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Christie: Blog poll shows Florida voters want to see former Gillum rivals out on campaign trail

Christie: Blog poll shows Florida voters want to see former Gillum rivals out on campaign trail

ORLANDO, Fla. — Andrew Gillum the Democratic candidate for Florida Governor with his wife, R. Jai Gillum, campaigning at the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades on Aug. 31. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) So last week, I raised a question that was on the minds of an increasing number of Democratic voters I was running into: Are Tallahassee Mayor Andrew...
Tequesta lawmaker MaryLynn Magar faces challenger in House District 82 race

Tequesta lawmaker MaryLynn Magar faces challenger in House District 82 race

State Rep. MaryLynn Magar, R-Tequesta, faces a Democratic challenger as she seeks a fourth and final two-year term representing House District 82. She was first elected to the state legislature in 2012 after being “frustrated with government at all levels,” beating write-in candidate Beverly Joy Hires with 99.6 percent of the votes. In 2014 and 2016, Magar held her seat against Democratic...
Even with September surplus, feds run highest deficit since 2012

Even with September surplus, feds run highest deficit since 2012

Despite running a surplus of $119 billion in the month of September, the Treasury Department reported Monday that the federal government chalked up a budget deficit of $779 billion for Fiscal Year 2018, the biggest yearly deficit since 2012, a 17 percent increase over the total amassed by Uncle Same in red ink for 2017. The final budget numbers for the month of September &ndash...
Trump suggests ‘rogue killers’ possible in Khashoggi disappearance

Trump suggests ‘rogue killers’ possible in Khashoggi disappearance

After the King of Saudi Arabia ‘firmly denied’ any knowledge of a government plot to kidnap or kill missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, President Donald Trump suggested to reporters on Monday that ‘rogue killers’ could well have been responsible for Khashoggi’s disappearance last week, when he visited the Saudi consulate in Turkey. &ldquo...
Georgia Gov. hopeful Stacey Abrams makes history at Atlanta Pride march

Georgia Gov. hopeful Stacey Abrams makes history at Atlanta Pride march

Stacey Abrams emerged from her SUV on a busy Midtown Atlanta street corner on Sunday with a declaration to make to the throngs of voters attending the Atlanta Pride Parade, the annual celebration of LGBT rights in the heart of the city.  >> Read more trending news  “We’re here because we stand together, because we know that allies do not run from fights. And because we...
Trump on missing Saudi journalist: Pledged to get to ‘bottom of it,’ vowed ‘severe punishment’

Trump on missing Saudi journalist: Pledged to get to ‘bottom of it,’ vowed ‘severe punishment’

President Donald Trump sat down with “60 Minutes” for his first interview with the television news magazine since taking office. >> Read more trending news  The wide-ranging interview with Lesley Stahl, which aired Sunday night, included Trump’s opinion on climate change in the wake of Hurricane Michael, North Korea and its dictator Kim Jong Un, Chinese tariffs, the...
President Trump to see hurricane damage in Florida, Georgia

President Trump to see hurricane damage in Florida, Georgia

With a number of communities and thousands of people still reeling from the severe damage done by Hurricane Michael, President Donald Trump on Monday will see some of the destruction himself, as he tours areas in both Florida and Georgia, getting an up close view of a recovery effort that’s also tinged with high-stakes politics, just over three weeks from key mid-term...
Commentary: The ‘angry mob’ a useful myth in today’s political climate

Commentary: The ‘angry mob’ a useful myth in today’s political climate

“You don’t hand matches to an arsonist,” President Donald Trump declared at a rally in Topeka, Kansas, on Saturday. “And you don’t give power to an angry left-wing mob.” Trump was making what appears to be Republicans’ closing argument for the midterm elections: that the Democratic “resistance” to Trump’s presidency — particularly the...
Editorial: Time to restore voting rights to 1.5 million Floridians

Editorial: Time to restore voting rights to 1.5 million Floridians

Voters have a chance on the November ballot to correct a fundamental injustice and erase a stain on the state of Florida. To do something that’s not only healthy for our democracy, but morally right. That is, to vote Yes on Amendment 4. By far the most consequential of the initiatives on the ballot, this very welcome addition to the state constitution would automatically restore the voting rights...
Editorial: Amendment 1 benefits too few, shifts taxes to others

Editorial: Amendment 1 benefits too few, shifts taxes to others

The constitutional amendments on the November ballot include three proposed by the Florida Legislature. All involve taxation, and — if 60 percent of voters approve them — all would make it harder for state and local governments to raise the money needed for vital services. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post FREE weekly Opinion newsletter: Text Opinion to 444999 Despite that, Amendment 1 will...

POINT OF VIEW: I worry about those poor rich kids

From what I have learned about boarding school and college life during the recent Brett M. Kavanaugh background investigation I am suddenly, and perhaps for the first time, thankful I grew up in the heartland of America where I attended a small college instead of a big school that had fraternities attended by wealthy oilmen’s kids. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post FREE weekly Opinion newsletter...
N.Y. mayor Bill de Blasio hails Andrew Gillum on Florida campaign stop

N.Y. mayor Bill de Blasio hails Andrew Gillum on Florida campaign stop

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio hailed Florida Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum on Saturday as a key national figure in efforts to move the Democratic Party to the left and dismissed Gillum’s Republican rival, Ron DeSantis, as a “wholly owned subsidiary” of President Donald Trump. With Tallahassee Mayor Gillum staying in his city to tend to post-Hurricane Michael duties...
Ken Starr to be in West Palm; will talk Clinton impeachment, Mueller

Ken Starr to be in West Palm; will talk Clinton impeachment, Mueller

Twenty years after Ken Starr’s investigation of then-President Bill Clinton led to Clinton’s impeachment, Starr will appear at a Forum Club of the Palm Beaches lunch on Monday to discuss that drama and undoubtedly field questions about special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of President Donald Trump. Starr’s appearance at the Kravis Center was nearly sold out on Friday, but...
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to campaign for Andrew Gillum in Palm Beach County

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to campaign for Andrew Gillum in Palm Beach County

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio will be in South Florida on behalf of Florida Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio  — occasionally mentioned in 2020 Democratic presidential chatter — will be in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties on Saturday to campaign for Tallahassee Mayor  Andrew...
With deal on judges, Senate goes home for the elections

With deal on judges, Senate goes home for the elections

Less than a week after ending a bruising partisan fight over the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the U.S. Senate joined the House in heading home for the November mid-term elections, as Democrats and Republicans agreed to allow approval of a package of GOP nominations, freeing those Senators who are up for re-election to return home to campaign. The House...
Editorial: Reject ‘bundled’ amendments 6, 7 and 10 offered by CRC

Editorial: Reject ‘bundled’ amendments 6, 7 and 10 offered by CRC

The November ballot confronts voters with 12 proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution (there were 13 but the state Supreme Court yanked Amendment 8 for being sneaky about its intentions). Seven are the product of the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC), which convened this year, as it does once every 20 years, to update the state’s governing charter. Three others were placed on the...
Woodward, speaking Monday night in South Florida, says Trump uses power to ‘scare the hell out of people’

Woodward, speaking Monday night in South Florida, says Trump uses power to ‘scare the hell out of people’

The way famed author and journalist Bob Woodward  tells it, the title of his latest book, Fear, a behind-the-scenes look at President Donald Trump’s White House, came from a March 2016 interview with the part-time Palm Beach billionaire when he was a presidential candidate. “The title comes from Trump himself,” said Woodward, who became a journalism legend, along with...
Editorial: Experience makes Harrell clear choice in Senate Dist. 25

Editorial: Experience makes Harrell clear choice in Senate Dist. 25

When looking over the field of candidates vying for local district seats in the Florida Legislature this November, it’s difficult to find anyone more experienced at getting things done than Gayle Harrell. Argue as we might with Harrell’s position on specific issues such as K-12 education funding and Medicaid expansion, her success at navigating the oftentimes turbulent lawmaking process...

FULL VIDEO: Kanye West in the Oval Office

Wearing a signature red “Make America Great Again” baseball cap, rapper and producer Kanye West dominated a meeting with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office at the White House on Thursday, declaring that the hat made him feel ‘like Superman,’ as West extolled the virtues of the President, dropped an f-bomb before reporters, and talked about maybe...
Trump blames stock market drop on Federal Reserve

Trump blames stock market drop on Federal Reserve

For a third straight day, President Donald Trump leveled stern public criticism at the Federal Reserve, directly blaming a recent drop in the stock markets on increases in interest rates, as the President bluntly said the Fed is endangering economic growth under the Trump Administration. “I think the Fed is out of control,” the President told reporters in the Oval...
Average price of Obama health law plans to drop in 2019

Average price of Obama health law plans to drop in 2019

In a surprise announcement, the Trump Administration reported Thursday that the average price for benchmark health insurance plans under the Obama health law system would drop in 2019 by 1.5 percent, as statistics issued by the feds indicated the controversial health insurance exchanges were stabilizing in price and coverage. “President Trump’s Administration took...
Trump to visit areas hit by Hurricane Michael next week

Trump to visit areas hit by Hurricane Michael next week

As Hurricane Michael continued to barge its way inland overnight, the White House said President Donald Trump would visit areas damaged by the storm early next week, as the President expressed confidence that his administration would be able to deal with the needs of damaged communities in Florida, Alabama and Georgia. “We have massive amounts of food and water that gets...
POINT OF VIEW: Republicans deserve their midterms troubles

POINT OF VIEW: Republicans deserve their midterms troubles

The Republican Party is running against history: Since World War II, presidents’ parties have lost an average of 26 House seats and three to four Senate seats in midterm elections. This year’s devastation may be worse owing to President Donald Trump’s rough style, poor messaging on the economy and disappointing delivery on other issues. By any reasonable measure — growth, unemployment...
Trump on higher interest rates: “I think the Fed has gone crazy”

Trump on higher interest rates: “I think the Fed has gone crazy”

Hours after the major American stock markets registered their biggest losses since early this year, President Donald Trump again publicly rebuked the Federal Reserve, arguing their move to raise interest rates has caused stock losses and even some uncertainty about future economic growth. “I think the Fed has gone crazy,” the President told reporters after arriving...
Editorial: For Florida House, choose Bonfiglio, Willhite, Silvers

Editorial: For Florida House, choose Bonfiglio, Willhite, Silvers

The Palm Beach County coast, from the bottom of Boca Raton to the top of Palm Beach Shores, is a single, beanpole-shaped district in the Florida House of Representatives. It’s a rare patch of the county’s political map tinged red. Bill Hager, Republican from Delray Beach, who has represented District 89 since 2010, didn’t even face a challenger in 2016. But the GOP’s streak...
Senate blocks Democratic bid to overturn Trump health care rule

Senate blocks Democratic bid to overturn Trump health care rule

On a tie vote, Senate Republicans on Wednesday stopped an effort by Democrats to overturn a Trump Administration rule which allows the sale of certain short-term health insurance plans, preserving the option for consumers to buy less-expensive, reduced coverage policies which do not follow the full requirements under the Obama health law. The vote was 50-50, as Sen. Susan Collins...
Palm Beach County elections chief calls online voter sign-up ‘a mess’

Palm Beach County elections chief calls online voter sign-up ‘a mess’

A day after she asked Tallahassee for an extension of the voter registration deadline, citing Florida’s faulty website, Palm Beach County elections supervisor Susan Bucher on Wednesday kept the pressure on state elections officials. Bucher called the online voter sign-up system “a mess” and said it needed to be reviewed to see why it keeps experiencing glitches. PREVIOUS STORY: Bucher...

POINT OF VIEW: Democrats look, shout and storm like a mob

The Washington Post’s Dan Balz nailed it in his recent analysis of the Democratic Party, which included the summary “They have no unifying leader and no clear message.” Balz wrote: “The best that congressional Democrats have recently come up with in terms of messaging was their ‘A Better Deal’ program — a package of old and new ideas that captured the imaginations...
Election 2018: Learn about the six candidates seeking circuit court

Election 2018: Learn about the six candidates seeking circuit court

With three circuit judgeships and the diversity of Palm Beach County’s bench on the line, the Nov. 6 run-off election pits lawyers who are receiving heavy backing from political and legal insiders against less sanctified and less well-heeled candidates. In an unusual event, general election voters are being asked to pick three new circuit judges. That’s because none of the candidates...
Trump says feds are ready as Michael aims at Gulf Coast, Southeast

Trump says feds are ready as Michael aims at Gulf Coast, Southeast

President Donald Trump joined with government officials in Florida and other southern states in warning those in the path of Hurricane Michael to take appropriate safety measures to deal with what may turn out to be the most powerful hurricane to strike the Florida Panhandle. The President was scheduled to meet late Wednesday morning with the head of FEMA and the Secretary...
Senate doxing suspect pleads not guilty, remains jailed

Senate doxing suspect pleads not guilty, remains jailed

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered a 27 year-old former Democratic Congressional employee to remain in jail, as Jackson Cosko pleaded not guilty to charges that he published the addresses and phone numbers of a Republican Senator during the recent debate over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. In an appearance before a federal magistrate judge, Cosko pleaded not guilty...
Commentary: A Supreme Court open to the people, not just elites

Commentary: A Supreme Court open to the people, not just elites

The first Monday of every October features a majestic ritual in our nation’s capital. Nine of the most powerful lawyers in America ascend the bench of the U.S. Supreme Court, led by the chief justice of the United States, where they hear the first oral arguments of the new term. As a member of the Supreme Court Bar, I get goosebumps every time I can sit in that courtroom of marble and red velvet...
Commentary: Let Americans watch their Supreme Court in action

Commentary: Let Americans watch their Supreme Court in action

On Oct. 1, the U.S. Supreme Court started a new term, with a docket packed with cases that could affect our personal lives, the environment and American democracy itself. But despite its predominant role, the court is the one branch of our federal government that does not allow itself to be video recorded. Public interest in the federal government has never been higher, yet opportunities to watch...
Editorial: Bill Nelson works hard for Florida; keep him in U.S. Senate

Editorial: Bill Nelson works hard for Florida; keep him in U.S. Senate

The Palm Beach Post endorses Bill Nelson for re-election to the U.S. Senate in November. Not only because the 76-year-old Democrat has been good for the state, relentlessly pushing for those issues that matter most to all Floridians. And not only because of the way he has represented our state with honor and integrity. But because the alternative is Rick Scott. The 65-year-old Republican, having eked...
Cerabino: Gov. Scott’s Navy hat also has a hurricane message to tell

Cerabino: Gov. Scott’s Navy hat also has a hurricane message to tell

With a hurricane headed toward North Florida today, the extended forecast in the Panhandle calls for heavy rains, widespread power outages and a storm surge of Gov. Rick Scott sightings in a Navy ball cap. Scott spent just 29 months in the Navy, keeping the Vietcong out of Bermuda during a single enlistment that was abbreviated for reasons not fully explained. And so now, whenever an election or a...
Bucher cites website glitches in bid for voter registration extension

Bucher cites website glitches in bid for voter registration extension

A hurricane and apparent technical glitches on Tuesday fueled two separate requests for an extension to the state’s voter registration deadline — one of those by Palm Beach County’s election supervisor, Susan Bucher. As Hurricane Michael took aim at the state’s panhandle, the Florida Democratic Party asked the state to extend the voter registration deadline by at...
Four weeks out, Trump, Pence try to save GOP majority in Congress

Four weeks out, Trump, Pence try to save GOP majority in Congress

Apart from targeting a handful of U.S. Senate seats held by Democrats, top Republicans mainly find themselves playing defense in the final weeks of the 2018 mid-term election campaign, working furiously to protect the seats of GOP lawmakers in the House, as President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence criss-cross the country in a bid to keep both the House and ...
Ex-staffer accused of doxing Senators due in court on Tuesday

Ex-staffer accused of doxing Senators due in court on Tuesday

The former Democratic Congressional staffer accused by police of publishing home addresses and phone numbers of Republican Senators during the nomination fight over Justice Brett Kavanaugh will make a first appearance Tuesday afternoon in a Washington, D.C. federal court. 27 year-old Jackson Cosko has been held without bond since his arrest last Wednesday, with possible criminal...
Trump says 'Florida will become another Venezuela’ under GOP opponent in gov. race

Trump says 'Florida will become another Venezuela’ under GOP opponent in gov. race

President Donald Trump visited Orlando Monday to speak at the International Association of Chiefs of Police annual convention. >> Read more trending news  It was the president's first public appearance since his Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh, just barely cleared the final hurdle for Senate confirmation. Kavanaugh had been accused of sexual misconduct by several women...
VIDEO: At White House ceremony, Kavanaugh vows to be impartial

VIDEO: At White House ceremony, Kavanaugh vows to be impartial

In a swearing-in ceremony at the White House on Monday evening, new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh said he would not let the caustic Senate confirmation process prevent him from being impartial to all who appear before the U.S. Supreme Court, as Kavanaugh thanked President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and a host of other supporters who gathered in the ...
Brett Kavanaugh says he’s not ‘bitter’ over confirmation process at White House swearing-in

Brett Kavanaugh says he’s not ‘bitter’ over confirmation process at White House swearing-in

President Donald Trump hosted a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony Monday night at the White House for new U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh after a bitter confirmation battle that culminated Saturday when the Senate voted mostly along party lines, 50-48, to confirm Kavanaugh. >> Read more trending news  Before an audience that included the sitting Supreme Court justices...
Mike Huckabee says Taylor Swift fans are 13-year-old girls, Swifties descend

Mike Huckabee says Taylor Swift fans are 13-year-old girls, Swifties descend

Former governor and Fox News personality Mike Huckabee tweeted his disapproval of Taylor Swift’s endorsement of democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen for Senate in Tennessee, saying it wouldn’t impact the election “unless we allow 13-year-old girls to vote.” >> Read more trending news  “So @taylorswift13 has every right to be political but it...
Editorial: For Florida House, choose O’Connor in 82nd, Roth in 85th

Editorial: For Florida House, choose O’Connor in 82nd, Roth in 85th

Six years ago, attorney Edward O’Connor returned to his longtime Jupiter home after several years in California, and was shocked by the changes to Florida during his absence. “I looked around and I didn’t like it,” he says — meaning everything from lawmakers’ refusal to ban assault-style rifles after the Parkland mass shooting to their lax policing of pollution...
Editorial: Baer best choice to fight algae crisis, protect health care

Editorial: Baer best choice to fight algae crisis, protect health care

In a year of intense interest in swing-district U.S. House elections, the contest for Florida’s 18th Congressional district is one of the country’s most closely watched. The Democratic and Republican parties both have targeted the Palm Beach County-Treasure Coast district for millions of dollars in spending in November’s midterm elections. The Republican-held seat is key to the Dems&rsquo...
Weinroth offers municipal experience for PBC Commission

Weinroth offers municipal experience for PBC Commission

In the south part of Palm Beach County, voters will be selecting a county commissioner to replace Steve Abrams, who is stepping down because of term limits after eight years of conscientious service. They can do no better than to follow Abrams’ advice. The Republican, breaking tradition in a district that has been held by his party since 1990, is endorsing the Democrat in the race, Robert Weinroth...
Trump to police chiefs: Kavanaugh “flawless,” critics “evil.”

Trump to police chiefs: Kavanaugh “flawless,” critics “evil.”

President Donald Trump took time out during his speech to police chiefs on Monday for a victory lap on adding Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, praising Kavanaugh as “flawless,” and describing those who challenged the nomination as “evil.” The appearance in Orlando gave Trump an opportunity to blast police restrictions in Chicago, and to preside over the recognition...
Christie: Waiting for his Florida Democratic primary rivals to begin campaigning for Gillum

Christie: Waiting for his Florida Democratic primary rivals to begin campaigning for Gillum

Democratic gubernatorial candidates, from left: Andrew Gillum, Jeff Greene, Chris King, Philip Levine, and Gwen Graham participated in an hour-long debate at WPBF television studios in Palm Beach Gardens on August 2. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post) Has anyone seen former Congresswoman Gwen Graham? How about former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine? Where has West Palm Beach developer...
Ashley Zuckerman, Allegra Fung vie for county court judge seat

Ashley Zuckerman, Allegra Fung vie for county court judge seat

Seven years out of law school and competing against seasoned lawyers, 34-year-old Ashley Zuckerman wasn’t expected to win the crowded Aug. 28 primary election to replace retired Palm Beach County Judge Peter Evans. But she crushed it. Zuckerman captured 59,000 votes in the five-person contest — 12,000 more than the second-place finisher, attorney Allegra Fung, who has been practicing for...
Want to vote? Today is the deadline to register — here’s how

Want to vote? Today is the deadline to register — here’s how

Want to vote on Election Day? The deadline to register to vote on Nov. 6 is today. You can register to vote online by clicking here. If you prefer, you can print the application and drop it off at the Palm Beach County elections office at: The Supervisor of Elections Main office at: 240 South Military Trail West Palm Beach, 33415 Office Number — (561) 656-6200 You can also obtain a list of other...
Uber, Lyft to offer free rides to the polls on Election Day

Uber, Lyft to offer free rides to the polls on Election Day

Ride hailing apps Uber and Lyft are planning to offer free rides on Election Day as part of a larger effort to “drive the vote.” Uber is working with the organizations #VoteTogether and Democracy Works to provide free rides to the polls, according to the company. >> Read more trending news  Lyft is working with groups such as Voto Latino to help get underserved communities...
Taylor Swift slams Tennessee Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, endorses Dem for U.S. Senate

Taylor Swift slams Tennessee Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, endorses Dem for U.S. Senate

Mega pop star Taylor Swift has 112 million Instagram followers, so what better way to dive into politics for the first time than on social media? That’s exactly what she did Sunday. >> Read more trending news  In announcing her support for Tennessee’s Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, Phil Bredesen, Swift strongly criticized the state’s Republican Senate candidate, current...
As Kavanaugh joins Court, Trump, GOP try to seize election momentum

As Kavanaugh joins Court, Trump, GOP try to seize election momentum

Hours after the U.S. Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday, President Donald Trump implored his supporters to turn out in large numbers for the November mid-term elections, both to punish Democrats for their opposition to Kavanaugh, and to ensure that Republicans keep control of both the U.S. House and Senate. “We’ll have a chance...
POINT OF VIEW: Probate court system shortchanges clients, families

POINT OF VIEW: Probate court system shortchanges clients, families

The Palm Beach Post has exposed serious systemic problems in probate guardianships in Palm Beach County courts. Professional guardianship can be very dangerous. RELATED: Guardianships: A Broken Trust One particular aspect of the system is especially unfair to victims and families. Judges in probate cases are required to insist that guardians, particularly professional guardians, obtain a performance...
Editorial: As gov, Gillum will move state forward for all Floridians

Editorial: As gov, Gillum will move state forward for all Floridians

With the nearing November election, Florida has the chance to change course for the first time in a generation. Voters seeking fairness and compromise can begin to loosen Republicans’ 20-year control of state government. And by rejecting one of President Donald J. Trump‘s favorites, they can repudiate the divisive policies and rhetoric threatening to hurtle our state backwards. The Post...
Senate confirms Kavanaugh to Supreme Court after bitter fight

Senate confirms Kavanaugh to Supreme Court after bitter fight

With thousands of protesters demonstrating outside the Capitol, the U.S. Senate voted 50-48 on Saturday to confirm President Donald Trump’s choice of federal appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, capping an intense political battle which touched on everything from simple political differences over the role of the judiciary, to explosive allegations...
Trump poised for Senate victory on Kavanaugh nomination

Trump poised for Senate victory on Kavanaugh nomination

After weeks of wrenching debate, President Donald Trump stands on the edge of a major political victory, as the Senate on Saturday is expected to give narrow approval to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, elevating the federal appeals court judge following an acrimonious debate over his judicial philosophy, past political work, and allegations of sexual misconduct. &ldquo...
Manafort to forfeit five properties but will keep BallenIsles home

Manafort to forfeit five properties but will keep BallenIsles home

Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, will be allowed to keep his home in BallenIsles but must forfeit his New York homes, worth an estimated $22 million, to the government as part of a plea deal with federal prosecutors. Manafort’s home in BallenIsles was noticeably absent from a proposed order filed by federal prosecutors on Friday that detailed the properties...
Brett Kavanaugh vote: Democrats take to Senate floor to voice opposition

Brett Kavanaugh vote: Democrats take to Senate floor to voice opposition

The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U. S. Supreme Court is moving forward after the Senate voted Friday to limit debate and steer the nomination to a full vote of the Senate on Saturday. >> Read more trending news  The vote for cloture, or to limit to 30 hours the debate on Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, passed the Senate on a 51-49 vote. The final vote, in which...
Kavanaugh seemingly headed for Saturday confirmation in Senate

Kavanaugh seemingly headed for Saturday confirmation in Senate

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh won a narrow victory in a first test vote in the Senate on Friday, as a pair of key GOP Senators indicated they would support President Donald Trump’s choice for the U.S. Supreme Court, increasing the likelihood that Kavanaugh will be approved by the full Senate on Saturday, capping weeks of a highly political confirmation fight....
Florida could set vote-by-mail record this election

Florida could set vote-by-mail record this election

Top row: Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum (left) and Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis. Bottom row: Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson (left) and Republican Gov. Rick Scott. (Photos by George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) With national attention focused on the Florida governor’s race between Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron...
Senate advances Kavanaugh past procedural hurdle in 51-49 vote

Senate advances Kavanaugh past procedural hurdle in 51-49 vote

With the final outcome still unclear, the Senate on Friday morning narrowly voted to force an end to debate on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, clearing the way for a final vote as soon as Saturday, as both parties continued to trade verbal barbs over the controversial nomination process for President Donald Trump’s pick to take a seat on the high...
Mast 9/11 attack on Baer provides opportunity for counterattack

Mast 9/11 attack on Baer provides opportunity for counterattack

It seemed like a perfect political opening. Lauren Baer, the Democratic nominee in Florida’s tightly contested District 18 congressional race, had penned an article for her college newspaper at Harvard University that, less than a month after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, called out what she described as American ‘hypocrisy’ in reacting strongly to attacks on the U.S. homeland while...

POINT OF VIEW: We need to remember that our vote is our voice

We are entering the home stretch of toward Election Day. Candidates at every level of office are vying for our attention and support. The deadline for voter registration is Tuesday. Unless eligible citizens over age 18 are registered by that date, they cannot vote on November 6 or take advantage of mail in and early voting options. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post FREE weekly Opinion newsletter: Text...
SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh pens WSJ op-ed explaining outbursts, asking for public support

SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh pens WSJ op-ed explaining outbursts, asking for public support

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is appealing to the public as questions about his judicial temperament and fitness for the high court persist, following his partisan outbursts at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week on whether he sexually assaulted a woman in the early 1980s when the two were teenagers. >> Read more trending news  “I was very emotional last...
Kavanaugh defends himself as ‘independent, impartial judge’

Kavanaugh defends himself as ‘independent, impartial judge’

His nomination for the U.S. Supreme Court hanging by a thread in the U.S. Senate, federal appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh acknowledged Thursday night that his testimony a week ago before Senators had been overly emotional at points, admitting, “I said a few things I should not have said.” “The Supreme Court must never be viewed as a partisan institution...
Editorial: Deutch, Hastings key voices in Democratic U.S. House

Editorial: Deutch, Hastings key voices in Democratic U.S. House

If one believes the polls and the political winds, Democrats are poised to retake control of the U.S. House of Representatives in November. And in that case, voters would want to make sure their congressman or congresswoman is on the right side of the aisle when the partisan dust clears on Nov. 7. Fortunately, residents of Florida’s U.S. House Districts 20 and 22 have two veteran representatives...
Retired Supreme Court Justice: Kavanaugh does not belong on high court

Retired Supreme Court Justice: Kavanaugh does not belong on high court

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens on Thursday said that high court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, who Stevens once lauded in one of his books, does not belong on the Supreme Court. Speaking to a crowd of retirees in Boca Raton, Stevens, 98, said Kavanaugh’s performance during a recent Senate confirmation hearing suggested that he lacks the temperament for the job. <iframe...
White House confident as Senators split over Kavanaugh FBI review

White House confident as Senators split over Kavanaugh FBI review

The White House on Thursday expressed increasing confidence about the confirmation chances for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, as Senators broke along party lines over an extra FBI review of allegations concerning Kavanaugh, with Republicans calling for confirmation of the judge and Democrats arguing the review fell short. “The fact is that these allegations have...
Editorial: Ring has right resume for chief financial officer

Editorial: Ring has right resume for chief financial officer

If you were choosing the business manager for the state of Florida, you’d want someone with experience in finance and investing. That’s obvious. It would be even better if he or she were experienced in running a large corporate enterprise. Better still if they’d started businesses and had a feel for technology. That being the checklist, the choice for Florida chief financial officer...
Trump to visit Orlando; which Republicans will be there?

Trump to visit Orlando; which Republicans will be there?

President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Rick Scott at the Broward Sheriff’s Office in February a few days after the Parkland massacre. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post) President Donald Trump will visit Orlando on Monday to speak to the annual convention of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, White House spokeswoman ...
Pollster sees Kavanaugh factor in Florida’s Nelson-Scott Senate race

Pollster sees Kavanaugh factor in Florida’s Nelson-Scott Senate race

Republican Gov. Rick Scott (left) and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson are virtually tied in a new Mason-Dixon poll. (Photos by George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) A new Mason-Dixon poll shows Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and Republican Gov. Rick Scott in a virtual tie in their nationally watched U.S. Senate race. Read Palm Beach Post coverage of Tuesday’s...

POINT OF VIEW: All abilities want to work, especially with

The Florida Cabinet has declared October as Disability Employment Awareness Month in Florida. This is when our state and the nation focus on job opportunities for people with disabilities. Florida’s theme is “Abilities Work.” At the Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), we have many people with developmental disabilities who are earning a living and contributing to...
Flashbacks to John Tower as Senators review Kavanaugh FBI file

Flashbacks to John Tower as Senators review Kavanaugh FBI file

The subject was a high profile nominee of a Republican President. What seemed to be a contested, yet expected confirmation, suddenly changed amid questions of personal behavior. The FBI began gathering more evidence. In the media, and on the Senate floor, the debate between the parties turned bitter and caustic. It involved tales of alcohol abuse, tinged with allegations ...
Gillum lays out environmental plan in ground zero for red tide

Gillum lays out environmental plan in ground zero for red tide

With red tide now encircling the state, Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Gillum came to one of the hardest-hit regions Tuesday to lay out his environmental plan and bash his opponent as an “election year” environmentalist. Speaking under a pavilion at Siesta Key Public Beach within sight of where fish killed by the toxic red tide algae bloom have been washing ashore, Gillum called...
Will handbag designer Lana Marks be next U.S. ambassador?

Will handbag designer Lana Marks be next U.S. ambassador?

Palm Beach luxury handbag designer Lana Marks just might become the next U.S. ambassador to South Africa. The Guardian reported Tuesday that President Donald Trump has chosen his island neighbor for the overseas position. Marks, a frequent designer for red carpet celebrities and friend of Princess Diana, said Wednesday that she couldn’t discuss the nomination. “I can&rsquo...
Police union backs DeSantis over Gillum in Florida governor race

Police union backs DeSantis over Gillum in Florida governor race

Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis picked up the endorsement of Florida’s largest police union on Wednesday and accused Democratic rival Andrew Gillum of being aligned with a “radical, anti-law enforcement” group and presiding over high crime as mayor of Tallahassee. “The men and women of law enforcement want to tell Floridians Ron DeSantis has our back. That&rsquo...
President Trump roils Kavanaugh debate with remarks on accuser

President Trump roils Kavanaugh debate with remarks on accuser

Stepping up his criticism of Democrats – and one of the accusers of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh – President Trump on Wednesday again denounced critics of the judge, as both sides claimed the other was acting in a ‘despicable’ manner on the Kavanaugh nomination. “VOTERS ARE REALLY ANGRY AT THE VICIOUS AND DESPICABLE WAY DEMOCRATS ARE TREATING...
2020 watch: Michael Bloomberg to visit Broward, West Palm Beach

2020 watch: Michael Bloomberg to visit Broward, West Palm Beach

Michael Bloomberg during a 2008 visit to West Boca. (Palm Beach Post staff photo by Chris Matula) Potential 2020 presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire gun-control activist and former New York mayor, is making at least two appearances in South Florida this week. Check out the latest Inside Florida Politics podcast — and rearrange your schedule now for...
Fung, Willis, Cheesman, St. Juste offer diverse experience on bench

Fung, Willis, Cheesman, St. Juste offer diverse experience on bench

Four local judicial runoff races are on the November ballot: one Palm Beach County Court seat and three Circuit Court seats. Voters haven’t heard much about them since the Aug. 28 primary election because TV ads and media coverage are focused on higher-profile contests. But that’s no excuse for voters not giving proper scrutiny to judicial candidates and what’s at stake. In addition...
Commentary: Banks push policies skirting Constitution, federal laws

Commentary: Banks push policies skirting Constitution, federal laws

The Greek philosopher Aristotle warned of the dangers of oligarchy: the rule of the few. In America today a new oligarchy, independent of any democratic control, has arisen. It seeks to install its ideology through economic coercion, outside of any legal process. Some of the world’s most powerful banks have set themselves up as an unelected legislature. They impose their decrees with no relation...
What’s happening in Congress – other than the Kavanaugh fight

What’s happening in Congress – other than the Kavanaugh fight

While the Senate battle over President Donald Trump’s nomination for the U.S. Supreme Court has soaked up most of the news oxygen in recent days in Washington, D.C., there is still action on Capitol Hill on a variety of other issues, though that work has been certainly overshadowed by the political firestorm raging on Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings. &ldquo...

POINT OF VIEW: How to maintain a healthy economy

As the owner of a small business making delicious sugar-free cookies and pancake syrup, I know how sweet tax reform can be — for business owners, employees, and consumers alike. Last December, our lawmakers cut taxes for millions of hard-working Americans and since then we have experienced great results. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was a catalyst for the American economy—energizing job creation...
Ga. lawmaker could be key Kavanaugh investigator if Dems retake House

Ga. lawmaker could be key Kavanaugh investigator if Dems retake House

A key Georgia Democrat is raising the possibility of investigating Brett Kavanaugh if the judge is confirmed to the Supreme Court and Republicans lose control of the U.S. House this fall.  >> Read more trending news  Lithonia Democrat Hank Johnson said last week’s blockbuster Senate hearing featuring Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, one of the women who accused him of sexual...
Lots of finger pointing, but no vote set yet on Kavanaugh

Lots of finger pointing, but no vote set yet on Kavanaugh

Senate leaders in both parties turned up their verbal attacks on each other Tuesday, as Republicans vowed to hold a vote by the end of the week on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, while Democrats urged a full review by the FBI, calling for Senators to receive a special briefing on extra interviews being conducted by federal agents related to allegations leveled ...
Nelson, Scott clash on Kavanaugh, red tide, guns in Senate debate

Nelson, Scott clash on Kavanaugh, red tide, guns in Senate debate

Republican Gov. Rick Scott repeatedly accused three-term Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson of being a do-nothing incumbent while Nelson repeatedly accused Scott of dishonesty during the first face-to-face debate in their nationally watched U.S. Senate race. They clashed on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, the toxic algae and red tide problems plaguing Florida’s coastal...
UPDATED: Arrested GOP donor and philanthropist has Alzheimer’s

UPDATED: Arrested GOP donor and philanthropist has Alzheimer’s

A prominent political fundraiser and philanthropist arrested last week on charges of exposing himself to a worker cleaning the men’s bathroom at a private club and blocking her escape has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. According to a statement released on Tuesday by Independent Stave, a Missouri-based barrel maker owned by the family of John Boswell, the 71-year-old Palm Beach...
Koch brothers step up help for DeSantis against Soros- and Steyer-backed Gillum

Koch brothers step up help for DeSantis against Soros- and Steyer-backed Gillum

Republican Ron DeSantis at his campaign launch in Boca Raton in January. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) With liberal billionaires  George Soros and Tom Steyer supplying at least $2.5 million so far to help Florida Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum, a group linked to the conservative Koch brothers is stepping up its assistance...
5 weeks out, Trump optimistic about GOP election chances

5 weeks out, Trump optimistic about GOP election chances

With Republicans playing defense in a number of races in Congress, President Donald Trump on Monday sounded a note of optimism about GOP chances to hold control of the U.S. House and Senate, saying he believes his party’s candidates will be rewarded at the ballot box for an improving national economy. “I think we’re going to do well, although history is not...

POINT OF VIEW: Challenge for millennials is to turn out and vote

There’s one thing all of us are certain to hear during every election cycle: “It’s the most important of our lifetime.” In fact, we hear it so often that many of us have become immune to what it’s implying; except for the fact that this year, it might actually be true. Of course, while every prior election has been significant in its own way, the results of the 2016 election...
Meghan McCain returning to ‘The View’ amid grief over death of dad John McCain

Meghan McCain returning to ‘The View’ amid grief over death of dad John McCain

Television show host Meghan McCain is returning to “The View” after a month’s absence following the death of her father, Sen. John McCain. >> Read more trending news  “I will be getting back on the horse at ‘The View’ Monday October 8th,” McCain tweeted Monday, as she thanked friends and fans for their “patience and understanding.&rdquo...
Editorial: Fried offers fresh direction as Agriculture Commissioner

Editorial: Fried offers fresh direction as Agriculture Commissioner

Nicole “Nikki” Fried isn’t from an Old Florida agriculture family. Wasn’t born and raised in a rural part of the state. Doesn’t campaign in cowboy boots or flaunt a love of guns. She’s not sweet on Big Sugar. Despite all that — no, because of all that — she’s the best pick for Florida agriculture commissioner in November. The 40-year-old Fort Lauderdale-based...
Puerto Rico governor endorses Bill Nelson, Andrew Gillum candidacies

Puerto Rico governor endorses Bill Nelson, Andrew Gillum candidacies

Puerto Rico’s Democratic governor visited Central Florida on Monday to endorse Sen. Bill Nelson’s re-election bid and Andrew Gillum’s campaign for governor. The visit by Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rosselló underscored the growing importance of Puerto Rican voters in Florida and Democratic hopes that anger at President Donald Trump’s response to Hurricane Maria will motivate...
McConnell vows Senate vote ‘this week’ as Trump defends Kavanaugh

McConnell vows Senate vote ‘this week’ as Trump defends Kavanaugh

Even as the FBI reviewed sexual misconduct allegations involving Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and President Donald Trump said he was open to a ‘comprehensive’ review of any issues involving the judge, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate would vote in coming days on the Kavanaugh nomination. “We’ll be voting this week,&rdquo...
Barack Obama’s Florida endorsements: Who made the cut, who didn’t?

Barack Obama’s Florida endorsements: Who made the cut, who didn’t?

Former President Barack Obama during a 2012 campaign rally in West Palm Beach. (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post) President Barack Obama today endorsed Democrats Andrew Gillum for governor, Sen.  Bill Nelson for a fourth Senate term and Lauren Baer for a Palm Beach-Treasure Coast U.S. House seat as part of a nationwide list of endorsements...
Christie: Is Gov. Rick Scott to blame for the worsening red tide, toxic algae blooms?

Christie: Is Gov. Rick Scott to blame for the worsening red tide, toxic algae blooms?

Lifeguards at Riviera Beach beach wear covering over their faces. The life guards (did not want to give names) said that if asked they would advise people not to risk a beach visit. Many beaches remains open Sunday morning while others remained closed to to Red Tide warnings. (Melanie Bell / The Palm Beach Post) For years now, coastal Palm Beach County residents has been...
Endorsement watch: Democrats Gillum, Nelson to appear today with Puerto Rico governor

Endorsement watch: Democrats Gillum, Nelson to appear today with Puerto Rico governor

Democratic governor nominee Andrew Gillum (left) and Dem. Sen. Bill Nelson are expected to pick up endorsements from Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló today. (Photos by George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Puerto Rico Gov.  Ricardo Rosselló will make a “special campaign announcement” with Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson at 10:45 a.m...
Amid Kavanaugh fight, President Trump turns up campaign pace

Amid Kavanaugh fight, President Trump turns up campaign pace

As the future of his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court remains in question, President Donald Trump will spend parts of four of the next six days on the campaign trail, imploring voters to help him maintain a crucial Republican majority in the U.S. Congress, making stops for GOP candidates this week in Tennessee, Mississippi, Minnesota and Kansas. “We are just five weeks...
Why Sens. Jeff Flake and Chris Coons held up Brett Kavanaugh’s vote

Why Sens. Jeff Flake and Chris Coons held up Brett Kavanaugh’s vote

Senators Jeff Flake and Chris Coons gave their first interview Sunday night since convincing their Senate colleagues Friday to allow a limited FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. >> Read more trending news  Flake, an Arizona Republican, admitted during a “60 Minutes” interview  with Coons that the confrontation...
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