Author: Jessica Stuart

One way Donald Trump hopes to be like George W. Bush in 2018

Presidents Donald Trump and George W. Bush waving from limousines in Palm Beach County. (Trump photo by Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post; Bush photo by Bob Shanley/The Palm Beach Post)   Democrats are crowing about a potential anti-Donald Trump wave in 2018 after scoring victories Tuesday in a pair of blue states, Virginia and New Jersey, and in the mayor’s race in heavily Democratic St. Petersburg. Republicans counter that Democrats mostly won in places that Hillary Clinton carried last year. Click here for a closer look at Tuesday’s results and their 2018 implications for Florida. However one interprets Tuesday’s results, the...

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President Trump in Palm Beach: Season 2 begins this week

President Donald Trump and his wife Melania outside Trump International Golf Club watching the Palm Beach Central band on Feb. 5 before a Super Bowl party. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post) PALM BEACH — President Donald Trump is expected to return to Mar-a-Lago this week to kick off another season of golfing and governing. The 2017-18 Winter White House season will look different from the 2016-17 version — from a new, post-Charlottesville mix of charities renting the Mar-a-Lago ballroom to new staging areas for pro- and anti-Trump demonstrators who used to gather on Bingham Island. Source...

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‘Creepy’ FDP Chair Stephen Bittel Faces Accusations of Inappropriate Behavior, Comments Towards Women | Sunshine State News

The chairman of the Florida Democratic Party — who has held the job for less than a year — is apologizing after facing allegations of “creepy” behavior which six former Democratic Party staffers and consultants said made them seriously uncomfortable.  The women, who contacted Politico Florida, said chairman Stephen Bittel repeatedly made “inappropriate comments,” gazing at young women and even inviting some to live the high life and hop onboard his private jet.  Between the comments, leering and invites to sail the skies with Bittel, the women say the FDP chair had created an unprofessional work environment.  Though the...

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Judy Mount, FDP Interim Chair? Not So Fast, Say Party Bylaws | Sunshine State News

Judy Mount says she is the interim chair of the Florida Democratic Party, but party bylaws say otherwise — and it appears the FDP will actually be without a chair until they meet to select a replacement for Stephen Bittel in December. FDP Chair Stephen Bittel announced he would be stepping down as head of the state party on Friday after six former Democratic staffers and consultants told Politico Florida he displayed “creepy” and “demeaning” behavior which led to an uncomfortable work environment.  “When my personal situation becomes distracting to our core mission of electing Democrats and making Florida...

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Vern Buchanan, Earl Blumenauer stand against Trump, FWS ending elephant trophy ban

From his perch as chairman of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, a Florida Republican is stressing his opposition to the Trump administration ending the ban on African elephant trophies.  Noting more than 30,000 elephants are killed for their tusks each year, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., called out the administration’s decision on Friday “We should not encourage the hunting and slaughter of these magnificent creatures,” Buchanan said. “We don’t get a second chance once a species becomes extinct.” Buchanan and U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Oreg., the co-chairs of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, also released a join statement.  “African elephants are...

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