democratically-elected representatives, as opposed to an authoritarian state.” He later added, “It is very unlikely that the EU will ever attempt to trawl through records of past search queries to retroactively look for (and potentially imprison) people who searched for RTBF-covered queries. China, meanwhile, will almost certainly do so.”

During a speech before the Hudson Institute, Vice President Mike Pence China’s theft of U.S. technology, urging Google to take action on the issue. Pence said during the speech that other business leaders are hesitant to enter the Chinese market “if it means turning over their intellectual property or abetting Beijing’s oppression.”

Pence called on Google to listen to these other leaders and that “more must follow suit.” He also called on Google to end the development of its censored Chinese search engine project known as Dragonfly: “For example, Google should immediately end development of the ‘Dragonfly’ app that will strengthen Communist Party censorship and compromise the privacy of Chinese customers,” said Pence.

In a recent interview with Tucker Carlson, Chinese policy expert Dr. Michael Pillsbury stated that Big Tech giant Google is “highly embarrassed” by the recent “Project Dragonfly” leaks which showed the company planning to launch a censored search engine in China. The search giant’s project has been in development since Spring of 2017, and was accelerated in December 2017, following a meeting between company CEO Sundar Pichai and top Chinese government officials. Google engineers have created custom apps named “Maotai” and “Longfei,” which have already been demonstrated for Chinese officials and could be launched within the next six to nine months.

A Google spokesperson told Fox News at the time: “We’ve been investing for many years to help Chinese users, from developing Android, through mobile apps such as Google Translate and Files Go, and our developer tools. But our work on search has been exploratory, and we are not close to launching a search product in China.”

Lucas Nolan is a reporter for Breitbart News covering issues of free speech and online censorship. Follow him on Twitter @LucasNolan or email him at lnolan@breitbart.com

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ADAMS: Shawnee State University Wins Competition Of Unhinged Academic Lunacy

People sometimes ask me what it’s like to work with the biggest bunch of unhinged lunatics in higher education in America. I used to be able to give them a serious answer. But I can no longer do that because the title of most unhinged institution has slipped away from the UNC system and landed in the great State of Ohio.

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‘Grandfather to the Neighborhood’ Experienced Horrible Death at Hands of New Resident: Cops


A Georgia man described as a “grandfather to the neighborhood” is being mourned by family and friends after being killed and dismembered, allegedly at the hands of a new resident.

“What began as a search for a well-respected member of the Clayton County community has now turned into a murder investigation,” WAGA-TV reported Monday.

“Authorities found the body of Clayton County minister Robert Page Thursday night not far from his home.”

And the way that the 70-year-old man met his death was beyond grisly.

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When Page was reported missing Thursday evening, the search began with his next-door neighbor, Martinez Ponce.

He was seen outside the home of the minister on the night Page went missing. When investigators wen to Ponce’s home, the case cracked open.

“Officers went to the back of the residence, and located the offender, hiding under a couch, acting very nervous and suspicious,” said a spokesperson for the Clayton County Police Department.

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“Officers then noticed a trail of blood, in the backyard. They followed the trail, which led them to the victim, Mr. Page’s dismembered remains.”

WSB-TV reported that Ponce was combative with police, which led to an obstruction charge on top of a malice murder charge for the killing of Page.

Ponce had only lived in the area for about three months. No motive has been reported for the killing yet, nor is there any information on whether he was dismembered while he was alive. The two didn’t know one another.

However, tributes from the community show how much he’ll be missed.

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“He’s irreplaceable. The personality he had was priceless. Nobody will ever be able to top him,” Bobby Austin, Page’s grandson, told reporters.

“Even if you weren’t related to him, if he saw that you were a younger nice person, he would say, ‘You’re my grandson or granddaughter’ or ‘You’re my son or daughter,’ something like that. He was a very (embracing) person … and to go in such a tragic way, it just hit us all really hard at the moment,” Austin added.

“He was a great guy. He helped me build my driveway and all. We talked every day and he helped me build my fence and my gate and all, and we were just friends,” another neighbor said.

“I don’t have any words for it. It was just crazy to know something that outrageous could happen right next door.”

And that’s the sad lesson: We need to be able to defend ourselves against cases such as this. Most people understand that being in public presents some dagers even if the chance of anything truly bad happening is remote.

But something this outrageous could also happen right next door. No, the likelihood isn’t high, but it’s something we ought to realize is a possibility — and there are very good ways to handle it.

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Facebook Fires Pro-Trump Employee After Large Donation


That Silicon Valley refuses to support conservative ideas is well known, but some firms won’t countenance their employees donating to conservative causes and candidates. Just ask Facebook.

In a congressional hearing in April, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg referenced an employee who was fired, calling it “inappropriate to address.” He denied that the termination was politically motivated. Palmer Luckey, founder of Oculus, was placed on leave and then fired from Facebook a few days after the Daily Beast reported that he donated $10,000 to a pro-Trump group called NimbleAmerica.

At first, according to the Wall Street Journal, Luckey was accused of posting “misogynistic comments” on a Reddit group called The_Donald. Apparently, a user called “NimbleRichMan” said he was donating to the group so it could post unflattering memes of Hillary Clinton. The Daily Beast said that “NimbleRichMan” was in fact Luckey.

He was put on leave and encouraged to circulate a statement written for him by Zuckerberg, who wrote that Luckey did not support Trump but instead supported libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.

Luckey’s work reviews throughout this time were positive. He donated $100,000 to President Trump’s inaugural committee in November of 2016. Luckey was asked to resign in December, refused, and was then fired in March of 2017.

Former Daily Beast reporter Ben Collins wrote in a series of tweets on Sunday, November 11, that the Journal ignored the unsavory behavior of many Reddit users who had belonged to The_Donald. He said, “The_Donald was an extremist internet community in the 2016 election cycle.” He also said that the Beast had on record Luckey admitting to being “NimbleRichMan,” and then later lying about it to Facebook executives.

Silicon Valley and Facebook in particular donate millions of dollars every year to liberal political candidates. The fact that Facebook took offense at a conservative executive who donated $10,000 to a conservative group is frightening, to say the least.

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First Democrat Officially Announces 2020 Presidential Bid. Trump’s Already Given Him A Nickname.

It’s been less than a week since the midterm elections, with several races still too close to call, but that doesn’t mean it’s too soon for the 2020 election to officially get rolling. On Sunday, the first Democrat candidate filed the paperwork to kick off what is destined to be the most over-the-top, hysteria-filled, post-post-apocalyptic election yet.

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Survey of Financial Journalists Shows Liberals Outnumbering Conservatives 14-to-1

A survey of financial journalists revealed a stark political contrast, with 58 percent of respondents describing themselves as liberal against just 4 percent calling themselves conservative.

The study, conducted by professors at Arizona State University and Texas A&M University, sought to "provide new insights into the inputs, incentives, and beliefs that shape their reporting" by interviewing 462 financial reporters about their jobs.

One of the respondents, Mike Bird of the Wall Street Journal, tweeted out the demographic characteristics of the respondents. Just 3.94 percent said they were "conservative" and 0.46 percent called themselves "very conservative," while 40.84 percent called themselves "liberal" and 17.63 percent described themselves as "very liberal."

The findings of the reporters’ political leanings mirrors that of Politico surveys of the White House press corps in 2016 (zero Republicans among 72 reporters surveyed) and 2017 (three Republicans out of 63 surveyed).

Former George W. Bush administration press secretary Ari Fleischer noted the disparity in the financial journalist study.

Two-thirds of the respondents were men, more than 62 percent of them had at least 10 years of experience in the field, and more than 60 percent were at least 40 years old. About 70 percent of them made at least $75,000 per year.

The study’s abstract discussed the finding’s themes, one of them being many of the financial journalists surveyed "lack financial sophistication" and relay heavily on private communications with company management and listening to sell-side analysts.

UPDATE: 4:47 P.M.: This article’s headline initially stated liberal journalists outnumbered conservatives 19-to-1, but the correct ratio is about 14-to-1.

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