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.
A week after Hurricane Michael roared ashore along the Florida Panhandle, residents are still very early in the recovery and clean-up phases, but help is already there to meet every need in the devastated communities.
Samaritan’s Purse, the Christian relief organization founded by Rev. Franklin Graham, is on scene. It’s program director for U.S. Disaster Response, Tim Haas, says the hurricane left a trail of destruction he’s rarely seen in his years of ministering to communities suffering from natural disasters.
“It’s vast. It’s very widespread,” said Haas, who says he encountered a lot of damage while still hours away from where the storm came ashore.
He says the hardest hit areas are reeling.
“It’s a lot of houses that have trees all over the place in the yard. Many of the trees are still on the homes. Power outage is widespread. Services are down and are trying to come down as soon as possible,” said Haas.
“There’s still active search and rescue. There are still numbers of people who have not been accounted for. Pray for those who are missing. Pray for those who are waiting to hear word,” said Haas.
Samaritan’s Purse is already busy helping residents clean out debris and protect their homes from further damage.
“With many house and with many roofs , they’re not structurally sound. They’re not weatherproof. So we’re endeavoring to tarp as many roofs as we can before we we have the next rain.
“And as we get closer to the water and closer to areas where surge and/or flood is the issue, we will be mudding those houses out and helping to dry them out so that at some point in the future they can rebuild and get back in their homes,” said Haas.
Haas says is blown away by how thankful people are for the help.
“They’re quick to give a hug and express how deeply they appreciate the fact they are not forgotten. Even if we were just to pick up one stick, it’s one stick that they don’t have to pick up. The people here are so appreciative. This is a hard-working community,” said Haas.
Cleanup in northern Florida and even in Georgia is going to take a long time. Haas invites any Americans who are handy and have a desire to serve to go to spvolunteer.org to schedule a time to come and help, whether that is soon or even weeks or months from now.
But he says the greatest need is for Americans to pray for the people impacted by the storms.
“The people that have been affected by this storm, they need prayer support. We need prayer support for safety. We need prayers that god would move in such a way that the hopelessness of people is found with the hope of Christ,” said Haas.
While Samaritan’s Purse is fully committed to helping people rebuild their homes and communities, Haas says there’s an even higher calling.
“Our goal is to share hope through the gospel and to tell people that Jesus loves them, to tell people that Jesus has not forgotten them, and to be able to point them to churches that are shining brightly in these communities.
“People who don’t come to churches are coming to churches are coming to churches. Churches are stepping up to be the beacon of hope and to be those places people go [to have] questions answered. Samaritan’s Purse sees ourselves, humbly, as the ability to support these churches, to support those who are already ministering in this area,” said Haas.
Listen to the full podcast to hear Haas describe the decimated town of Mexico Beach and a powerful encounter he had with one of the residents.
President Trump visited the Florida communities devastated by Hurricane Michael on Monday, but while the needs are great, the head of the American Red Cross says relief workers are up to the challenge.
Hurricane Michael formed off the western coast of Cuba last week and then roared ashore in the Florida panhandle at nearly Category Five strength, effectively destroying some towns.
“This is one of the worst that I’ve seen because it was a hurricane that sort of behaved like a tornado,” said American Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern.
The storm then behaved more like a hurricane as it moved into Georgia and Alabama and up to the Carolinas and Virginia.
“It’s just heartbreaking. I have to say our hearts go out to anyone who was impacted by Hurricane Michael. It was really devastating. Schools are gone, homes are gone, businesses are gone,” said McGovern.
The Red Cross prepositions supplies in preparation for disasters like this and tries to shuttle in relief workers as well. She says this storm is very personal for some of their volunteers.
“We have employees and volunteers who are in the impacted area year-round. We don’t pack up and go home. This is our home,” said McGovern.
While well-prepared, McGovern says there are pressing needs.
“The roads have debris on them, the power is out, communication is challenging because some of the cell towers are out. It’s been quite a challenge on the ground,” said McGovern.
To date, the Red Cross is operating 27 shelters in the Florida panhandle. At the peak, 10,000 people were staying in them. More than 125,000 meals and snacks have already been given out.
Listen to the full podcast to hear more about the challenges in Florida and other areas devastated by Hurricane Michael and find out the various ways you can help those in need.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer the results of primaries in Florida and Arizona, pointing out that the GOP enjoyed turnout advantages in both states, and got its best option for holding the Senate seat in Arizona while Democrats nominated an avowed socialist for governor of Florida. They also unload on a Catholic cardinal from Chicago for suggesting Pope Francis cannot go down “rabbit trails” like rampant allegations of pedophile priests and bishops who covered up the crimes because the pontiff needs to focus more on climate change and building acceptance for migrants. And they roll their eyes as Democrats and the media (but we repeat ourselves) are horrified that any Republican senator would not immediately rush to rename a Senate office building in honor of John McCain and that any opposition to the idea is an endorsement of the segregationist views of the senator for whom the building is currently named.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer up as they see new Senate polls showing Rick Scott with a healthy lead in Florida and Republicans within striking distance in Wisconsin. They also shake their heads as Sen. Elizabeth Warren issues perfunctory condolences to the family of Mollie Tibbetts but says we need to focus on our real immigration problems. And they marvel at Senate Democrats, who now insist that the consideration of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh must wait because Michael Cohen has accused President Trump of a campaign finance violation.
David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud the Washington Post for assigning “Four Pinocchios” to Florida Sen. Bill Nelson’s claim that the Russians had already infiltrated his state’s election systems, even though every relevant office in federal and state government had no idea what he was talking about. They also hammer Republican senators for wasting their time in session this month because seven GOP members failed to show up this week, handing Democrats a functional majority while critical votes are supposed to be happening. And they scratch their heads over a new rationale among some Republicans that Democrats winning control of the House in the midterm elections would actually be a very good thing for President Trump’s re-election prospects in 2020.
Listen to “Media Buries Terrorist Compound Story, No Death in Single Payer? Nelson Cries Russia” on Spreaker.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are baffled by the lack of media coverage about a New Mexico compound where starving children were reportedly being trained to carry out school shootings, and they find, once again, that the FBI responded slowly to compelling tips. They also continue to find entertainment in socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is now claiming that medicare-for-all would eliminate funeral expenses. And they wonder why Florida Sen. Bill Nelson had made claims about Russian interference in the election when no state official has heard anything about it.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America have fun with three different headlines, starting with the news that Florida GOP Gov. Rick Scott will run for U.S. Senate this year, possibly giving Republicans their best chance of winning that race. They also scratch their heads as Twitter CEO and supposed free speech champion Jack Dorsey describes a Medium article as a “great read” after it calls for all of America to follow the progressive path of California, says that conservatism must be thoroughly defeated, and labels Republicans as “bad guys on the wrong side of history.” And they fume after former First Lady Michelle Obama likens the presidencies of her husband and Donald Trump to parenting children. They also get a kick out of Mrs. Obama saying we shouldn’t look to make someone president just because they give a good speech.