Eric Trump says dad would be ‘hugely impeded’ if Dems take Congress

Eric Trump and wife Lara speaking to Republican activists at the West Palm Beach Marriott today. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post) WEST PALM BEACH — Eric Trump thanked local Republican activists for their grass-roots efforts today and warned that his father’s agenda would be “hugely, hugely impeded” if the GOP loses its majorities in...
Shutdown: Some Senate Dems from Trump states vote with GOP; Florida’s Bill Nelson does not

Shutdown: Some Senate Dems from Trump states vote with GOP; Florida’s Bill Nelson does not

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio (left) supported a short-term spending measure to avert a federal government shutdown; Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson was opposed. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Five Democratic senators from states that President Donald Trump carried in 2016 broke with party leadership late Friday and voted for a spending plan to avert a federal...
Here's what has happened during previous government shutdowns

Here's what has happened during previous government shutdowns

It’s fairly certain the government will shut down. If the Senate doesn’t pass the short-term spending bill —passed earlier by the House — by midnight Friday, it will happen. Under a shutdown, thousands of federal employees would go without pay and national parks would close, among other things.  Here's a look at the key players and fallout from recent government shutdowns...
House Speaker: Florida lawmakers to weigh oversight of high-speed rail

House Speaker: Florida lawmakers to weigh oversight of high-speed rail

House Speaker Richard Corcoran said a push by some lawmakers for state oversight of high-speed passenger rail will get consideration during this year’s legislative session. But he offered little detail, as opponents want to put the brakes on a controversial new rail service in South Florida following a second recent death on the tracks. »RELATED: The latest in Florida political news Corcoran...
Former PBC Fire Rescue chief Collins says he wants his job back

Former PBC Fire Rescue chief Collins says he wants his job back

Former Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Chief Jeffrey Collins, who resigned in the aftermath of sexual harassment and retaliation complaints that have rocked the department, said Friday he wants his job back. During a 22-minute press conference at the law offices of his attorneys in Boca Raton, Collins, a 21-year veteran of the department, said County Administrator Verdenia Baker forced him out as &ldquo...
Kelly’s remarks unsettle a tense alliance at the White House

Kelly’s remarks unsettle a tense alliance at the White House

The one thing sure to make President Donald Trump angry, as anyone who has ever worked closely with him knows, is any suggestion that his staff is managing him.  Yet early Wednesday evening, after learning from a White House aide that his chief of staff, John F. Kelly, had described his views about his signature campaign pledge to build a wall on the Mexico border as “not informed,&rdquo...
Miami’s Haitians, accustomed to being shunned, rally after Trump slight

Miami’s Haitians, accustomed to being shunned, rally after Trump slight

When Jacques Despinosse lost a primary for the Florida House of Representatives in the 1990s, he chalked up his drubbing to the skepticism many voters had for candidates from what was then a relatively small Haitian diaspora.  But since then, Haitian-American politicians have made one electoral stride after another in the state, winning commission seats in the counties encompassing greater Miami...
Trump’s travel expenses test boundaries of policy and politics

Trump’s travel expenses test boundaries of policy and politics

President Donald Trump has reveled in smashing political precedent, but on Thursday he followed his White House predecessors in one of Washington's usually unspoken traditions: blurring the lines between a campaign trip and official business.  Jetting aboard Air Force One for a quick day trip to western Pennsylvania, Trump delivered a 25-minute speech at a heavy equipment manufacturing company...
As federal shutdown looms, GOP struggles to show that it governs

As federal shutdown looms, GOP struggles to show that it governs

The federal government late Thursday faced increasing odds of a partial shutdown, the culmination of a long period of budget warfare that has now imperiled what most lawmakers agree is the most basic task of governance.  The immediate challenge Thursday was a refusal by Senate Democrats to join with Republicans in passing legislation that would keep the government open for 30 more days while...
Under tax law, affordable rents may take a hit

Under tax law, affordable rents may take a hit

The last time that Congress approved a sweeping overhaul of the federal tax code, in 1986, it created a tax credit meant to encourage the private sector to invest in affordable housing. It has grown into a $9 billion-a-year social program that has funded the construction of some 3 million apartments for low-income residents.  But the Republican tax plan approved last month amounts to a vast cutback...
Former Trump aide Sebastian Gorka listed as ‘wanted’ on Hungarian police website

Former Trump aide Sebastian Gorka listed as ‘wanted’ on Hungarian police website

Hungarian media reported Thursday that former White House aide Sebastian Gorka, a Hungarian citizen, was listed as "wanted" for arrest on the website of the country's policy.  The entry listed few details, but it appeared to indicate that the warrant stemmed from an incident of "firearm or ammunition abuse" and was issued in September 2016, less than two months before President...

Money for Gardens storm shelter, Glades roads clear early hurdles

Bills that would provide millions of dollars for several projects in Palm Beach County on advanced out of two House appropriations subcommittees on Thursday. “It was a successful week for Palm Beach County,” said Rebecca de la Rosa, the county’s legislative affairs director via email. “I am appreciative of the collaboration between the Palm Beach County Delegation.” »...
Florida lawmakers advance new loan type sought by payday-loan industry

Florida lawmakers advance new loan type sought by payday-loan industry

Florida lawmakers have started moving forward with a proposal to revamp rules for the payday-loan industry, allowing customers to borrow larger amounts of money over longer periods of time. The House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee unanimously approved the changes Wednesday, a day after a Senate committee backed the Senate version. The proposal, in part, would allow a new type of “installment&rdquo...
Streeter: Writer’s criticism proves age is just a number, not a sign of maturity

Streeter: Writer’s criticism proves age is just a number, not a sign of maturity

CNN Headline News’ Asheligh Banfield came under fire for criticizing a woman who accused actor Aziz Ansari of date rape. By Leslie Gray Streeter When my niece was about 13, her two favorite insults were “That’s old” and “Well, I’ve never heard of it.” We heard them mostly when she didn’t like whatever pre-2000-era song was playing on the...
The Stormy Daniels story is a reminder of Trump’s imperviousness to traditional scandals

The Stormy Daniels story is a reminder of Trump’s imperviousness to traditional scandals

By our count, at least six media outlets were aware of the alleged affair between porn star Stormy Daniels and Donald Trump before the 2016 election.  - InTouch magazine spoke with Daniels (whose real name is Stephanie Clifford) in 2011 - before she allegedly signed an agreement with Trump's team in which she was paid $130,000 not to discuss the incident.  - Slate's Jacob Weisberg wrote...
Angela Rye to host her own political show on BET

Angela Rye to host her own political show on BET

Get ready for the perfect blend of "Lemonade" and political tea-spilling: Angela Rye, the Beyoncé-quoting cable news commentator, is set to headline her own show on BET.  Rye, a fixture on CNN, will host and executive-produce a quarterly show tentatively titled "Angela Rye's State of the Union," according to the website Blavity.  "Working with BET always provides...
Trump’s plans to remake the Federal Reserve hit snags

Trump’s plans to remake the Federal Reserve hit snags

In less than three weeks, the Federal Reserve, which is widely credited with playing a major role in leading the United States out of the Great Recession, will be under new leadership. Current Fed chair Janet L. Yellen is leaving, and Jerome Powell is President Donald Trump's nominee to take her place. But Trump's efforts to remake the Federal Reserve will soon face key tests.  The first hurdle...
Reliable Source: New poll shows Oprah Winfrey with a slight lead over Trump in a 2020 matchup

Reliable Source: New poll shows Oprah Winfrey with a slight lead over Trump in a 2020 matchup

President Donald Trump seemed confident he could trounce Oprah Winfrey in 2020, if the TV host-turned-media mogul were to drop her designer hat into the political ring. But a new poll suggests otherwise: Oprah would beat Trump by 40 percent to 38 percent, according to the data collected by the Morning Consult and Politico.  Not that she should start measuring those Oval Office drapes just yet...
Trump administration creating civil rights division to shield health workers with moral or religious objections

Trump administration creating civil rights division to shield health workers with moral or religious objections

The Trump administration will create a new conscience and religious freedom division within the Health and Human Services Department to ease the way for doctors, nurses and other medical professionals to opt out of providing services that violate their moral or religious beliefs.  Specific details are scheduled to be announced Thursday. But the new policy appears to be broad and aimed at protecting...
The first congressional election of 2018 is a test of Trump in western Pennsylvania

The first congressional election of 2018 is a test of Trump in western Pennsylvania

It snowed the night before Conor Lamb's campaign rally, coating most of the 18th Congressional District and keeping some voters at home. But 70 loyal Democrats shoveled out and drove to the American Legion hall to meet their candidate for Congress in a district that gave Donald Trump a 19-point victory in 2016.  "I'm not running against the president," Lamb said. "But a coal mine...
Trump’s ‘Fake News Awards’ are shaping up to be a total flop

Trump’s ‘Fake News Awards’ are shaping up to be a total flop

President Donald Trump, former star of "The Apprentice," knows how to put on a show. Yet his "Fake News Awards" are shaping up to be a total flop.  Trump will name "the most corrupt & biased of the Mainstream Media" on Wednesday, according to a Jan. 7 tweet, but he appears to have done little preparation for the event — if there even is an event.  "...
The New York Times gives its editorial page over to Trump supporters, sparking a debate

The New York Times gives its editorial page over to Trump supporters, sparking a debate

The New York Times will do away with its op-ed page on Thursday temporarily to run a full-page of letters from supporters of the president, a move that comes amid a tense climate in the country between the media and President Donald Trump, who has constantly assailed supposed biases at many publications since well before he was elected.  The Times' publication of the letters predictably set off...
Ex-Trump campaign chair Manafort likely to face trial no sooner than September, judge suggests

Ex-Trump campaign chair Manafort likely to face trial no sooner than September, judge suggests

Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort will face trial no sooner than September, the judge hearing his case indicated after an hour-long hearing Tuesday in which prosecutors and defense attorneys sparred over his continuing house arrest and a separate lawsuit challenging the appointment of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.  Prosecutors told the court Friday that they intended to ask for a...
Nelson, Mast voice bipartisan concern over Brightline train deaths

Nelson, Mast voice bipartisan concern over Brightline train deaths

Boynton Beach Fire Rescue personnel prepare to cover the body of a bicyclist who was struck and killed by a Brightline train on Wednesday. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) BOYNTON BEACH — The second death in less than a week involving a Brightline train drew a call for an investigation by Democratic Florida Sen. Bill Nelson on Wednesday and a plea...
Bill to create state community colleges board advances in Senate

Bill to create state community colleges board advances in Senate

A bill that would create a new governance board for the state college system and impose a limit on the number of four-year degrees awarded by the colleges advanced in the Senate on Wednesday. In a 6-1 vote, the Senate Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee approved the bill (SB 540), sponsored by Senate Education Chairwoman Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange. The bill, in part, would create a 13-member...
Baker makes clear her interim pick, not Collins, leads Fire Rescue

Baker makes clear her interim pick, not Collins, leads Fire Rescue

Palm Beach County Administrator Verdenia Baker made it clear Wednesday that interim Fire Rescue Chief Michael Mackey — not former chief Jeffrey Collins — leads the department now in the wake of sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuits filed by several employees. Collins resigned on Friday, but he rescinded that resignation on Monday, saying Baker and other county executives had coerced...
Anti-gambling measure will go on November ballot in Florida

Anti-gambling measure will go on November ballot in Florida

Florida voters could make decisions in the future about casino-style gambling, including slot machines, under a proposed constitutional amendment that will appear on the November ballot. The “Voter Control of Gambling Amendment,” largely bankrolled by a Disney company and the Seminole Tribe of Florida, would require voter approval for any form of casino gambling, an issue now largely controlled...
Lawmakers grill water manager on start of Lake Okeechobee reservoir

Lawmakers grill water manager on start of Lake Okeechobee reservoir

A multi-billion-dollar reservoir construction plan to protect Treasure Coast waterways got a boost Wednesday from the House Natural Resources and Public Lands Subcommittee but not before legislators grilled the South Florida Water Management District’s executive director on a start time for the project. Committee members approved a bill that would let the state Department of Environmental Protection...
Bill would require intellectual freedom survey at Florida universities

Bill would require intellectual freedom survey at Florida universities

Adding a mandate for an annual survey of “intellectual freedom” on state university campuses, a House panel Wednesday approved a wide-ranging higher education package that would expand Bright Futures merit scholarships. The bill (HB 423), approved on a 12-1 vote by the Post-Secondary Education Subcommittee, is similar to legislation (SB 4) passed unanimously by the Senate last week. RELATED...
Palm Beach County ‘on fire’ in economy, housing, Baker says

Palm Beach County ‘on fire’ in economy, housing, Baker says

The economy — and the housing market — are “on fire” in Palm Beach County, Administrator Verdenia Baker said in her annual ‘State of the County’ address at the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting Wednesday morning. “No one wants to go to a location where nothing’s happening,” Baker told audience members at the Marriott Hotel...
Trump administration to ask Supreme Court to intervene on DACA

Trump administration to ask Supreme Court to intervene on DACA

The Justice Department on Tuesday said it would take the "rare step" of asking the Supreme Court to overturn a judge's ruling and allow the Trump administration to dismantle a program that provides work permits to undocumented immigrants raised in the United States.  The Trump administration said it has appealed the judge's injunction — which said the Obama-era program must continue...
New U.S. embassy, which Trump mocked on Twitter, opens in London

New U.S. embassy, which Trump mocked on Twitter, opens in London

The gleaming new U.S. embassy in London opened on Tuesday with little fanfare and no official ribbon cutting. President Donald Trump sparked a furor here last week when he tweeted that he wasn't coming to open the $1 billion building — the most expensive embassy every built — because it was a bad real estate deal and in an "off location."  Many of those who live nearby took...
FBI detains man it says betrayed U.S. spies in China

FBI detains man it says betrayed U.S. spies in China

A former CIA officer suspected by investigators of helping China dismantle United States spying operations and identify informants has been arrested, the Justice Department said Tuesday. The collapse of the spy network was one of the U.S. government’s worst intelligence failures in recent years.  The arrest of the former officer, Jerry Chun Shing Lee, 53, capped an intense FBI inquiry that...
Adult-film star reportedly spoke to journalist in 2016 about Trump settlement, fearing he wouldn’t pay up

Adult-film star reportedly spoke to journalist in 2016 about Trump settlement, fearing he wouldn’t pay up

An adult-film star who was reportedly paid to remain silent about a sexual relationship with Donald Trump a decade before he became president spoke to a journalist because she feared he would not pay up, according to a new account.  Stephanie Clifford, whose professional name is Stormy Daniels, spoke to the online magazine Slate multiple times in 2016 before breaking off contact a week before...
Trump’s embrace of earmarks spurs push for congressional revival

Trump’s embrace of earmarks spurs push for congressional revival

There is a 14-mile gap in Interstate 49 outside Fort Smith, Arkansas, and local Republican congressman Steve Womack would very much like to secure the estimated $300 million in federal taxpayer dollars needed to fill it.  A decade ago, it would have been fairly easy: Womack sits on the House Appropriations Committee, where he could have tucked a provision into a massive spending bill locking...
Florida bill increases women’s non-hospital options for labor, delivery

Florida bill increases women’s non-hospital options for labor, delivery

Women with low-risk pregnancies would not have to deliver at hospitals to get epidurals or to have cesarean sections, under legislation overwhelmingly approved by a House panel Tuesday despite safety concerns raised by Florida hospitals. Bill sponsor MaryLynn Magar, R-Tequesta, touted the proposal (HB 1099) as a potential way to help lower health-care costs while giving pregnant women more choices...
Bill hikes pension contributions for state agencies, local governments

Bill hikes pension contributions for state agencies, local governments

Florida counties would have to contribute an additional $66 million to the state pension fund in the new budget year, according to legislation that has started moving in the Senate. As a result of a decrease in the assumed rate of investment return on the $160 billion pension fund, counties, school boards, state agencies, universities, state colleges and other government entities will have to increase...
After Irma: Lawmakers to weigh blocking rebuilding in high-risk areas

After Irma: Lawmakers to weigh blocking rebuilding in high-risk areas

Requiring nursing homes to have adequate backup power, blocking storm-damaged properties from being rebuilt in “high-risk” areas, and looking into changes in highway traffic flow during evacuations are among hurricane proposals that moved forward Tuesday in a Florida House select committee. The House Select Committee on Hurricane Response and Preparedness advanced 78 recommendations from...
Trump physical results: 6 things to know

Trump physical results: 6 things to know

President Donald Trump is in excellent health and likely to finish his term in office without any medical issues, a presidential doctor said Tuesday at a news conference, four days after the president underwent a physical exam. “The president's overall health is excellent," White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson said Tuesday. Here are six things to know about the results of the president&rsquo...
Son of late Florida justice enters race for state Attorney General

Son of late Florida justice enters race for state Attorney General

State Rep. Sean Shaw, a Tampa Democrat and the son of the first black chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court, entered the campaign for attorney general Tuesday and took issue with the performance of outgoing Attorney General Pam Bondi. Shaw announced his candidacy outside the Florida Supreme Court, where his father, the late Leander Shaw Jr., was a justice from 1983 to 2003, serving as chief justice...
Letter from female firefighters urged chief’s firing before he resigned

Letter from female firefighters urged chief’s firing before he resigned

All sides in what is now a mushrooming scandal of alleged sexual harassment, retaliation and cover-up within Palm Beach County Fire Rescue were girding Tuesday for what could become a bitter legal battle after Chief Jeffrey Collins rescinded the resignation his lawyer said he was forced to offer last week. The resignation, the rescinding of that resignation and a set of lingering lawsuits bring the...
Robert Mueller subpoenas Steve Bannon in Russia probe

Robert Mueller subpoenas Steve Bannon in Russia probe

Special counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, to testify before a grand jury as part of the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its possible ties to the Trump campaign, The New York Times reported Tuesday.
Lewandowski says he will testify this week in House Russia probe

Lewandowski says he will testify this week in House Russia probe

Corey Lewandowski, President Trump's former campaign manager, said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he will give testimony this week to a House committee probing Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.  Lewandowski said on WABC-AM radio in New York that he expects to appear before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Wednesday or Thursday to discuss the...
A look inside the tense, vulgar meeting on immigration

A look inside the tense, vulgar meeting on immigration

When President Donald Trump spoke by phone with Sen. Richard Durbin around 10:15 a.m. last Thursday, he expressed pleasure with Durbin's outline of a bipartisan immigration pact and praised the high-ranking Illinois Democrat's efforts, according to White House officials and congressional aides.  The president then asked if Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., his onetime foe turned ally, was on board...
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy relishes role as Trump’s fixer, friend and candy man

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy relishes role as Trump’s fixer, friend and candy man

President Donald Trump and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., were alone in the presidential suite on Air Force One, flying east toward Washington in early October, when the president reached for a handful of Starbursts, the fruit-flavored, box-shaped chewy candies.  But instead of unwrapping all of the treats, the president was careful to pluck out and eat two particular flavors...
‘What do we want? Apology!’ Hundreds of Haiti supporters protest near Mar-a-Lago

‘What do we want? Apology!’ Hundreds of Haiti supporters protest near Mar-a-Lago

  About 500 Haitian-Americans and their supporters used the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday to protest derogatory comments President Donald Trump reportedly made about immigrants from majority-black countries.  "What do we want? Apology!" the protesters chanted.  Many wore shirts proclaiming "I love Haiti," while they carried Haitian flags, sang hymns and shouted...
Who was the only candidate for governor at Everglades Coalition conference?

Who was the only candidate for governor at Everglades Coalition conference?

Democratic governor candidate Chris King at a Palm Beach County Democratic meeting last year. Chris King, the Winter Park businessman seeking the 2018 Democratic nomination for Florida governor, scored some points with Everglades advocates by being the only gubernatorial hopeful to attend the recent Everglades Coalition Conference in Stuart. King impressed attendees by appearing &ldquo...
24-year-old helps lead Trump drug policy office

24-year-old helps lead Trump drug policy office

In May 2016, Taylor Weyeneth was an undergraduate at St. John's University in New York, a legal studies student and fraternity member who organized a golf tournament and other events to raise money for veterans and their families.  Less than a year later, at 23, Weyeneth, was a political appointee and rising star at the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the White House office responsible...
Romney’s role: Ally to Trump, or adversary?

Romney’s role: Ally to Trump, or adversary?

A few days after Sen. Orrin G. Hatch of Utah announced that he would conclude his tenure after serving 42 years in office, the state’s governor, Gary Herbert, was growing anxious about whether Mitt Romney would run for the seat.  “Let’s not be coy about this,” Herbert said he told a close Romney friend and prominent business leader, Kem Gardner. “If he’s going...
In planned speech, Sen. Jeff Flake compares Trump’s media attacks to comments by Stalin

In planned speech, Sen. Jeff Flake compares Trump’s media attacks to comments by Stalin

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., plans to give a speech in the coming days that compares President Donald Trump's public criticism of the news media to similar comments once made by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin.  A spokesman said that Flake, who will retire after this year amid intense political pressure sparked by his criticism of the president, plans to deliver the speech Wednesday before Trump announces...
Haley for president? UN diplomats bet Trump envoy has ambitions

Haley for president? UN diplomats bet Trump envoy has ambitions

Nikki Haley keeps delivering for Donald Trump.  Whether leading efforts to isolate North Korea or hailing cuts to the United Nations budget, Haley's ability to channel Trump's blunt style is prompting fellow U.N. envoys and foreign policy specialists to wonder whether the 45-year-old former South Carolina governor is laying the groundwork to succeed her boss in the Oval Office.  U.N. ambassadors...
How a congressional harassment claim led to a secret $220,000 payment

How a congressional harassment claim led to a secret $220,000 payment

Winsome Packer had a plum overseas assignment, an apartment in Vienna and a six-figure salary as an adviser to a Washington congressman when it all came crashing down.  Her boss, Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., suggested that he should stay with her when he was visiting Austria, she claimed. He made comments she considered sexually suggestive and hugged her in a way she felt inappropriate. ...
White House claims Wall Street Journal misquoted Trump on relationship with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un

White House claims Wall Street Journal misquoted Trump on relationship with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un

President Donald Trump claimed Sunday that the Wall Street Journal deliberately misquoted him as saying he probably has a good relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.  The White House is disputing the newspaper's story from an interview last week in which Trump claimed some success in countering the nuclear threat from North Korea and said he could be open to talks under the right...
Hopes for immigration deal fade as lawmakers trade barbs and Trump declares dreamer program ‘probably dead’

Hopes for immigration deal fade as lawmakers trade barbs and Trump declares dreamer program ‘probably dead’

President Donald Trump said Sunday that he is "not a racist" and denied that he had spoiled chances for an immigration overhaul in Congress by using a vulgarity to describe poor countries as relations between key Republican and Democratic lawmakers turned poisonous.  With the fate of hundreds of thousands of young immigrants in the balance, Trump blamed Democrats for fouling chances...
‘I’m not a racist,’ Trump declares; his Palm Beach weekend ends today

‘I’m not a racist,’ Trump declares; his Palm Beach weekend ends today

President Donald Trump and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speak to reporter before dinner at Trump International Golf Club on Sunday Night. (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post) President Donald Trump pushed back Sunday night against accusations that his disparagement of Haiti and African nations during recent immigration talks reflects...
Palm Beach County legislators hopeful on bills to combat opioid crisis

Palm Beach County legislators hopeful on bills to combat opioid crisis

Battling the opioid epidemic is getting lots of attention during the 2018 legislative session – and that’s good news for Palm Beach County. On Tuesday, Gov. Rick Scott restated his proposal to put up $53 million to help crush the heroin crisis. The next day, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam told a group of Palm Beach County business and community leaders that if elected governor he...
Florida House targets stadiums, cameras, car insurance

Florida House targets stadiums, cameras, car insurance

A measure intended to keep professional sports teams from building or renovating stadiums on publicly owned land and a separate proposal to repeal Florida’s red-light camera law were among numerous bills set up Thursday for House votes. The House also teed up proposals that would place new lobbying restrictions on state and local lawmakers as they leave office (HB 5 and HB 7003) and eliminate...
Rep. Joe Abruzzo away from legislature because of illness

Rep. Joe Abruzzo away from legislature because of illness

It’s a man down situation with Rep. Joe Abruzzo, D-Boynton Beach, who’s absent from the House for the second day in a row. In a telephone interview Friday, Abruzzo said he’s returned to Palm Beach County where he’s under a doctor’s care after being diagnosed with both the flu and pneumonia. The illnesses could have him missing in action from the House floor for up to...
Christie: Brightline shines light on what commuting could be in South Florida

Christie: Brightline shines light on what commuting could be in South Florida

“I could get used to this,” says Rick Christie, Post Editorial Page Editor. Taking the escalator in Brightline’s Fort Lauderdale station after smooth train ride from West Palm Beach Friday morning. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post) It’s one smooth ride. And yes, it’s fast. Nearly six years in the making, All Aboard Florida’s Brightline is finally...
First Lady Melania Trump hires aides amid scrutiny from book

First Lady Melania Trump hires aides amid scrutiny from book

  NYT      WASHINGTON — Nearly a year into her tenure as first lady — and after a week of intense scrutiny prompted by a new book that claims she had dreaded life in the White House — Melania Trump has hired a director of policy to advance her nascent platform.    For months, Melania Trump’s East Wing had searched for a policy director who could...
Sessions tries to impress Trump with moves at Justice. It hasn’t worked.

Sessions tries to impress Trump with moves at Justice. It hasn’t worked.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is trying to find his way back into President Donald Trump's good graces.  For months, Sessions has asked senior White House aides to make sure the president knows what he is doing at the Justice Department, two White House advisers said, and has told allies he hopes policy decisions that garner news coverage will please Trump. Sessions' team at Justice has crafted...
Prosecutor launches probe of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens following extramarital affair revelation

Prosecutor launches probe of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens following extramarital affair revelation

A St. Louis prosecutor on Thursday said she would investigate published allegations that Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens threatened to blackmail a woman with whom he was having an extramarital affair by saying he would distribute a nude photo of her if she revealed the relationship.  "The serious allegations against" Greitens "are very troubling," said St. Louis Circuit Attorney...
Trump’s new ambassador ignored questions from Dutch reporters. Now, US reporters want answers.

Trump’s new ambassador ignored questions from Dutch reporters. Now, US reporters want answers.

The State Department distanced itself on Wednesday from the baseless anti-Muslim theory spread by its ambassador to the Netherlands a few years ago, but declined to call the remarks inaccurate.  During a news conference at the State Department's headquarters in Washington, Undersecretary Steve Goldstein told reporters that Pete Hoekstra, the new U.S. ambassador in the Netherlands, had "made...
When the president says it, does that mean it’s not unprintable?

When the president says it, does that mean it’s not unprintable?

Lester Holt opened the “NBC Nightly News” on Thursday with a parental warning: “This may not be appropriate for some of our younger viewers.”  His counterpart at “ABC World News Tonight,” David Muir, described President Donald Trump “using a profanity we won’t repeat.”  And Jim Acosta, CNN’s chief White House correspondent, stammered...
Rep. Adam Schiff outlines Republican efforts to block access to witnesses, documents in Russia probe

Rep. Adam Schiff outlines Republican efforts to block access to witnesses, documents in Russia probe

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday detailed a list of witnesses and documents Democrats say Republicans have kept them from accessing during the panel's Russia investigation, and blamed the committee's chairman and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., for attempting to end the probe before it is complete.  Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said that committee Republicans had...
In blow to Trump, GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer passes on North Dakota Senate race

In blow to Trump, GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer passes on North Dakota Senate race

The Republican effort to enlist formidable candidates for the Senate suffered another setback Thursday, when Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., announced that he will not run despite President Donald Trump's personal appeals for him to challenge Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in one of the year's top battlegrounds.  Cramer's decision to instead seek reelection in the House, which he announced in a radio...
Trump’s candidacy and presidency have been laced with racist rhetoric

Trump’s candidacy and presidency have been laced with racist rhetoric

Donald Trump's presidential campaign began - within the first five minutes — with his accusing immigrants from Mexico of being criminals. Not all of them, mind you; some of them, he assumed, were good people. Some. A few. This ended up being a prominent theme in his presidency, painting immigrants as criminals with a broad brush, such as when he traveled to Long Island to position the violence...
Today: President Donald Trump arriving for MLK weekend at Mar-a-Lago

Today: President Donald Trump arriving for MLK weekend at Mar-a-Lago

President Donald Trump arriving at Palm Beach International Airport on Dec. 22. (Photos by Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post) President Donald Trump will arrive at Palm Beach International Airport tonight to spend the three-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend at Mar-a-Lago. Be sure to check out MyPalmBeachPost.com, PostOnPolitics.com...

Florida Senate backs higher-ed overhaul

The Florida Senate on Thursday voted unanimously to permanently expand Bright Futures merit scholarships for some 94,000 students. The legislation (SB 4) revives a higher-education initiative, known as the “Florida Excellence in Higher Education Act,” that was vetoed by Gov. Rick Scott last year when he objected to its impact on the state college system. Most of the changes occurred in...

Florida House ready to pass ‘sanctuary city’ ban

Amid a national debate about immigration reform, the Republican-dominated Florida House is poised to approve a measure banning so-called “sanctuary cities” despite the objections of Democrats, immigrant advocates and civil rights groups. The House debated the controversial policy for hours Thursday — day three of the 2018 legislative session — an indication of its importance...
Trump administration’s Medicaid work requirement unlikely in Florida

Trump administration’s Medicaid work requirement unlikely in Florida

While the Trump administration signaled willingness this week to allow work requirements for Medicaid beneficiaries, the Florida Legislature is unlikely to move ahead with such a mandate this year. House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’ Lakes, told The News Service of Florida on Wednesday that the state’s $26 billion Medicaid program is comprised mostly of children and seniors and that...
Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway: ‘Nobody here talks about Hillary Clinton’

Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway: ‘Nobody here talks about Hillary Clinton’

President Donald Trump has made it abundantly clear that he is not done talking about his former opponent, Hillary Clinton. Since the day he became president, Trump has tweeted about Clinton - or "Crooked Hillary" — about 70 times.  But according to Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, the White House does not talk about Clinton.  "We don't care about her. Nobody...
Democrats go solo on Russia probe

Democrats go solo on Russia probe

Democrats are striking out on their own this week over all but one of the congressional investigations into Russian meddling, independently releasing reports and transcripts, and attacking Republicans they accuse of intentionally undermining active probes in deference to President Donald Trump.  Senior Democratic officials in the Senate, frustrated by what they consider a Republican campaign...
Trump administration opens door to let states impose Medicaid work requirements

Trump administration opens door to let states impose Medicaid work requirements

The Trump administration issued guidance to states early Thursday that will allow them to compel people to work or prepare for jobs in order to receive Medicaid for the first time in the half-century history of this pillar of the nation's social safety net.  The letter to state Medicaid directors opens the door for states to cut off Medicaid benefits to Americans unless they have a job, are in...
Rainbow scarf in hand, Roem sworn in

Rainbow scarf in hand, Roem sworn in

The bill she was filing was due at 10 a.m., two hours before Danica Roem would be sworn in Wednesday as Virginia's first openly transgender state lawmaker.  The newcomer from Prince William County had made a procedural error earlier in the week, when she tried to assign a commuter-rail study to the wrong agency. She did not want her first official day to begin with another error.  But as...
Trump and the 25th Amendment: Why it was written and what it can’t do

Trump and the 25th Amendment: Why it was written and what it can’t do

The 25th Amendment is having its moment.  Added to the U.S. Constitution a half-century ago to address the line of succession when a president is unable to fulfill his duties, it is generating buzz because some see it as the crowbar to pry President Donald Trump out of office by finding him unfit.  In fact, it is allegedly being invoked inside 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, at least according...
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens admits extramarital affair but denies he blackmailed woman

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens admits extramarital affair but denies he blackmailed woman

Missouri Republican Gov. Eric Greitens, responding to media reports, acknowledged Wednesday night that he was unfaithful to his wife "a few years ago" before being elected. But his lawyer denied sensational allegations aired by a local TV station that Greitens threatened to distribute naked photos of the woman with whom he was having a relationship if she ever said anything about it. ...
How old is too old to be a world leader?

How old is too old to be a world leader?

When it comes to being a world leader, how old is too old? Voters in Malaysia will soon have to ponder that question, after the country's opposition alliance selected former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad to lead its challenge against Najib Razak, the scandal-ridden current prime minister.  At 92, Mahathir is almost three decades older than Najib. He was Malaysia's longest-serving prime minister...
County leaders think Palm Beach delegation will advance local issues

County leaders think Palm Beach delegation will advance local issues

After a full day of meetings and conferences, county leaders say they’re feeling confident the Palm Beach delegation will do well in the 2018 Legislative Session. County Administrator Verdenia Baker said in her discussions with legislators on Wednesday during Palm Beach County Day that delegation members appeared eager to do their part to advance the county’s priorities, such as obtaining...
House panel OKs bill to let local tourism taxes pay for roads, sewers

House panel OKs bill to let local tourism taxes pay for roads, sewers

Despite objections from parts of the tourism industry, Florida House members Wednesday began moving forward with a bill that would allow local tourist-development taxes to be used for projects such as adding roads or expanding sewer and water systems. The bill (HB 585), which was approved in a 9-4 vote by the House Tourism & Gaming Control Subcommittee, would expand the ways so-called “bed&rdquo...
Senators question Florida plan to privatize Medicaid program for kids

Senators question Florida plan to privatize Medicaid program for kids

Florida senators on Wednesday expressed concerns about plans by Gov. Rick Scott’s administration to alter a Medicaid program that cares for about 80,000 medically complex children with a network of specialty physicians and care coordinators. The changes would transfer control of the program from the state to a privately run managed-care plan. Jeffrey Brosco, deputy secretary for Children&rsquo...
Immigration agents descend on dozens of 7-Eleven stores

Immigration agents descend on dozens of 7-Eleven stores

Immigration agents descended on dozens of 7-Eleven convenience stores before dawn Wednesday to begin checking on employees’ immigration status in what officials described as the largest operation against an employer under Donald Trump’s presidency. Agents targeted about 100 stores nationwide, broadening an investigation that began four years ago with a case against a franchisee on New...
How a coal baron’s wish list became President Trump’s to-do list

How a coal baron’s wish list became President Trump’s to-do list

President Donald Trump’s first year in office has been a boon for the coal industry, with the Trump administration rolling back regulations on coal-fired power plants and withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate change agreement.  Environmentalists have expressed alarm at the new direction, and have complained that Trump was following a blueprint from the coal industry. A confidential...
Republican retirements raise talk of Democratic wave in November

Republican retirements raise talk of Democratic wave in November

Republicans in Congress, including several powerful committee chairmen, are rushing to retire rather than face re-election in the fall, a clear recognition that President Donald Trump’s low approval rating will be a heavy weight on the party even with an improving economy.  Monday’s retirement announcement by Rep. Ed Royce of California, chairman of the House Committee on Foreign...
Trump praises spending earmarks, and Capitol Hill again erupts in debate

Trump praises spending earmarks, and Capitol Hill again erupts in debate

President Donald Trump delivered an unexpected and passionate case for congressional earmarks Tuesday, injecting new momentum into a quiet effort to restore that legislative practice after seven years of dormancy.  Speaking before television cameras during a White House meeting with more than a dozen lawmakers, Trump diverged from the stated topic of immigration to air a lament all too frequently...
Trump’s first full physical is approaching. What he discloses is up to him.

Trump’s first full physical is approaching. What he discloses is up to him.

President Donald Trump is a commander in chief who fuels himself with a steady stream of Diet Cokes, scoops of vanilla ice cream and slabs of red meat. He gets as little as five hours of sleep a night. He is not known to exercise more than the brief strolls beyond his cart on the golf course.  This, he and his aides have maintained, is the very picture of presidential stamina.  On Friday...
Goodman: Oil-drilling ban decision for Florida lathered in politics

Goodman: Oil-drilling ban decision for Florida lathered in politics

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke with Gov. Rick Scott at Tallahassee’s airport yesterday. About the only thing oilier than rigs off the coast is the way the Trump administration withdrew its plans for offshore drilling along Florida’s shores. In a move that smacks of greasing the future political prospects of Gov. Rick Scott, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke flew to Tallahassee...
Joe Arpaio, the fiery former sheriff from Arizona, will run for Senate

Joe Arpaio, the fiery former sheriff from Arizona, will run for Senate

Joe Arpaio, the longtime Phoenix-area sheriff whose headline-grabbing approach to immigration made him an ally of President Donald Trump, will run in the 2018 Republican primary to replace Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.  Arpaio, 85, made the bid official in an interview with the Washington Examiner.  "I'm not here to get my name in the paper," he said. "I get that everyday, anyway...
A former Idaho lawmaker shot and killed himself amid a sexual abuse investigation

A former Idaho lawmaker shot and killed himself amid a sexual abuse investigation

A former Idaho lawmaker shot and killed himself Tuesday morning, three months after he abruptly resigned from the State House after a criminal investigation into alleged sexual abuse emerged.  A relative found Brandon Hixon, the 36-year-old former Republican state representative and a well-known local figure, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head in his Caldwell home, said Canyon...
Bannon’s fast rise, faster fall and uncertain future

Bannon’s fast rise, faster fall and uncertain future

This is the progression of Stephen K. Bannon's job titles over the past 18 months:    Breitbart News chairman    Donald Trump campaign chief executive    White House chief strategist    Breitbart News chairman    Bannon stepped down from Breitbart on Tuesday, capping a stunning rise and fall from the political fringe to the West Wing to whatever is...
Trump’s longtime lawyer sues Buzzfeed and firm behind Russia dossier

Trump’s longtime lawyer sues Buzzfeed and firm behind Russia dossier

President Donald Trump’s longtime lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, filed a defamation lawsuit Tuesday in federal court against Fusion GPS, the firm behind a salacious and largely unsubstantiated dossier that purported to lay out how Russia had aided the Trump campaign. The dossier portrayed Cohen as a central figure in what it described as a conspiracy.  The dossier was first published by BuzzFeed...
Boca brouhaha? Weinroth eyes same county commission race as ally Haynie

Boca brouhaha? Weinroth eyes same county commission race as ally Haynie

Boca Raton City Councilman Bob Weinroth (left) chats with Palm Beach County Commissioner Dave Kerner in Tallahassee on Tuesday night. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) TALLAHASSEE — Boca Raton City Councilman Bob Weinroth said Tuesday night he won’t seek re-election and instead plans to launch a Democratic bid for the same Palm Beach County commission...
Sex-scandal issues cloud pomp of Florida Legislature’s opening day

Sex-scandal issues cloud pomp of Florida Legislature’s opening day

On Tuesday, Florida’s outgoing Republican governor detailed a wish list costing millions while the House speaker laid down the gauntlet against tax increases. Meanwhile, the Senate president put forth a hard stance against sexual harassment just as a fresh sex-related scandal involving two members of his chamber was unfolding. The 2018 Florida Legislature officially is in session. Opening day...
Time to move Florida capital from Tallahassee? This PBC rep thinks so

Time to move Florida capital from Tallahassee? This PBC rep thinks so

A Palm Beach County representative thinks it’s time for Florida’s capital to move to new digs. A bill (HB 1335) filed by state Rep. Bill Hager, R-Boca Raton, would require the formation of a committee to study moving the Legislature and the offices of the governor, state attorney and chief financial officer to a location that can be accessible to more citizens. The “bureaucracy&rdquo...
House panel OKs Slosberg’s bill to toughen texting-while-driving law

House panel OKs Slosberg’s bill to toughen texting-while-driving law

With support from the House speaker, a proposal to make texting while driving a “primary” offense in Florida received unanimous support Tuesday from a House panel as the 2018 legislative session opened. The House Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee approved the measure (HB 33), which would allow law-enforcement officers to stop vehicles when they see motorists texting behind the...
Florida senators’ affair rocks Legislature’s opening day

Florida senators’ affair rocks Legislature’s opening day

Florida Senate Minority Leader Oscar Braynon, D-Miami Gardens, and Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, issued a joint statement Tuesday acknowledging that “our longtime friendship evolved to a level that we deeply regret” after an anonymous website claimed the senators were “actively engaged in inappropriate extramarital activities with each other.” The website featured what appeared...
Oprah 'intrigued' by idea of running for president, friend Gayle King says

Oprah 'intrigued' by idea of running for president, friend Gayle King says

Longtime pal Gayle King said Tuesday that Oprah Winfrey is “intrigued” by the idea of running for president, although she said it’s still unclear whether the media mogul is seriously considering a run. “I don’t think at this point she is actually considering it,” King said on “CBS This Morning.” “She loves this country and would like to be of service...
Two Florida senators express regret after website accuses them of affair

Two Florida senators express regret after website accuses them of affair

Sens. Oscar Braynon and Anitere Flores say “our longtime friendship evolved to a level that we deeply regret. We have sought the forgiveness of our families, and also seek the forgiveness of our constituents and God.” Florida state Sens. Oscar Braynon, D-Miami Gardens, and Anitere Flores, R-Miami, issued a joint statement acknowledging that &ldquo...
Some conservatives who backed Trump claim Oprah’s lack of experience disqualifies her from office

Some conservatives who backed Trump claim Oprah’s lack of experience disqualifies her from office

Following a speech condemning one of the most-discussed social ills in our time — sexual assaults on women — conversations about media mogul Oprah Winfrey launching a presidential run against President Donald Trump dominated social media Monday.  These discussions seemed to gain traction when two anonymous sources told CNN that Winfrey's confidants have been encouraging her to run...
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