MIAMI — Given all that Florida has to gain from a complete count in the upcoming 2020 U.S. Census — including greater political representation in Congress and billions of additional dollars in federal funding — there are easy arguments to be made in favor of getting counted.But as local advocates fan out across South Florida to encourage census participation among Hispanic and immigrant communities, both traditionally under-counted groups nationwide, there’s another message they are repeating with discipline: you have nothing to fear from the once-in-a-decade count.“It has to be mentioned very...
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'Why not raise it for the Red Cross?': Former Bush strategist questions DeSantis' private hurricane relief fund
In the event of a disaster, a whole host of organizations swoop into the area to help. Everyone from the United Way to the Red Cross, World Central Kitchen and even the Humane Society joins with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to deliver water, help people get to shelters, feed folks, help animals and ultimately begin to rebuild their lives.
The work that is done is part of an effort that has existed for decades and gets better and better with each disaster from trusted groups that fall under federal oversight. After an event, most leaders point to such groups to encourage folks to help, but as Hurricane Ian bared down on Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) started his own disaster relief fund, putting his wife in charge of it.
Speaking to MSNBC on Monday evening, former strategist to President George W. Bush, Matthew Dowd, questioned the fund, noting that he was concerned about oversight.
"First off, anytime that everybody raises a concern about leadership during a crisis, Republicans say don't politicize it," said Dowd. So, somebody is critical of Ron DeSantis in a hurricane; they say don't politicize. It the same thing they say after a mass shooting, when somebody brings out the fact that we ought to reduce access to guns, they say, 'don't politicize it.' Of course it is about politics, and of course the governor should be criticized, for any number of things, not the least of which he has spent no time on infrastructure in Florida, and all his time on critical race theory, on transgender issues, threats to businesses."
There's also a concern about someone like DeSantis after Americans watched former President Donald Trump use a charity to squirrel away more money for himself.
"He's used charitable organizations and raise money then no one knows, and no one can track where it ends up, but it's likely to end up in the pockets of the Trump family," said Dowd. "Of course, it raises issues. I don't understand why he's not raising the money for the Red Cross or for a number of established charities, why he has to set up his own charity in this. We ought to raise a whole number of questions, because we've seen evidence over the last five years of the leader of the Republican Party who is taken money that he said was gonna be raised for charities and diverted it to things that we have no idea about."
Watch the video below and see a list of verified charities after that:
Florida disaster relief www.youtube.com
Maddow reveals shocking ad asking voters if they're ok with 12-year-olds being forced to have a rapist's baby
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow revealed an ad that will go live on Tuesday in Wisconsin that addresses the Republican Party's war to force children to give birth, even if they've been raped.
In an ad narrated by Stockard Channing, voters are forced to face the reality of the Republican Party's extremist abortion laws. Wisconsin's gubernatorial candidate Tim Michels is so far to the right that an ad exposing him is necessary.
"It's quite something," Maddow said simply before the ad was revealed to the public for the first time.
"A 12-year-old girl can't legally drive a car," the voice says with a photo of a young woman on the screen. "At 12 she can't even vote. But if this little girl were tragically raped or a victim of incest and became pregnant radical Tim Michaels would force her to deliver the baby. He said it's quote, 'Not unreasonable' for the state government to mandate rape victims to give birth. Would it be unreasonable if Michaels was forcing this on you? Let him know, on Election Day."
The midterm election is five weeks from Tuesday.
See the video below:
Wisconsin ad against Tim Michaels www.youtube.com
New attack ad accuses Kevin McCarthy of using crime to scare voters while he ignores 'law and order'
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) teamed up together for an attack video against House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy.
Republicans have attempted to claim that crime is blowing up around the country and the murder rate is on the rise. The reality, the ad explains, is that McCarthy only cares about crime when it isn't committed by his allies.
The ad begins with the claim that Bakersfield, California, has a high crime rate and McCarthy hasn't done anything to solve the problem at the heart of his own district.
"Kevin, your district has been the murder capitol of California five years in a row," the narrator says. It then explains that McCarthy voted against $300 billion in funding for law enforcement that would have helped his district. It was a bipartisan bill, but McCarthy didn't even vote.
"If you really want to talk about crime, let's start with your own party," the narrator continues. "Because it sure seems like you and your MAGA pals are fine with certain crimes. Crimes like stealing top secret nuclear files, attacking the nation's Capitol, assaulting police officers, attempting to overthrow an election, not to mention the little things like tax and bank fraud."
The ad closes by saying that not only isn't McCarthy "anti-crime" the GOP isn't either.
"You and your fellow Republicans are just trying to scare voters, playing politics while leaving it to Democrats to actually work for the safety of Americans," the ad closes.
Watch it below:
\u201cYou can\u2019t be pro-cop and pro-coup. @GOPLeader Kevin McCarthy and the MAGA extremists want to make the election about \u201claw & order\u201d because they think Democrats won\u2019t push back in their gaslighting.\n\nWell, think again, Kevin.\u201d— Eric Swalwell (@Eric Swalwell) 1664836995