In November, Floridians will go to the polls to decide whether they should do away with the state’s extreme felony disenfranchisement laws, which leave a huge portion of the state without voting rights.
Republican governor Rick Scott has been accused of using the process to suppress the vote in the state, which is known for narrow elections. He’s bragged about the fact that there are “no standards” behind his decisions on who to restore rights to. Among other things, one board member is known for asking almost everyone who goes before him whether they attend church and where.
On his HBO show Sunday, John Oliver took on the topic and then begged Floridans to support the effort to repeal the law.
“I would like to speak directly to the people of Florida for a second,” Oliver said. “I know that we make fun of you a lot, Florida, because of all the stupid things that happen where live. You’re probably expecting me to steer away from all that and appeal to your innate goodness and state of reason. But I’m not going to do that, I’m going to double down… I mean, come on Florida, you’re Florida.”
Oliver then aired some hilarious Florida Man headlines.
“Yes, Floridians, you do make mistakes—but it’s also in your nature to help one another recover,” he said.
Watch the segments explaining the background of the law and where Oliver appeals to Floridians below.
‘All over the map’: CNN details the bizarre surge of Trump’s flip-flops
Following two mass shootings in one weekend, President Donald Trump promised to strengthen background checks for gun purchases. But just the next week--reportedly after speaking with NRA head Wayne LaPierre--dropped his resolve and said there were already sufficient background checks on the books.
That's not the only recent policy flip-flop by the President.
On CNN Thursday, White House reporter Sarah Westwood chronicled all the policies on which the president has reversed course. First, the president abruptly cancelled plans to cut foreign aid.
"President Trump, the White House, they were facing a wave of opposition from Congressional appropriators in both parties and from the State Department who thought that this move could do harm to national security," Westwood said.
Ex-Trump official bashes White House ‘apologists’ who haven’t quit yet: ‘There’s not much hope for them’
A report on the silence coming from first daughter Ivanka Trump and her White House advisor husband Jared Kushner after Donald Trump attacked American Jews turned to the future of White House aides who are either complicit in the president's policies or stand idly by as he lurches from controversy to controversy.
In an interview with CNN's Brianna Keilar, former Trump adviser J.W. Verret pointed out there are still some "adults in the room" with Trump, but CNN's Kaitlan Collins first pointed out that -- as of late -- Ivanka and Kushner are not among them.
"This fits a pattern that we've seen from Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump at times during times when the administration tried to repeal parts of Obamacare, and of course, the big one the president has made about Jewish people who are supporting Democrats," Collins explained. "Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are both Orthodox Jews. They've been involved with the president on many things. but neither of them have said anything publicly about the president's comments. and when we asked the white house have they been advising the president privately on this, the White House did not get back to us."
GOP facing nightmare scenario as rural America gets hit with a depopulation crisis
The Republican Party is entrenched in rural America with the overwhelming majority of small towns being represented by the GOP. But the population in these areas are under a huge decline.
That's a nightmare scenario for Republicans in Congress, whose districts are determined by population. The Republican Party has worked diligently to ensure gerrymandering can protect their rural members as the population shifts toward the suburbs.
One key component of the Affordable Care Act went to subsidizing rural hospitals to prevent them from closing. Most of that has been defunded by Republicans if the states were even willing to allow Medicare/Medicaid expansion in the state, to begin with. A Navigant report out earlier this year showed that more than one in five rural hospitals have closed so far.