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Fri Mar 19, 2021, 04:08 PM

Here's what actual election fraud looks like

And this time the repug SOB is facing felony charges.

Miami police arrested former Republican state Sen. Frank Artiles on Thursday and charged him with orchestrating a plot to siphon votes from a sitting Democratic state senator by paying a man with a similar last name to run a fake campaign. The scheme seems to have worked: In November, the incumbent, José Javier Rodríguez, lost his seat by the incredibly thin margin of around 30 votes to his Republican challenger, Ileana Garcia. The man Artiles recruited to run as an independent—an auto parts dealer named Alex Rodriguez, who didn’t live in the district—picked up more than 6,000 votes. (In his concession speech, José Javier Rodríguez called for a full investigation into the race.)

[link:https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2021/03/the-arrest-of-an-ex-florida-state-senator-hints-at-a-broader-dark-money-scheme/|

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Reply Here's what actual election fraud looks like (Original post)
Oldem Mar 2021 OP
ck4829 Mar 2021 #1
BobTheSubgenius Mar 2021 #2
Escurumbele Mar 2021 #3
BobTheSubgenius Mar 2021 #12
SheltieLover Mar 2021 #4
BobTheSubgenius Mar 2021 #11
SheltieLover Mar 2021 #13
BobTheSubgenius Mar 2021 #14
FakeNoose Mar 2021 #5
rickyhall Mar 2021 #6
muriel_volestrangler Mar 2021 #7
Oldem Mar 2021 #10
uponit7771 Mar 2021 #8
DFW Mar 2021 #9

Response to Oldem (Original post)

Fri Mar 19, 2021, 04:46 PM

1. K&R

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Response to Oldem (Original post)

Fri Mar 19, 2021, 05:41 PM

2. There ought to be a runoff.

That is absolute banana republic bullshit.

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Response to BobTheSubgenius (Reply #2)

Fri Mar 19, 2021, 05:53 PM

3. Lots of bananas in Florida...

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Response to Escurumbele (Reply #3)

Tue Mar 23, 2021, 03:05 PM

12. Which is a very handy double entendre when talking about Florida, too!

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Response to BobTheSubgenius (Reply #2)

Fri Mar 19, 2021, 05:55 PM

4. Absofuckingloutely!

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #4)

Tue Mar 23, 2021, 03:04 PM

11. Hey. I love Shelties, too.

Thought it was high time I mentioned it. We don't have one - we have a Cairn - but a Sheltie would be on the very short list. were we ever to get another dog. Unlikely at the age I will be at when Ozzie, Cairn of Steel passes on, though.



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Response to BobTheSubgenius (Reply #11)

Tue Mar 23, 2021, 04:40 PM

13. Awwwww

I don't currently have a Sheltie either.

It would be cruel to have one here in Memphis region. Way too hot, humid, & loaded with parasites, microscopic & human. 🤮

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #13)

Thu Mar 25, 2021, 12:05 AM

14. Bummer. It'll be sad days around here without Ozzie. *

Good BBQ, though?

(I usually try to find something positive.)

* BTW. In case you didn't know, Toto from the Wizard of Oz was a Cairn. Hence, Ozzie. Ozzie is blond, though.

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Response to Oldem (Original post)

Fri Mar 19, 2021, 06:40 PM

5. They arrested Frank Artiles, so what happens next?

I hope the police have proof, and I'm sure they do or they wouldn't have arrested him. The district election needs to be struck down immediately. Whether Artiles is convicted or not, the election result is in question due to his actions.

This local district needs to have a runoff between the Democratic and Repuke candidates, leaving the independent candidate out of it.



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Response to Oldem (Original post)

Fri Mar 19, 2021, 06:42 PM

6. Florida even looks like a banana, paint it yellow

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Response to Oldem (Original post)

Sat Mar 20, 2021, 05:37 AM

7. Worth reading the whole thing - there's more than just Alex Rodriguez

But someone did campaign for Rodriguez. On October 2, a Florida political committee, Our Florida PC PAC, was created. The following day, someone donated $370,000 to the PAC. It’s still unclear who made the contribution—initially, Our Florida listed an Atlanta-based LLC with no contact information as the donor, but in December, the PAC revised its paperwork to identify a different entity as the source of the money: Colorado-based Grow United, Inc. Days after the contribution was deposited, it was used to pay for mailers supporting Alex Rodriguez’s candidacy.

Investigators still don’t know who is behind Grow United—its listed address is a UPS store—but Alex Rodriguez was not the only mysterious candidate supported by the company. Grow United poured $180,000 into a different newly formed PAC called The Truth, which backed a woman named Jestine Iannotti in her state Senate campaign against another sitting Democrat. Like Alex Rodriguez, Iannotti ran as an independent. She also had no prior political experience and took no steps to campaign, other than filing the paperwork to run. She won 2 percent of the vote in November; the Republican challenger prevailed in the race by a 3 percent margin. Though Iannotti is white, mailers sent by the PAC—and paid for with Grow United’s donation—used a stock image of a Black woman. Among other anodyne statements, the mailers said Iannotti would help get “special interest money out of politics.”

This, though, is just comedy gold, about Artiles: "He later resigned his Senate seat after it was revealed that his campaign committee had hired a Hooters calendar girl and a Playboy model to work as consultants."

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #7)

Sat Mar 20, 2021, 03:35 PM

10. These guys think they can get away with anything, because often

they can. They're part crook and part clown.

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Response to Oldem (Original post)

Sat Mar 20, 2021, 05:54 AM

8. "The scheme seems to have worked:" So the election is a redo? O wait, no it isn't and the reason why

... the courts and the constitution don't have a remedy for people like the kGQP right now.

People like this wont give up power through brute force voting, they're doing everything they can to stop it.

We need HR1 to pass, its good that its popular right now

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Response to Oldem (Original post)

Sat Mar 20, 2021, 06:43 AM

9. "It's all over but the counting. And we'll take care of the counting."



"Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything."
--attributed to Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.

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