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...
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...
Christie: Fairness dictates delaying Kavanaugh confirmation after second accuser comes forward

Christie: Fairness dictates delaying Kavanaugh confirmation after second accuser comes forward

Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s pick for Supreme Court, at his Senate confirmation hearing in Washington. (Eric Thayer/The New York Times) What about now? Last week, as the fast-moving drama surrounding the U.S. Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh unfolded, I asked whether his equally fast-moving confirmation process should be delayed...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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, ...
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...
Christie: Sex assault allegations make it tough to have Kavanaugh confirmation vote

Christie: Sex assault allegations make it tough to have Kavanaugh confirmation vote

Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault is willing to testify about her allegations before Congress, her attorney said Monday. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The New York Times) As the old saw goes: “What a difference a day makes.” On Saturday, the sexual...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Goodman: Serena’s meltdown was thievery, too

Goodman: Serena’s meltdown was thievery, too

Serena Williams of the U.S. and Naomi Osaka of Japan at the trophy ceremony for the U.S. Open after Osaka defeated Williams in the final at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, Sept. 8, 2018. (Chang W. Lee/The New York Times) Serena Williams put on a deeply disappointing display on Saturday. Her unconstrained anger over an umpire’s call ruined the U.S. Open women&rsquo...
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...
Christie: Voters questioning Florida’s closed primary elections — again

Christie: Voters questioning Florida’s closed primary elections — again

Even municipal elections, which are non-party races, can be affected by closed primaries on the same ballot. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post) It never fails. Every Florida primary election, thousands of voters from Milton to Marathon vent frustration about heading to the polls (or filling out a mail-in ballot) and once again not being able to vote for the major party...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
John McCain memorialized as hero, fighter and wiseacre

John McCain memorialized as hero, fighter and wiseacre

Sen. John McCain was eulogized as a “true American hero” — and a terrible driver with a wicked sense of humor and love of a good fight — at a crowded church service for the maverick politician Thursday that ended with the playing of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.” Addressing an estimated 3,500 mourners, former Vice President Joe Biden recalled “the sheer joy...
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 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...
Why Canada’s exclusion from U.S.-Mexico deal raises obstacle

Why Canada’s exclusion from U.S.-Mexico deal raises obstacle

President Donald Trump’s drive to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement has taken an unexpected turn — one that complicates his effort to replace that deal with one more favorable to American workers. Canada, America’s longtime ally and No. 2 trading partner, was left out of a proposed deal Trump just reached with Mexico and is scrambling to keep its place in the regional...
Democrats blast DeSantis for ‘monkey this up’ quote about Gillum agenda

Democrats blast DeSantis for ‘monkey this up’ quote about Gillum agenda

Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis on Fox News this morning. Democrats accused U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, the Florida Republican nominee for governor, of using racist language when he used “monkey” as a verb when discussing the agenda of his black rival, Democratic nominee Andrew Gillum. DeSantis’s campaign called the...
Who doesn’t like incumbents? State legislative veterans win primaries

Who doesn’t like incumbents? State legislative veterans win primaries

It was a good night for the Palm Beach County legislative veterans on the ballot. State Sen. Bobby Powell, D-Riviera Beach, won his race handily while State Rep. David Silver, D-West Palm Beach, got a return ticket to Tallahassee. NEW: Donald Trump calls Andrew Gillum ‘a failed Socialist Mayor’ Powell, who joined the Florida Senate in 2016, won a four-year term to represent District 30...
Donald Trump calls Andrew Gillum ‘a failed Socialist Mayor’

Donald Trump calls Andrew Gillum ‘a failed Socialist Mayor’

Surprise Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum is already under attack from President Donald Trump. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) President Donald Trump, whose endorsement of Ron DeSantis was pivotal in Florida’s Republican primary for governor, signaled this morning that he plans to get involved in the general...
U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney on short list for Palm Beach County judgeship

U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney on short list for Palm Beach County judgeship

After questioning retiring U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney’s legal chops, a local judicial nominating commission on Tuesday agreed he is one of six attorneys Gov. Rick Scott should consider for an opening on the Palm Beach County bench. Rooney, 47, who announced he will retire in January when his fifth term in Congress is up, made the short list after the Judicial Nominating Commission interviewed 32 applicants...

Things to do at north and Treasure Coast libraries

It’s almost halfway to St. Patrick’s Day, but you don’t have to wait that long to hear some traditional Irish tunes. Singer-songwriter Brendan Nolan — born just north of Dublin, now a Florida resident — will present a concert at 6 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Hoke Library, 1150 NW Jack Williams Way, Jensen Beach. Nolan, playing on acoustic guitar, also will include some of his...
Jeff Greene: ‘I don’t think progressives like billionaires’

Jeff Greene: ‘I don’t think progressives like billionaires’

Jeff Greene talking to reporters after an Aug. 2 debate in Palm Beach Gardens. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Billionaire Palm Beach real estate investor Jeff Greene sounded genuinely excited late Tuesday night by rival  Andrew Gillum‘s stunning upset victory in the Florida Democratic primary for governor. Greene, who finished a distant fourth...
All three PBC circuit judge races head for decision on Nov. 6

All three PBC circuit judge races head for decision on Nov. 6

Six years after he abruptly stepped down as Palm Beach County state attorney to accept a lucrative job in the private sector, Michael McAuliffe squeaked into a run-off against former county magistrate Sarah Willis in a race for a circuit judgeship. Willis and McAuliffe aren’t the only circuit judge candidates who will be back on the ballot Nov. 6. Attorney Maxine Cheesman will face off against...
Sara Alijewicz wins county judge seat; Fung, Zuckerman in runoff

Sara Alijewicz wins county judge seat; Fung, Zuckerman in runoff

Attorney Sara Alijewicz, who was forced to step down as a Palm Beach County magistrate to run for office, will be able to put on a black robe again after crushing two opponents on Tuesday to win a county judgeship. In the other county judge contest, Assistant Palm Beach County Public Defender Ashley Zuckerman and civil attorney Allegra Fung were the top vote-getters in the five-person race and will...
Trump endorsement lifts Ron DeSantis to GOP governor nomination

Trump endorsement lifts Ron DeSantis to GOP governor nomination

President Donald Trump’s endorsement lifted U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis to victory in Florida’s Republican primary for governor Tuesday and abruptly halted the long rise of Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, for years a darling of the state’s GOP establishment. DeSantis rewrote the political playbook in Florida with his win, beating a candidate who raised considerably more money and...
NEW: Some minor glitches, complaints at Palm Beach County voting sites

NEW: Some minor glitches, complaints at Palm Beach County voting sites

Early voting generated hundreds of thousands of ballots across Palm Beach County but when it came to election day, it seemed more candidate signs dotted the drizzly landscape than voters. There were few lines at polling places and few reports of trouble. The question: Would the popularity of two weeks of early voting generate greater participation overall, or just shift habits and leave polls...
Jeff Greene cancels election-night party but says ground game gives hope

Jeff Greene cancels election-night party but says ground game gives hope

Jeff Greene says he’s down in the polls but not giving up hope in his Democratic primary for governor. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Billionaire Palm Beach real estate investor Jeff Greene has called off a planned election-night party at his Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa in Palm Beach and acknowledges his polling numbers aren’t good, but...
Cerabino: Musings about monkeys, Manafort and Mar-a-Lago

Cerabino: Musings about monkeys, Manafort and Mar-a-Lago

A Carrabba’s Italian Grill in Stuart has issued a no-monkey rule after JoJo, a pet Capuchin monkey, bit the finger of an 8-year-old boy eating at the restaurant last month. The monkey, a frequent diner at the restaurant with his owner, had been welcome in what waiters and customers referred to as “Monkey Mondays” at the restaurant. *** Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera is running in a Republican...
Christie: 2018 election: Florida’s environment don’t get no respect, no respect at all

Christie: 2018 election: Florida’s environment don’t get no respect, no respect at all

Although Florida’s economy is heavily dependent on the environment, most political candidates are loathe to put, and keep those issues out front during a campaign. The state’s environment could use a little more respect from political candidates this election season. For the past several weeks, candidates have been trying to figure what issues are most important to voters...
Goodman: A patriot leaves us, when we need patriots the most

Goodman: A patriot leaves us, when we need patriots the most

(Todd Heisler/The New York Times) Of course John McCain would leave words of inspiration. At this moment in American history when the nation is riven into increasingly warring camps, the heroic former POW, Arizona senator and almost-president said this in his recently published book, The Restless Wave : &ldquo...
Trump to Republican voters: ‘I love Florida’ and endorse Ron DeSantis

Trump to Republican voters: ‘I love Florida’ and endorse Ron DeSantis

Ron DeSantis and President Donald Trump at a Tampa rally on July 31. (Zac Anderson/The Sarasota Herald-Tribune) After giving Ron DeSantis his “full endorsement’ in June and appearing with him at a Tampa rally in July, President Donald Trump is seeking to close the deal with voters in Tuesday’s Florida Republican primary for...
Will Florida’s record mail, early voting numbers mean big overall turnout?

Will Florida’s record mail, early voting numbers mean big overall turnout?

A line outside an early voting site in 2016. This year’s early and mail-in voting totals are higher than those for the 2014 or 2016 August primaries. (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post) Pre-election turnout for Tuesday’s Florida primaries hit record levels over the weekend. That includes big turnout in Palm Beach County, as The Palm Beach Post’s ...
Dershowitz says New York probe, not Mueller, is ‘greatest threat’ to Trump

Dershowitz says New York probe, not Mueller, is ‘greatest threat’ to Trump

President Donald Trump should be more worried about federal prosecutors in New York than about the Russia probe led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, retired Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz said Sunday.  Dershowitz, an informal Trump adviser, said in an appearance on ABC News' "This Week" that the expanding probe by prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern...
One moment from McCain’s 2008 run made clear his character and foretold Trump’s rise

One moment from McCain’s 2008 run made clear his character and foretold Trump’s rise

It was both the most memorable moment from John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign and a glimpse into the future of the Republican Party and America's angry and divisive modern-day politics.  Played and replayed constantly since the senator's death on Saturday at age 81, the moment seems to presage the rise of the "birther movement," the era of "alternative facts," and the...
The GOP will likely hold on to McCain’s seat until 2020

The GOP will likely hold on to McCain’s seat until 2020

Sen. John McCain's death on Saturday from brain cancer ended a historic career in the Senate, and came just a day after he announced he would stop treatment for the disease.  The Arizona senator's passing leaves a vacancy for his seat. Arizona's governor, Doug Ducey, R, will appoint a replacement for McCain's seat, which will not be up for election again until November 2020.  That means...
Trump rejected plans for a White House statement praising McCain

Trump rejected plans for a White House statement praising McCain

President Donald Trump nixed issuing a statement that praised the heroism and life of Sen. John McCain, telling senior aides he preferred to issue a tweet before posting one Saturday night that did not include any kind words for the late Arizona Republican.  Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Chief of Staff John Kelly and other White House aides advocated for an official statement that gave...
Record-breaking primary early voting hints at high turnout Tuesday

Record-breaking primary early voting hints at high turnout Tuesday

Palm Beach County voters — like their counterparts throughout the state — embraced early voting this year, eclipsing the numbers who voted before election day in both the 2014 and 2016 primaries. When the roughly two-week-long early voting period ended Sunday, 590,000 people had cast ballots at early voting sites throughout the state. At the same time, another 1.2 million had returned...
Gillum visits in Riviera, West Palm in run-up to gubernatorial primary

Gillum visits in Riviera, West Palm in run-up to gubernatorial primary

As candidates in the most expensive Democratic gubernatorial primary in Florida history sprinted toward the finish line Saturday, outspent Andrew Gillum urged supporters here to defy the dollars and move him a step closer toward becoming the state’s first black governor. The top spender in the Democratic field, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, also made a brief stop in Palm Beach County...
Big Tuesday suspense: Who will win Florida’s pollster primary?

Big Tuesday suspense: Who will win Florida’s pollster primary?

With Florida’s Tuesday primaries approaching and more than 1.5 million votes already cast, four Democrats and two Republicans can point to polls released in the last two weeks that show them leading their primaries for governor or at least within striking distance. The “pollster primary” is among the topics discussed in the latest edition of the new Inside...
He’s back! Jeff Greene re-launches TV ads ahead of Dem primary

He’s back! Jeff Greene re-launches TV ads ahead of Dem primary

Jeff Greene has reconsidered his decision to yank his TV ads. A day after halting his eight-figure TV advertising campaign, billionaire Palm Beach real estate investor Jeff Greene has decided to go back on the air ahead of Tuesday’s Florida Democratic primary for governor. Greene spent more than $20 million on TV through Aug. 10, but spokeswoman Claire...
Election 2018: TV ads dominate, but ground game may win governor race

Election 2018: TV ads dominate, but ground game may win governor race

Billionaire Palm Beach real estate investor Jeff Greene has halted his multimillion-dollar TV ad campaign in his Democratic bid for governor, with a spokeswoman saying Greene is focusing on grass-roots efforts to woo voters because the airwaves have become “too saturated” before Tuesday’s five-candidate primary. “We are really focusing on get-out-the-vote. Jeff feels like we...
Jeff Greene stops TV ads, focusing on ground game through Tuesday

Jeff Greene stops TV ads, focusing on ground game through Tuesday

Jeff Greene’s TV ads, which often highlighted his pledge to “stand up” against President Donald Trump, have come to a halt. Billionaire Palm Beach real estate investor Jeff Greene has halted his multimillion-dollar TV ad campaign in his Democratic bid for governor, with a spokeswoman saying the airwaves have become “too saturated” before Tuesday&rsquo...
Senate Dems want to know whether Kavanaugh crossed line as Clinton probe source

Senate Dems want to know whether Kavanaugh crossed line as Clinton probe source

During independent counsel Kenneth Starr's tumultuous investigation of President Bill Clinton in the 1990s, there were loud objections and even lawsuits filed over Clinton's complaints that information meant to be kept secret was being leaked to the press by Starr's staff.  Among those guiding the journalists and authors was a young lawyer named Brett Kavanaugh, now a federal judge and President...
After fast turn against Trump, Michael Cohen threatens to leverage secrets against the president

After fast turn against Trump, Michael Cohen threatens to leverage secrets against the president

Michael Cohen was a man in a bind.  For years, the longtime lawyer for Donald Trump had been taking out larger and larger loans, using his taxicab business as collateral even as it dropped in value — at least once using one loan to pay off another.  At the same time, he was pocketing money from various financial deals, such as sales of a property in Florida and a luxury Birkin handbag...
Republicans urge embattled incumbents to speak out on Trump

Republicans urge embattled incumbents to speak out on Trump

Senior Republican Party leaders began urging their most imperiled incumbents on Wednesday to speak out about the wrongdoing surrounding President Donald Trump, with Rep. Tom Cole, a former House Republican campaign chairman, warning, “Where there’s smoke, and there’s a lot of smoke, there may well be fire.”  Democrats face their own pressure to shed their cautious midterm...
Democrats walk careful line as GOP warns against impeachment

Democrats walk careful line as GOP warns against impeachment

A day after President Donald Trump's former lawyer implicated him in directing a crime, Democratic leaders sharpened their election-year attack on the GOP as the party of corruption. But in an effort to keep the electoral focus on bread-and-butter issues, they largely steered clear of any discussion of impeachment.  Party leaders encouraged candidates and elected members to talk instead about...
A changing story, but with one constant: It wasn’t true.

A changing story, but with one constant: It wasn’t true.

The first denial that Donald Trump knew about hush-money payments to silence women came four days before he was elected president, when his spokeswoman Hope Hicks said, without hedging, "we have no knowledge of any of this."  The second came in January of this year, when his attorney Michael Cohen said the allegations were "outlandish." By March, two of the president's spokesmen...
Commentator lauded by Trump was fired from previous job for sexual harassment

Commentator lauded by Trump was fired from previous job for sexual harassment

A conservative commentator who was lauded by President Donald Trump this week as "wonderful" and who has argued that past sexual indiscretions should have no bearing on Trump's presidency was fired from Arizona State University four years ago for making sexually explicit comments and gestures toward women, according to documents and a university official.  An internal investigation...
Putnam emphasizes ‘Florida First’ over DeSantis ‘Washington way’

Putnam emphasizes ‘Florida First’ over DeSantis ‘Washington way’

“Let’s talk about the elephant in the room,” Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam told hundreds of supporters at a cookout Wednesday night, referring to the endorsement of Putnam’s primary foe, Ron DeSantis, by President Donald Trump. Trump’s “full endorsement” of U.S. Rep. DeSantis in June and appearance with him at a July 31 Tampa rally helped...
Judge Sasser fights off cancer, remains committed to court innovation

Judge Sasser fights off cancer, remains committed to court innovation

Eight months ago, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Meenu Sasser was living what appeared to be a charmed life. For the third year in a row, she had scored top marks from attorneys who rated her performance on the bench. She was asked to interview for a federal judgeship. Her three teenage children and her husband, a prominent divorce attorney, were thriving. Then, two days after...
Florida early, mail voting tops 2014 primary levels; Republicans more engaged

Florida early, mail voting tops 2014 primary levels; Republicans more engaged

The forest of candidate signs outside the Palm Beach County Elections Office means it’s early voting season. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) More Florida voters have cast mail-in ballots or gone to in-person early voting sites for the Aug. 28 primaries than did so for the 2014 primaries, the latest Florida Division of Elections statistics show. Check...
‘Doesn't involve me’: Trump distances himself from court cases

‘Doesn't involve me’: Trump distances himself from court cases

If President Donald Trump felt the walls closing in on him Tuesday, he didn't immediately show it.  His longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, had just implicated him in a criminal conspiracy to pay hush money to women who alleged affairs with Trump, while his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was convicted by a jury on tax- and bank-fraud charges - the first trial victory for special...
GOP House member, wife face charges

GOP House member, wife face charges

The Justice Department on Tuesday charged a Republican congressman and his wife with using more than $250,000 in campaign funds to pay for family vacations, theater tickets and other personal expenses.  Rep. Duncan Hunter, Calif., and his wife, Margaret, were charged in a 47-page indictment that details how they allegedly used campaign money to live beyond their means, funding trips to Italy...
Cohen says he worked to silence two women ‘in coordination’ with Trump to influence 2016 election

Cohen says he worked to silence two women ‘in coordination’ with Trump to influence 2016 election

President Donald Trump's former longtime attorney and his onetime campaign chairman were separately declared guilty Tuesday of eight crimes each, a dramatic collision of two investigations that intensified the legal and political pressure on the embattled president.  In a guilty plea entered in a Manhattan federal courthouse, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen implicated Trump directly in some...
Trump adviser Larry Kudlow hosted publisher of white nationalists at his home

Trump adviser Larry Kudlow hosted publisher of white nationalists at his home

The publisher of a website that serves as a platform for white nationalism was a guest last weekend at the home of President Donald Trump's top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow.  Peter Brimelow attended the gathering, a birthday bash for Kudlow, one day after a White House speechwriter was dismissed in the wake of revelations that he had spoken alongside Brimelow on a 2016 panel.  Brimelow...
Truth overtakes tweets in cases that bolster Mueller’s hand

Truth overtakes tweets in cases that bolster Mueller’s hand

No day during President Donald Trump's 19 months in office could prove as dangerous or debilitating as Tuesday. Everything that happened in a pair of courtrooms hundreds of miles apart strengthened the hand of special counsel Robert Mueller III and weakened that of the president of the United States.  This was a day when truth overran tweets, when facts overwhelmed bald assertions. Presidential...
How the campaign finance charges against Cohen may implicate Trump

How the campaign finance charges against Cohen may implicate Trump

In a lower Manhattan courtroom on Tuesday, President Donald Trump's long-time attorney Michael Cohen directly implicated his former boss in a scheme to cover up alleged affairs Trump had with a former Playboy model and an adult film actress in order to prevent their being revealed before the 2016 election.  Standing before Judge William Pauley, Cohen admitted guilt on two criminal counts: willfully...
FAU poll casts uncertainty in gov race; Graham leads, GOP dead heat

FAU poll casts uncertainty in gov race; Graham leads, GOP dead heat

A new Florida Atlantic University poll casts some more uncertainty on the Republican and Democratic primaries for governor, finding an up-for-grabs GOP race between Adam Putnam and Ron DeSantis and defying some other recent surveys by showing Gwen Graham pulling away from the crowded Democratic field. FAU’s latest poll also gives Republican Gov. Rick Scott a 6-point edge over Democratic Sen...
Adam Putnam calls Ron DeSantis Trump’s puppet during campaign stop

Adam Putnam calls Ron DeSantis Trump’s puppet during campaign stop

GOP candidate for governor Adam Putnam portrayed his primary opponent as President Donald Trump’s puppet during a campaign stop in Bradenton Tuesday, saying Ron DeSantis doesn’t have his own plan to lead the state. “You can’t afford to have a governor who calls the White House every morning and says ‘What are we going to do today boss?’” Putnam said during...
Housing official Watt fights harassment claims as accuser goes public

Housing official Watt fights harassment claims as accuser goes public

Top U.S. housing regulator Mel Watt is privately reassuring people close to him that he will keep his post as authorities investigate an employee's claims of sexual harassment. Now his accuser is heightening the pressure, speaking out for the first time.  In an interview with Bloomberg News, Simone Grimes said Watt, the head of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's regulator, repeatedly made unwanted...
Who’s behind those flyers with Jeff Greene and black candidates?

Who’s behind those flyers with Jeff Greene and black candidates?

Democrat Jeff Greene is pictured with several black elected officials and candidates in flyers distributed by a recently formed group called Florida Defense Fund. RIVIERA BEACH — Democratic governor candidate Jeff Greene stands out as the lone white face on a “Democratic ticket” with nine black elected officials and candidates on a flyer distributed...
In a polarized era, this 2020 presidential candidate is preaching pragmatism

In a polarized era, this 2020 presidential candidate is preaching pragmatism

At 7 a.m. on a recent weekday, Rep. John Delaney was on a sidewalk here showing off his presidential campaign's newest toy: a 36-foot-long motor coach, his name embossed in large letters next to renderings of the American flag, a barn, and a stalk of corn.  In the past year, Delaney, D-Md., the first Democrat to declare his candidacy, has traveled to Iowa 14 times and visited each of the state's...
Trump escalates attacks on the Federal Reserve

Trump escalates attacks on the Federal Reserve

President Donald Trump on Monday criticized Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, a Trump appointee, for raising interest rates too quickly.  Trump is escalating his Fed bashing ahead of the central bank's next meeting and against the advice of many of his top economic advisers. Recent presidents have refrained from commenting on the Fed's handling of the economy out of respect for the Fed's...
Pruitt called the White House once from his $43,000 phone booth, records show

Pruitt called the White House once from his $43,000 phone booth, records show

The $43,000 phone booth that former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt installed in his office may not have been worth all the headaches it caused him.  He only placed one phone call to the White House, newly-released records from the agency show. It lasted five minutes.  The former head of the Environmental Protection Agency resigned last month after coming under fire for how he spent tax dollars...
First lady Melania Trump warns of ‘destructive and harmful’ side of social media

First lady Melania Trump warns of ‘destructive and harmful’ side of social media

First lady Melania Trump warned that social media can be used in a "destructive and harmful" manner during remarks Monday at a conference on preventing cyberbullying. On the morning that she attended the event in Rockville, Maryland, her husband ripped into his adversaries on Twitter.  "In today's global society, social media is an inevitable part of our children's daily lives...
Microsoft ties fake websites to Russian hackers

Microsoft ties fake websites to Russian hackers

A group affiliated with the Russian government created phony versions of five websites - including some related to public policy and to the U.S. Senate - with the apparent goal of hacking into the computers of people who were tricked into visiting, according to Microsoft, which said Monday night that it discovered and disabled the fake sites.  The effort by the notorious APT28 hacking group,...
Democratic push for redistricting commissions gains steam as midterms approach

Democratic push for redistricting commissions gains steam as midterms approach

In 2011, Michigan Republicans had a clear mission: to ensure GOP majorities by drawing partisan election maps. Emails recently discovered in a lawsuit alleging the maps Republicans drew were unconstitutional, brought in part by a group of Democratic voters, revealed startling details of their attempts to minimize Democratic power in the purple state.  One GOP staffer boasted about cramming "...
Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels’s lawyer, eyes another gig: President of the United States

Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels’s lawyer, eyes another gig: President of the United States

From the moment President Donald Trump shocked much of the world by winning the White House in 2016, there has been an assumption in political circles that his victory would inspire a why-not-me caucus of imitators in 2020.  But in an all-too-Trumpian twist, and perhaps demonstrating again a failure of imagination on the part of the political class, the first potential presidential candidate...
Judge tosses camp suit that accused Boynton of bias against black kids

Judge tosses camp suit that accused Boynton of bias against black kids

A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit that accused the city of Boynton Beach of racial discrimination for hiking its fees, putting summer camp beyond the financial reach of many parents in the black community. U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenberg said city activist Bernard Wright can file another lawsuit if he gets more information to shore up his claims. But, she said, the lawsuit he filed in June...
Christie: Palm Beach County school security rewrites will placate parents, but won’t stop shootings

Christie: Palm Beach County school security rewrites will placate parents, but won’t stop shootings

A Palm Beach County School District resource officer opens the gates to the Palm Beach Central High School parking lot so owners can retrieve their cars after the shooting Friday night, during the football game between Palm Beach Central and Dwyer high schools. (Joseph Forzano / The Palm Beach Post) The Palm Beach County School Board agreed last week to spend up to ...
Voter turnout has already topped 1 million for Florida’s Aug. 28 primaries

Voter turnout has already topped 1 million for Florida’s Aug. 28 primaries

A line outside an early voting site in 2016. For this year’s Aug. 28 primaries, more than 162,000 Floridians have cast ballots at early voting sites and more than 861,000 have voted by mail. (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post) Sometime over the weekend, the number of Florida voters who have cast ballots for the Aug. 28 primaries passed the 1 million mark. Statistics...
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