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George Bennett has been a Palm Beach Post reporter since 1992. In addition to his reporting duties, he writes a Monday politics column in the local news section and is a frequent contributor to the Post On Politics blog. He's a graduate of The George Washington University.   Read the Post on Politics blog

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Early voting under way to replace Fla. Sen. Jeff Clemens; cost to taxpayers $1M
 Early voting is underway in the special primary to replace Democrat Jeff Clemens in the Florida Senate — part of a process that Palm Beach County Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher says will end up costing state taxpayers about $1 million. Three early voting sites opened Saturday and have drawn sparse turnout so far in the...

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Early voting is underway in the special primary to replace Democrat Jeff Clemens in the Florida Senate — part of a process that Palm Beach County Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher says will end up costing state taxpayers about $1 million. Three early voting sites opened Saturday and have drawn sparse turnout so far in the...
Shutdown ends: How Palm Beach County members voted, Trump’s analysis
 Palm Beach County’s U.S. House delegation for the 115th Congress, clockwise from top left: Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City; Rep.
               Alcee Hastings, D-Delray Beach; Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton; Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach. Freshman U.S. Rep. 
            Brian Mast, R-Palm City, voted for a short-term spending measure...

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Palm Beach County’s U.S. House delegation for the 115th Congress, clockwise from top left: Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City; Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Delray Beach; Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton; Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach. Freshman U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, voted for a short-term spending measure...
Nelson votes to keep government running, reversing his Friday vote
 Less than 72 hours after voting to shut down the federal government, Florida U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and most of his Democratic colleagues softened their position on immigration Monday and supported an agreement to keep the government running through Feb. 8. Nelson — up for re-election this year and attacked by Republicans for his shutdown...

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Less than 72 hours after voting to shut down the federal government, Florida U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and most of his Democratic colleagues softened their position on immigration Monday and supported an agreement to keep the government running through Feb. 8. Nelson — up for re-election this year and attacked by Republicans for his shutdown...
Shutdown vote reveals 2018 vs. 2020 Democratic divide
 Republican Sen. Marco Rubio (left) and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson were back on the same side in today’s vote to end a government
               shutdown. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Less than 72 hours after  
            voting for a federal government shutdown, Florida Sen. 
            Bill Nelson and most of his...

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Republican Sen. Marco Rubio (left) and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson were back on the same side in today’s vote to end a government shutdown. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Less than 72 hours after   voting for a federal government shutdown, Florida Sen. Bill Nelson and most of his...
Feeling shutdown heat, Dem Bill Nelson amends explanation, stresses bipartisanship
 Sen. Bill Nelson in his West Palm Beach office last year. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Florida Democratic Sen. 
            Bill Nelson‘s 
            Friday night vote against keeping the federal government open is drawing criticism from Republicans — and an amended explanation from Nelson, who’s up for re-election...

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Sen. Bill Nelson in his West Palm Beach office last year. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson‘s Friday night vote against keeping the federal government open is drawing criticism from Republicans — and an amended explanation from Nelson, who’s up for re-election...
Shutdown nixes Trump visit to Mar-a-Lago; party goes on with son Eric headlining
 The federal government shutdown led President Donald Trump to cancel plans to celebrate the anniversary of his first year in office at a $100,000-per-couple fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday. As of Saturday evening, the fundraiser was still set to go on with presidential son Eric Trump and his wife, Lara Trump, and Republican...

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The federal government shutdown led President Donald Trump to cancel plans to celebrate the anniversary of his first year in office at a $100,000-per-couple fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday. As of Saturday evening, the fundraiser was still set to go on with presidential son Eric Trump and his wife, Lara Trump, and Republican...
Shutdown nixes Trump visit; party goes on with son Eric headlining
 The federal government shutdown led President Donald Trump to cancel plans to celebrate the anniversary of his first year in office at a $100,000-per-couple fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday. As of Saturday evening, the fundraiser was still set to go on with presidential son Eric Trump and his wife, Lara Trump, and Republican National...

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The federal government shutdown led President Donald Trump to cancel plans to celebrate the anniversary of his first year in office at a $100,000-per-couple fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday. As of Saturday evening, the fundraiser was still set to go on with presidential son Eric Trump and his wife, Lara Trump, and Republican National...
Mar-a-Lago fundraiser to go on as scheduled; Trump stays in D.C.
 President Donald Trump will not attend a $100,000-per-couple political fundraiser at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach tonight because of the federal government shutdown. “There is no plan to go to Florida while there is a shutdown,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told The Palm Beach Post. The fundraiser...

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President Donald Trump will not attend a $100,000-per-couple political fundraiser at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach tonight because of the federal government shutdown. “There is no plan to go to Florida while there is a shutdown,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told The Palm Beach Post. The fundraiser...
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,
      ...

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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, ...
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...

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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...