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Florida cracks down on canine friends in brewpubs

Florida cracks down on canine friends in brewpubs

The state health department is trying to kick dogs out of local craft brewpubs, where they’ve long been as much of a tradition as cornhole, vintage board games and extra-hoppy India Pale Ales. Brewpubs are banding up to fight back, mounting a petition drive that asks local politicians to push the issue and allow man’s (and woman’s) best friends to lie around in the pub with their...
Local appearance by Greene, Levine gets testy; Bob Graham joins in

Local appearance by Greene, Levine gets testy; Bob Graham joins in

Reaching for the most incendiary weapon in Democratic politics, gubernatorial primary rivals Philip Levine and Jeff Greene likened one another to President Donald Trump during a joint appearance at the Kings Point Democratic Club west of Delray Beach on Sunday. Former Miami Beach Mayor Levine and billionaire Palm Beach real estate investor Greene, who have been blasting each other in TV ads over the...
Ex-state attorney running for judge stokes the wrath of the powerful

Ex-state attorney running for judge stokes the wrath of the powerful

Despite its urban setting and diverse population, Palm Beach County’s politics still run on a small-town mentality where long-standing feuds lie dormant and then erupt. Few figures split these treacherous waters like one Michael McAuliffe. A former state attorney, McAuliffe is running to be a circuit judge — a powerful position that can oversee multi-million-dollar civil disputes...
From the mailbag – Why do you say “Mr. Trump?”

From the mailbag – Why do you say “Mr. Trump?”

In my almost thirty five years as a reporter, there are a couple of questions that seem to regularly pop up from listeners, viewers, and readers, and one of them is how the President of the United States is referred to in the press on a second or third reference in a story. And over the years, it’s been a bipartisan accusation that I am being disrespectful to the President...
Algae, health care, guns or Trump? Questions loom in pivotal campaign

Algae, health care, guns or Trump? Questions loom in pivotal campaign

One of the most pivotal congressional races in the country — playing out in Florida’s District 18 in northern Palm Beach County and up the Treasure Coast — is likely to come down to a big question: What is this race about? The candidates have all offered up their own answers. For Republican incumbent Brian Mast, it’s the toxic algae bloom that has transformed waterways...

POINT OF VIEW: Youth need community support as they go back to school

As a parent, certain days stand out as significant: days in which our role seems to take on special meaning, and days in which our presence and support are especially important and appreciated by our children. The first day of school is always one of these days. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post FREE weekly Opinion newsletter: Text Opinion to 444999 For a child, the first day of school is a mix of excitement...
Editorial:We need a more aggressive approach on rape kits

Editorial:We need a more aggressive approach on rape kits

Zero. That’s the most telling, and arguably damning number in a July 22 Palm Beach Post story on the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office’s $1 million project to clear a backlog of some 1,500 unanalyzed rape evidence kits that had been sitting on its shelves for as long as 40 years. While it is admirable that the PBSO embarked on this mission in December 2015, addressing an issue that...
Graham makes swing through south Florida, pushing public education

Graham makes swing through south Florida, pushing public education

Gwen Graham turned to the teachers union for help in the crowded Democratic primary for governor on Saturday, beginning the first weekend of early voting with a swing through Florida’s three largest counties on a rented school bus with Florida Education Association President Joanne McCall. Former U.S. Rep. Graham, one of five candidates seeking the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, visited...
POINT OF VIEW: Everyone should want to help greyhounds

POINT OF VIEW: Everyone should want to help greyhounds

At a time when we can’t seem to agree on anything, there is still an issue that unites Democrats and Republicans: protecting dogs. Community leaders across the state support Amendment 13, a humane proposal to phase out greyhound racing. As a state, we have a proud tradition of leading on animal welfare issues. Our first anti-cruelty law was adopted more than a century ago in 1889, but today...
Young voters register in big numbers, will they show up at polls?

Young voters register in big numbers, will they show up at polls?

Nearly 20,000 new voters have registered to vote in Palm Beach County since Valentine’s Day — the day a gunman killed 17 students and staff at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School and students subsequently responded with a nationwide voter registration drive targeting youth. Their efforts have paid off. Of the newly registered in Palm Beach County, 28.7 percent were between 18 to 25 years...
Palm Beach County sues its own consultant for discrimination records

Palm Beach County sues its own consultant for discrimination records

Palm Beach County has taken the extraordinary step of suing its own consultant to get public records that include the names of women and minority business owners who, based on the consultant’s promise of anonymity, described discrimination they faced getting government contracts. “Unfortunately, to comply with state law, the county had no choice but to seek judicial relief in order...
Check out our new podcast: Inside Florida Politics

Check out our new podcast: Inside Florida Politics

Take a listen to our new podcast “Inside Florida Politics” Host George Bennett from the Palm Beach Post, Zac Anderson from the Sarasota Herald-Tribute and legendary state capitol embedded newsman John Kennedy discuss the upcoming Florida primary and the prospects of a "blue wave." But wait, there’s more! Check out some of the articles related to this week’s episode...
Hot on campaign trail, Jeff Greene cools on West Palm real estate

Hot on campaign trail, Jeff Greene cools on West Palm real estate

Eight years ago, Jeff Greene was a political neophyte who spent millions of his fortune on a losing primary campaign for U.S. Senate. Four years ago, he was the deep-pocketed investor poised to single-handedly transform the skyline of West Palm Beach, a city where he had spent $125 million to amass vacant land and unsold condos. Today, he’s an underdog gubernatorial candidate...
More than 800,000 have already voted in Florida’s Aug. 28 primaries

More than 800,000 have already voted in Florida’s Aug. 28 primaries

Voters line up at the Hagen Ranch Road Library west of Delray Beach — the most popular early voting site in Palm Beach County. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Turnout for Florida’s Aug. 28 primaries has already topped 800,000 — and that’s before in-person early voting has opened in more 45 of Florida’s 67 counties. This morning’s...

POINT OF VIEW: SunPass-Florida relationship should be explored

While I agree with at least one argument that Post Editorial Page Editor Rick Christie made in his July 29 column, “Give Florida drivers a pass from SunPass mess,” I disagree with another. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post FREE weekly Opinion newsletter: Text Opinion to 444999 Christie writes that the Florida Department of Transportation should forgive “say, 50 percent of your tolls...
Palm Beach County judicial candidate beats $2,000 elections fine

Palm Beach County judicial candidate beats $2,000 elections fine

A Palm Beach County judicial candidate won’t have to pay a $2,000 fine for filing his campaign finance report three weeks late, the Florida Elections Commission ruled this week. Calling the rule absurd, the commission unanimously threw out the fine Palm Beach County Supervisor Susan Bucher imposed against attorney Richard Llerena, who is in a three-person race to replace retiring County Judge...
Watchdog alleges Wilbur Ross conflict of interest violations

Watchdog alleges Wilbur Ross conflict of interest violations

A government watchdog group on Thursday called for an investigation of Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross citing possible violations of federal conflict of interest laws. The complaint filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington alleges Ross participated “in multiple meetings with companies tied to his financial interests,” according to a statement issued by the organization...
Editorial: In defense of democracy’s defenders

Editorial: In defense of democracy’s defenders

We aren’t the enemy. It doesn’t matter how many times the president of the United States calls the news media “the enemy of the American people,” or attaches the word “fake” to “stories,” “media” or “polls.” All the repetitions in the world can’t make the slander true — though, in some minds, the repetition can make...
New Democratic poll shows tight race in primary for governor

New Democratic poll shows tight race in primary for governor

Five Democrats running for governor, from left: Andrew Gillum, Jeff Greene, Chris King, Philip Levine, Gwen Graham. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine is clinging to a within-the-margin-of-error polling lead over former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham in the five-candidate race for Florida’s Democratic gubernatorial...
Trump doesn’t have a pet dog, which is unusual for presidents

Trump doesn’t have a pet dog, which is unusual for presidents

For the first time in more than a century, it appears the President of the United States may not have a pet dog in the Oval Office. After the Palm Beach Daily News reported that Palm Beach philanthropist Lois Pope decided not to offer President Donald Trump the goldendoodle she had originally offered as the First Dog, it appears Trump may become the first Commander in Chief without...
Democratic House candidate airs TV ad saying she won’t back Pelosi for speaker

Democratic House candidate airs TV ad saying she won’t back Pelosi for speaker

Kathy Manning, the Democratic nominee in North Carolina's 13th Congressional District, is airing a new TV ad in which she declares that she will not back Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for speaker, becoming the latest candidate to buck her party's House leader.  Manning, who is running against Rep. Ted Budd, R, in the Republican-leaning district, had previously announced that she would not support...
Feel the Bern: Sanders to campaign with Andrew Gillum in Tampa, Orlando

Feel the Bern: Sanders to campaign with Andrew Gillum in Tampa, Orlando

Andrew Gillum hopes to tap into some of the Berniemania that was on display in Miami last year when Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders made an appearance. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders got shellacked by Hillary Clinton in Florida’s 2016 presidential primary. But the 33.3 percent of the vote Sanders got in that...
Twitter suspends Infowars founder’s account over a Tweet

Twitter suspends Infowars founder’s account over a Tweet

Twitter on Tuesday suspended the account of far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for a week after he tweeted a link to a video calling for supporters to get their “battle rifles” ready against media and others, in a violation of the company’s rules against inciting violence.  The action effectively prevents Jones from tweeting or retweeting from his personal account for...
The New York Times joins effort to combat Trump’s anti-press rhetoric

The New York Times joins effort to combat Trump’s anti-press rhetoric

 The call to arms came in the form of a memo.  Marjorie Pritchard, the deputy managing editor of The Boston Globe, reached out to editorial boards at other newspapers last week.  “We propose to publish an editorial on August 16 on the dangers of the administration’s assault on the press and ask others to commit to publishing their own editorials on the same date,”...
‘He created Omarosa’: How Trump’s protegee turned his tactics against him

‘He created Omarosa’: How Trump’s protegee turned his tactics against him

Omarosa Manigault Newman's new book comes with an explosive title. ("Unhinged.") It has a healthy frisson of tension followed by a climactic reveal. (She taped her colleagues! In the White House Situation Room!) And it has just enough cliffhangers to keep viewers coming back for more. (She may or may not have heard a recording of President Donald Trump using the n-word.)  To Trump,...
White House press secretary can’t guarantee public won’t hear Trump use N-word on audio recording

White House press secretary can’t guarantee public won’t hear Trump use N-word on audio recording

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday that she couldn't guarantee that the American people will never hear President Donald Trump uttering the n-word on an audio recording, as a former senior White House adviser continued a publicity tour to promote her new book depicting the president as a racist.  The briefing by Sanders came after Trump referred to the former adviser...
Omarosa claims DeVos wants to ‘replace public education with for-profit schools’ — and that Trump calls her ‘Ditzy DeVos’

Omarosa claims DeVos wants to ‘replace public education with for-profit schools’ — and that Trump calls her ‘Ditzy DeVos’

A controversial new book about President Donald Trump by one of his former senior advisers, Omarosa Manigault Newman, claims that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos wants "to replace public education with for-profit schools" and that President Trump has called her by the nickname "Ditzy DeVos."  The book, "Unhinged," describes Trump during the years that Manigault Newman...
Trailblazing victories for Democrats on a big primary night for women

Trailblazing victories for Democrats on a big primary night for women

Democrats delivered groundbreaking victories in Tuesday’s primaries for a transgender female candidate in Vermont, a Muslim woman in Minnesota and an African-American woman in Connecticut, while party members in Wisconsin nominated a top state education official to challenge Gov. Scott Walker, one of the most vulnerable high-profile Republicans of the midterms cycle.  Tony Evers, the Wisconsin...
POINT OF VIEW: Keep Martin County school taxes in Martin County

POINT OF VIEW: Keep Martin County school taxes in Martin County

Martin County is our personal paradise with idyllic vistas, soft sand beaches, distinct residential neighborhoods and bustling business centers. However, paradise comes at a price. As home values rise, so too do our property tax bills. Unfortunately, not all of that increase in tax revenue is staying here in Martin County. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post FREE weekly Opinion newsletter: Text Opinion...
Editorial: Keep Singer as mayor in Boca Raton; put Thomson on council

Editorial: Keep Singer as mayor in Boca Raton; put Thomson on council

Boca Raton residents are voting this summer for a new mayor and a new city council member because of the legal troubles of suspended mayor Susan Haynie. Days after Haynie’s arrest in April on public corruption charges, deputy mayor Scott Singer was sworn in as mayor, setting up special elections Aug. 28 both for the mayor’s office and the council seat he vacated. Sign up for The Palm Beach...
UPDATE: Florida State House candidate drops out of race after degree scandal

UPDATE: Florida State House candidate drops out of race after degree scandal

UPDATE 1 p.m.: A day after saying she planned to continue running for a state House seat despite revelations that she lied about having a degree from Miami University and went to great lengths to deceive people, Melissa Howard reversed course Tuesday and dropped out of a contest that has received national attention. Howard said in a text message to the Herald-Tribune that “I have come to...
From JFK to Omarosa: The White House Situation Room’s history-making moments

From JFK to Omarosa: The White House Situation Room’s history-making moments

In the spring of 1961, John Kennedy's White House had a situation, but no Situation Room. Kennedy had just endured the attempted Bay of Pigs invasion in Cuba, a fast-moving fiasco that left the president frustrated at the confused flow of intelligence into the Oval Office.  And so, putting his own Naval aide in charge of construction, a group of contractors and some Seabees worked at night to...
‘Don’t run this year’: The perils for Republican women facing a flood of resistance

‘Don’t run this year’: The perils for Republican women facing a flood of resistance

Diane Harkey, the Republican candidate for California’s 49th Congressional District, recognizes that President Donald Trump “doesn’t make women real comfortable.”  Men just have a different style, she said: “They’re more warrior-oriented. We are a little more consensus-builders.”  But she laughs off the idea of campaigning as a woman. “I want...
Tired of money in politics, some Democrats think small

Tired of money in politics, some Democrats think small

Like many political candidates, Dean Phillips spends hours each day fundraising and thanking his donors. But because he refuses to accept PAC money from corporations, unions or other politicians, he has adopted a unique approach.  “Norbert?” he asked on the doorstep of a man who’d donated $25 to his campaign. “I’m here with goodies!”  Phillips, who is...
Trump attacks Kasich over Ohio race — and Kasich welcomes the attention

Trump attacks Kasich over Ohio race — and Kasich welcomes the attention

President Donald Trump taunted Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Monday, asserting that his increasingly vocal Republican rival is "very unpopular" and a "failed presidential candidate," and to blame for the narrow margin in last week's special congressional election in the state.  Kasich responded with an impish tweet: an image of Russian President Vladimir Putin breaking into a grin...
‘Immigration hypocrite’: Stephen Miller’s uncle lambastes him in scathing op-ed

‘Immigration hypocrite’: Stephen Miller’s uncle lambastes him in scathing op-ed

Wolf-Leib Glosser fled violence from his small Eastern European village and, with $8 to his name, came to Ellis Island. His children soon followed, and his children's children were born in the American city of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, where the family grew and prospered.  Such is what "chain migration" was like at the turn of the 20th century, and such is the "classically American...
Trump appears to admit White House aides signed nondisclosure agreements

Trump appears to admit White House aides signed nondisclosure agreements

President Donald Trump appeared to acknowledge on Monday something his aides have declined to confirm for months: his White House had aides sign nondisclosure agreements. The president made the statement in a Twitter post about Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former contestant on “The Apprentice” who became an assistant to the president, and whose new book makes unflattering claims about Trump...
‘Everyone signed one’: Trump aggressive in use of nondisclosure agreements, even in government

‘Everyone signed one’: Trump aggressive in use of nondisclosure agreements, even in government

President Donald Trump's bitter fight with a former top White House aide has highlighted his aggressive and unconventional use of nondisclosure agreements to prevent current and former government employees from revealing secrets or disparaging him or his family.  The latest uproar centers on claims in a book by former senior adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman that the Trump campaign offered her...
Trump-appointed judge upholds constitutionality of Mueller appointment

Trump-appointed judge upholds constitutionality of Mueller appointment

A federal judge upheld the constitutionality of special counsel Robert Mueller's appointment on Monday, finding Acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein lawfully named Mueller in May 2017 in a challenge to an indictment brought by a Russian firm accused of funding an Internet trolling operation targeting U.S. voters.  U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich, a 2017 appointee of President Donald Trump...
12 weeks to Election Day as four more states hold primaries for Congress

12 weeks to Election Day as four more states hold primaries for Congress

With less than three months until the mid-term elections for the U.S. House and Senate, four more states hold primaries today for the Congress, but the roster of races is unlikely to produce the news associated with last week’s tight race in a special U.S. House election in Ohio, which amplified questions about whether the GOP can maintain control of Capitol Hill after...
Grant allows Bucher to order more iPads, beef up voting security

Grant allows Bucher to order more iPads, beef up voting security

The Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections has ordered 1,750 updated iPad Minis — which will be able to have the latest Apple security patch on them — for voters to check in with at the polls in the November election. The iPads will be paid for with a federal grant meant to be spent on strengthening cyber security for election systems, money Palm Beach County Commissioners are expected...
Elections 2018: Who added more voters — Republicans, Democrats or NPAs?

Elections 2018: Who added more voters — Republicans, Democrats or NPAs?

Florida’s electorate has grown more Hispanic and less partisan since the 2016 presidential election, new voter registration statistics from the Florida Division of Elections show. The number of Florida voters who register with minor parties or with no party affiliation has increased 4.2 percent since 2016 while Democratic registrations have dipped 0.8 percent and Republican registrations have...
Editorial: In primary, Bonfiglio (D), Spritz (R) for House District 89

Editorial: In primary, Bonfiglio (D), Spritz (R) for House District 89

With state Rep. Bill Hager reaching his term-limit allotment of eight years as state representative for coastal District 89, four candidates are vying to claim the Republican’s seat in the Aug. 28 primary. In the Democratic primary, Ocean Ridge Mayor James Bonfiglio, 64, is competing against Ryan Rossi, 33, a teacher turned real estate agent from Boca Raton who says he can capitalize on a surge...
In West Delray, Philip Levine rips Donald Trump and ‘his little Mini-Me, Ron DeSantis’

In West Delray, Philip Levine rips Donald Trump and ‘his little Mini-Me, Ron DeSantis’

Former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, one of five Democrats running for governor, visits an early voting site in West Delray today. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Democratic gubernatorial hopeful  Philip Levine stopped by an early voting site west of Delray Beach this morning and told supporters that Florida is “the last line of defense for...
The Manafort scramble: Raising millions for himself even as he ran Trump’s campaign

The Manafort scramble: Raising millions for himself even as he ran Trump’s campaign

Paul Manafort, a valued customer of the Trump Organization who had spent $3.7 million to buy Apartment 43G in Trump Tower, appeared to be just what Donald Trump wanted in March 2016: A consummate Washington insider, deeply experienced in the byzantine art of wrangling convention delegates, yet also someone who could claim to be an outsider, a successful entrepreneur with overseas clients.  Manafort's...
Omarosa Manigault Newman claims ‘false imprisonment’ during her firing, accuses Trump of lying

Omarosa Manigault Newman claims ‘false imprisonment’ during her firing, accuses Trump of lying

Omarosa Manigault Newman, the once-loyal aide to President Donald Trump who has written a new tell-all book containing explosive allegations about her former boss, said Monday that she believes Trump was lying when he claimed in a phone call last December that he knew nothing about her dismissal by White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly.  In a combative appearance on NBC's "Today"...
Wisconsin governor seeks to find his place in Trump’s Republican party

Wisconsin governor seeks to find his place in Trump’s Republican party

Gov. Scott Walker became one of the country's biggest Republican stars by battling labor unions and fending off a recall campaign amid mass protests at the state Capitol.  But as a crowded field of Democrats competes in Tuesday's primary to challenge Walker again in November, the governor has struggled to find his path in a fast-changing GOP.  Walker, 50, like many Republicans whose national...
Increasing share of Florida voters bypassing Democrats, Republicans

Increasing share of Florida voters bypassing Democrats, Republicans

An increasing share of Florida voters are registering with neither major party. (File photo by Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post) The number of voters registered with minor parties or with no party affiliation in Florida has increased 4.2 percent since the 2016 presidential election while Democratic registrations are down slightly and Republican registrations have increased...
Trump Jr. emerges as campaign ‘natural’

Trump Jr. emerges as campaign ‘natural’

President Donald Trump was watching Fox News Channel with aides in his private dining room off the Oval Office recently when Donald Trump Jr. flashed across the giant flat screen.  "Don's gotten really good," Trump said, according to someone who was present. "My people love him."  The remark suggested a swell of unexpected pride from Trump about his namesake son, whose...
Bill Shine’s journey from Ailes enforcer to Trump producer

Bill Shine’s journey from Ailes enforcer to Trump producer

The revolving door between Fox News and Republican political figures has turned steadily for years, with failed GOP candidates finding a home at the network.  But since Donald Trump was elected president, the door has provided a number of former Fox personnel with entree into a government now infused with the cable channel's fiery sensibility. And with Bill Shine's appointment this summer to...
Omarosa and the Trump White House’s new hush-money problem

Omarosa and the Trump White House’s new hush-money problem

Skepticism abounds, for good reason, about Omarosa Manigault Newman's White House tell-all. Like Michael Wolff, Manigault Newman has a long, demonstrated history of suspicious claims, and just because the things she writes confirm what lots of people on the left badly want to believe doesn't mean they should be swallowed whole. Some of what she's written has already been directly disputed, including...
How to understand Trump’s condemnation of ‘all types of racism’

How to understand Trump’s condemnation of ‘all types of racism’

Sharply criticized for his failure to immediately condemn racist protesters after last year's unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia, President Donald Trump this year tried to get out ahead of the issue before a planned march in Washington on Sunday.  "The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division," Trump tweeted Saturday afternoon. "We must come...
Omarosa Manigault Newman releases purported recording of her White House firing

Omarosa Manigault Newman releases purported recording of her White House firing

Omarosa Manigault Newman, the fired White House aide seeking publicity for her new memoir about her time in the Trump administration, said in an interview Sunday that the way Chief of Staff John Kelly dismissed her involved a "threat" and played an audio recording of Kelly that she said she made in the Situation Room.  The recording was played on NBC News' "Meet the Press,"...
The Post’s August 2018 primary, municipal election endorsements

The Post’s August 2018 primary, municipal election endorsements

This year’s primary and municipal elections will be here before you know it -- Aug. 28 to be exact. We’ll be posting The Palm Beach Post opinion board’s endorsements as we publish them. Keep coming back or bookmark this article to see the latest endorsement, and then once more before you vote for the full list. Also, please check out our Know Your Candidates app, where local...
Editorial: Hastings’ seniority, voice a plus if Dems take back House

Editorial: Hastings’ seniority, voice a plus if Dems take back House

After 26 years representing Florida’s 20th Congressional District, some believe that U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings should be tired of fighting — on issues both local and national. They would be wrong. With a sharpness and vigor that belie his 81 years, Hastings remains one of the key voices for Democrats in Congress on issues ranging from immigration to foreign affairs to health care. The Post...
Commentary: Time to get tough with China — on fentanyl

Commentary: Time to get tough with China — on fentanyl

As President Donald Trump’s trade war with China continues to escalate, there is a more urgent issue with China that remains overlooked: the continued illegal importation into the United States of the deadly synthetic opioid, fentanyl. According to provisional data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 59 percent of last year’s 50,000 opioid-related...
Editorial: In Dem primary, Graham best shot to win in November

Editorial: In Dem primary, Graham best shot to win in November

A lot has changed in Florida over the past 20 years. The state has 5.8 million more residents. There are dozens of new municipalities. And our state budget has ballooned from $42.3 billion in 1998 to $89.3 billion this year. What hasn’t changed is Republican Party occupation of the Governor’s Mansion, where Democrats have been locked out for two decades. The low point coming with two consecutive...
Florida election 2018: Attorney general candidates square off

Florida election 2018: Attorney general candidates square off

An open seat for Florida attorney general has triggered open warfare among candidates in both the Democratic and Republican primaries for the Cabinet post. Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi, term-limited after eight years, has endorsed fellow Tampa resident, former Hillsborough County Circuit Judge Ashley Moody. But Moody’s opponent, state Rep. Frank White, a Pensacola Republican, has poured...
Indicted GOP Congressman suspends campaign for re-election

Indicted GOP Congressman suspends campaign for re-election

Three days after being charged by federal prosecutors with insider trading and lying to the FBI, Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) announced on Saturday that he would end his campaign for another term in the Congress. “After extensive discussions with my family and my friends over the last few days, I have decided that it is in the best interest of my constituents of NY-27, the...
Sean Spicer in West Palm Beach: Wish I had a do-over on crowd comment

Sean Spicer in West Palm Beach: Wish I had a do-over on crowd comment

Returning to a region that gave him valuable schooling in politics and public relations, former White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Friday he wishes he had another chance to handle the inauguration crowd-size controversy that helped define his rocky six months as spokesman for President Donald Trump. Spicer fielded questions from Tim Burke, publisher of The Palm Beach Post and the Palm Beach...
Federal deficit jumps in July by another $77 billion

Federal deficit jumps in July by another $77 billion

The Treasury Department reported Friday that the federal government ran a budget deficit of $76.9 billion in the month of July, as federal revenues were down from a year ago, while government spending was up, keeping Fiscal Year 2017 headed in the direction of the largest yearly deficit since 2012. Added to the red ink totaled up so far, the deficit so far for 2017 is at $683...
Waitress alleged Jeff Greene smacked her arm; Greene said it was a tap

Waitress alleged Jeff Greene smacked her arm; Greene said it was a tap

A cocktail waitress who worked at Jeff Greene’s Palm Beach hotel in 2012 told police she was “smacked on the arm” by Greene when he wanted her to turn down the music in a hotel restaurant, according to a report that surfaced Thursday and was disputed by Greene, the billionaire investor who’s now a Democratic candidate for governor. Greene merely “tapped” the woman...
Early voting, which starts Monday, often means earlier campaigning

Early voting, which starts Monday, often means earlier campaigning

With more than half a million mail-in ballots already cast for Florida’s Aug. 28 primaries and in-person early voting beginning Monday, the notion of a single “Election Day” is becoming obsolete in the Sunshine State. “I no longer refer to ‘Election Day,’” said longtime Democratic consultant Eric Johnson. “Florida has election month.&rdquo...
Florida state Senate candidate calls police on reporter after forum 

Florida state Senate candidate calls police on reporter after forum 

A Florida state senator running for reelection called police Thursday afternoon on a reporter she claimed was making threats against her, The Miami Herald reported.  >> Read more trending news Sen. Daphne Campbell, a Democrat running in District 38 in South Florida, called police at 1:24 p.m. after an appearance at a North Miami Beach restaurant, the newspaper reported. A North Miami...
North and South Korea to Discuss Plans for a 3rd Summit

North and South Korea to Discuss Plans for a 3rd Summit

Senior officials from North and South Korea will meet next week to discuss the possibility of a third summit between their countries’ leaders, the South said Thursday.  The North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, and President Moon Jae-in of the South have already met twice this year, in April and in May. South Korean officials have recently expressed interest in holding a third meeting soon...
Inside Brett Kavanaugh’s personal finances: credit card debts, $92,000 country-club fee

Inside Brett Kavanaugh’s personal finances: credit card debts, $92,000 country-club fee

In front of a law-school crowd in 2015, Brett Kavanaugh mentioned the success of a younger attorney who worked as his deputy in the White House and became the general counsel of Facebook in 2008. Kavanaugh, who was a federal appeals judge at the time, had never heard of the company.  "That turned out to be a really good move," Kavanaugh said, chuckling. "And I am committed to public...
Melania Trump’s parents become U.S. citizens despite president’s hostility toward ‘chain migration’

Melania Trump’s parents become U.S. citizens despite president’s hostility toward ‘chain migration’

First lady Melania Trump's parents became U.S. citizens in a naturalization ceremony in New York on Thursday, completing a years-long immigration process even as President Trump has called for new laws to bar Americans from sponsoring parents and other relatives.  Michael Wildes, an attorney for Viktor and Amalija Knavs, who had been living in the country as legal permanent residents after leaving...
Pelosi is the star of GOP attack ads, worrying Democrats upbeat about midterms

Pelosi is the star of GOP attack ads, worrying Democrats upbeat about midterms

While Democrats grow optimistic about their chances of taking control of the House in November, they are increasingly anxious that the presence of their longtime and polarizing leader, Nancy Pelosi, is making it harder for many of their candidates to compete in crucial swing districts.  Republicans, clinging to a 23-seat majority in the House, have made the House minority leader a central element...
Ruble tumbles as U.S. sets out new sanctions on Russia

Ruble tumbles as U.S. sets out new sanctions on Russia

Russia’s currency fell on Thursday to its lowest dollar value in nearly two years, jarred by new U.S. sanctions imposed in response to a nerve-agent attack on a former Russian spy in Britain.  For several years, the Russian economy has appeared able mostly to shrug off the effects of a series of Western sanctions tied to its incursions into Ukraine and its election meddling. Buoyed by rising...
Judge halts mother-daughter deportation, threatens to hold Sessions in contempt

Judge halts mother-daughter deportation, threatens to hold Sessions in contempt

A federal judge in Washington halted a deportation in progress Thursday and threatened to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt after learning that the Trump administration started to remove a woman and her daughter while a court hearing appealing their deportations was underway.  "This is pretty outrageous," U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan said after being told about the...
Trump administration proposes further dismantling of Affordable Care Act through Medicare

Trump administration proposes further dismantling of Affordable Care Act through Medicare

The Trump administration is proposing to restrict an innovation in the Affordable Care Act that was intended to improve Medicare and slow spending in the vast federal insurance system for older Americans. Health-care researchers hail the model's promise to improve quality and efficiency, but administration data suggest it is not saving enough money.  The changes, announced Thursday by the administrator...
Kobach recuses himself from vote counting in his own primary vs. Colyer

Kobach recuses himself from vote counting in his own primary vs. Colyer

Newly discovered vote-tallying discrepancies have whittled down the lead Kris Kobach held over incumbent Gov. Jeff Colyer in the Republican primary for Kansas governor.  Kobach, a hard-line opponent of illegal immigration who campaigned as a staunch ally of President Donald Trump, originally had a 191-vote advantage over Colyer as of Wednesday.  On Thursday, the state elections office said...
Editorial:In AG primary, pick Shaw, Moody for their experience

Editorial:In AG primary, pick Shaw, Moody for their experience

Over the past 12 years, the Attorney General’s Office has been politicized more than any other in the state — outside of the governor, of course. The office went from one that was a national leader on consumer issues such as elder abuse to one overly focused on law enforcement, but following other states’ lead on issues ranging from opioids to human trafficking. The state can and...
Melania Trump’s parents become U.S. citizens, taking their oaths in a private ceremony

Melania Trump’s parents become U.S. citizens, taking their oaths in a private ceremony

First lady Melania Trump’s parents are new U.S. citizens, after taking the oath of citizenship in a private ceremony at their attorney’s office Thursday. >> Read more trending news  Viktor and Amalija Knavs, 73 and 71 years old respectively, obtained their citizenship through a sponsorship by their daughter, according to CNN, in a category of family visas Trump administration...
Vote on new Space Force logo; some of the choices look vaguely familiar

Vote on new Space Force logo; some of the choices look vaguely familiar

Vice President Mike Pence followed up on an announcement President Donald Trump made in June directing the Defense Department to create a Space Force, a sixth branch of the military, with Pence calling for the new branch by 2020 during a speech at the Pentagon Thursday.  >> Read more trending news  Trump said during a meeting of his National Space Council two months ago that getting...
Ron DeSantis, Ben Carson and a Roger Stone sighting at Palm Beach County GOP Lobsterfest

Ron DeSantis, Ben Carson and a Roger Stone sighting at Palm Beach County GOP Lobsterfest

U.S. Reps. Ron DeSantis and Brian mast and HUD Secretary Ben Carson pose for photos with attendees at the Palm Beach County GOP’s Lobsterfest dinner in Boca Raton. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) BOCA RATON — Housing and Urban Development Secretary and Palm Beach Gardens resident Ben Carson got the top billing at the Palm Beach County GOP’s annual...
Review now finished of evidence seized in Michael Cohen raid

Review now finished of evidence seized in Michael Cohen raid

A Special Master who waded through evidence seized in an April 9 raid on the ex-personal lawyer of President Donald Trump said Thursday that she had finished reviewing documents and other materials that had been the subject of attorney-client privilege claims, keeping some items private, but delivering the vast majority to federal prosecutors for their review. In a document...

GOP governor hopefuls slug it out in debate; Putnam knocks Trump

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam dubbed U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis the “Seinfeld candidate,” but the punchline might have inadvertently summed up the Wednesday debate between the two Republican gubernatorial candidates: “It all adds up to nothing.” The two men, who agree on most major issues, slugged it out with one-liners for much of their hour-long debate. In the end, it...
Editorial: For Ag Commissioner: Republican Grimsley, Democrat Fried

Editorial: For Ag Commissioner: Republican Grimsley, Democrat Fried

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services involves a lot more than crops and cattle. The agriculture commissioner also oversees gun permits, consumer complaints, gas pumps — and sits on the powerful Florida Cabinet, whose duties include restoring felons’ rights. RELATED: Listen to the Agriculture Commissioner candidates interviews. Four candidates are in the Republican...
In Trump push for Space Force, Congress not yet convinced

In Trump push for Space Force, Congress not yet convinced

As Vice President Mike Pence told a Pentagon audience on Thursday that a new branch of the military known as the “Space Force” should be set up by 2020, the Congress has yet to approve the creation of such a plan, shrugging off repeated calls by President Donald Trump for a new part of the armed forces. “Establishing a Space Force is an idea whose time has...
Agriculture and Consumer Services: These 7 candidates seek state post

Agriculture and Consumer Services: These 7 candidates seek state post

The upcoming vacancy in the Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services position has drawn a field of seven candidates. The incumbent, Republican Adam Putnam, is finishing his second four-year term and is prevented from running for a third. The post is an elected Florida Cabinet seat. Putnam is running for the GOP nomination for governor against U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis. The...
Blue wave? As Florida primary ballots are mailed in, Republicans more engaged

Blue wave? As Florida primary ballots are mailed in, Republicans more engaged

Despite five Democratic gubernatorial campaigns working to turn out voters for the Aug. 28 primary, early statistics have not shown heightened Democratic voter interest. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Florida Democrats have a competitive five-candidate primary for governor and a widespread loathing of President Donald Trump to motivate them this year — the perfect...
Clarity in the fog of elections: GOP faces fall peril

Clarity in the fog of elections: GOP faces fall peril

Alarmed by the tight race for a congressional seat in Ohio, Republicans are steeling for a 90-day campaign of trench warfare as they fight to keep control of the House, pinning their hopes on well-funded outside groups and a slashing negative message about Democrats.  Voting across the Midwest and West laid bare the party’s precarious situation Wednesday: Ohio’s special election exposed...
Ahead of midterms, Trump hits a wall in efforts to curb illegal immigration

Ahead of midterms, Trump hits a wall in efforts to curb illegal immigration

President Donald Trump, who for three years has vowed to build a massive security wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, is running into his own wall on illegal immigration, which has continued to surge in recent months despite family separations and other hard-edge policies aimed at curbing the flow.  Nearly 19 months into his presidency - and three months ahead of pivotal midterm elections &mdash...
Trump defies Republican antipathy to Russia with Rand Paul as an ally

Trump defies Republican antipathy to Russia with Rand Paul as an ally

A secretive summit, an open invitation to visit the United States and now a letter hand-delivered by a sympathetic senator — as President Donald Trump makes increasingly unorthodox overtures to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the GOP is facing a politically existential choice: cross the president and his allies, or accept that the party is warming to the Kremlin.  Trump has challenged...
Five numbers that mattered from Tuesday’s primaries

Five numbers that mattered from Tuesday’s primaries

Detroiters were not happy about the way former congressman John Conyers Jr. was pushed out of office. They were even less happy when Gov. Rick Snyder, R-Mich., scheduled the special election to replace him in November 2018 — leaving much of the city, as well as suburbs such as Dearborn, without a member of Congress for 11 months. As a result, voters in Tuesday's race were voting not just to...
Trump claims election night credit. It’s not that simple.

Trump claims election night credit. It’s not that simple.

In President Donald Trump’s mind, he has become the indispensable man, the political force singularly responsible for the narrow lead that Troy Balderson, the Republican candidate, clings to in a heavily conservative Ohio House district and that Kris Kobach maintains in the Kansas governor’s primary.  But the presidential braggadocio that followed Tuesday’s election night squeakers...
White House drafting sanctions order to punish foreign interference in U.S. elections

White House drafting sanctions order to punish foreign interference in U.S. elections

The White House is drafting an executive order that would authorize President Donald Trump to sanction foreigners who interfere in U.S. elections, the administration's latest effort to demonstrate it is serious about combating Russian disinformation and hacking.  The eight-page draft order, a copy of which was reviewed by The Washington Post, appears to be an effort to stave off aggressive legislation...
Lackluster election results spur debate over Trump’s midterm role

Lackluster election results spur debate over Trump’s midterm role

A new round of lackluster showings by Republican candidates reignited a debate Wednesday within the GOP over whether President Donald Trump will be a drag on the party's chances in November and should stay out of some of the country's most hotly-contested races.  Inside the White House, Trump aides are mapping out plans for the fall that would offer a variety of options to Republican candidates...
Republican congressman from New York charged with insider trading

Republican congressman from New York charged with insider trading

Federal prosecutors arrested Rep. Chris Collins, President Donald Trump's first congressional supporter, for insider trading on Wednesday, alleging the New York Republican schemed with his son to avoid significant losses on a biotechnology investment.  Collins was at a congressional picnic at the White House last year when he learned that Innate Immunotherapeutics, an Australian biotechnology...
Democrats press ‘culture of corruption’ argument against GOP, Trump

Democrats press ‘culture of corruption’ argument against GOP, Trump

As a Republican Congressman from New York was indicted Wednesday on charges of insider trading and lying to the FBI, Democrats in Congress turned up the volume on a throwback political argument which helped them win control of the Congress in 2006, again pressing the case that voters should toss Republicans out of office, arguing the ‘swamp’ is filled by GOP lawmakers...
New York Congressman Chris Collins says he’s running for re-election despite fraud indictment

New York Congressman Chris Collins says he’s running for re-election despite fraud indictment

Update: 8:30 p.m. EDT Aug. 8: New York Congressman Chris Collins said he’s running for re-election, despite his indictment on insider trading charges. >> Read more trending news  Collins, at a Wednesday night news conference, called the charges against him “meritless,” according The Associated Press, and said he’s confident he’ll be found innocent. ...
Jeff Greene says he sold $16.5 million worth of oil and energy stock; rips Gwen Graham

Jeff Greene says he sold $16.5 million worth of oil and energy stock; rips Gwen Graham

Billionaire Palm Beach real estate investor and Democratic governor hopeful Jeff Greene. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Billionaire Palm Beach real estate investor Jeff Greene says he unloaded $16.5 million worth of oil and energy stock today — a sell-off his campaign says was already in the works when Democratic gubernatorial primary rival Gwen Graham...
Jupiter theater briefly pulls pro-Trump movie after complaints

Jupiter theater briefly pulls pro-Trump movie after complaints

A luxury movie theater in Jupiter earlier this week suspended showings of “Death of a Nation” — the recently released far-right documentary that vilifies the Democratic Party and compares President Donald Trump to Abraham Lincoln — after receiving complaints. But Cinepolis Jupiter put the movie back in its lineup after Trump supporters launched a Twitter campaign against the...
Editorial: Weiss offers valuable perspective on housing, development

Editorial: Weiss offers valuable perspective on housing, development

With Paulette Burdick leaving the Palm Beach County Commission because of term limits, three Democrats are vying in the Aug. 28 primary to succeed her. The candidates are from District 2, in the central part of the county. Our choice is Gregg Weiss, a former technology executive who is using his retirement to immerse himself in civic activities. Though never elected to office, the 61-year-old Weiss...
GOP Congressman charged with insider trading, lying to FBI

GOP Congressman charged with insider trading, lying to FBI

In an investigation into investments in an Australian biotech firm, federal prosecutors have charged Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY), his son, and his son’s father-in-law with conspiracy and securities fraud, alleging that they used inside information to shield themselves from major financial losses. Collins, one of the staunchest allies of President Donald Trump in the Congress...
Commentary: Is it time to reassess affirmative action?

Commentary: Is it time to reassess affirmative action?

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed Executive Order 10925, which gave birth to affirmative action. JFK’s order mandated government contractors “take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed and that employees are treated during employment without regard to their race, creed, color or national origin.” JFK’s intent was to create a society in which all...
Commentary: What’s at stake? Affirmative action

Commentary: What’s at stake? Affirmative action

If there were ever a time to be alarmed by the state of our nation’s civil rights in the 21st century, it would be now. Upon Justice Anthony Kennedy’s impending retirement from the Supreme Court at the end of this month, President Donald Trump has named Brett Kavanaugh as the nominee to replace him. Kennedy, albeit a moderate conservative, was a supporter of affirmative action, voting...

POINT OF VIEW: Building a talent pipeline to meet STEM demands

Florida’s economy is booming, yet, as other states also are experiencing, the talent gap persists in many of our targeted industries, particularly in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) occupations. The CareerSource Florida network and our strategic partners are working hard to address this challenge. As workforce developers, we know talent is key in continuing economic growth....
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