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Post endorsements: Among Democrats, Berman best successor to Clemens
 When
             state Sen. Jeff Clemens abruptly resigned his seat in October, it left District 31 without one of the most influential and
            dynamic voices in the Florida Legislature. Clemens, an Atlantis Democrat who resigned after admitting to an affair with a lobbyist, had risen to become a Democratic
            leader in...

Posted: 11 hours ago

When state Sen. Jeff Clemens abruptly resigned his seat in October, it left District 31 without one of the most influential and dynamic voices in the Florida Legislature. Clemens, an Atlantis Democrat who resigned after admitting to an affair with a lobbyist, had risen to become a Democratic leader in...
Christie commentary: Please, just stop trying to beat the train
 It was a tough week for Brightline. Maybe the last thing you want in your first week as a high-speed passenger rail line is people dying on your tracks. But public outcry has All Aboard Florida’s Brightline close to coming off the rails here. “We offer our deepest sympathy to those affected by the recent incidents,” Brightline&rsquo...

Posted: 2 days ago

It was a tough week for Brightline. Maybe the last thing you want in your first week as a high-speed passenger rail line is people dying on your tracks. But public outcry has All Aboard Florida’s Brightline close to coming off the rails here. “We offer our deepest sympathy to those affected by the recent incidents,” Brightline&rsquo...
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&rsquo...

Posted: 5 days ago

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&rsquo...
Christie commentary: Brightline shines light on what could be in SoFla
 It’s one smooth ride. And yes, it’s fast. Nearly six years in the making, All Aboard Florida’s Brightline finally began limited service on Saturday. But I joined a gaggle of reporters, and business and government VIPs Friday morning for a test run. And once the four-car Brightline Green train got underway (about 10 minutes...

Posted: 9 days ago

It’s one smooth ride. And yes, it’s fast. Nearly six years in the making, All Aboard Florida’s Brightline finally began limited service on Saturday. But I joined a gaggle of reporters, and business and government VIPs Friday morning for a test run. And once the four-car Brightline Green train got underway (about 10 minutes...
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...

Posted: 11 days ago

“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...
Christie: Tough to trust Trump on immigration reform after ending TPS for Salvadorans
 President Donald Trump, accompanied by Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, right, speaks during a meeting with
               Republican Senators on immigration in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington. Nielsen told the Associated Press
               last week that short-term extensions of TPS are not the answer...

Posted: 14 days ago

President Donald Trump, accompanied by Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, right, speaks during a meeting with Republican Senators on immigration in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington. Nielsen told the Associated Press last week that short-term extensions of TPS are not the answer...
Christie: Is America losing its standing in the world under Trump?
 President Donald Trump’s “America First” strategy is seen as a sign of strength by some and making the U.S. weaker on the
               world stage by others. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Depending on your “point of view” the United States has either re-asserted its dominance on the world stage or confirmed its
...

Posted: 20 days ago

President Donald Trump’s “America First” strategy is seen as a sign of strength by some and making the U.S. weaker on the world stage by others. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Depending on your “point of view” the United States has either re-asserted its dominance on the world stage or confirmed its ...
Christie: Should people be allowed to bring guns into the Tax Collector’s office?
 A line of people waiting to get into the county Tax Collector’s office snakes through lobby of the Palm Beach County Governmental
               Center. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post) What is going on? That’s the question a lot of folks had after reading the below op-ed from Palm Beach County Tax Collector
            Anne...

Posted: 25 days ago

A line of people waiting to get into the county Tax Collector’s office snakes through lobby of the Palm Beach County Governmental Center. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post) What is going on? That’s the question a lot of folks had after reading the below op-ed from Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne...
Christie: Where are the #MeToo kudos for the good guy non-harassers?
 CARTOON VIEW SCOTT STANTIS The way the #MeToo movement has taken off has men in pretty much every industry quaking in their boots these days as they
            search their memories for any incident that could have been construed as sexual harassment by a colleague. “Well I certainly didn’t grope anyone, but was that flirtatious...

Posted: 26 days ago

CARTOON VIEW SCOTT STANTIS The way the #MeToo movement has taken off has men in pretty much every industry quaking in their boots these days as they search their memories for any incident that could have been construed as sexual harassment by a colleague. “Well I certainly didn’t grope anyone, but was that flirtatious...
Christie: Are we painting PBC sober homes with too broad a brush?
 Matthew Anderson talks with his attorney during a court hearing in May. Anderson, owner of two Palm Beach County sober homes
               where police responded to 28 calls last year — including six overdoses — was arrested on multiple counts of patient brokering.
               (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post) As Palm...

Posted: 27 days ago

Matthew Anderson talks with his attorney during a court hearing in May. Anderson, owner of two Palm Beach County sober homes where police responded to 28 calls last year — including six overdoses — was arrested on multiple counts of patient brokering. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post) As Palm...
Christie commentary: Guns, shopping malls are a bad retail mix
 A trip to the shopping mall is one of those uniquely American experiences that I always had a hard time explaining to my colleagues in the foreign press. Not that malls don’t exist in London, Moscow, Jerusalem, Mexico City and elsewhere; but the way we seem to lionize “the mall” in our society was always curious to them...

Posted: 30 days ago

A trip to the shopping mall is one of those uniquely American experiences that I always had a hard time explaining to my colleagues in the foreign press. Not that malls don’t exist in London, Moscow, Jerusalem, Mexico City and elsewhere; but the way we seem to lionize “the mall” in our society was always curious to them...
Christie: Trump’s Jerusalem decision all about that base… and Roy Moore
 WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump holds up a proclamation that the U.S. government will formally recognize Jerusalem
               as the capital of Israel after signing the document in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House on Wednesday In keeping
               with a campaign promise, Trump said the United States...

12:31 AM Friday, Dec. 08, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump holds up a proclamation that the U.S. government will formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel after signing the document in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House on Wednesday In keeping with a campaign promise, Trump said the United States...
Christie: Tracy-vs-FAU more about arrogance than free speech, insubordination
 Fired FAU professor James Tracy arrives at federal court in West Palm Beach Tuesday morning for his wrongful termination lawsuit
               against the university. Tracy claims university administrators didn’t like his theories that the Sandy Hook Elementary School
               shooting never happened and instead was a charade...

11:05 PM Tuesday, Dec. 05, 2017

Fired FAU professor James Tracy arrives at federal court in West Palm Beach Tuesday morning for his wrongful termination lawsuit against the university. Tracy claims university administrators didn’t like his theories that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting never happened and instead was a charade...
Christie commentary: Moore puts evangelical hypocrisy on full display
 Editor’s note: An abridged version of this column appeared earlier on the Post’s Opinion Zone blog
            . Apparently, there is no more moral test for political candidates … There is only hypocrisy. That’s about the only conclusion you can come to in the wake of the mounting sexual assault allegations against...

11:09 PM Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017

Editor’s note: An abridged version of this column appeared earlier on the Post’s Opinion Zone blog . Apparently, there is no more moral test for political candidates … There is only hypocrisy. That’s about the only conclusion you can come to in the wake of the mounting sexual assault allegations against...
Christie: Moore sex controversy throws moral test for political candidates out the window?
 NEW YORK — Beverly Young Nelson (L) speaks to the media with her lawyer Gloria Allred, at a news conference where she has
               accused Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexually abusing her when she was 16 on Monday. (Photo by Spencer
               Platt/Getty Images) There is no more moral test for political...

1:04 PM Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017

NEW YORK — Beverly Young Nelson (L) speaks to the media with her lawyer Gloria Allred, at a news conference where she has accused Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexually abusing her when she was 16 on Monday. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) There is no more moral test for political...
Streeter: Please, don’t blame the women for what Louis C.K. did
 Louis C.K. arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) The surprising admission by comedian Louis C.K. to allegations that he exposed himself to fellow female comedians and writers
               prompted the following post Palm Beach Post Entertainment writer Leslie Streeter...

9:43 PM Friday, Nov. 10, 2017

Louis C.K. arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) The surprising admission by comedian Louis C.K. to allegations that he exposed himself to fellow female comedians and writers prompted the following post Palm Beach Post Entertainment writer Leslie Streeter...
Christie: Do Palm Beach County Millennials really want micro-apartments?
 Billionaire developer Jeff Greene’s seemingly abrupt decision to scrap his much-anticipated plans to build Banyan Place is
               doing nothing to stifle concerns about a reputation for not following through on big project ideas. (The Palm Beach Post) Well, that was disappointing. I’m talking about billionaire West Palm...

12:32 AM Friday, Nov. 10, 2017

Billionaire developer Jeff Greene’s seemingly abrupt decision to scrap his much-anticipated plans to build Banyan Place is doing nothing to stifle concerns about a reputation for not following through on big project ideas. (The Palm Beach Post) Well, that was disappointing. I’m talking about billionaire West Palm...
Commentary: Focus on real issue behind NFL protests: racial injustice
 Editor’s note: A version of this column originally appeared in The Palm Beach Post’s Opinion Zone blog on Sept. 28. UPDATE: In the weeks following the blog post, discussion has increasingly returned to the original reason for the anthem protests — calling attention to racial injustice, and a rash police shootings of unarmed...

1:06 PM Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017

Editor’s note: A version of this column originally appeared in The Palm Beach Post’s Opinion Zone blog on Sept. 28. UPDATE: In the weeks following the blog post, discussion has increasingly returned to the original reason for the anthem protests — calling attention to racial injustice, and a rash police shootings of unarmed...
Christie: PBC school teacher may have answer to post-Hurricane Irma blues
 John I. Leonard High School teacher Xi Bajipura (standing second from right) hamming it up with other shelter volunteers and
               residents. (Photo courtesy of Xi Bajipura) As we continue to dig ourselves out from under about 3 million cubic yards of debris, the memories of our time with Hurricane
            Irma remain fresh on...

11:39 AM Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017

John I. Leonard High School teacher Xi Bajipura (standing second from right) hamming it up with other shelter volunteers and residents. (Photo courtesy of Xi Bajipura) As we continue to dig ourselves out from under about 3 million cubic yards of debris, the memories of our time with Hurricane Irma remain fresh on...
Christie: No surprise Spencer speech at UF raising safety concerns
 White Nationalist leader Richard Spence speaks at the Texas A&M University campus in College Station, Texas. Florida Gov.
               Rick Scott declared a state of emergency on Monday ahead of Spencer’s planned speech at the University of Florida. (AP Photo/David
               J. Phillip, File) I hate to say we told you so&hellip...

11:02 AM Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017

White Nationalist leader Richard Spence speaks at the Texas A&M University campus in College Station, Texas. Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency on Monday ahead of Spencer’s planned speech at the University of Florida. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File) I hate to say we told you so&hellip...
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