Two good martinis and one very bad one as we head into Mother’s Day weekend. Join Jim and Greg as they marvel at how well Florida has done thus far in warding off virus that’s particularly rough on the elderly. They also shudder deeply as the U.S. lost a stunning 20.5 million jobs in April and the unemployment rate soared to 14.7 percent. And they welcome news that the percentage of positive COVID tests is declining at testing ramps up.
Another day, another round of all good martinis. After a brief analysis of the Washington Nationals winning the World Series, Jim and Greg enjoy watching the Kamala Harris presidential campaign suffer its worst poll numbers yet and shrink the campaign staff to save its dwindling resources. They also marvel at the stratospheric approval numbers of Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis, who enjoys a 72 percent approval rating and gets thumbs up from a majority of every major demographic, including Democrats. And they’re fascinated by poll numbers showing the possibility of impeaching President Trump is far less popular in the swing states than it is in national polls.
Join Jim and Greg as they serve up three new martinis Thursday! First, they applaud the Florida State Senate for permanently removing former Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel after his horrific leadership before, during, and after the Parkland high school shooting. They also shudder as a majority of Americans favor rewriting the first amendment and nearly half want to ban hate speech without ever defining what it is. And they discuss the high drama on Capitol Hill as Democrats conduct impeachment-related depositions in secret and Republicans hold a sit-in to protest what they see as a lack of transparency.
A former Jackson County, Florida, sheriff’s deputy is facing 52 felony charges in connection with allegedly planting drugs on motorists he pulled over.
According to the charges and released body cam footage, Zach Wester allegedly framed a minimum of 10 people, some of whom were involved in court-ordered recovery programs. One victim even lost custody of his daughter because of Wester’s corrupt actions.
How did Wester plant drugs in people’s cars? How was he caught? How did authorities respond to the allegations? What constitutional protections did most of the victims forget to invoke?
Reason.com reporter C.J. Ciaramella chronicled this horrible case on Wednesday. He joins Greg Corombos for a closer look at the details and whether there is evidence of this becoming a bigger problem in the U.S.
According to Broward County officials, Florida is set to receive many illegal immigrants but has no plan on how to care for them. Montie Montgomery reports.
In November, Ron DeSantis was in the midst of a national political drama, as Florida officials conducted a recount to determine whether his slim victory would hold up. Now, just two months into the job, DeSantis is piling up a flurry of accomplishments and winning praise from across the political spectrum.
“He eventually won by 32,000 votes or 0.4 percent of the vote. He kind of went off the radar. but what this man has been doing off the radar is just amazing in terms of what he’s trying to do and what he’s accomplished and he’s getting kudos on both sides for being so energetic and so successful,” said syndicated columnist and National Review Contributing Editor Deroy Murdock.
Since taking office in January, DeSantis has replaced three Florida Supreme Court justices who were term-limited by age and worked to remove burdensome government mandates to get licensed for certain jobs. He also accepted the resignations of two elections officials at the center of last year’s vote-counting mess. DeSantis also removed Broward County Cheriff Scott Israel over his performance before, during, and after the school shooting in Parkland.
The governor has also gone to bat for hurricane survivors to the federal government. He’s also ended Common Core education policies and thrilled partisans of all stripes in replacing the members of an important water commission in hopes of cleaning up the environment.
DeSantis served in the U.S. House of Representatives before winning the governor’s office over Democrat Andrew Gillum. Murdock says that’s not an easy shift to navigate.
“I’ve seen very few people make that transition from Congress to becoming an executive as effectively and as swiftly as he has. It’s really quite stunning,” said Murdock.
Murdock believes DeSantis ultimately won the election because of his support for school choice, a position that won him 18 percent of the vote from black women who want more options for their kids. Not only did that help DeSantis, but Murdock thinks it’s a road map for other GOP candidates.
“If he can keep this us, it’s a model for other Republicans to go out in the black community, push school choice which is very important. Just ask black parents, ‘You tend to vote Democrat. How are those Democrat-run schools doing? how’s your Democrat school board doing? Are your kids learning anything?” said Murdock.
Listen to the full podcast to hear how DeSantis is not only soaring above 60 percent approval in the state, how well he is doing among voters usually repelled by the GOP, and whether the popularity of DeSantis can help President Trump in 2020.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America enthusiastically cheer the first two months of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and point out that good things can happen when a leader hits the ground running on the things they promised to do. They also wince as just six House Democrats agree that illegal immigrants shouldn’t be voting. And they wonder if millennials are really far to the left or whether they embrace labels they don’t quite understand as 73 percent favor the government instituting universal health care but 79 percent want to keep private insurance.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud new Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for suspending Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and naming two stellar judges to the Florida Supreme Court. They also discuss Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard joining the 2020 presidential race and how her defense of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad could impact the campaign. And as many breathlessly await the Mueller report on Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign, ABC’s Jonathan Karl reports that the report will likely be anti-climactic.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome the news the Republicans Ron DeSantis and Rick Scott are officially the winners in the hotly contested Florida races and that Broward County elections chief Brenda Snipes is resigning after 15 years of incompetence and worse. They also shake their heads as a retired U.S. Navy admiral contends President Trump’s treatment of the media is the greatest threat to democracy in his lifetime and Trump responds by calling the admiral a Hillary supporter who should have killed Osama bin Laden a lot sooner. And they chronicle the staggering change in CNN commentator Kirsten Powers, who wrote a book on how the left is killing free speech but now says anyone who votes for Trump is a racist and that white women who back the president have joined forces with the patriarchy that oppresses them.
Controversy has erupted in Florida, as Democrats in Broward County say they are still counting votes and want to be sure every voice is heard while Republicans say officials are violating canvassing laws and might be engaging in vote fraud as the newly found votes are breaking massively for Democratic candidates.
A lot is at stake in who wind the governorship, the U.S. Senate seat, and a number of other statewide offices. That’s why well over $100 million was spent on the Senate race alone and special interests also poured money into the governor’s race.
Listen to the interview with Power the Future Executive Director Daniel Turner as he describes how much money from billionaire Democrats got spent in Florida, how that money may be impacting the post-election controversy, and what the outcome will mean for Florida.