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House Appropriations Dooms Enterprise Florida, Guts Visit Florida, as Expected

ssn_i-beg-to-differ_logo_final.jpg The House Appropriations Committee voted 18-12 Tuesday to advance a measure that 1) eliminates Florida’s 21-year-old economic development agency and 2) emasculates its tourism marketing arm.  The vote would have killed Visit Florida, too, had it not been for Rep. Paul Renner’s 11th hour, 190-page amendment to his bill — allowed by Speaker Richard Corcoran, […]
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Gang member accused in officer's slaying was on probation

 This undated booking photo provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department shows Michael Christopher Mejia, 26. Authorities have identified Mejia as the suspect they say fatally shot Whittier, Calif., police officer Keith Boyerand injured another as the officers responded to a traffic accident Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Authorities say Mejia is a known gang […]
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The Latest: State: Reforms didn't cut sentence of suspect

 This undated photo provided by the Whittier Police Department shows Whittier police officer Keith Boyer. On Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, Boyer was answering a report of a traffic accident when he was shot and killed, authorities said. Whittier Police Department via AP) Authorities investigate the scene after a deadly shooting in Whitter, Calif., Monday, Feb. […]
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Donald Trump’s secret Palm Beach weekend

mulroney-mcilroy-bradshaw-trump.jpg From left: Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney with President Donald Trump on Saturday night; Sunday golf partner Rory McIlroy; Trump at a Monday charity lunch; Trump with Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw. PALM BEACH — Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, No. 2-ranked golfer Rory McIlroy and Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw […]
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UPDATES: President Trump leaves Palm Beach after third weekend trip

022117-trump-departs-1.jpg FINAL UPDATE: President Donald Trump has left Palm Beach after spending the third weekend in a row at his Mar-a-Lago Club. Air Force One took off from Palm Beach International Airport just moments ago. Southern Boulevard and all adjoining roads have reopened, and traffic is moving smoothly through the area. » COMPLETE COVERAGE: Donald Trump in Palm Beach […]
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A Trump golf mystery solved: Rory McIlroy joined him Sunday

mcilroy-trump.jpg Rory McIlroy and President Donald Trump golfed Sunday at Trump International Golf Club (both photos by Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post) PALM BEACH  — The White House was tight-lipped about President Donald Trump‘s golf outing on Sunday, but professional golfer Rory McIlroy wasn’t so reluctant.   McIlroy, who is coming back from a stress fracture in […]
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Al Jacquet Files Bill to Restore Felon Voting Rights

jail-sunshinestatenews.jpg Florida House Rep. Al Jacquet, D-Lantana, has filed a bill to reinstate voting rights to felons three years after they’ve served their sentences.  HJR 565 would place a constitutional amendment on the ballot to automatically reinstate the voting rights of individuals who have “paid their debt to society” three years after completing their sentence. Florida […]
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President’s Day: Trump at 1 month in office; passes William Henry Harrison

harrison-trump.jpg William Henry Harrison (left) is now in President Donald Trump’s rear-view mirror for presidential longevity. It’s been one month since President Donald Trump was inaugurated, and the White House is marking the occasion with a long list of ways Trump has been “Achieving Results For The American People.” Full Donald Trump coverage: Galleries, news, video […]
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Trump in Palm Beach: Another golf club visit, national security adviser interviews

2011-trump-golfing-eyestone.jpg President Donald Trump in his private citizen days of 2011 playing golf at his Trump International Golf Club outside West Palm Beach. He’s visiting the club again this morning. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post) PALM BEACH — President Donald Trump — fresh off a campaign-style rally in Melbourne and a Saturday night appearance at the […]
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Florida-bound: Ivanka, Jared leave D.C. with Donald Trump

kushners.jpg Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump and their children leaving Marine One for Air Force One outside Washington, D.C. this morning. (White House pool photo) President Donald Trump has boarded Air Force One for South Carolina, where he’ll visit a Boeing facility before arriving  at Palm Beach International Airport this afternoon for his third consecutive weekend at […]
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Anti-Gunners' Hollow Victory; Negron a Flip-Flopper?; Picture a Reservoir Here

doctorpatient.jpg This column is a vehicle for a number of items in a bits-and-pieces, strictly opinion, sometimes irreverent format. Look for “Just Sayin’” to run once a week in this spot. Hollow Victory for the Anti-Gunners The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday struck down part of a Florida law curbing doctors from asking patients about firearm ownership, ruling […]
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Trump in Palm Beach: Morning trip to golf club, Melbourne rally later

021717-trump-pbia.jpg President Donald Trump at Palm Beach International Airport on Friday. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post) PALM BEACH — President Donald Trump departed Mar-a-Lago at 8:28 a.m. this morning and went to his Trump International Golf Club in unincorporated West Palm Beach — tweeting twice along the way.   “Don’t believe the main stream (fake news) […]
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Trump protest schedule changes

021317-trump-palm-beach-01.jpg Plans to protest the arrival of President Trump on Air Force One Friday were scrapped when the White House announced the president would arrive at Palm Beach International Airport earlier than expected – when many protesters are still at work. (Michael Ares / The Palm Beach Post) The protest, which was to be held Friday […]
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Trump arrives in Palm Beach; vets give president a T-shirt

021717-trump-pbia.jpg After landing in Air Force One at Palm Beach International Airport, President Donald Trump greets supporters before heading to Mar-a-Lago. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)   President Donald Trump arrived at Palm Beach International Airport this afternoon for a weekend at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach.   His weekend plans include a campaign rally […]
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Jeff Brandes Files Bill to Curb Insurance Fraud

jeffbrandes-sunshinestatenews.jpg Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, is going after insurance fraud in the Sunshine State. On Friday, Brandes filed legislation to tackle insurance fraud by requiring insurance companies to to develop anti-fraud plans and submit them to the Division of Investigative and Forensic Services. Brandes’ legislation would also require companies to provide anti-fraud training and would […]
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Trump’s emerging Florida Cabinet: Carson, Ross, Acosta, Lighthizer

trump-florida-cabinet.jpg President Donald Trump has tapped four Floridians for Cabinet-level posts. Clockwise from top left: Ben Carson (HUD), Wilbur Ross (Commerce), Robert Lighthizer (U.S. Trade Rep), Alex Acosta (Labor). President Donald Trump‘s choice of Miami resident Alex Acosta for Labor secretary brings to four the number of Floridians Trump has tapped for Cabinet-level posts.   Part-time […]
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