George Bennett

George Bennett has been a Palm Beach Post reporter since 1992. In addition to his reporting duties, he writes a Monday politics column in the local news section and is a frequent contributor to the Post On Politics blog. He's a graduate of The George Washington University.   Read the Post on Politics blog

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Florida poll: Scott leads Nelson; Trump approval 53%; most oppose family separations
 Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. (Photos by George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Likely Florida voters favor Gov. 
            Rick Scott over Democratic Sen. 
            Bill Nelson by a 46-to-41 percent margin in their nationally watched U.S. Senate contest, according to
             a new online poll...

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Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. (Photos by George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Likely Florida voters favor Gov. Rick Scott over Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson by a 46-to-41 percent margin in their nationally watched U.S. Senate contest, according to a new online poll...
Ron DeSantis opens $12 million TV ad campaign, highlights Trump support
 New TV ad for Republican Ron DeSantis’ gubernatorial campaign highlights his support from President Donald Trump. U.S. Rep. 
            Ron DeSantis has launched the TV phase of his Republican campaign for Florida governor with a 30-second spot that touts his biography
            and conservative credentials and, in a mild surprise...

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New TV ad for Republican Ron DeSantis’ gubernatorial campaign highlights his support from President Donald Trump. U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis has launched the TV phase of his Republican campaign for Florida governor with a 30-second spot that touts his biography and conservative credentials and, in a mild surprise...
Rep. Frankel condemns immigration detention centers as ‘cruel’, ‘inhumane’
 U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, traveled to Texas Friday for a two-day visit to detention centers near the U.S.-Mexico border where nearly 2,000 children have reportedly been separated from their families as part of a crackdown on illegal entries into the U.S. In a video posted to Facebook Saturday evening, Frankel described...

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U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, traveled to Texas Friday for a two-day visit to detention centers near the U.S.-Mexico border where nearly 2,000 children have reportedly been separated from their families as part of a crackdown on illegal entries into the U.S. In a video posted to Facebook Saturday evening, Frankel described...
State and local candidates on 2018 ballot

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Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay, three county school board incumbents and two local state House members automatically won re-election on Friday when no one filed to run against them before Florida’s candidate qualifying deadline. Boynton Beach City Commissioner Joseph Casello, a Democrat, also walked into a state House...
Democrats could grab 6-1 advantage on Palm Beach County commission
 Boca Raton City Councilman Bob Weinroth (left) chats with Palm Beach County Commissioner Dave Kerner in Tallahassee in January.
               Democrat Weinroth is well-positioned to join Kerner on the commission.(George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Democrats are well-positioned to claim a 6-1 advantage on the Palm Beach County commission...

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Boca Raton City Councilman Bob Weinroth (left) chats with Palm Beach County Commissioner Dave Kerner in Tallahassee in January. Democrat Weinroth is well-positioned to join Kerner on the commission.(George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Democrats are well-positioned to claim a 6-1 advantage on the Palm Beach County commission...
DeSantis trails Putnam in Fox News poll but lands Trump endorsement
 President Donald Trump gave his “full endorsement” on Friday to U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis in Florida’s Republican primary for governor — embracing a candidate who, according to Trump’s preferred news network, faces a double-digit deficit against Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. A Fox News poll released late...

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President Donald Trump gave his “full endorsement” on Friday to U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis in Florida’s Republican primary for governor — embracing a candidate who, according to Trump’s preferred news network, faces a double-digit deficit against Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. A Fox News poll released late...
DeSantis trails Putnam in Fox News poll but gets full Trump endorsement this morning
 U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Palm Coast, at the kickoff of his campaign for governor in Boca Raton in January. (George Bennett/The
               Palm Beach Post) President 
            Donald Trump this morning gave his “full endorsement” to U.S. Rep. 
            Ron DeSantis in Florida’s Republican primary for governor after...

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U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Palm Coast, at the kickoff of his campaign for governor in Boca Raton in January. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) President Donald Trump this morning gave his “full endorsement” to U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis in Florida’s Republican primary for governor after...
Levine stumps on Greene’s turf; talks about drugs, high-tech incentives
 On a day in which he literally campaigned on the turf of Democratic primary rival Jeff Greene, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine listened to local clergy and others discuss the opioid crisis Thursday in a conversation that also touched on marijuana legalization and racial disparities in drug enforcement. Levine, the front-runner for...

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On a day in which he literally campaigned on the turf of Democratic primary rival Jeff Greene, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine listened to local clergy and others discuss the opioid crisis Thursday in a conversation that also touched on marijuana legalization and racial disparities in drug enforcement. Levine, the front-runner for...
Philip Levine talks opioid crisis, marijuana legalization, race in Boynton Beach
 Democratic candidate for governor Philip Levine joins others in a prayer led by Pastor Tommy Brown of New Disciples Worship
               Center before a discussion on opioids in Boynton Beach. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) BOYNTON BEACH — Democratic gubernatorial candidate and former Miami Beach Mayor 
            Philip...

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Democratic candidate for governor Philip Levine joins others in a prayer led by Pastor Tommy Brown of New Disciples Worship Center before a discussion on opioids in Boynton Beach. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) BOYNTON BEACH — Democratic gubernatorial candidate and former Miami Beach Mayor  Philip...
Family separations still flashpoint in Nelson-Scott Senate race
 President Donald Trump reversed course Wednesday on separating children from parents who try to enter the U.S. illegally — but the issue remains a lightning rod in Florida’s nationally watched U.S. Senate race between Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and Republican Gov. Rick Scott. Scott had criticized the policy Monday and did so...

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President Donald Trump reversed course Wednesday on separating children from parents who try to enter the U.S. illegally — but the issue remains a lightning rod in Florida’s nationally watched U.S. Senate race between Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and Republican Gov. Rick Scott. Scott had criticized the policy Monday and did so...
Bill Nelson says Florida is housing 174 minors separated from families
 Sen. Bill Nelson speaking on the Senate floor this morning. A day after being denied access to a facility in Homestead that houses some children who were separated from their families
            by immigration enforcement officials, Democratic Sen. 
            Bill Nelson
            said in a Senate floor speech that a total of 174 such...

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Sen. Bill Nelson speaking on the Senate floor this morning. A day after being denied access to a facility in Homestead that houses some children who were separated from their families by immigration enforcement officials, Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson said in a Senate floor speech that a total of 174 such...