Rubio assists following fatal wreck in West Virginia

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio

Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and U.S. Rep. Joe Heck of Nevada, a doctor, stopped to assist following a fatal, four-car accident in West Virginia late Thursday night.

Rubio, a Republican running for re-election, and Heck, a Republican looking to succeed retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, had left an event in nearby St. Clairsville, Ohio, hosted by Robert Murray, owner of Murray Energy, the nation’s largest coal-mining company.

The accident on Interstate-70 occurred in rainy conditions and claimed the life of a 62-year-old man from Washington, Pa.

“Jeanette (Rubio) and I send our prayers and condolences to the family of the individual who tragically lost their life in Thursday night’s accident in West Virginia,” Rubio said.

“I want to thank all of the first responders who arrived quickly and did their jobs with swift professionalism. Please join me in praying for all those affected,” he added.

Ohio County Sheriff Pat Butler said, “We just vastly appreciate the help.”

 

 

In Broward County, Hillary Clinton happily extends Donald Trump-Miss Universe controversy

Hillary Clinton takes the stage in Coral Springs this afternoon after an earlier rally in Fort Pierce.
Hillary Clinton takes the stage in Coral Springs this afternoon after an earlier rally in Fort Pierce.

CORAL SPRINGS — Hillary Clinton happily extended the uproar over Donald Trump and former Miss Universe Alicia Machado this afternoon after Trump went on a pre-dawn Twitter tirade about the pageant winner whose weight gain he called “a real problem.”

“I mean, really, who wakes up at 3 o’clock in the morning to engage in a Twitter attack against the former Miss Universe?” Clinton said to a crowd of about 2,400 in heavily Democratic Broward County.

“His latest Twitter meltdown is unhinged, even for him. It shows that man is temperamentally unfit to be president and commander in chief…I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: A man who can be provoked by a tweet should not be anywhere near the nuclear codes.”

Clinton first brought up Machado in Monday night’s nationally televised presidential debate, saying Trump called her “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping, because she was Latina.”

Trump poured gasoline on the fire the next morning by telling Fox News that Machado had “gained a massive amount of weight and it was a real problem.”

After Newt Gingrich and other Trump surrogates kept the controversy alive, Trump himself took to Twitter after 5 a.m. with a series of tweets about Machado, culminating with one that said “Did Crooked Hillary help disgusting (check sex tape and past) Alicia M become a U.S. citizen so she could use her in the debate?”

At Fort Pierce rally, Clinton makes call for more national service

Hillary Clinton told supporters at a Fort Piece rally Friday that expanding opportunities for Americans to perform public service will be an integral part of her presidency.

With her opponent, Donald Trump, fighting against assumptions that he has paid little or no federal income taxes and with questions swirling around the work of his charitable foundation, Clinton said she wants to triple AmeriCorps and establish a 5-million person strong “National Service Reserve.”

AmeriCorps, the volunteer agency her husband, Bill Clinton, established during his presidency, would go from 75,000 slots to 250,000 slots, under Clinton’s plan. She also said she wants to double the number of college scholarships available to AmeriCorps participants.

Clinton’s National Service Reserve would work much as the armed service reserves does – allowing volunteers to serve infrequently while holding onto jobs or remaining a full-time student.

“I want this to be a true bipartisan public-private partnership,” she told supporters at Fort Pierce’s Sunrise Theater.

Speaking before heading to Coral Springs for another campaign event, Clinton used her call for expanded public service to contrast her message with that of Trump.

 

“I don’t think you’ll hear about any of this from my opponent,” she said. “I think that’s a shame.”

Before Clinton took the stage, U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel poked Trump on the issue of public service.

Clinton, Frankel said, is dedicated to public service. “The kind of service where you help people,” she said, “not the kind of service where you help yourself.”

Clinton’s campaign stop in Fort Pierce got off to a bumpy start, as hundreds of her supporters crowded the entrance to the Sunrise Theater, waited under a broiling sun to be screened by U.S. Secret Service agents. Trump supporters penned them in, waving placards and chanting anti-Clinton slogans.

Before long, campaign aides came to escort reporters and elected officials through to the waiting agents. Her supporters waited a bit longer. Once inside, they were enthusiastic, cheering her remarks with vigor.

Clinton said she knows its unusual to approach the close of a presidential campaign with a call for expanded public service instead of slashing attacks on her opponent. Then she paused…”I’ll do that, but…,” she said as the crowd laughed.

“I’ve been thinking about this for a long time,” she said. “I didn’t want to end this campaign without talking about it.”

Clinton supporters waiting to enter the Sunrise Theater Friday in Fort Pierce. (Wayne Washington/The Palm Beach Post)
Clinton supporters waiting to enter the Sunrise Theater Friday in Fort Pierce. (Wayne Washington/The Palm Beach Post)

 

 

Medical marijuana opponents look to snuff out support for November ballot measure

Former Florida Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Bell and Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, speak against Amendment 2
Former Florida Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Bell and Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, speak against Amendment 2

With polls showing Floridians on course to approve a medical marijuana ballot measure in November, opposition stepped up their arguments Friday against the proposal.

Former Florida Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Bell and state Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, cited what they called problems with Amendment 2 that should cause voters to reconsider their support.

Latvala also bottom-lined his opposition.

“I don’t want this to come to Florida,” said Latvala, who has put $100,000 of his own re-election campaign money toward buying an anti-Amendment 2 TV ad in the Tampa Bay market.

Bell is among five former Supreme Court justices fighting the measure, which will appear on the ballot as Amendment 2. He warned the amendment has “flaws,” which included questions about whether local governments could impose strict zoning regulations on marijuana distribution centers, or if the Legislature could ban such items as pot candy.

The measure needs to win approval from at least 60 percent of Florida voters on Nov. 9, with polls showing support now topping 70 percent. A similar measure narrowly two years ago narrowly missed reaching the 60 percent standard.

Latvala said there was still time to reverse public opinion. Casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson recently weighed in with a $1 million contribution to the opposition campaign, but its finances still don’t look potent enough to mount a major statewide TV campaign.

Supporters are led by Orlando trial lawyer John Morgan, who spent millions on the effort a couple years ago. This time, most of People United for Medical Marijuana has spent most of its money on petition signature-gathering to qualify for the ballot.

Post-debate Florida poll gives Clinton an edge (slightly)

Trump, Clinton
Trump, Clinton

A Florida post-debate poll shows Democrat Hillary Clinton with a narrow lead over Republican Donald Trump in the nation’s biggest jump-ball state.

Mason-Dixon Polling & Research said Clinton holds a 46 percent to 42 percent edge on Trump, in a survey with a margin-of-error of plus-or-minus 3.5 percent.

Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson is drawing 7 percent of the Florida vote, and the Green Party’s Jill Stein, 1 percent. Another 4 percent remain undecided, the poll showed.

“Despite small shifts that have given Clinton a post-debate bump, the race is still very competitive and the outcome will hinge on where and among whom voter turnout is higher,” Mason-Dixon concluded.

The Interstate-4 corridor, where many Florida elections are won or lost, remains a tale of two cities. Clinton leads in the Tampa Bay-area, 47-40 percent, the poll showed, while Trump is ahead in the Orlando area, 46-43 percent.

Mason-Dixon polled 820 likely Florida voters by phone, Tuesday through Thursday.

Ted Deutch attends Shimon Peres funeral, notes ‘end of an era’ for Israel

From left: Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his wife Sara, and former President Bill Clinton during the funeral of Shimon Peres, a former Israeli president and prime minister, at the Mount Herzl national cemetery in Jerusalem, Sept. 30, 2016. (Menahem Kahana/Pool via The New York Times)
From left: Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his wife Sara, and former President Bill Clinton during the funeral of Shimon Peres, a former Israeli president and prime minister, at the Mount Herzl national cemetery in Jerusalem, Sept. 30, 2016. (Menahem Kahana/Pool via The New York Times)

Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, joined President Barack Obama and other membes of Congress at today’s funeral in Israel for Shimon Peres, a former president and prime minister of the Jewish state who was 93.

 

U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton.
U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton.

Deutch, whose Palm Beach-Broward district is one of the most heavily Jewish districts in Congress, said it was a “great honor” to be part of the U.S. delegation, which included former President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State John Kerry and at least 15 members of Congress. U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Miami, also attended from Florida.

 

“You couldn’t help but feel the sort of overwhelming friendship and respect that everyone there had for Shimon Peres,” Deutch said. “The eulogies really spoke to that…Shimon Peres was someone who always thought about achieving peace, even as he helped build up Israel’s defense, even as he presided over the Israeli government in difficult times, he always was a visionary for peace.”

 

Deutch noted that one of the eulogists said Peres’ death marked “the end of the era of giants” for Israel. Peres was a protégé of Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben Gurion.

 

“At the same time we were celebrating his life there was this real sadness about coming to the end of an era,” said Deutch, who met Peres when the statesman visited Washington. “He was a giant and it was a privilege to have had the chance to meet him and a real honor to be there today.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clinton backers bake, endure Trump taunts before rally

Donald Trump couldn’t have planned it better.

Hundreds of Hillary Clinton supporters jammed outside the entrance of the Sunrise Theater in Fort Pierce Friday, baking under a broiling sun and enduring taunting chants from Trump backers as they waiting to enter for a Clinton campaign rally.

Elected officials, reporters and Clinton supporters waited to be screened by a handful of U.S. Secret Service agents. Meanwhile, Trump supporters penned them in, chanting: “Trump, Trump, Trump!” “Lock Her Up! Lock Her Up!” And, “Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi!”

Eventually, campaign staffers came to the front entrance and escorted reporters and elected officials through to the inside of the theater. It would take longer for Clinton’s supporters to make it through.

“We’re doing the best we can,” an exasperated Clinton staffer said.

Clinton supporters waiting to enter the Sunrise Theater in Ft. Pierce. (Wayne Washington/The Palm Beach Post)
Clinton supporters waiting to enter the Sunrise Theater in Ft. Pierce. (Wayne Washington/The Palm Beach Post)

 

Today: Hillary Clinton pitches national service to millennials in Fort Pierce, visits Coral Springs

Hillary Clinton, shown here during a recent Tampa stop, will make a call for national service in Fort Pierce, then attend a rally in Coral Springs today.
Hillary Clinton, shown here during a recent Tampa stop, will make a call for national service in Fort Pierce, then attend a rally in Coral Springs today.

Hillary Clinton makes stops today in Fort Pierce and Coral Springs as the battle for Florida’s 29 electoral votes intensifies.

 

Team coverage today by The Palm Beach Post's Wayne Washington in Fort Pierce and George Bennett in Coral Springs.
Team coverage today by The Palm Beach Post’s Wayne Washington in Fort Pierce and George Bennett in Coral Springs.

Follow PostOnPolitics for coverage throughout the day from Wayne Washington (@waynewashpbpost on Twitter) in Fort Pierce and George Bennett (@gbennettpost on Twitter) in Coral Springs.

 

In Fort Pierce, Clinton will make a pitch for millennial voters with a call for national service.

 

According to an aide, Clinton will announce plans for “a dedicated new national program to specifically help those under 30 to participate in service opportunities…

 

“Studies have shown that millennials are particularly interested in volunteerism and are looking for ways to contribute to their communities. Applications to AmeriCorps positions are five times greater than the current number of slots available and the Peace Corps has seen a 32 percent increase in applications compared to the previous year.”

 

 

Trump Super PAC led by Scott airs TV spot attacking Clinton

Gov. Scott doing double-duty as Trump fund-raiser.
Gov. Scott doing double-duty as Trump fund-raiser.

The political committee supporting Donald Trump chaired by Florida Gov. Rick Scott released a new TV spot Thursday that raises questions about Hillary Clinton’s honesty.

The ad by Rebuilding America Now seems to underscore the view by some Trump supporters that their candidate failed to seize on a number of opportunities to challenge Clinton’s ethics and judgment in their Monday night debate.

“Sadly, the first presidential debate on Monday night missed a very important discussion of Hillary Clinton’s legacy of dishonesty,” Scott said.

“In this new ad, we are reminding voters how Hillary promised to “always” tell the truth. Unfortunately, her actions tell another story,” he added.

The TV spot will begin airing on MSNBC and FOX-News.

Joe Biden to campaign for Hillary Clinton in Florida on Monday

Vice President Joe Biden at Miami Dade College last year when he was pondering a run for president.
Vice President Joe Biden at Miami Dade College last year when he was pondering a run for president.

Vice President Joe Biden will campaign for Hillary Clinton in Orlando and Sarasota on Monday, Clinton’s campaign announced today.

 

Specific times and locations for the Biden events have not been announced.

 

Clinton herself is campaigning in Fort Pierce and Coral Springs on Friday.