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Editorial: Florida’s much-watched governor’s race hinges on state issues

Editorial: Florida’s much-watched governor’s race hinges on state issues

Once again all eyes turn to Florida. November’s elections are vital for the control of Congress and the destiny of the Trump administration. But the nation also will be transfixed by the governor’s contest between the hard-right Republican worshiper of President Donald Trump and the unabashedly progressive Democrat who would be Florida’s first African-American chief executive. It&rsquo...
Christie commentary: Teachers look to state leaders to boost education

Christie commentary: Teachers look to state leaders to boost education

It should surprise no one that this election season, public school education has emerged as the top issue for many of Florida’s political candidates — including governor. Indeed, how billions in education dollars are spent is a perennial issue for Florida lawmakers. But this year is different, as a number of education-related issues seem to have come to a head. For example, embarrassingly...
Palm Beach Post endorsements for today’s primary elections

Palm Beach Post endorsements for today’s primary elections

Here are The Palm Beach Post Editorial Board’s political candidate endorsements for today’s primary, and county commission, judicial, school board and Boca Raton special elections. We arrived at our endorsements after interviewing the candidates, studying their records and weighing their merits against those of their competitors. Some candidates declined to meet with us or their schedules...
Editorial: Endorsements for primary elections

Editorial: Endorsements for primary elections

Here are The Palm Beach Post Editorial Board’s political candidate endorsements for the Aug. 28 primary, and judicial, school board, county commission and Boca Raton special elections. We arrived at our endorsements after interviewing the candidates, studying their records and weighing their merits against those of their competitors. Some candidates declined to meet with us or their schedules...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Editorial: Baer, Mast best choices in their respective party primaries

Editorial: Baer, Mast best choices in their respective party primaries

The race for Florida’s District 18 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives is one of the most closely watched in the country. It could be said that all of this national attention is because the district — which encompasses northern Palm Beach County and Martin and St. Lucie counties — is considered one of the most important “swing” seats in arguably the most important...
Editorial: For Congressional District 22: Deutch (D), Walters (R)

Editorial: For Congressional District 22: Deutch (D), Walters (R)

Ted Deutch, a solid if unassuming member of Congress since 2010, came into his own this year as a forceful voice for causes important to Democrats. When 17 people died at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Deutch rose as a vigorous voice for gun control and has been looking increasingly comfortable in the national spotlight. Since then, the Democrat from Boca Raton pressed a Facebook executive...
Editorial: Johnson, Cheesman, St. Juste: experience with integrity

Editorial: Johnson, Cheesman, St. Juste: experience with integrity

The impending retirement of three judges from the Palm Beach County Circuit Court bench will give voters an opportunity to leave a significant mark on our judiciary on Aug. 28. Yes, there are three attorneys vying to become the first black judge elected to the 15th Judicial Circuit (Palm Beach County) without first being appointed. But more importantly, the Florida Supreme Court, in a recent decision...
Editorial: Silvers’ freshman record merits another term in state House

Editorial: Silvers’ freshman record merits another term in state House

It’s not easy for a freshman legislator from the minority party to get a bill passed. But in his first stint in the Florida House of Representatives, David Silvers did just that. More than once. He sponsored a bill to cut down on the inhumane practice of sending children to psychiatric facilities via the Baker Act; incorporated into another bill, it was signed by Gov. Rick Scott into law...
Editorial: Polsky blends progressive goals, small-business background

Editorial: Polsky blends progressive goals, small-business background

The two candidates squaring off in the Democratic primary for to fill the Florida House District 81 seat say much the same things about what the state and its people need. Both Mindy Koch and Tina Polsky want better funding for public schools. Both talk about improving health care; the importance of gun safety, higher-paying jobs and workforce housing, and preparing for sea-level rise. Their differences...
Editorial: Keiser short on politics, but not conservative chops

Editorial: Keiser short on politics, but not conservative chops

In the Aug. 28 primary, Republican voters in the sprawling Florida Senate District 25 will choose between a relative newcomer and a Tallahassee veteran. State Rep. Gayle Harrell, R-Stuart, has been in the Florida House a total of 18 years — taking a two-year break beginning in 2009. Belinda Keiser, vice chancellor of the private Keiser University, ran unsuccessfully for the Florida House in...
Editorial: Powell shows knowledge, focus on district needs

Editorial: Powell shows knowledge, focus on district needs

There are roughly 16 municipalities in Florida Senate District 30 — stretching from Tequesta south to Palm Beach and west to Loxahatchee Groves and Royal Palm Beach. As diverse as this largely urban-suburban district is, its communities share concerns such as furthering economic development, providing affordable workforce housing for residents and fighting for public school dollars. They also...
For needed perspective on county court, Fung and Llerena

For needed perspective on county court, Fung and Llerena

County court is, for many people, their first exposure to the court system. It’s where judges hear civil cases in which the amount in dispute is $15,000 or less, and criminal misdemeanors, which are crimes that have a possible sentence of less than a year in jail. It’s a world of packed dockets, heavy workloads and litigants who show up without a lawyer. The issues at stake aren&rsquo...
Editorial: Holtz will bring a broader view to the port commission

Editorial: Holtz will bring a broader view to the port commission

Increasingly, the Port of Palm Beach is being recognized as an economic engine in the county. But one that can also be revved up a lot more. Indeed, both candidates in the Aug. 28 race to fill the Group 5 seat on the port commission — Joseph Anderson, operations manager for the city of Palm Beach Gardens; and Scott Holtz, a West Palm Beach attorney — believe the state’s fourth-biggest...
Editorial: School board still needs Robinson’s experience, insight

Editorial: School board still needs Robinson’s experience, insight

The size and complexity of the Palm Beach County School District presents a myriad of challenges. Student achievement, school security and teacher pay being just a few of the issues being wrestled with by the School Board on a daily basis. Board member Debra L. Robinson has effectively fought on the front lines of this county’s education battles for 17 years. In that time, she has garnered a...
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