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Temporary Protections Extended for Haitians

hatianimmigration-sunshinestatenews.jpg Temporary “protected status” has been extended for another six months for thousands of Haitians who fled to the United States after their island was ravaged by an earthquake in 2010. Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Monday said “after a careful review of the current conditions in Haiti and conversations with the Haitian […] Continue reading →

Ted Yoho Takes Aim at North Korean Regime

tedyohoedroyce-sunshinestatenews.jpg U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., the vice chairman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee and the chairman of the U.S. House Asia and Pacific Subcommittee on Asia, is looking to expand information access to North Korea–and he has the backing of some leading figures on Capitol Hill.  Yoho is looking to update the North […] Continue reading →

Daisy Baez Faces Possible Fraud Charges After Allegedly Breaking Homestead Exemption Law

daisybaezstory1.jpg New suspicions are swirling that freshman state Rep. Daisy Baez could face fraud charges both for living outside her district and for homestead exemption fraud for declaring multiple exemptions on properties she doesn’t actually live at, according to records.  The Miami Herald reported last week that Baez is currently not living inside her district, which […] Continue reading →

Good Luck, Mr. President?

kathleen-parker-mug.jpg So the pope, the president, a Muslim and a Jew walk into a bar … Surely, I’m not the only one to tighten the frame around President Trump’s wildly ironic and ambitious foreign odyssey to promote “tolerance.” Which, let’s face it, would seem to be the joke. The most candidly intolerant president in history set […] Continue reading →

Joe Lieberman’s long, bipartisan history in Palm Beach County

lieberman-so-co-civ-ctr-2004.jpg Joe Lieberman at the South County Civic Center west of Delray Beach in 2004, campaigning on behalf of supervisor of elections candidate Arthur Anderson, at left. (Bruce Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, getting strong consideration from President Donald Trump for the vacant FBI director’s job, has been a familiar figure in Palm Beach […] Continue reading →

Melania Trump dares to go bare in Saudi Arabia

melania-donald-air-force-one.jpg President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump greet King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Saturday after arriving in Saudi Arabia. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead) First lady and part-time Palm Beach resident Melania Trump opted to keep her head bare when she and President Donald Trump arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday — a […] Continue reading →

Bill Nelson on Trump impeachment talk, FBI vacancy, Rick Scott, health care

051917-bill-nelson-wpb-office.jpg Sen. Bill Nelson in his West Palm Beach office today. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) WEST PALM BEACH — Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson says he’s confident former FBI Director Robert Mueller will pursue a “Just the facts” approach as special counsel looking into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race and potential collusion with Donald Trump‘s campaign. […] Continue reading →

All Aboard the Gambling Gravy Train

gambling-sunshinestatenews_0.jpg It wasn’t their intention, but Florida Supreme Court justices’ Gretna decision sure started the engine on the Legislature’s 2018 gravy train.  When the high court affirmed Thursday that the Legislature, not the voters, have the authority to decide whether pari-mutuels can add lucrative games …  All of a sudden it’s Happy Hour for Senate President […] Continue reading →

The Guardrails Can't Contain Trump

charles-krauthammer-mug.jpg The pleasant surprise of the First 100 Days is over. The action was hectic, heated, often confused, but well within the bounds of normalcy. Policy (e.g., health care) was being hashed out, a Supreme Court nominee confirmed, foreign policy challenges (e.g. North Korea) addressed. Donald Trump’s character — volatile, impulsive, often self-destructive — had not […] Continue reading →

Kissimmee River Nearly Back to Historic Conditions

kissimmeeriver-sunshinestatenews.jpg A crucial undertaking generations in the making, the Kissimmee River Restoration Project is now within sight of the finish line. “The Kissimmee River is part of the heart of Florida and key to the restoration of America’s Everglades,” said South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board Chairman Dan O’Keefe, in a news release distributed […] Continue reading →

Weekly Roundup: Decisions, Decisions

rickscottsign-sunshinestatenews.jpg The weeks after the legislative session are typically a decision season for the governor, who has to plow through dozens of bills and hundreds of spending items sent to him by lawmakers and pick which ones become law and which ones don’t. On that front, Gov. Rick Scott is already getting some pressure, especially from […] Continue reading →

Celebrating Lowest Unemployment Rate in Almost a Decade, Rick Scott Goes to Bat for Visit Florida, Enterprise Florida

rickscott-sunshinestatenews.jpg On Friday, Gov. Rick Scott announced the unemployment rate in Florida stood at 4.5 percent in April, the lowest it had been since September 2017 and just above the national unemployment rate of 4.4 percent.  In March, the state unemployment rate was 4.8 percent. Since Scott took office at the start of 2011, there have […] Continue reading →

The VA Needs More Accountability

marcorubiomug-sunshinestatenews.jpg On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio testified before the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee on his “Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act” which would “reform the VA by allowing the secretary to dismiss bad employees, and ensure appropriate due process protections for whistleblowers.” Last week, Rubio teamed up with U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, […] Continue reading →

Florida Congressional Representatives Push for Increased Anti-Semitism Reporting in Europe

teddeutchileanaroslehtinen-sunshinestatenews.jpg This week, the U.S. House passed without opposition a resolution from the Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Anti-Semitism, which includes two congressional representatives from South Florida, to examine growing anti-Semitism in Europe. U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., the chairwoman of the U.S. House Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, and U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., the […] Continue reading →

High Court Says No to Slot Machines

slotmachines-sunshinestatenews.jpg In a highly anticipated decision, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday squashed a broad expansion of slot machines in at least eight counties, saying the decision to allow pari-mutuels to add the lucrative games rests with the Legislature, not voters. The unanimous decision, siding with state regulators in a lawsuit filed by Gretna Racing, not […] Continue reading →