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This is how Florida Republicans plan to hand the election to Trump in 2020

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In 2018, voters in Florida passed Amendment 4, restoring voting rights to ex-felons. The measure passed 65 to 35 percent.

Now, Florida Governor and major Trump ally Ron DeSantis is expected to blunt the impact of the measure by approving a bill that would require ex-felons to have paid off all fees connected to their sentence before voting. That means Donald Trump might get a major boost in 2020, reports the Daily Beast.

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SB 7066 requires ex-felons to pay off all financial obligations from their sentencing or get them excused by a judge.

As Vox notes, close to 1.4 million Floridians were eligible to vote thanks to the popular amendment, and it’s not clear how many will be affected if DeSantis signs SB 7066 into law.

Increasingly, people who serve prison time are saddled with thousands of dollars in debt that hobbles their efforts to rebuild their lives on the outside.  The debt, which accrues interest, can stem from bench-warrant fees, filing-clerks fees, court-appointed attorney fees, crime-lab analysis fees, incarceration costs, DNA-database fees and jury fees, reports the Atlantic.

As the Daily Beast observes, the restriction on voting rights might be enough to hand Florida to Trump in 2020.

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Florida is a key state in Trump’s 2020 campaign. Trump officially launched his re-election bid in Orlando, and many of his policies have catered to Florida voters, including a crackdown on Cuba and Venezuela.

 

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Turkish president snubs Pence ahead of meeting: ‘When Trump comes here I’ll be talking’

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan thumbed his nose at President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

Pence had been scheduled to meet Thursday with the Turkish president in Ankara to urge an immediate ceasefire in Syria and work toward a negotiated settlement, but Erdoğan abruptly snubbed the U.S. vice president.

Erdoğan told Sky News that his own vice president, Fuat Oktay, would instead meet with Pence.

“When Trump comes here," Erdoğan said, "I’ll be talking.”

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Trump delivers crazed tweet against ‘illegal and absurd impeachment’: ‘Pelosi and Schiff should be impeached for fraud!’

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President Donald Trump claimed Democrats are trying to impeach him because they can't beat him in an election.

Trump, who won the first political campaign he'd ever run but now finds himself trailing several Democratic candidates in early polling, said he didn't see anyone onstage at Wednesday's debate who could beat him in 2020.

"You would think there is NO WAY that any of the Democrat Candidates that we witnessed last night could possibly become President of the United States," Trump tweeted. "Now you see why they have no choice but to push a totally illegal & absurd Impeachment of one of the most successful Presidents!"

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Never-before-seen tax docs show Trump’s businesses made themselves seem more profitable to lenders and less profitable to tax officials

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Documents obtained by ProPublica show stark differences in how Donald Trump’s businesses reported some expenses, profits and occupancy figures for two Manhattan buildings, giving a lender different figures than they provided to New York City tax authorities. The discrepancies made the buildings appear more profitable to the lender — and less profitable to the officials who set the buildings’ property tax.

For instance, Trump told the lender that he took in twice as much rent from one building as he reported to tax authorities during the same year, 2017. He also gave conflicting occupancy figures for one of his signature skyscrapers, located at 40 Wall Street.

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