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Tragedy pushes family to brink of homelessness before help arrives

Only a handful of the glitterati who will gather Saturday night for the Mayor’s Ball at the Palm Beach County Convention Center will have met Carnell Olofin. In suits and sequin, they will exchange pleasantries and smiles, secure and happy in the knowledge that, again, their efforts have raised lots of money to combat homelessness. But they, like most people, probably don’t know what homelessness...
Milestone: Trump plays first presidential golf outside Florida

Milestone: Trump plays first presidential golf outside Florida

President Donald Trump in his private citizen days of 2011 playing golf at his Trump International Golf Club outside West Palm Beach.
Border Patrol union takes center stage under Trump

Border Patrol union takes center stage under Trump

Once a week, union leaders representing U.S. Border Patrol agents host a radio show from a sleepy office park near San Diego, where studio walls are covered with an 8-by-12-foot American flag and portraits of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.  For about an hour, the agents mix discussions about border security with shoptalk and freewheeling news commentary in a show that airs...
Melania Trump makes cameo as Palm Beach County GOP raises money at Mar-a-Lago

Melania Trump makes cameo as Palm Beach County GOP raises money at Mar-a-Lago

Melania Trump leaves a VIP reception before the Palm Beach County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner at Mar-a-Lago Club Friday in Palm Beach.
Political scandals aren't what they used to be — just ask Trey Radel

Political scandals aren't what they used to be — just ask Trey Radel

In late 2013, federal agents arrested Rep. Trey Radel after he attempted to buy $250 worth of cocaine near Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. Three months later, the Florida Republican resigned from Congress. Now, three years after that, he's back with a book about his experience. Such is the cycle of a Washington scandal. "Democrazy" is the story of Radel's journey from TV reporter...
Trumps plot big hotel expansion, but political problems loom

Trumps plot big hotel expansion, but political problems loom

The Trump family is launching a new hotel chain in a bold expansion of a company that critics say is already too big and opaque for an enterprise whose owner sits in the Oval Office.  The chain, called Scion, will feature the first Trump-run hotels not to bear the family's gilded name. The hotels will feature modern, sleek interiors and communal areas, and offer rooms at $200 to $300 a night...
McCray-DeVoursney runoff in Boynton ‘boiling down’ along racial lines

McCray-DeVoursney runoff in Boynton ‘boiling down’ along racial lines

Minister Bernard Wright thinks Dr. James DeVoursney is qualified enough to trust him as his dermatologist, but not enough to vote for the doctor to represent him as his city commissioner. That job should remain with a black man — specifically Vice Mayor Mack McCray — said Wright, who recently posted the opinion on his Facebook page, leading to it being shared and widely discussed. &ldquo...

FAU among 8 Florida universities short on mental health counselors

Eight of the 12 state universities fall below minimum staffing levels for mental-health counselors as the need for counseling services grows on campuses, a new report shows. The university system’s Board of Governors, which has asked for a $7 million increase in mental-health funding in the 2017-2018 budget, will receive an update on the counseling issue during the coming week, as state lawmakers...
St. Lucie Rep. Pigman charged with DUI on turnpike near Fort Pierce

St. Lucie Rep. Pigman charged with DUI on turnpike near Fort Pierce

With a blood-alcohol level nearly double the legal limit, state Rep. Cary Pigman was charged with drunken driving after a traffic stop on Florida’s Turnpike several hours after a House session Thursday, according to a police report. Pigman, 58, an Avon Park Republican, was charged with driving under the influence by the Florida Highway Patrol after being pulled over at 10:44 p.m. near the Fort...
GOP’s Tom Rooney: ‘Obamacare is the law of the land forever now…We blew it’

GOP’s Tom Rooney: ‘Obamacare is the law of the land forever now…We blew it’

“Obamacare is the law of the land forever now,” a fuming U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Okeechobee, said today after House Republicans failed to enact — or even bring to a vote — a long-promised health care overhaul.
Melissa McKinlay begins fundraising for 2018 commission re-election bid

Melissa McKinlay begins fundraising for 2018 commission re-election bid

Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay on election night in 2014 (Bill Ingram/The Palm Beach Post) Democratic Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay, who quietly opened a re-election campaign for her western-county District 6 seat earlier this month, has begun hitting up supporters for campaign cash.
Dems seeking Trump visitor logs call bill ‘MAR-A-LAGO Act’

Dems seeking Trump visitor logs call bill ‘MAR-A-LAGO Act’

Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach is the target of Democratic legislation in Washington.
Russo and Litt vie for final seat on Gardens council in runoff

Russo and Litt vie for final seat on Gardens council in runoff

A new Palm Beach Gardens City Council member elected Tuesday will almost certainly need to deal with residents’ concerns about sober homes and the proper spending of $30 million in sales tax money. Voters will decide who that is in a runoff election for a three-year term for the Group 5 seat. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Rachelle Litt, a 61-year-old pharmacist who lives in PGA National, and...
Brian Mast makes rousing unity call to GOP colleagues on health care bill

Brian Mast makes rousing unity call to GOP colleagues on health care bill

Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, is leaning toward supporting a health care overhaul backed by President Donald Trump.
Palm Beach County GOP at Trump-less Mar-a-Lago for fundraiser

Palm Beach County GOP at Trump-less Mar-a-Lago for fundraiser

President Donald Trump is not expected, but the county GOP will be raising money at his Mar-a-Lago Club tonight.
UN's peacekeepers face new peril in Trump's push to cut budget

UN's peacekeepers face new peril in Trump's push to cut budget

At her January confirmation hearing to become ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley caused a stir among diplomats when she said she'd consider slashing U.S. funding for one of the international body's most potent symbols: the U.N. peacekeeping force. For decades, the blue-helmeted troops have been sent to preserve uneasy truces and keep violence from erupting in some of the world's most impoverished...
Lacking evidence of voter fraud, legislatures target its specter

Lacking evidence of voter fraud, legislatures target its specter

Of the 860,000 Nebraskans who cast ballots in last fall’s election, only two are suspected of casting fraudulent votes. But while the actual number of illegal voters may be minuscule, state Sen. John Murante says, there is an even better reason for Nebraska’s legislature to crack down on fraud at the ballot box. “First and foremost, we know the confidence that Americans and Nebraskans...
Conservative news crack-up? Things just got real for some partisan personalities

Conservative news crack-up? Things just got real for some partisan personalities

These should be high times for conservative news outlets, what with like-minded officials and operatives in control of virtually every important office in Washington. And yet the news about conservative news organs lately has been a parade of dysfunction, a messy portrait in pixels. Specifically: —The Independent Journal Review (IJR), a politics-and-policy news site geared toward conservative...
Why a lack of education raises death risk for some Americans

Why a lack of education raises death risk for some Americans

Middle-age white Americans with limited education are increasingly dying younger, on average, than other middle-age U.S. adults, a trend driven by their dwindling economic opportunities, research by two Princeton University economists has found.  The economists, Anne Case and Angus Deaton, argue in a paper released Thursday that the loss of steady middle-income jobs for those with only high school...
Search for Secret Service leader intensifies as White House security is tested

Search for Secret Service leader intensifies as White House security is tested

In the century or so since Congress first assigned the Secret Service the task of protecting the president of the United States, its top job has always gone to an agency veteran. Like so many things in the Trump era, that may soon change. Aides to President Donald Trump are narrowing a list of candidates to lead the Secret Service, the beleaguered agency that protects the country’s top government...
Native Americans prepare to battle Trump over Utah national monument

Native Americans prepare to battle Trump over Utah national monument

When word came down on Dec. 28 that President Barack Obama had created a 1.35 million-acre national monument called Bears Ears, Jonah Yellowman celebrated. So did leaders of his Navajo people and other tribes that rarely have much to cheer about, such as the Hopi, Ute and Zuni. Yet the festivities did not last long. Angered at Obama, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and other Republicans quickly lobbied President...
Negron warns against Florida universities overusing online classes

Negron warns against Florida universities overusing online classes

One of the benefits of an expansion of online classes in Florida universities is that it gives students more flexibility in balancing their academic loads with extracurricular activities like jobs, student government or clubs. It has helped a University of Central Florida senior devote the majority of her time this spring to her extracurricular activity: serving as a member of the Florida House of...
Kelly Slater wave pool creeps forward despite Jupiter Farms opposition

Kelly Slater wave pool creeps forward despite Jupiter Farms opposition

Jupiter Farms residents did all they could Thursday to wipe out the idea of a surfing ranch in western Palm Beach County, but the plan is still on the drawing board. Commissioners directed county staff to examine a possible land use change that would allow a firm affiliated with surfing legend Kelly Slater to build a surfing ranch with a 2,000-foot long wave pool at the Palm Beach Park of Commerce...
Divided Florida Senate backs ending ‘liquor wall’

Divided Florida Senate backs ending ‘liquor wall’

A heavily lobbied proposal to knock down a Depression-era ban on liquor being sold alongside groceries narrowly survived the Senate on Thursday, after a passionate debate that included some opponents warning the change could make alcohol more accessible to — or even “kill” — children. The so-called “liquor wall” measure (SB 106), which must still get House...
Florida Senate OKs bill to expand religious expression in schools

Florida Senate OKs bill to expand religious expression in schools

A bill whose sponsor says it is aimed at protecting displays of religious faith in public schools passed the Senate on nearly party-line vote Thursday, while a more-limited version moved toward the House floor. The Senate voted 23-13 to approve its bill (SB 436), after a sometimes-emotional debate. Sen. Daphne Campbell, D-Miami, joined Republicans in voting for the legislation. RELATED: Complete Florida...
County smooths way for western development with zoning framework OK

County smooths way for western development with zoning framework OK

Palm Beach County commissioners approved a new zoning framework Thursday, smoothing the path for a pair of development projects that would add a combined 4,930 homes in the booming west-central corridor of the county. Approval of the new framework, which creates something called the Western Communities Residential Overlay, disappointed environmentalists and preservationists, who have argued that large-scale...
Opinion: All Aboard Florida trying to keep Brightline’s future from dimming

Opinion: All Aboard Florida trying to keep Brightline’s future from dimming

Mike Reininger, Executive Director of Florida East Coast Industries (left) and Dennis Grady, President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches (right) speak with the Post Editorial Board this morning.
Traffic, crime and development top issues in Jupiter election runoff

Traffic, crime and development top issues in Jupiter election runoff

While waterfront development gets lots of attention in Jupiter, the two candidates facing off in Tuesday’s runoff election for the Town Council Second District seat say there are many other issues. Traffic, crime, the El Sol Neighborhood Resource Center and the proposed six-story Fisherman’s Wharf project on the Intracoastal Waterway are some of the other issues voters want to discuss...
Palm Beach County population growth outpaces most of nation in 2016

Palm Beach County population growth outpaces most of nation in 2016

Turns out, blue skies, warm weather, palm trees and beaches are a bit of a draw. Palm Beach County’s population grew by nearly 22,000 people from July of 2015 to July of 2016, according to estimates released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. That growth put the county’s population at 1,443,810. Only four other counties in Florida — Orange, Hillsborough, Broward and Lee &mdash...

Should country singers speak up about politics? We asked them

Country singers are faced with a conundrum when it comes to President Donald Trump: As part of the most conservative-leaning musical genre, shouldn't they have something to say about the most polarizing Republican administration in history? As multiple publications recently pointed out, the answer has been a resounding "no." Nashville stars remain unusually silent about their political thoughts...
Is the United States' military big enough?

Is the United States' military big enough?

President Donald Trump has proposed a $54 billion increase in military spending, which he said would be “one of the largest increases in national defense spending in American history.” Past administrations have increased military spending, but typically to fulfill a specific mission. Jimmy Carter expanded operations in the Persian Gulf. Ronald Reagan pursued an arms race with the Soviet...
Push to undo national monument designations hits obstacle: the law

Push to undo national monument designations hits obstacle: the law

Powerful Republican congressmen and governors are pressing President Donald Trump to take an unprecedented step: Reverse his predecessor's creation of several national monuments under a law that dates back to Theodore Roosevelt. No president has ever attempted such a reversal, and legal experts doubt it could succeed. "If they go down that road, it is a very, very difficult path," said John...
This is California in the era of Trump

This is California in the era of Trump

Californians wake up every day delighted to be in California, and then they remember that they are also in the United States. The bougainvillea catches the rising sun in San Clemente, the sapphire tide heaves into Big Sur — and three time zones to the East, President Donald Trump has been up and tweeting for hours. "I don't want to look at my phone in the morning," said Cynthia Blatt...
Why letting go, for Trump, is no small or simple task

Why letting go, for Trump, is no small or simple task

President Donald Trump is a man seriously susceptible to snagging himself in the nettles of obsession. In the last three weeks, no compulsion has so consumed his psyche, and his Twitter account, as the deeply held and shallowly sourced rejected belief that President Barack Obama tapped his phones. So why can’t he just let go? First, aides say that Trump, who often says, “I’m, like...
Fact check: Democrats’ critiques of the Republican health bill

Fact check: Democrats’ critiques of the Republican health bill

With the House vote on the Republican health care bill looming Thursday, Democrats are unified in their opposition. Lawmakers have echoed the same talking points, exaggerating the bill’s effect on insurance pools, employment and income inequality. Here is an assessment of their claims. This is misleading. Pelosi, the minority leader, may have used the report from the Congressional Budget Office...
AP fact check: Trump and his unachieved achievements

AP fact check: Trump and his unachieved achievements

President Donald Trump is taking credit for persuading TransCanada Corp. to withdraw a hefty lawsuit against the U.S. government over the previous administration's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline. But the Canadian company says its bid for compensation for the stalled project is merely suspended, as it has been for weeks.  Trump's account, to Republican donors Tuesday night, was one of several...
Still no Espanol on WhiteHouse.gov

Still no Espanol on WhiteHouse.gov

The day Donald Trump became president, the Spanish-language translation of the White House's website went down. An aide quickly said the Spanish version would return once the site was fully updated. Nearly two months later, there is still no Spanish version of WhiteHouse.gov, and Rep. Lou Correa, D-Calif., is turning to his colleagues in Congress for a fix. Correa has filed legislation to require...
Florida Senate aims to add grower licenses under its medical pot plan

Florida Senate aims to add grower licenses under its medical pot plan

More growers, access to treatment for snowbirds and greater flexibility in the relationship between patients and doctors are among the items likely to be included in a Senate proposal to carry out a constitutional amendment approved by voters in November to broadly legalize medical marijuana. The Senate Health Policy Committee held a workshop Wednesday on the implementation of Amendment 2, which garnered...
Florida House bill would let governor pick administrative judges

Florida House bill would let governor pick administrative judges

One case involved a tiny horse track where an employee waved a red rag to start a “race” between two aging nags. Another centered on whether pari-mutuels could continue to offer popular “designated-player” poker-style games at card rooms throughout the state. And a third focused on a dispute between a public hospital system and an industry giant over building a new medical...
Liquor moves step closer to being sold in grocery, big-box stores

Liquor moves step closer to being sold in grocery, big-box stores

Florida’s decades-old prohibition on liquor being sold alongside groceries and other retail goods moved closer to repeal Wednesday as a massive lobbying battle continued. The so called “liquor wall” bill (HB 81) narrowly advanced out of the House Commerce Committee in a 15-13 vote — sending the measure to the House floor — after being amended to more closely resemble...
In Boca, Roger Stone promotes his Trump book, denies Russia collusion

In Boca, Roger Stone promotes his Trump book, denies Russia collusion

Roger Stone speaks to members of the conservative group America First at the Boca Raton Marriott on Tuesday.
Trump lays plans to reverse Obama’s climate change legacy

Trump lays plans to reverse Obama’s climate change legacy

President Donald Trump is poised in the coming days to announce his plans to dismantle the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s climate change legacy, while also gutting several smaller but significant policies aimed at curbing global warming. The moves are intended to send an unmistakable signal to the nation and the world that Trump intends to follow through on his campaign vows to rip...
Trump's visits stretching Palm Beach's budget and locals' patience

Trump's visits stretching Palm Beach's budget and locals' patience

It is high season in South Florida: blue skies, low humidity, warm temperatures and increasingly regular visits from the president of the United States. With those visits, the busiest time of year for longtime residents of Palm Beach has taken on a new unpleasantness. Airplane noise, traffic and a rash of angry confrontations between pro and anti-Trump demonstrators are beginning to seem like the...
Experts find what may be earliest color film of White House grounds

Experts find what may be earliest color film of White House grounds

Researchers have discovered what are believed to be the earliest color films of the White House grounds, and of President Herbert Hoover, the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum said Tuesday. The footage was discovered by experts at the library and museum in West Branch, Iowa, where Hoover was born. The films, which for years were thought to be in black and white, are home movies shot for the...
Stone, the ‘trickster’ on Trump’s side, is under FBI scrutiny

Stone, the ‘trickster’ on Trump’s side, is under FBI scrutiny

In President Donald Trump’s oft-changing world order, Roger J. Stone Jr., the onetime political consultant and full-time provocateur, has been one of the few constants — a loyalist and self-proclaimed “dirty trickster” who nurtured the dream of a presidential run by the developer-turned-television-star for 30 years. But two months into the Trump presidency, Stone, known for...
Senate GOP holdouts split into rival camps on Obamacare overhaul

Senate GOP holdouts split into rival camps on Obamacare overhaul

The House is racing to find enough votes for its health-care bill this week, but even if it passes, prospects in the Senate have only darkened. More than enough Senate Republicans oppose the House bill to kill it — with rival camps insisting on pulling the bill in opposite directions to meet their demands. With just a 52-48 majority, the bill would fail if three or more Republicans vote against...
Who'll control the House after 2018? A few clues

Who'll control the House after 2018? A few clues

Looking at the numbers, Democrats seem to have a better chance seizing control of the Senate in 2018 than winning a majority and clawing their way back to power in the House. Republicans hold a mere 52-48 Senate majority while outnumbering Democrats in the House by 44 seats, with five vacancies. But elections are not about mathematics or determined by probability. Though Democrats need to win just...
GOP bill's changes in rules could undermine health of neediest

GOP bill's changes in rules could undermine health of neediest

An under-the-radar provision in the Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act would require the millions of Medicaid enrollees who signed up under the Obamacare expansion to renew their coverage every six months — twice as often as under current law. That change would inevitably push many people out of coverage, at least temporarily, experts say, and help GOP leaders phase out Medicaid...
Despite trust, Ivanka Trump still wields power over her brand

Despite trust, Ivanka Trump still wields power over her brand

What role Ivanka Trump plays in her father’s White House is among the pressing questions at the intersection of politics and business under the Trump administration. Since Donald Trump became president, Ivanka Trump has sat in meetings with political and business leaders at the White House, drawing criticism that she could use her informal adviser role to promote her brand. Now, she also works...
New Seminole gambling deal passes House panel, but many hurdles remain

New Seminole gambling deal passes House panel, but many hurdles remain

A key House committee Tuesday approved a gambling measure aimed at creating a new agreement with the Seminole Tribe, though a tribe representative recently called the proposal a “non-starter” and major differences remain with the Senate. The proposal (HB 7037) would continue to allow the tribe to have exclusive rights to operate “banked” card games, such as blackjack, at five...

Florida House Republicans target so-called ‘sanctuary cities’

Amid heated debate over illegal immigration and the rights of undocumented immigrants, a Florida House panel approved a measure Tuesday to crack down on so-called “sanctuary cities.” The bill (HB 697) by Rep. Larry Metz, R-Yalaha, would require local governments and universities to comply with federal immigration laws and would impose stiff penalties on those that declare themselves sanctuaries...

Senate seeks to swap end of insurer tax credit by cutting lease tax

The Senate Finance and Tax Appropriations Subcommittee on Tuesday unanimously supported SB 378, which would eliminate a premium-tax credit for insurers. Under the change made Tuesday, the bill would also offer a 1 percentage-point reduction in a commercial lease tax for businesses, a tax cut that Gov. Rick Scott has supported. Bill sponsor Anitere Flores, R-Miami, said that if the insurance industry...
Opinion: Scott too quick to yank prosecutor over ‘death penalty’ flap

Opinion: Scott too quick to yank prosecutor over ‘death penalty’ flap

Florida Gov. Rick Scott took the unprecedented step of replacing a sitting State Attorney over a difference of opinion over the death penalty.

Trump adviser, Florida man Roger Stone denies Russia collusion claims

Roger Stone on CBS This Morning. Longtime Donald Trump adviser Roger Stone, the Fort Lauderdale resident whose name came up frequently during Monday’s House Intelligence Committee hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, says his communications last year with a hacker linked to Russia were “benign” and didn’t constitute collusion.
Trump adopting hands-off style toward military

Trump adopting hands-off style toward military

President Donald Trump is shifting more authority over military operations to the Pentagon, according to White House officials, reversing what his aides and some generals say was a tendency by the Obama White House to micromanage issues better left to military commanders. The change is at the heart of a re-engineering of the National Security Council’s role under its new leader, Lt. Gen. H.R...
Spying claims ignite debate about privacy

Spying claims ignite debate about privacy

Standing beside Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany on Friday at the White House, President Donald Trump told her, “at least we have something in common.” Trump was comparing himself to a foreign leader whose cellphone calls had been intercepted by the National Security Agency. He was doubling down, once again, on his much-disputed claim that his calls, too, had been wiretapped on orders...
What happened to Ivanka? Liberal hope of Trump administration silent

What happened to Ivanka? Liberal hope of Trump administration silent

Soon after the presidential election, a group of New York artists started a social media campaign dubbed #dearivanka. They were sure that Ivanka Trump, a 35-year-old self-professed feminist, patron of the arts and Democratic fundraiser, would play a moderating role in her father’s White House and were appealing to her to intercede on abortion rights, climate change and other issues. The artists...
Will Gorsuch join justices in time to matter this term?

Will Gorsuch join justices in time to matter this term?

Senate Republicans are in a race against the clock. They want to put Judge Neil M. Gorsuch on the Supreme Court in time to participate in at least some of this term’s cases, notably one on the separation of church and state. If they are to succeed, they will have to move with exceptional speed. The calendar is an obstacle course. The confirmation hearings started on Monday and will last several...
Yesterday's US attorneys may be tomorrow's congressional candidates

Yesterday's US attorneys may be tomorrow's congressional candidates

President Donald Trump's abrupt ouster of almost half the country's U.S. attorneys has done more than create yet another tempest for his nascent administration. It's also created a new and potentially potent Democratic political class. Campaign consultants in both parties have long identified prosecutors — especially those confirmed by the Senate to act as the chief federal law enforcement officers...
Where did all the Sacagawea dollar coins go? In Ecuador, they're everywhere

Where did all the Sacagawea dollar coins go? In Ecuador, they're everywhere

Busy selling fruits and vegetables on a recent weekday, Luzmila Mita dug into her apron and pulled out a fistful of coins embossed with the image of a Native American woman with a baby strapped to her back. "I always thought she was one of us," said Mita, as she looked at the image of Sacagawea, the 18th-century Shoshone woman who was part of the Lewis and Clark expedition. "It took...
Analysis: Would it really 'never hurt' for Trump to apologize?

Analysis: Would it really 'never hurt' for Trump to apologize?

At least two members of President Donald Trump's own party have now suggested the president has some apologizing to do. Speaking with reporters on Friday, Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., speaking of Trump's claim that former president Obama tapped his phone during the election, said "frankly, unless you can produce some pretty compelling proof, then I think that President Obama is owed an apology."...
Prosecutor challenges Scott over her removal from case

Prosecutor challenges Scott over her removal from case

A Central Florida state attorney who created a firestorm by deciding not to seek the death penalty for alleged cop-killer Markeith Loyd — or in any other capital case — is accusing Gov. Rick Scott of abusing his authority by ousting her as prosecutor in the Loyd case. Aramis Ayala, state attorney for the 9th Judicial Circuit in Orange and Osceola counties, asked a judge Monday to put a...

House higher ed bill more lenient than Senate in grad-rate standards

A Florida House committee on Monday endorsed its version of a higher-education reform bill, including expanding Bright Futures scholarships and requiring state universities to begin using “block” tuition. The bill (HB 3), sponsored by Rep. Bryan Avila, R-Hialeah, is the House’s answer to Senate President Joe Negron’s effort (SB 2) to elevate Florida’s higher-education...
Florida Constitution Revision panel starts once-every-20-years job

Florida Constitution Revision panel starts once-every-20-years job

The once-every-20-years process of updating Florida’s basic law began Monday, as the Constitution Revision Commission held its opening meeting in Tallahassee. The 37-member panel, appointed almost entirely by Republicans for the first time in history, is expected to submit proposals for amending the state Constitution to voters for the November 2018 election. RELATED: Complete Florida Legislature...
Official: Use county bed tax to cover Trump security costs

Official: Use county bed tax to cover Trump security costs

Another weekend. Another visit by President Donald Trump. And now, another idea on how to cover the costs of providing security during those trips to Palm Beach County. Palm Beach County Commissioner Steven Abrams asked county staff to research the idea of using bed tax money to cover security and roadway management costs during Trump’s frequent trips to his Mar-a-Lago mansion on Palm...
President's words threaten to trip up his policies

President's words threaten to trip up his policies

In blocking the administration's second attempt at a travel ban from terror-prone countries, a federal judge in Hawaii laid the blame squarely on President Donald Trump and his advisers, who had suggested the policy was aimed at barring Muslims. A different politician might have expressed disappointment and moved on. But Trump, taking the stage barely an hour later at a rally Wednesday night in Nashville...
Florida short $36 million for school construction unless it borrows

Florida short $36 million for school construction unless it borrows

If Florida lawmakers don’t agree to borrow money to pay for school construction and maintenance projects, they will come up about $36 million short of what state education officials have requested for a key program next year. State economists made their final estimate last week on money available in the 2017-18 fiscal year for the Public Education Capital Outlay, or PECO, program, which is funded...
White House defends Trump’s frequent golf, Mar-a-Lago visits

White House defends Trump’s frequent golf, Mar-a-Lago visits

President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe exchange a high five at Trump National Golf Club on Feb.
Another way for Palm Beach County to pay for Trump visits?

Another way for Palm Beach County to pay for Trump visits?

Another weekend. Another visit by President Donald Trump. And now, another idea about how to cover the escalating costs of those trips to Palm Beach County.
The Fed acts. Workers in Mexico and merchants in Malaysia suffer

The Fed acts. Workers in Mexico and merchants in Malaysia suffer

Francisca Hervis Reyes and her family have persevered on the border, working in factories more than 1,300 miles from their hometown. They remained even as deadly warfare between drug cartels turned this city into one of the most dangerous on the planet. But they may not endure the changing predilections of the Federal Reserve. Reyes is paid in Mexican pesos, a currency that has been losing value as...
How much is President Trump's travel and protection costing?

How much is President Trump's travel and protection costing?

President Donald Trump's 2018 budget proposal is unabashed in its goal: slashing or eradicating a number of social and research programs to offset new spending on defense and homeland security. That emphasis quickly met with broad criticism, including from some who pointed out an apparent contradiction.  Trump places a heavy emphasis on cutting waste and targets for elimination programs that...
Coal has a pulse, but prospects for jobs are weak

Coal has a pulse, but prospects for jobs are weak

The battered U.S. coal industry is showing flickering signs of life. Yet the prognosis for Big Coal remains dim.  Coal prices are about double what they were a year ago. Rail car deliveries of coal are up 16 percent this year. The more than 50 coal mining firms that went bankrupt over the past couple of years have unloaded billions of dollars of debt. And President Trump has vowed to roll back...

Rural areas brace for shortage of doctors after changes in visa policy

In Coudersport, Pa., a town in a mountainous region an hour’s drive from the nearest Wal-Mart, Cole Memorial Hospital counts on two Jordanian physicians to keep its obstetrics unit open and is actively recruiting foreign specialists. In Fargo, N.D., a, a gastroenterologist from Lebanon — who is among thousands of foreign physicians in the state — has risen to become vice president...
The troubled, covert agency responsible for moving the nation's most lethal cargo

The troubled, covert agency responsible for moving the nation's most lethal cargo

The unmarked 18-wheelers ply the nation's interstates and two-lane highways, logging 3 million miles a year hauling the most lethal cargo there is: nuclear bombs. The covert fleet, which shuttles warheads from missile silos, bomber bases and submarine docks to nuclear weapons labs across the country, is operated by the Office of Secure Transportation, a troubled agency within the U.S. Department of...
GOP’s health care tightrope crosses the blue-collar Midwest

GOP’s health care tightrope crosses the blue-collar Midwest

James Waltimire, a police officer on unpaid medical leave, has been going to the hospital in this small city twice a week for physical therapy after leg surgery, all of it paid for by Medicaid. Waltimire, 54, was able to sign up for the government health insurance program last year because Ohio expanded it to cover more than 700,000 low-income adults under the Affordable Care Act. He voted for President...
Is Trump outpacing Obama in presidential golf?

Is Trump outpacing Obama in presidential golf?

President Donald Trump trails former President Barack Obama by more than 300 rounds of presidential golf, but Trump has been teeing off at a brisk pace.