‘It’s Florida, Jake’

Floriduh loves a strongman, and Gov. DeSantis gets what he wants:

Two months after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis proposed a plan for a powerful elections police force that would answer to him, state lawmakers on Wednesday passed a watered-down version that barely resembles what the governor asked for but still worries voting rights advocates.

DeSantis (R) had asked for nearly $6 million to hire 52 people, including sworn officers, to investigate alleged violations of elections laws. The GOP-led House and Senate instead gave him about $2.5 million for the new Office of Election Crimes and Security.

The agency will be the first of its kind in the nation. Its staff of 25 will be part of the Department of State, which answers to DeSantis. Both chambers approved its creation by wide margins after debate that had Democrats invoking the name of the late civil rights leader John Lewis and a Republican representative making reference to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. The governor has indicated he will sign the measure into law.

So a police force answerable only to DeSantis charged with enforcing his election laws. Cannot see anything that could possibly go wrong here.

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10 Responses to ‘It’s Florida, Jake’

  1. I expect the Republican reference to Stalin was a positive one…

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  2. roket says:

    25 employees with a $2.5M budget? That translates to about 5 well-paying jobs and 20 minimum wage pion jobs who will probably be treated like dirt.

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  3. TheOtherHank says:

    I hope their uniforms have brown shirts

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  4. TheOtherHank says:

    I would feel quite threatened if I saw one of them at my polling place. And, as I recall, Florida is a Stand Your Ground state…

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  5. MDavis says:

    It’s a grift. If Jeb could get by with just the SoS handling election crimes, anyone could.

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  6. Professor Pupdog says:

    The GOP-led House and Senate instead gave him about $2.5 million for the new Office of Election Crimes and Security.
    Is $2.5M enough money for that office to commit serious election crimes?

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