Miami-Dade Ballot Guide: Summary of Recommendations – Aug 18, 2020

State Attorney, 11th Circuit: Melba Peterson (line 24)
State Rep District 114 (Dem Primary): Jean-Pierre “JP” Bado (line 60)
Circuit Judge, Group 55: Olanike “Nike” Adebayo (line 310)
Circuit Judge, Group 57: No recommendation (yet?)
Circuit Judge, Group 65: Thomas J. Rebull (line 315)
Circuit Judge, Group 67: Mavel Ruiz (line 317)
Circuit Judge, Group 75: Dava J. Tunis (line 319)
County Judge, Group 9: Joseph J. Mansfield (line 320)
County Judge, Group 24: Christine Bandin (line 322)
County Commission, District 7: Cindy Lerner (line 343)
Miami-Dade County Mayor: Daniella Levine Cava (line 362)
Property Appraiser: Marisol Zenteno (line 367)

All contests are open to all voters except the State Rep primary.

See the reasons for these recommendations in my Miami-Dade Primary Day Ballot Recommendations 2020, Part I and Miami-Dade Primary Day Ballot Recommendations 2020, Part II (Judges).

(This will remained pinned to the front of the blog until Aug 19th.)

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The Most Important Election on the Aug 18 Miami-Dade Ballot

It’s not the Mayor’s race — it’s the State Attorney’s race.  And I think it’s essential to vote for change. Vote Melba Pearson. And here’s a reminder as to why:

I also have some other recommendations in my Miami-Dade Ballot Guide: Summary of Recommendations – Aug 18, 2020.

Note — If you are voting by mail, I’m told it would be a good idea to get that ballot in the mail no later than tomorrow due to the issues the Postal Service is having.

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Miami-Herald Endorsements in Local Judicial Races

The Herald is out with its endorsements in the local judicial races, and they sound almost exactly like mine, sometimes with the same reasoning.

The only interesting thing to me is that they pick Roderick Vereen over Carmen Cabarga in Group 57:

It’s that breadth of state and federal experience that makes him [Vereen] the more-solid candidate in this race. He ran for Congress in 2010 and for Miami-Dade State Attorney in 2012.

In his candidate interview, he spoke with a deeper knowledge of how judges can be unfair to defendants — in ways he would not. He says that he appreciates judges who ask lawyers from both the State Attorney and Public Defender offices to “get together before court and decide what will move forward, what will not, what’s continued. That way, Vereen says, they don’t have to give the judge a long explanation of their positions. It helps move things along, Vereen said. Otherwise, he said, “Families are waiting all day.”

We find him the more-seasoned candidate in this race.

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Watch Them Run Away

WashPost columnist Jennifer Rubin offers this good list of questions that people should be asking GOP Senators running for re-election:

  • Are you supporting the lawsuit to take away all Obamacare protections for people with preexisting conditions? If not, what have you done about it?
  • Couldn’t we have avoided Trump’s bungling of the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 150,000 people in the United States, if you voted to impeach him?
  • Isn’t refusal to confront Russia on bounties for killing U.S. troops a betrayal of our men and women serving overseas? If you had removed the president for betraying our national security regarding Ukraine, he wouldn’t be repeating that pattern now, would he? Do you regret your vote?
  • You voted for a $2 trillion tax cut on the promise it would pay for itself. It didn’t come close. Should we reverse it? How can you then oppose spending a similar amount on support for unemployed Americans, state and local governments, and voting by mail?
  • Will you denounce attempts to undermine mail-in voting? Will you pledge to recognize the results of the election and rebut efforts to delegitimize it?
  • Has the administration “succeeded” in fighting the coronavirus? Why haven’t you insisted on a national testing and tracing program?
  • Was it appropriate to send without the permission of the governor unidentified federal forces to gas and attack protesters in Portland, Ore.? What did you do about it?
  • Why did you vote to confirm Cabinet officials such as Scott Pruitt for the Environmental Protection Agency (only Collins voted against him), Tom Price for the Department of Health and Human Services, Ryan Zinke for the Interior Department and Alexander Acosta for the Labor Department — all of whom left office under the cloud of ethics violations (including Acosta, for his participation in Jeffrey Epstein’s plea deal)?
  • Is the economy in better or worse shape in January 2015, when your term began?
  • When have you condemned Trump’s racist rhetoric?
  • Have we “won” the trade war against China? If not, why haven’t you reclaimed Congress’s power over tariffs?
  • What reason do voters have to believe you would stand up to Trump if he is reelected?

Pretty good list. I doubt very many of the GOP Senate candidates would sit still for the whole list, much less answer any of them. More likely they’d run away.

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Not Gonna See This on TV

Honest Government Ad: A Message from the White House (Warning: Contains constant swearing)

Brought to you by The Juice Media.

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It’s a Nightmare

Wake Up.

From the Lincoln Project of course.

This is actually very painful to watch. Will it swing any votes? I’m dubious.

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