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Commentary: Women are leading the wave

Commentary: Women are leading the wave

Who runs the world? Come on, we all know that answer, especially in this midterm cycle. Women are leading from the front this election cycle and pulling the rest of politics with them. And that’s not just women candidates, but also women voters. The midterms will see women candidates riding the wave into office in November, and there are plenty of historic firsts and achievements to be made...
Commentary: Women won’t vote for only Democratic women candidates

Commentary: Women won’t vote for only Democratic women candidates

A blue wave of Democratic women is coming in November, poised to win every office from city dog catcher to U.S. senator and lead the resistance to President Donald J. Trump. That’s what many headlines would have us believe. If the dream scenario plays out for Democrats, history would mark January 21, 2017, as the day this particular blue wave began forming as thousands of women attended the...
What happened to Chris King’s ‘bullet tax’?

What happened to Chris King’s ‘bullet tax’?

Democrat Chris King made it past the Aug. 28 primary when Andrew Gillum tapped him as his running mate. King’s proposed “bullet tax,” however, did not make the cut. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Chris King finished a distant fifth in the Aug. 28 Democratic primary for governor, but his progressive platform impressed primary winner Andrew...
Quinnipiac poll: Shifts in Scott-Nelson race, Trump approval; genders split on Kavanaugh

Quinnipiac poll: Shifts in Scott-Nelson race, Trump approval; genders split on Kavanaugh

Republican Gov. Rick Scott (left) and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, rivals in the November race for U.S. Senate. (Photos by George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Three weeks after calling Florida’s U.S. Senate race a dead heat between Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and Republican Gov. Rick Scott, a new Quinnipiac University poll gives Nelson a...
Did Ron DeSantis tell uninsured cancer patients to ‘show up at the emergency room’?

Did Ron DeSantis tell uninsured cancer patients to ‘show up at the emergency room’?

Florida’s candidates for governor: Democrat Andrew Gillum (left) and Republican Ron DeSantis. A new Florida Democratic Party ad for Andrew Gillum‘s gubernatorial bid hammers Republican  Ron DeSantis on health care, noting he opposed Obamacare and the expansion of Medicaid in Florida. The ad’s narrator also says: “And when he was asked...
National Voter Registration Day: How you can sign up to vote right now

National Voter Registration Day: How you can sign up to vote right now

Today is National Voter Registration Day. You can register to vote by clicking here. If you prefer, you can print the application and mail it to the Palm Beach County elections office at: Supervisor of Elections PO Box 22309 West Palm Beach FL 33416-2309 Also, here are key dates to know for the Nov. 6 general election. For purists who always vote on Election Day, polls are open from 7 a...

POINT OF VIEW: The red tide’s real victims are real people

Sanibel Island is my oasis. Every summer since I was 6 months old, I’ve spent the best week of the year on the island — eating ice cream and great seafood, shelling, seeing the birds and manatees at Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, and enjoying a pace of life that’s calmer, and friendlier. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post FREE weekly Opinion newsletter: Text Opinion to 444999...
Rick Scott, Bill Nelson go with tight close-ups in dueling attack ads

Rick Scott, Bill Nelson go with tight close-ups in dueling attack ads

Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and his Republican challenger, Gov. Rick Scott, end their latest ads with tight closeups of each other. Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson found some common ground in their nationally watched U.S. Senate race — each released an attack ad today that ends with a tight, unflattering...
Democratic congressional candidate April Freeman dies suddenly

Democratic congressional candidate April Freeman dies suddenly

Democrat April Freeman was running for Florida’s open District 17 congressional seat. April Freeman, the Democratic nominee for Florida’s open 17th congressional district seat, died suddenly on Sunday night, the Florida Democratic Party announced this afternoon. Freeman won the Aug. 28 Democratic primary for the seat held by retiring U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Okeechobee...
New Florida poll: Gillum edging DeSantis; Nelson and Scott tied

New Florida poll: Gillum edging DeSantis; Nelson and Scott tied

Top: Senate candidates Rick Scott (R) and Bill Nelson (D). Bottom: governor candidates Andrew Gillum (D) and Ron DeSantis (R). The University of North Florida finds tight races for Florida governor and U.S. Senate in a new poll. In a Sept. 17-20 survey with a 4 percent margin of error, UNF’s Public Opinion Research Lab finds Democrat Andrew Gillum leading Republican...
Strong economy aside, Florida homeownership hits bleak milestone

Strong economy aside, Florida homeownership hits bleak milestone

While Gov. Rick Scott campaigns on the strength of Florida’s economy, there is no mention of a bleak milestone the state just reached — a record low homeownership rate. From the soaring pre-recession days, when easy credit pushed housing numbers to new highs, the percentage of Florida households owning homes has now plunged to its worst level ever seen, with data going back more than three...
Florida Governor foes DeSantis, Gillum spar in South Florida

Florida Governor foes DeSantis, Gillum spar in South Florida

Florida’s gubernatorial rivals campaigned in South Florida on Friday, with Republican Ron DeSantis touting his support for a voucher program at a Jewish school west of Boca Raton and Democrat Andrew Gillum appearing at a fundraiser with embattled Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and picking up the endorsement of a gun-control group. DeSantis visited the Katz Hillel Day School, where about...
Woman jumps from moving Uber in Tallahassee to escape kidnapping

Woman jumps from moving Uber in Tallahassee to escape kidnapping

An Uber driver in Tallahassee was arrested Wednesday on charges of false imprisonment and kidnapping after a passenger in her car jumped out of a window, worried she wouldn’t be let out. “I’m so thankful that I got out okay but jumping out a moving car window and running for help has to be the scariest thing I’ve ever gone thru,” Adkins wrote in a tweet Wednesday, alongside...
DeSantis camp blasts donor’s N-word tweet; won’t return past contributions

DeSantis camp blasts donor’s N-word tweet; won’t return past contributions

Ron DeSantis and President Donald Trump at a Tampa rally on July 31. (Zac Anderson/The Sarasota Herald-Tribune) Republican Ron DeSantis‘s campaign for Florida governor has condemned a campaign donor’s recent tweet that called former President Barack Obama the N-word and pledged not to accept any more contributions from the donor. But DeSantis is rejecting...
VIDEO: Fatal police shootout in Miami 'was like a war'

VIDEO: Fatal police shootout in Miami 'was like a war'

Police say a man wanted by the FBI for kidnapping was fatally shot by officers after he fired an assault rifle at them during a confrontation near Miami International Airport. The shooting happened Thursday night as police were assisting the FBI in the ongoing kidnapping case. FBI spokesman Brian Waterman told reporters early Friday that the suspect was involved in a hate crime investigation. No further...
Survey: UF professors get state’s highest pay bumps

Survey: UF professors get state’s highest pay bumps

The University of Florida is ahead of the rest of the state when it comes to bumping up pay for its full and associate professors. Florida full professors received an average 8.8 percent salary increase in 2017-18, according to an American Association of University Professors faculty compensation survey. Associate professors received an 8.3 percent salary bump. Both figures were the highest increases...
Florida Supreme Court says tobacco giant must pay $18.5M award

Florida Supreme Court says tobacco giant must pay $18.5M award

In a stinging rebuke of the notion that a financially independent adult child shouldn’t be entitled to millions in damages for the loss of a parent, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a cigarette-maker to pay a Delray Beach woman $18.5 million for the 1993 death of her mother from lung cancer. The decision brought squeals of joy from 67-year-old Gwen Odom, who in 2014 convinced a...
New DNA technology solves 1999 murder of Florida woman

New DNA technology solves 1999 murder of Florida woman

Sarasota County detectives built a DNA-based family tree with more than 800 branches from volunteer samples and a genealogical database that linked a former Sarasota man to the brutal murder of Deborah Dalzell — a Sarasota attorney and accountant who was strangled in her home in 1999. Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight and Captain John Walsh announced at a press conference Wednesday that Luke...
Who do voters blame for Florida’s algae problem? What an FAU poll says

Who do voters blame for Florida’s algae problem? What an FAU poll says

Algae in the Caloosahatchee River beside the W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam in Alva, Florida, July 11, 2018. (Greg Lovett / The Palm Beach Post) Florida’s algae problem has emerged as a key issue in the U.S. Senate race between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, with each seeking to place blame on the other. Scott says the toxic blooms...

POINT OF VIEW: Time to talk suicide prevention among Florida’s youth

As youth and families across the state settle into the new school calendar and fall quickly approaches, it is easy to be caught up in the early mornings, after-school activities, late-night homework and weekend errands. Yet, as we go about our routines, every 32 hours one of Florida’s most valuable citizens commits suicide. Every 32 hours a child or teen falls victim. September is Suicide Prevention...
FAU poll shows tight race between Scott-Nelson and Gillum-DeSantis

FAU poll shows tight race between Scott-Nelson and Gillum-DeSantis

After defying the pollsters to win Florida’s Democratic primary for governor last month, Andrew Gillum has become the toast of the polling crowd in early surveys of the nationally watched general election race against Republican Ron DeSantis. Gillum, who did not lead in any publicly released polls before his stunning Aug. 28 primary win, is the narrow leader in at least seven general election...
Florida man chokes, beats estranged partner at Econo Lodge, police said

Florida man chokes, beats estranged partner at Econo Lodge, police said

A Lecanto man was arrested in Gainesville Monday night after police say he beat his estranged partner and choked her until she couldn’t breathe. William Cepran Popp, 49, and the woman had argued at the Econo Lodge, 2649 SW 13th St. in Gainesville, a police report says.  Police said Popp punched the woman at least twice in the face and choked her until she briefly lost consciousness. ...
Pistol-whipped drug dealer arrested after bad deal, Gainesville police say

Pistol-whipped drug dealer arrested after bad deal, Gainesville police say

Gainesville police arrested two suspected drug dealers Sunday morning, while the buyers who robbed them at gunpoint remained unidentified.  After a police investigation, it was determined that Billie A. Carter, 19, and Quade Eubanks, 20, had traveled to Gainesville from Daytona Beach for a drug deal, Gainesville Police Officer Ben Tobias wrote in an email. The deal happened at 117 NW 15th St...
LATEST: Broward prosecutors will handle Boynton assault case

LATEST: Broward prosecutors will handle Boynton assault case

Broward County prosecutors will handle the case of a man charged with beating a former girlfriend in front of patrons at a Boynton Beach pizzeria hours after she filed for court protection against him. The reason: A witness works for the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office. Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order Thursday in the case of Anthony Ashan Stoutt, 20, after State Attorney Dave...
Giant marijuana bundles wash up on Florida beaches, but don’t try to keep them

Giant marijuana bundles wash up on Florida beaches, but don’t try to keep them

Giant bundles of marijuana, apparently containing individually wrapped five-kilo bricks, have been washing up on the shores of Florida since the approach of Hurricane Florence last week, possibly from a boat that was either capsized by the storm or an airplane drop that went awry. This set off a minor ethical dilemma among the beachgoers of Flagler, St. Johns and Volusia counties in the Daytona...
Rick Scott takes a page from Charlie Crist in latest TV ad

Rick Scott takes a page from Charlie Crist in latest TV ad

Charlie Crist depicted Democratic rival Jim Davis’s empty chair (left) in ads during the 2006 governor’s race; Republican Gov. Rick Scott is reviving the empty-chair theme this year in attacks on Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott, trying to paint Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson as an inside-the-Beltway layabout, ...
NTSB report has more details on plane crash in John Prince Park

NTSB report has more details on plane crash in John Prince Park

A preliminary report released Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board yielded more details on the fatal plane crash near the Lantana airport  — but the cause of the Sept. 9 wreck remains unclear. The report, however, does appear to rule out two common causes of plane wrecks: bad weather and insufficient fuel. Weather reports that morning, as cited by the NTSB...
Brightline buys private rail line connecting Los Angeles and Las Vegas

Brightline buys private rail line connecting Los Angeles and Las Vegas

Brightline’s newly launched rail service in South Florida is losing money and struggling to lure passengers, but its owners are optimistic enough about the concept that they just bought the private train route from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. Brightline said Tuesday that it paid an undisclosed sum for XpressWest, a high-speed passenger rail project. “Brightline is changing transportation...
Protesters heckle Scott over red tide at campaign stop

Protesters heckle Scott over red tide at campaign stop

With the noxious smell of red tide hanging in the air and a fresh wave of dead fish washing up on nearby Gulf beaches, a large crowd of people incensed about the devastating algae bloom that has plagued the region for months directed their anger at Gov. Rick Scott during a campaign event Monday in Venice. Protesters jammed the sidewalk and spilled into the street around Mojo’s Real Cuban, forcing...
‘I will never roll on Donald Trump,’ says Roger Stone in West Palm Beach

‘I will never roll on Donald Trump,’ says Roger Stone in West Palm Beach

Literally a circus atmosphere for Roger Stone’s speech to a pro-Donald Trump club in West Palm Beach. A camera from Showtime’s political documentary series “The Circus” records Stone’s remarks. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) With prosecutors interviewing a dozen of his associates, Roger Stone told hundreds of supporters...
Mother of Delray officer killed in Key West DUI crash files lawsuit

Mother of Delray officer killed in Key West DUI crash files lawsuit

The mother of a Delray Beach police officer killed last year in a Key West crash has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a woman facing a DUI manslaughter charge in the case. Lacy Morris of Summerland Key is accused of driving drunk  on April 8, 2017, when police say she drove a 2006 Nissan Altima into the path of a Yahama scooter being steered by Christine Braswell...
Roger Stone in West Palm Beach: ‘I will never roll on Donald Trump’

Roger Stone in West Palm Beach: ‘I will never roll on Donald Trump’

As special counsel Robert Mueller appears to be zeroing in on him, Roger Stone told hundreds of supporters of President Donald Trump in West Palm Beach on Monday night that he’ll never turn against Trump, even if Mueller tries to “frame me for some extraneous crime.” The longtime Trump confidant spoke to the Club 45 PBC, a sort of Trump booster club that regularly draws hundreds...
Lawmakers adopt ‘positive’ long-range financial forecast

Lawmakers adopt ‘positive’ long-range financial forecast

Florida lawmakers adopted a new long-range financial forecast on Friday that could bode well when they meet next spring to write a new state budget. The financial outlook, which was adopted unanimously by the Legislative Budget Commission, projects a $223 million surplus for the next budget year, which begins July 1. It is a modest surplus, representing only 0.6 percent of the estimated $34.6 billion...
State board backs $673 million boost for schools

State board backs $673 million boost for schools

The Florida Board of Education on Friday advanced a $21.8 billion request for public school funding in the next budget year, including a $200 boost in per-student funds and increased funding for school-safety initiatives. Highlights of the 2019-20 budget proposal include: * An overall $673 million, or 3.5 percent, increase, compared to the current budget for the 67 school districts. * An increase...
Citrus aid money moves a step closer

Citrus aid money moves a step closer

As a new citrus growing season gets underway, federal assistance tied to the hurricane-ravaged 2017-18 harvest is finally moving into the application phase. The state Division of Emergency Management announced Friday it has secured a $343 million block grant that was part of a wider disaster-relief package signed into law in February by President Donald Trump. The agency also said a series of four...

POINT OF VIEW: House gets bipartisan; should have had a food fight

So much for gridlock. On Sept. 12, the U.S. House of Representatives proved that its members can, in fact, reach across the aisle to find common ground. On taxes? Spending? Foreign policy? Well, no. They agreed, on a voice vote, that they should get to decide what you can or cannot have for lunch. The Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2018 is exactly what it sounds like: A bill “to prohibit...
Andrew Gillum wants $1 billion more for education

Andrew Gillum wants $1 billion more for education

TALLAHASSEE — A tax Republican Gov. Rick Scott once campaigned on eliminating has emerged as a big dollar, central clash between the candidates fighting to succeed him. In a move setting him apart from usually tax-averse Florida candidates, Democrat Andrew Gillum has called for a stunning 40 percent increase in Florida’s corporate income tax — which he wants to use to raise $1 billion...
Florida corporate tax separates blue, red in governor’s race

Florida corporate tax separates blue, red in governor’s race

A tax Republican Gov. Rick Scott once campaigned on eliminating has emerged as a big-dollar, central clash between the candidates fighting to succeed him. In a move setting him apart from usually tax-averse Florida candidates, Democrat Andrew Gillum has called for a stunning 40 percent increase in Florida’s corporate income tax — which he wants to use to raise $1 billion more for...
NEW: Winning Fantasy 5 ticket purchased at suburban West Palm Publix

NEW: Winning Fantasy 5 ticket purchased at suburban West Palm Publix

One of two lucky tickets for Saturday’s winning Fantasy 5 drawing was printed out at a Publix in suburban West Palm Beach. The ticket -- sold at the store at 6820 Okeechobee Boulevard, at the intersection of Okeechobee and Jog Road -- carries a prize of $110,896.30.  The other winning ticket was sold in Dania Beach. The winning numbers were 04-05-08-13-30.  Meanwhile, Saturday evening&rsquo...
POINT OF VIEW: Be proactive about your voter registration status

POINT OF VIEW: Be proactive about your voter registration status

Millions of Floridians are energized and eager to vote in the November election. But the possibility of errors could prevent any of us from successfully casting votes. For that reason, I have four pieces of time-sensitive advice: If registering to vote for the first time, do it at least a couple weeks before Oct. 9, and go through your county Election Supervisor’s office. ...
Editorial: Scott must answer for environmental malpractice

Editorial: Scott must answer for environmental malpractice

With a horrific red tide killing marine life and tourism on Florida’s southwest coast, and with toxic green algae bringing misery to the Treasure Coast and Fort Myers area on a now-annual basis, it’s understandable that Gov. Rick Scott would want to run away from his environmental record. Voters shouldn’t let him. RELATED: Christie: 2018 election: Florida’s environment don&rsquo...
Puerto Ricans to mark Hurricane Maria anniversary with Trump protest

Puerto Ricans to mark Hurricane Maria anniversary with Trump protest

Puerto Rican protesters from around Florida plan to mark the anniversary of Hurricane Maria by driving past President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in a caravan next weekend, then gathering for a rally and vigil across the Intracoastal Waterway in West Palm Beach. Organizers have told local governments to expect about 30 vehicles with signs and flags for the drive past Mar-a-Lago on Sept...
DeSantis fundraising perks up after early Gillum money surge

DeSantis fundraising perks up after early Gillum money surge

After getting blown out by Democrat Andrew Gillum in fundraising immediately after Aug. 28 primaries, Republican Ron DeSantis edged Gillum in money collected for the Florida governor’s race during the first week of September. And a DeSantis PAC has snagged more than $2 million since the last Florida Division of Elections reporting deadline, including a $1.5 million check...
Teacher: I’m not prepared to handle an active shooter

Teacher: I’m not prepared to handle an active shooter

It just got real. After leaving a high-school staff meeting, I am shocked at the paradigm shift regarding teachers’ responsibilities, but I am also shocked by what appears to be — “This is our new reality, so roll with it” — directed at me. Us. I just want to say: “Stop one moment, let me understand. Are you saying what I think you’re saying? Are you implying...
LATEST: PBIA Honor Flight to feature Vietnam War veterans for first time

LATEST: PBIA Honor Flight to feature Vietnam War veterans for first time

For the first time, a contingent of Vietnam War veterans next month will be among those taking an Honor Flight to Washington. They will board police-escorted motor coaches and visit war memorials in the nation’s capital. They’ll see the Changing of the Guard at Arlington National Cemetery. Then they’ll return home to the traditional heroes’ welcome at Palm Beach International...
Florida Republicans Scott, Rubio, DeSantis dispute Trump on Puerto Rico deaths

Florida Republicans Scott, Rubio, DeSantis dispute Trump on Puerto Rico deaths

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has made seven trips to Puerto Rico since Hurricane Irma and had Puerto Rico Lt. Gov. and Secretary of State Luis Rivera-Marin (left) at the kickoff of his Senate campaign in April. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) As Hurricane Florence barreled toward the Carolinas this morning, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to claim that...
Bill Nelson ad tells Latinos that Rick Scott and Donald Trump are ‘muy buenos amigos’

Bill Nelson ad tells Latinos that Rick Scott and Donald Trump are ‘muy buenos amigos’

New Bill Nelson ad notes that Rick Scott and Donald Trump are “muy buenos amigos.” Amid suggestions he’s underperforming with Hispanic voters, Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson‘s re-election campaign is airing a Spanish-language ad that says his Republican challenger, Gov. Rick Scott, and President Donald Trump are “muy buenos...
POINT OF VIEW: Resident safety top storm priority for nursing homes

POINT OF VIEW: Resident safety top storm priority for nursing homes

As we reflect on what we’ve learned since Hurricane Irma blasted Florida one year ago, Florida’s nursing centers are continuing their work of improving preparations, education, and training – to be ready for a storm of comparable power and impact. We cannot forget the lessons of the tragedy that struck a South Florida nursing center last year. Even though that center was not a member...
Court upholds conviction of former FAU student Donovan Henry

Court upholds conviction of former FAU student Donovan Henry

Saying the case could be described as an “American tragedy,” an appeals court Wednesday upheld the conviction of a former Florida Atlantic University student who took part in a drug deal that led to the murder of another student. A panel of the 4th District Court of Appeal upheld the second-degree murder conviction of Donovan Henry in the December 2015 death of Nicholas...
Election 2018: Four appellate judges seek merit retention

Election 2018: Four appellate judges seek merit retention

Along with deciding hotly-contested gubernatorial, U.S. Senate and other political races, Palm Beach County voters on Nov. 6 will be asked to weigh the performance of four judicial officeholders who have no opposition. As part of a 42-year-old ritual, voters will be asked to simply give a thumbs up or thumbs down to Florida Supreme Court Justice Alan Lawson and Judges Burton Conner, Jeffrey Kuntz...
Cerabino: Will Florida take high road by establishing marijuana banks?

Cerabino: Will Florida take high road by establishing marijuana banks?

I’ve been trying to conceptualize a state-sponsored bank for marijuana providers in Florida. This started with Nicole “Nikki” Fried, who is running as the Democratic candidate for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture. Fried is a lawyer and medicinal marijuana lobbyist who has had a tough time dealing with traditional banks due to their reluctance to do business with the...
Editorial: The write-in loophole is unfair to voters. Let’s end it.

Editorial: The write-in loophole is unfair to voters. Let’s end it.

A recent series of ethics complaints against write-in candidates brought by Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg, a Democrat, along with Florida Constitution Revision Commission member Sherry Plymale, a Republican, has rightly brought attention to the deceptive, but increasingly common, political strategy of using write-in candidates to limit who can vote in primaries. We applaud the filing...
POINT OF VIEW: Don’t take health coverage from struggling residents

POINT OF VIEW: Don’t take health coverage from struggling residents

The recent Point of View, “Medicaid recipients who can work, should work,” is driven by an ideology intended to take invaluable health care coverage away from families who need it the most. The author cites a flawed Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) study, which concludes that many Medicaid beneficiaries “can work but choose not to.” This conclusion flies in the face of multiple...
FAA had revoked license of pilot in John Prince Park plane crash

FAA had revoked license of pilot in John Prince Park plane crash

The pilot in the fatal plane crash in John Prince Park on Sunday morning had his license revoked 21 years ago by the Federal Aviation Administration, according to records obtained Tuesday by The Palm Beach Post. Philip Castronova made a “fraudulent or intentionally false statement” on his application for a medical certificate in February 1997. An FAA spokesperson did not know...
George W. Bush to raise money for Rick Scott in Palm Beach

George W. Bush to raise money for Rick Scott in Palm Beach

Florida Gov. Rick Scott will raise money for his U.S. Senate bid with a Republican president here, but it won’t be with Mar-a-Lago proprietor and current White House occupant Donald Trump. Instead, former President George W. Bush — the embodiment of a GOP establishment that Trump railed against in 2016 — will appear with Scott in Tampa and Palm Beach on Friday. READ ALSO: Gov. Scott...
VIDEO: FPL sending crews to the Carolinas to help after Florence

VIDEO: FPL sending crews to the Carolinas to help after Florence

Florida Power & Light Co. is deploying more than 500 power-restoration workers and several trucks to the Carolinas to help restore power in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. With support from the Southeastern Electric Exchange, Duke Power, and other electric companies, workers plan to restore outages in the southeastern and mid-Atlantic states, FPL spokesperson Chris McGrath said at a news...
Cerabino: Will God sign off on this PBC public school plan?

Cerabino: Will God sign off on this PBC public school plan?

The Palm Beach County School District came up with a great way to subvert a ridiculous state law. In the wake of the mass shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland in February, state lawmakers were pressured to take some actions to make students safer. Out of that call for action came House Bill 839, a measure that mandated every public school in the state post the words...
A different Republican president is coming to Palm Beach for Rick Scott

A different Republican president is coming to Palm Beach for Rick Scott

Former President George W. Bush during a 2006 visit to Palm Beach County. He’ll be back Friday to raise money for Gov. Rick Scott’s U.S. Senate bid. (Bob Shanley/The Palm Beach Post) Florida Gov. Rick Scott will raise money for his U.S. Senate bid with a Republican president in Palm Beach, but the headliner will not be frequent island visitor and...
Inconvenient truth: Delays prudent at Miami Dolphins’ opener

Inconvenient truth: Delays prudent at Miami Dolphins’ opener

The Dolphins, Tennessee Titans and football fans endured four hours of lightning delays even though there was only one strike within a mile of Hard Rock Stadium during Sunday’s marathon. Which doesn’t mean the league should be flagged for delay of game. Meteorologists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday that a sizzling 92 strikes were recorded within 5 miles...
GOP’s DeSantis resigns seat in Congress to focus on governor race

GOP’s DeSantis resigns seat in Congress to focus on governor race

Florida’s Republican nominee for governor, Ron DeSantis, resigned from Congress on Monday to focus on his nationally watched race against Democrat Andrew Gillum, who has surged to an early fundraising lead since both won their Aug. 28 primaries. DeSantis, whose GOP primary campaign was boosted by an endorsement from and campaign appearance with President Donald Trump, announced his resignation...
Ron DeSantis resigns from Congress to focus on Florida governor’s race

Ron DeSantis resigns from Congress to focus on Florida governor’s race

Ron DeSantis and President Donald Trump at a Tampa rally on July 31. (Zac Anderson/The Sarasota Herald-Tribune) Florida’s Republican nominee for governor, Ron DeSantis, announced today he is resigning from Congress to focus on his campaign against Democratic nominee Andrew Gillum. DeSantis, whose GOP primary campaign was boosted by an endorsement and campaign...
Gillum begins governor race with big money advantage over DeSantis

Gillum begins governor race with big money advantage over DeSantis

Democrat Andrew Gillum (left) has an early money edge over Republican Ron DeSantis in the Florida governor’s race. Andrew Gillum was outspent by his four main rivals in the Florida Democratic primary for governor, but a flurry of post-primary contributions have given Gillum an early money advantage over Republican nominee Ron DeSantis. Hear about the governor&rsquo...
UPDATE: 3 hurricanes in Atlantic; Florence expected to make landfall late in week

UPDATE: 3 hurricanes in Atlantic; Florence expected to make landfall late in week

Hurricane Florence continued to intensify Sunday when its maximum winds increased to 90 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center -- and it was joined by two other strengthening hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean. Forecasters expect Florence to develop into a major hurricane by Monday and remain “an extremely dangerous major hurricane” through Thursday when it approaches...
UPDATE: Dolphins-Titans game lasts 7 hours after 2 lightning delays

UPDATE: Dolphins-Titans game lasts 7 hours after 2 lightning delays

8:30 p.m. UPDATE: Miami’s 27-20 victory over Tennessee went later than even Sunday’s 4 p.m. games, wrapping up at 8:10 after two weather delays of 2 hours each due to lightning in the area. That’s more than 7 hours after the 1 p.m. start. The previous longest game since 1970 was a Bears overtime victory against the Ravens in 2013 that took 5 hours, 16 minutes. 7 p.m. UPDATE...
Two killed when plane crashes in John Prince Park

Two killed when plane crashes in John Prince Park

The plane looked like it was twirling.  LaRose Quince saw it in the sky, clearly out of control.  “I called 911,” said the 54-year-old Boynton Beach resident who was driving to church. “It was so low. I said, ‘They’re not going to make it.’ Then I saw a puff of smoke and said, ‘They’re gone.’ “I said a prayer for them in church...
Florida woman charged with setting fire to ex’s stuff

Florida woman charged with setting fire to ex’s stuff

Police have charged a woman with criminal mischief after she allegedly set fire to an estranged boyfriend’s belongings in his yard, including live ammunition, and sent him a cell phone image of blaze. Holly Lynn Cook, 30, of Tavares, was arrested Thursday on a warrant and held on $2,000 bond for an incident that occurred on Tuesday in the 800 block of North Joanna Avenue.  According to...

POINT OF VIEW: Our generation should unite to advocate for all kids

Today is Grandparent’s Day celebration is my first as Pop Pop Jack, my newest identity. Our nine-month-old granddaughter Julianne’s birth last Thanksgiving morning was, to say the least, a truly glorious gift to our whole family. Her health and happiness are sources of joy without limit. For 40 years, I have served as an advocate for family policies and innovate programs that are created...
Editorial: We must do more to address coastline’s distressed beaches

Editorial: We must do more to address coastline’s distressed beaches

Beach replenishment is kind of dumb. You pump many tons of sand onto a stretch of shoreline, and in a few years you do it all over again. It disrupts the environment. Surfers hate it. It’s expensive, and getting more so. And with sea level rise, this cycle of erosion and replenishment spins faster and faster. But what’s the alternative? Until someone develops a better answer, replenishment...

POINT OF VIEW: Time for Floridians to get prepared for a hurricane

Nearly two-thirds of Florida residents say they have taken precautions in advance of the 2018 hurricane season, according to a poll by SurveyMonkey on behalf of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI). A year ago, Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys, inflicting major damage and leaving more than 15 million residents without power. And, with more than $50 billion in...
Choice or necessity? Florida leads U.S. in growth of women-owned firms

Choice or necessity? Florida leads U.S. in growth of women-owned firms

Florida leads the nation in the growth of women-owned businesses, a study based on census data says. The metro area from greater West Palm Beach to Miami ranks in the nation’s top five for such growth. Just be prepared for a spirited discussion if you ask how much that represents the pull of entrepreneurial opportunity or the push of inequality in the traditional workplace. One analysis plunks...
Cerabino: Florida needs more of Bondi’s off-the-job adventures

Cerabino: Florida needs more of Bondi’s off-the-job adventures

I like it when Florida Attorney Gen. Pam Bondi is out auditioning for a new job. It’s a relief when she’s off the clock and out of pocket. Most recently, she’s been doing an ad for a Trump-friendly Super PAC that is urging people to call their U.S. senators to support the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court due to his legal acumen. “But...
Inside Florida Politics: Why 3, 51 and 0 matter in Election 2018

Inside Florida Politics: Why 3, 51 and 0 matter in Election 2018

In this week’s edition of the Inside Florida Politics podcast, George, Zac and John spell out why the numbers 3, 51 and 0 could be pivotal in Election 2018. Sign up for our newsletterThree — the Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s political editor, Zac Anderson, noted the number represents the three Democratic congressional candidates in the Tampa Bay area that...
Gen X governor race will produce Florida’s youngest leader in century

Gen X governor race will produce Florida’s youngest leader in century

Don’t be fooled by the gray beard: Marcellus Lovejoy Stearns, left, was Florida’s youngest governor when he took office at age 35 in 1875. Park Trammell (center) took office at 36 in 1913 and William Sherman Jennings was 37 at his 1901 inauguration. The Florida governor’s race between 39-year-old Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican ...
Mike Pence rallies GOP around Rick Scott, Trump in Orlando

Mike Pence rallies GOP around Rick Scott, Trump in Orlando

Speaking in Florida on Thursday to help Republican Rick Scott win a U.S. Senate seat from an incumbent Democrat, Vice President Mike Pence painted a picture of his boss, President Donald Trump. It was a very different picture than the one that emerged this week in veteran journalist Bob Woodward’s book, “Fear,” in which President Trump’s White House is described as “crazytown...
Surge: How Gillum rode strong support among black voters to win

Surge: How Gillum rode strong support among black voters to win

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum courted white progressives before the Aug. 28 primary, but it was his strong support from black voters that spurred the Tallahassee mayor’s surprise win. In African-American neighborhoods across Florida, Gillum collected huge majorities that drove his upset victory over three rivals with deeper pockets, a review of voter data from last month&rsquo...
Daytona Beach woman wins $1M with scratch-off ticket

Daytona Beach woman wins $1M with scratch-off ticket

A Daytona Beach woman became one million dollars richer after scratching off a lottery ticket.  Well, $770,000 richer, after she chose to receive her winnings as a one-time lump-sum payment, according to a release from the Florida Lottery.  Carol Tiller, 52, bought her winning “The Price is Right” lottery ticket at the 7-Eleven convenience store at 1400 Mason Avenue in Daytona...

POINT OF VIEW: Preparation imperative for natural disasters

The natural disasters that devastated many communities across the United States and its territories in 2017 won’t be forgotten any time soon. An estimated $306 billion in losses from 10 hurricanes, tornadoes that swept across the South, the Western wildfires and other events made 2017 the most expensive year ever for natural disasters. Hurricane Irma, the fifth costliest hurricane in U.S. history...
Running mates: Gillum taps Chris King; DeSantis picks Jeanette Nunez

Running mates: Gillum taps Chris King; DeSantis picks Jeanette Nunez

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum tapped Chris King (left) as his running mate; Republican Ron DeSantis named state Rep. Jeanette Nunez. Florida’s gubernatorial nominees — Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis — announced their running mates this morning. Gillum tapped one of his Democratic primary rivals...
DeSantis says Gillum comment ‘anti-Israel.’ Will it sway Jewish voters?

DeSantis says Gillum comment ‘anti-Israel.’ Will it sway Jewish voters?

Democratic nominee for governor Andrew Gillum this summer rebuked President Donald Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem in an interview — a comment his opponent is singling out in an effort to sway Jewish voters, a key demographic in a competitive midterm election. The sharp criticism was aired June 30 in a 50-minute, wide-ranging interview on ...
As VP Mike Pence heads to Florida for Rick Scott, spokesman blasts anonymous anti-Trump piece

As VP Mike Pence heads to Florida for Rick Scott, spokesman blasts anonymous anti-Trump piece

Gov. Rick Scott and Vice President Mike Pence in Orlando last year. (From the @FLGovScott Twitter account) As noted last week, Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to raise money today in Orlando for Florida Gov. Rick Scott‘s U.S. Senate bid . Pence and Scott are also expected to campaign in The Villages, the enormous Central Florida retirement...
POINT OF VIEW: Don’t blame the invading sea

POINT OF VIEW: Don’t blame the invading sea

Kudos to The Palm Beach Post for bringing awareness to the vital matter of sea-level rise. The title and the premise of an “Invading Sea” seem to place the blame on the sea, which is invading the land. Much airtime has been given to trying to address the symptoms of sea-level rise, and how and who should pay for possible remedies of the myriads of problems. Should taxpayers fund the projects?...
Why Florida Supreme Court met in special session in West Palm Beach

Why Florida Supreme Court met in special session in West Palm Beach

The seven members of Florida’s Supreme Court held a special session in West Palm Beach on Wednesday afternoon. The focus of the nearly two-hour long session, which started just after 2 p.m., was the status of two proposed constitutional amendments on the Nov. 6 general election ballot. The two are Amendment 6 and Amendment 8. During the session, the justices challenged and quizzed lawyers for...
Surge: Gillum won Palm Beach County after trailing in mail, early votes

Surge: Gillum won Palm Beach County after trailing in mail, early votes

Andrew Gillum leaving a rally in Riviera Beach on the Saturday before the Democratic primary. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Democrat  Andrew Gillum entered primary election day trailing Philip Levine and Gwen Graham in Palm Beach County — but he ended up narrowly winning the county after a strong turnout at the precincts on the...
Those Florida primary polls were way off — now, here are some general election polls!

Those Florida primary polls were way off — now, here are some general election polls!

Florida candidates for governor: Republican Ron DeSantis (left), Democrat Andrew Gillum. Polls leading up to Florida’s Democratic and Republican primaries for governor were way off. No public polls had Democratic winner Andrew GIllum ahead; several suggested a close GOP race between Adam Putnam and Ron DeSantis before DeSantis won by 20 points...

POINT OF VIEW: Community collaboration recipe for educational success

Students are back in school, teachers are eager to teach … but are kids ready to learn? Two studies released over the summer suggest that for kids in high-poverty, high-crime neighborhoods – and for the kids sharing their classrooms – the answer is no. John Hopkins University sociology professor Julia Burdick-Will found that exposure to neighborhood violence negatively affects students&rsquo...
Father of Parkland victim says Brett Kavanaugh snubbed him at hearing

Father of Parkland victim says Brett Kavanaugh snubbed him at hearing

Fred Guttenberg, father of Parkland victim Jaime Guttenberg, has tweeted that he was snubbed today by Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. The incident occurred during a break in Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation hearing, which began today. Guttenberg said in a pair of missives on Twitter that he approached Kavanaugh and extended his hand only to have Kavanaugh refuse to shake hands...

POINT OF VIEW: Public must ask tough questions to protect environment

The current water crisis has illustrated in a painful manner the inextricable connection between the health of our environment to our economic viability as a region and to the health of our families and our community. With a risk of stating the obvious, the upcoming election is pivotal to our future well-being. Voters should be prepared to ask candidates tough questions about which policies will be...
Democratic Florida governor nominee Andrew Gillum: Can he win?

Democratic Florida governor nominee Andrew Gillum: Can he win?

Throughout the Democratic primary for governor, Andrew Gillum stood out for being willing to go one step farther to the left than the four other candidates on a number of high-profile issues. In December, Gillum released a video declaring “Donald Trump should be impeached, now.” In January, Gillum tweeted that he wants to legalize marijuana and proposed increasing the state’s corporate...
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...
Mike Pence to raise money for Rick Scott’s Senate bid in Orlando

Mike Pence to raise money for Rick Scott’s Senate bid in Orlando

Gov. Rick Scott and Vice President Mike Pence in Orlando last year. (From the @FLGovScott Twitter account) Vice President Mike Pence will headline a fundraiser for Gov. Rick Scott‘s U.S. Senate bid in Orlando next week. The Sept. 6 event is being hosted by Palm Beacher Darlene Jordan, a key Republican money-raiser, and by Texas investor and...

POINT OF VIEW: We must re-create schools to best serve our communities

Our children are back in school. But what kind of school are they going back to? Better yet, what kind of school should they be going to? Florida has long spearheaded an educational race to the bottom as a laboratory for every aspect of the radical privatization agenda in education. Charter schools operate essentially without regulation. Right to work laws have obliterated public sector unions. Teachers...
Ohio State trustee resigns, saying Urban Meyer punishment was too soft

Ohio State trustee resigns, saying Urban Meyer punishment was too soft

An Ohio State trustee has resigned, saying a three-game suspension of football coach Urban Meyer should have been more “profound” for his mishandling of domestic violence accusations against an assistant coach and for tolerating years of the assistant’s misbehavior. The trustee, Jeffrey Wadsworth, said in an interview on Thursday that he stepped down from the board shortly after...
Amazon, Bernie Sanders are duking it out over warehouse working conditions

Amazon, Bernie Sanders are duking it out over warehouse working conditions

Amazon.com and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., are sparring over working conditions at Amazon warehouses, after the senator called for legislation that would require large employers to reimburse the government for food stamps, Medicaid and other federal assistance received by their employees. Amazon published a rare blog post rebuffing the senator’s claims that thousands of Amazon employees rely...
Wellington mom says game shooting ‘most traumatic event’ of her life

Wellington mom says game shooting ‘most traumatic event’ of her life

The mother of a cheerleader in the stadium at Palm Beach Central High School when gunshots erupted Aug. 17 told a town hall meeting on gun violence it was “the most traumatic event I have ever endured in my life.” Christy Moore recalled what felt like endless moments in which she was separated from her daughter in a panicked rush of spectators and players. Word had not reached her that...
Nearly 1,000-lb giant gator caught in northwest Florida

Nearly 1,000-lb giant gator caught in northwest Florida

If you live in Freeport and hang around Basin Bayou, you’ve probably seen him. Local folks, especially fishermen, have been watching a giant gator in the small bayou all summer. And on Friday night, there were at least five boats filled with gator hunters, all hoping to glimpse him again.  In the end, he was brought down by two men and a boy who hooked him and lost him and found him again...
DeSantis to Hannity: ‘Monkey this up’ remark about Gillum had ‘zero to do with race’

DeSantis to Hannity: ‘Monkey this up’ remark about Gillum had ‘zero to do with race’

U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis addresses his “monkey this up” remark on Sean Hannity’s show on Wednesday night. Florida Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis on Wednesday night told Fox News that his warning to voters not to “monkey this up” by electing his black Democratic rival, Andrew Gillum, had “zero to do with race.&rdquo...
Gillum-DeSantis Day 1: Trump tweet, alleged racial slur heat rhetoric

Gillum-DeSantis Day 1: Trump tweet, alleged racial slur heat rhetoric

On the first morning of Florida’s nationally watched general election campaign for governor, President Donald Trump branded Democratic nominee Andrew Gillum a “failed socialist mayor” and Republican nominee Ron DeSantis used a term that Democrats called racist to describe the African-American Gillum’s policy agenda. U.S. Rep. DeSantis, whose endorsement by Trump helped him...
Gillum vs DeSantis: Epic clash of extremes in Florida governor race

Gillum vs DeSantis: Epic clash of extremes in Florida governor race

Florida politics can be wild, but the state hasn’t seen anything quite like Andrew Gillum versus Ron DeSantis. Think Bernie Sanders versus Donald Trump. Hard right versus far left. Impeach the president versus defund the Mueller probe. Abolish the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency versus build the wall. Medicare for all versus repeal the Affordable Care Act. The list goes on and...
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