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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signs bill requiring felons pay off fines before regaining right to vote

Florida‘s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed off on a bill Friday requiring felons to pay off their financial obligations before regaining the right to vote, a tactic many critics argue amounts to voter suppression and a modern-day poll tax.

State Republicans introduced the bill after voters passed an amendment in November to give roughly 1.4 million people with felony convictions to right to cast ballots in elections. The measure allowed felons not convicted of murder or sexual offenses to vote once they “complete all terms of their sentence including parole or probation.”

The language also said felons must complete their sentences, which Republicans interpreted to include paying off fines and fees imposed at sentencing.

FLORIDA: VOTING RIGHTS OF MORE THAN 1 MILLION FELONS RESTORED

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Former felons register to vote in Miami on Jan. 8, 2019. (ELINA SHIRAZI/Fox News)

“Senate Bill 7066 enumerates a uniform list of crimes that fall into the excluded categories and confirms that the amendment does not apply to a felon who has failed to complete all the terms of his sentence,” DeSantis wrote in a memo to Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee.

Democrats argued the bill created unnecessary hurdles voters didn’t foresee when they passed the amendment and that the original intent of preventing felons from voting was to repress the minority vote.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, the NAACP and other groups promptly filed a federal lawsuit over the new law Friday.

“Over a million Floridians were supposed to reclaim their place in the democratic process, but some politicians clearly feel threatened by greater voter participation,” Julie Ebenstein, senior staff attorney with the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, said in a statement. “They cannot legally affix a price tag to someone’s right to vote.”

Experts said granting felons to right to vote could possibly tip the scales in a state where elections can be decided by a small percentage of votes.

Several groups and Democratic presidential hopefuls blasted new law over Twitter.

“Disgusting. My democracy plan would re-enfranchise those who have served their time and left prison—and prevent states like Florida from overriding their rights with Jim Crow-era nonsense,” Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren tweeted.

“The 1965 Voting Rights Act was passed to eliminate the poll tax. Today, FL Gov Ron DeSantis defied the will of people & signed a law depriving thousands of formerly incarcerated persons from voting unless they pay restitution, fines & fees. THIS is why we need to #RestoreTheVOTE,” the NAACP posted.

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When the bill advanced through the Florida House in April, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker called it a “poll tax,” a tool most notoriously used to disenfranchise black voters in the Jim Crow-era south.

Under the law, felons could petition a judge to forgive their outstanding fines and fees in favor of community service or have a victim forgo repayment of restitution.

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Illinois says it’s prepared for another election hack

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To most people, the mundane sound of typing on a computer keyboard does not have any special significance.

But in the computer server room of the Sangamon County, Ill., Board of Elections, the tapping signals the defense of our democracy.

The county’s computers, like those in state and local election offices across the country, are the new battlefield against foreign attacks on our election system.

Don Gray, the Sangamon County Clerk, likens the fight to a war.

“We are at the frontlines of ensuring that the protections to the integrity of our elections is first at hand. We are working hard, we are staying focused, we are staying out in front, I spend the majority of my time analyzing and staying in proper positioning to thwart these type of attacks,” Gray told Fox News.

“Cyber threats are a reality and we take it seriously. What happened to us was bad, but it could have been a heck of a lot worse,” said Steve Sandvoss, the executive director of the Illinois State Board of Elections.

“The threat is ongoing and it is very serious.”

Sandvoss knows the impact firsthand. During the 2016 presidential election, Illinois was hit by a foreign force — the Russians. Federal authorities said that operatives of Russian intelligence hacked into the state’s voter registration rolls, compromising the records of 76,000 voters. The majority of those hit, more than 14,000 voters, live in the small city of Galesburg, in the central part of the state.

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Although officials insist that no votes were affected, the hack did expose the vulnerability of the state’s election system. That prompted officials to beef up election security.

“It was a wakeup call,” Sandvoss told Fox News. “We never thought that this is something that was going to happen to us. Well, it did and it could happen again.”

To address that threat, the state created what it calls, the Cyber Navigator Program, a group of specially trained computer experts who are on guard for signs of election hacking across the state, in all 102 counties, 24/7.

The funding mostly came from Washington, part of a $380 million program that Congress allocated to states to beef up election security. Illinois’ cut was just over $13 million.

The Navigators monitor every aspect of the state and local election computer systems. Officials say they provide cybersecurity protection, and if there is a breach, can act like a computer commando squad ready to swoop down and stop an attack before it can cause havoc.

“They’re the frontline of defense,” Sandvoss said. “They do risk assessment testing, they do spearfishing assessments…their job is to discover what vulnerabilities exist in the systems.”

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“This program, and the federal government’s assistance and the state’s persistence in focusing on cyber protections of our elections, has really opened up the doors for us to detect, protect and defend our apparatus of elections, so that we have a secure and accurate result and we bring great confidence to the electoral process here in Illinois” Gray said.

Navigators look for “the weak spots for them to get into our system somewhere,” he said. “They provide that expert analysis to show us what it is that those are, how they can and where they can come from. Our enemies are always trying to stay out in front of us, they are marching to a different order, trying to find weakness.”

Experts said Illinois should serve as a national model.

“I think that Illinois example is a great example of what’s possible with additional federal money,” said Lawrence Norden, an elections security expert at New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice. “I’ve heard a lot of state election officials say that if they had an additional trench of money, one thing they would like to copy is the kind of thing they are doing in Illinois.”

Norden, who is the author of the study the Brennan Center’s “Securing Elections from Foreign Interference,” notes that more money could be available if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel let several election protection bills go to the floor. The House has earmarked $600 million for election protection.

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“I don’t think we should be waiting until we have the successful attack to be defending ourselves. We wouldn’t say we don’t need an army anymore because nobody’s attacked the United States recently, and I’d say the same thing goes for election security. We know there are vulnerabilities in our election systems.”

Norden said Congress finally provided $380 million a year and a half ago but, he notes, “that’s less money than the Pentagon spent on military bands in a single year. We are not talking about very much money and securing our elections, I cannot think of a more fundamental thing to our democracy and to our nation than securing our elections.”

Protecting the integrity of the election system strikes at the very heart of American democracy, something that especially resonates in Springfield, which is not only the state capital but also the storied home of President Abraham Lincoln.

“There should be absolutely no foreign interference, or any interference of any criminal activity centered in and around us making the best decisions about what’s best for our people,” Gray said. “That’s not going to happen on our watch. We are not going to allow this to thwart the confidence of our foundations of our framers. We take it serious and we will work hard in its defense to make sure that we have great elections.”

“Nothing is ever 100 percent protected and guaranteed. But this is why we’re transparent, upfront about what we are doing and how we are doing it, so that the public knows that it is an everyday activity of being active, vigilant and prepared to do what’s right to shore up the integrity of the system”

Sandvoss said he believes Illinois has come a long way.

“We are certainly,” he said, “going to be vigilant and prepared.”

Ben Evansky contributed to this report.

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AOC spokesman tweets, then deletes, F-bomb rant against potential GOP challenger

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U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s spokesman sent a profane tweet to a potential Republican challenger as he ripped him for wanting to debate his boss.

“Yo @RichValdes what in the actual f— makes you think you’re entitled to a debate with AOC,” spokesman Corbin Trent tweeted Sunday at the conservative talk radio producer who’s mulling a run against the freshman congresswoman.

Earlier that day, Valdes said he tried to challenge Ocasio-Cortez to a debate on the merits of capitalism versus socialism as they both marched in the National Puerto Rican Day Parade. Valdes claims the democratic socialist “jetted to the other side of street” when he tried to approach her.

AOC GOES OFF ON CENSUS QUESTION, BLASTS KRIS KOBACH: ‘HAS A RESUME OF VOTER SUPPRESSION’

Trent told The Post after the missed encounter that Ocasio-Cortez didn’t run away from Valdes, and that she “doesn’t owe anybody a debate.”

But he wanted to send Valdes a direct message too.

“Pro tip: stalking her at a parade ain’t gonna make it any more likely to happen,” Trent said to Valdes in the tweet.

He deleted it the next day, Valdes said.

“I did indeed send that,” Trent admitted to The Post in a telephone interview Thursday.

“I did indeed delete it. It didn’t seem that helpful,” he said.

Trent said he didn’t regret the move, but rather “regrets that people chase people around.”

“I regret that so many people right from presidential candidates to right-wing commentators to random people that start organizations think that they’re entitled to people’s time. I think she’s spending a ton of time in the district talking about what she’s doing, talking about why she’s doing it and making a case for her policies,” Trent said.

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Valdes responded, “If Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez condones her spokesperson’s belligerent behavior and language, that’s on her. It speaks volumes to how much she respects civility and respectful civil discourse. Something we desperately need today.”

Valdes added that he never chased Ocasio-Cortez, but simply walked over to her.

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Florida governor confirms 2 counties were hacked in 2016 election

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Two Florida counties were hacked by Russians during the 2016 elections, but the security breach was “nothing that affected the vote count,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said at a press conference on Tuesday.

“I recently met with the FBI concerning the election issue mentioned in the Mueller report,” DeSantis said. “Two Florida counties experienced intrusion into the supervisor-of-election networks. There was no manipulation.”

DeSantis’ statements confirm findings detailed in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 elections. The report said “the FBI believes that this operation enabled [Russian military intelligence] to gain access to the network of at least one Florida county government” during the 2016 election.

The governor was briefed by the FBI on Friday and told that, in fact, two counties were penetrated. He said he could not say which counties were affected because of a nondisclosure agreement with the FBI.

MARCO RUBIO SAYS HACKERS INFILTRATED FLORIDA COUNTY ELECTIONS SYSTEM, WERE ‘IN A POSITION’ TO ALTER VOTER ROLL DATA

In July 2018, Mueller’s office indicted at least 12 people believed to be working on behalf of the Russians, alleging that hackers used a fake email account that mimicked that of the Florida-based company VR Systems, which provides several Florida counties with voter registration systems, “to send over 100 spearphishing emails to organizations and personnel involved in administering elections in numerous Florida counties,” according to the indictment.

Hackers may have been able to gain access to voter information that is already a matter of public record, but the data breach did not affect the actual vote tallies, DeSantis said.

“The two counties at issue here, the FBI was working with them in 2016, to identify and to take whatever actions happened,” DeSantis said, indicating that the two counties knew about the security threat prior to the 2016 election.

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Ahead of the midterms in 2018, Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., who was up for re-election at the time, warned that Russians had “penetrated certain counties in the state and they now have free rein to move about,” he said to The Tampa Bay Times.

Nelson was defeated in the Senate race by Gov. Rick Scott, R-Fla., who denied knowing about any such security threat and said Nelson’s claims only stoked fears of Russian meddling.

The former governor, who held office at the time of the cybermeddling, will be briefed by the FBI on Wednesday.

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Texas man accused of spending PAC donations on lavish lifestyle pleads guilty

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A Texas man pleaded guilty on Thursday to scamming voters out of over $540,000 using phony PACs that instead funded his lavish lifestyle including trips to Belize, bottle service and “club dances performed by entertainers,” prosecutors said.

Kyle Gerald Prall, 40, pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud after admitting that in 2015 and 2016 he created several political action committees and falsely advertised that contributions would support the presidential candidates during the 2016 election, the Department of Justice said.

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Prall instead put the $548,428 he made through donations to personal use.

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Kyle Gerald Prall, 40, pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud after admitting that in 2015 and 2016 he created several political action committees and falsely advertised that contributions would support the presidential candidates during the 2016 election, the Department of Justice said Thursday. He is pictured here after being charged on July 15, 2015, with driving while intoxicated.  (Austin Police Department)

Prosecutors say he used fake LLCs to transfer $205,496 for personal use and availed himself of PAC debit cards to pay for trips to Belize and Miami Beach, Fla., where also splurged on hookah, alcohol and bottle service, “club dances performed by entertainers,” room service, minibar charges, a deep-tissue massage and more.

Of all the money collected, officials say, only $5,100 was contributed to political causes.

“Prall exploited the honest political engagement of countless citizens by representing that his organizations were supporting presidential candidates when in fact he was just stealing contributions,” Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski said.

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“In addition to cheating people out of their money, fraud committed in connection with our elections corrodes public confidence in our democratic institutions.”

Prall has yet to be sentenced but part of his plea agreement requires him to pay back all of the money.

Among the scam PACs Prall created were Feel Bern, HC4President and Trump Victory.

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Denver narrowly votes to decriminalize ‘magic mushrooms’

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Voters in Denver, Colorado decided on Tuesday to decriminalize psilocybin, or “magic mushrooms,” by a thin margin.

The initiative, led by Decriminalize Denver, passed by 1,979 votes when the voting tallies for Initiated Ordinate 301 were released on Wednesday.

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According to online results from the Denver Elections Division, 89,320 people voted in favor of decriminalizing, while 87,341 others voted against it. Election officials said on Twitter that the “results remain unofficial” until they are certified on May 16.

The measure makes the personal use and possession of psilocybin mushrooms by those 21 years of age or older Denver’s “lowest law-enforcement priority,” according to the measure’s language. It does not legalize psilocybin or permit its sale by Denver’s cannabis businesses.

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Psilocybin is a “hallucinogenic chemical obtained from certain types of fresh and dried mushrooms.” Federally illegal in the U.S. since 1968, psilocybin is categorized by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) under “Schedule I,” along with drugs like heroin, marijuana and LSD.

Medical researchers have found the substance can be used to help treat anxiety and depression in cancer patients. Those studies were small and closely supervised but the preliminary results gave researchers hope that psychedelic drugs could also be used to treat cancer, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Biden supporter tells him ‘you can hug and kiss me anytime’

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Former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday was seemingly embarrassed after a rallygoer joked about some of his most recent controversies.

Speaking at a campaign rally in Nevada, a supporter shouted at Biden: “You can hug and kiss me anytime, Joe!”

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The 2020 contender smiled and looked out into the crowd, before laughing. Biden then did the sign of the cross and said, “That’s very nice, thank you.”

The supporter’s remark came shortly after he took the stage to applause. Biden told the crowd they should expect him to work hard as he vies for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Multiple women in recent months have accused the former vice president of touching them inappropriately at events.

Writer D.J. Hill alleged that at a 2012 fundraising event in Minneapolis, Biden put his hand on her shoulder, then dropped it down her back in a way that made her “very uncomfortable” while Hill and her husband posed for pictures with him.

In another incident, former college student Caitlyn Caruso claimed Biden put his hand on her thigh and hugged her for “just a little bit too long” at an event on sexual assault at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.

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Biden responded to the allegations of misconduct in a video posted to social media. He said that “social norms are changing,” and he’s “heard what these women are saying.”

“Politics to me has always been about making connections, but I will be more mindful about respecting personal space in the future,” Biden said. “That’s my responsibility and I will meet it.”

Fox News’ Samuel Chamberlain contributed to this report.

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Gillibrand proposes giving ‘Democracy Dollars’ to voters to donate to candidates

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., on Wednesday rolled out a plan to give voters up to $600 worth of vouchers to donate to federal candidates for office.

The vouchers, dubbed “Democracy Dollars,” would provide eligible voters $100 each to donate in primary elections, and $100 in general elections to presidential, House and Senate candidates.

Candidates accepting any of the money would have to forgo donations large than $200 per donor, according to her “Clean Elections Plan,” which was posted to Medium.

The candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination labeled the plan a “bold reform to attack the corrupting influence of money at its core.”

“My Clean Elections Plan is a critical structural change that gets big money and special interests out of politics, and ensures that elected officials in Washington are beholden only to the people who sent them there,” Gillibrand said.

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The $200-per-voter cap on individual contributions is a significant drop from the current per-donor limit of $2,800 in primary elections and another $2,800 in general elections.

Outside political groups aren’t subject to contribution limits although Gillibrand and other Democratic 2020 presidential candidates have vowed not to take donations from such groups anyway.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Swalwell says Trump may still be a Russian asset despite Mueller report

Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., on Wednesday refused to acknowledge that the Mueller Report failed to establish evidence of a criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia and appeared to double down on his claims that President Trump put’s Russia’s interest before the U.S.

Swalwell has been one of Trump’s most vocal Democratic critics and has announced his bid for 2020 presidential elections.

MSNBC host Ari Melber challenged Swalwell during his appearance.

“Do you accept the findings in the Mueller report that do not support some of those claims?” Melber asked Swalwell.

“I accept that I probably should have been out there a little bit earlier because who knew how many links there were? 200 pages of links,” Swalwell said. Melber pressed him again, asking if he no longer maintained that Trump is a “Russian asset.”

“No, I think he acts on Russia’s behalf and I challenge him to show me otherwise,” Swalwell said.

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The host asked him one more time about the distance between his allegations of conspiracy and the findings in the Mueller report. Swalwell replied that he believes Trump puts Russia’s “interests ahead of our interests,” citing “Assad in Syria, he wants to reduce the role of NATO, he continues to pull back sanctions on Russia, he won’t tell us what he talked about with Vladimir Putin and he won’t tell us anything about his finances with the Russians.”

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report released late last month revealed Mueller did not establish evidence that the Trump campaign had conspired with Russia.

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Swalwell has long been a critic of the president and even documented his determination to not buy coffee at Trump Tower on Twitter in February.

Trump has railed against Mueller’s report, even resorting to public profanity in dismissing it, but has also embraced it, claiming exoneration and painting any other attempt as partisan overreach.

“You want to see the nonpartisan, definitive, conclusive taxpayer-funded lengthy unobstructed, unimpeded, un-interfered with investigation? You just saw it and it’s called the Mueller report,” senior counselor Kellyanne Conway said Wednesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez targeted by mystery multimillionaire donor

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s surging national profile has inspired a trio of Republican opponents from her home district — along with a multimillionaire mystery donor who could help close the gap in her foes’ long-shot race against her.

Just three months after taking office, the Democratic socialist congresswoman’s challengers include an Egyptian American journalist, who has already tossed her hat in the ring, and an NYPD cop-turned-high-school-civics teacher and conservative talk-radio producer, both of whom are seriously exploring a run against her.

And the fledgling challengers could get help from a wealthy New Yorker committed to backing an Ocasio-Cortez opponent, a GOP big said.

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“There’s definitely national energy and money on this race,” Bronx Republican Chairman Mike Rendino told The Post, adding that he has been in touch with a mega-bucks donor hell-bent on getting AOC tossed.

Rendino wouldn’t divulge the donor’s name but said the individual is “worth over $200 million, plus [has] connections to raise money in Manhattan.”

Tom Doherty, a former Pataki deputy, said a Republican challenger to AOC would be able to “raise real national money.

“We need to put individuals forward and make the incumbent work for re-election,” Doherty said.

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