Patrick Murphy to make case Wednesday at Forum Club

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Murphy does early voting Oct. 31

With his moment of truth six days away, U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, will get a last-hour opportunity Wednesday to sway some minds when he speaks at a luncheon of the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches.

Murphy’s opponent, GOP incumbent U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, addressed the Forum Club in May and was invited to Wednesday’s event as part of a joint forum, but declined, the Forum Club said.

Murphy recently put some of his own money into his campaign in an effort to top Rubio.

Wednesday’s event is at the Cohen Pavilion at the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Call (561) 881-9977.

Trump disputes payment sought by pollster, who also works for Florida Gov. Scott

Trump pollster, Tony Fabrizio
Trump pollster, Tony Fabrizio

After months of ridiculing pollsters, Donald Trump tacked a new course last spring and hired Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s pollster, Tony Fabrizio.

But now, the GOP presidential candidate seems to have a problem with Fabrizio. According to his latest Federal Elections Commission report, Trump is disputing $767,000 Fabrizio’s firm says it is owed.

Fabrizio may be joining a line of vendors, contractors and others who claim to have been stiffed in business deals with Trump, a demographic explored by a host of media outlets and also cited by Democrat Hillary Clinton in TV spots.

The Fort Lauderdale firm’s clash with Trump was first reported by the Washington Post. Fabrizio has worked campaigns for years, including for the presidential run of Bob Dole 20 years ago and also then-Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s 2012 White House bid.

The website of the firm, Fabrizio, Lee & Associates promises, “We know how to win a battle when the other side is shooting back.”

In 2010, Fabrizio took Scott from outsider status to election victory in November. He was helped by the candidate’s spending more than $75 million of his own money.

Another $12.8 million from Scott’s pocket helped assure a re-election win in 2014.

Like Trump, Scott was making his first run for elected office. And coming from business, Scott also had to weather controversies – having headed hospital giant Columbia/HCA, Corp., which paid a $1.7 billion federal fine for Medicare fraud after he left the company.

Donald Trump plans Wednesday Miami rally where J Lo, Hillary Clinton appeared

Hillary Clinton (in pantsuit) with Jennifer Lopez at Miami's Bayfront Park on Saturday. (Doug Mills/The New York Times) Donald Trump in West Boynton last week (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)
Hillary Clinton (in pantsuit) with Jennifer Lopez at Miami’s Bayfront Park on Saturday. (Doug Mills/The New York Times)
Donald Trump in West Boynton last week (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)

Donald Trump will appear at a Wednesday midday rally at Miami’s Bayfront Park Amphitheater, his campaign announced today.

 

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony performed at the same venue Saturday night at a rally for Hillary Clinton.

 

It’s all  part of a busy week in Florida for the presidential candidates and surrogates.

 

Trump, whose White House hopes depend on winning Florida, has climbed in recent Sunshine State polls.

 

The Republican nominee held a 46-to-42 percent lead over Clinton in a New York Times/Siena poll of likely Florida voters conducted last Tuesday through Thursday — before FBI Director James Comey announced the discovery of emails that may or may not be “pertinent” to the agency’s previously closed investigation of Clinton’s use of a homebrew email server while she was secretary of state.

 

A post-Comey Florida poll by the Republican firm Remington Research gives Trump a 48-to-44 percent advantage.

 

 

Election 2016: Patrick Murphy uses Early Voting at elections HQ in suburban West Palm Beach, gets heckled

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Murphy campaign staffers and supporters use a large campaign sign to block signs displayed by anti-Murphy people (Eliot Kleinberg/The Palm Beach Post)

Ignoring chants of “Privileged Patrick,” “No way CPA” and “You’re a bum,” U.S. Senate candidate and current U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, came Monday morning to the offices of the Palm Beach County supervisor of elections to do early voting.

Murphy, who’s fighting to unseat GOP incumbent U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, told reporters he’s not concerned about reports that the FBI is looking into more Hillary Clinton emails.

“More and more information is continuing to come out about that,” Murphy said. “But at the end of the day, I trust Secretary Clinton with our nuclear codes. That’s more than Marco Rubio can say about Donald Trump.”

Asked about putting a big chunk of his own money into his campaign, Murphy said, “We’re feeling really good about the next couple of weeks and making sure our message gets out there.”

Three protesters stayed close and kept up loud chants as Murphy talked to reporters and stood in line to vote. At one point, Murphy staffers and supporters tried to block the protesters hand-drawn signs with large Murphy signs.

 In August, as Murphy talked to reporters in a study room at the Palm Beach County Library Palm Beach Gardens branch, Murphy staffers kept out a “tracker” for the conservative political action committee “America Rising” and even held a sign in front of his video camera to block him from shooting through the glass into the Murphy news conference.

“Patrick Murphy’s ‘stock sale’ and subsequent $1 million loan to his campaign raises serious questions about whether he’s purposely skirting FEC donation limits,” AMerica Rising spokesman Jeff Bechdel said later in an email. “The most likely buyer of Murphy’s stock is his father, Thomas, who has already plunged nearly $3 million into super PACs for his son’s campaign. This ‘stock sale’ appears to be another avenue for father to donate, this time directly, to his son’s foundering effort.”

Murphy votes early

Ignoring chants of “Privileged Patrick,” “No way CPA” and “You’re a bum,” US Senate candidate and US. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, came Monday morning to the offices of the Palm Beach County supervisor of elections to do early voting.
Murphy, who’s fighting to unseat GOP incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio, told reporters he’s not concerned about reports that the FBI is looking into more Hillary Clinton emails.

“More and more information is continuing to come out about that,” Murphy said. “But at the end of the day, I trust Secretary Clinton with our nuclear codes. That’s more than Marco Rubio can say about Donald Trump.”

Asked about putting a big chunk of his money into his campaign, he said “we’re feeling really good about the next couple of weeks and making sure our message gets out there.”

Three protesters stayed close and kept up loud chants as Murphy talk to reporters and stood in line to vote. At one point, Murphy staffers and supporters tried to block the protesters hand drawn signs with large Murphy signs.

 In August, as Murphy talked to reporters in a study room at the Palm Beach County Library Palm Beach Gardens branch, Murphy staffers kept out a “tracker” for the conservative political action committee “America Rising” and even held a sign in front of his video camera to block him from shooting through the glass into the Murphy news conference.

Republicans have tiny edge out of 3.7 million votes cast so far in Florida

Republicans and Democrats have voted in nearly equal numbers in Florida so far.
Republicans and Democrats have voted in nearly equal numbers in Florida so far.

More than 3.7 million Florida voters have already cast ballots for the Nov. 8 election, with Republicans clinging to a turnout edge of less than one-quarter of one percent.

 

According to this morning’s Division of Elections report, ballots cast so far include 1,509,467, or 40.45 percent, from Republicans and 1,500,930, or 40.22 percent, from Democrats.

 

That’s a difference of 8,537 ballots or 0.23 percent.

 

The Division of Elections numbers are typically updated throughout the day. So far, more than 1.9 million people have voted by mail in Florida and more than 1.7 million have cast ballots at in-person early voting sites.

 

 

Crunch time in Florida: Hillary, Trump, Pence, Biden, Obama expected this week

Of course the Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump campaigns are paying attention to crucial Florida this week.
Of course the Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump campaigns are paying attention to crucial Florida this week.

Eight days of campaigning remain before the Nov. 8 election and Florida, which appears to be up for grabs in recent polls, can expect some heavy candidate and surrogate traffic

 

Schedules are fluid and events often get added with little notice, but here’s a look at what’s currently scheduled or expected:

 

Today: Mike Pence, the GOP vice presidential nominee, visits Cocoa at noon, then Maitland at 3:30  p.m. and Clearwater at 6 p.m.

 

Tuesday: Hillary Clinton visits the Tampa area and the Orlando area, with specific times and locations not yet announced, then stops in Fort Lauderdale for an 8:45 p.m. rally at Reverend Samuel Delevoe Memorial Park.

 

Wednesday: Donald Trump has a breakfast fundraiser at his Trump National Doral Miami club, the Miami Herald reported. No public events have been announced for the GOP nominee, but don’t be surprised if one or more are added soon in a must-win state for Trump.

 

Also Wednesday: Vice President Joe Biden will campaign for Clinton in the Tampa area and in Palm Beach County, with specific sites and times not yet announced.

 

Thursday: President Barack Obama will campaign for Clinton at a not-yet-announced site in South Florida, and at a rally in Jacksonville.

Countdown to Election Day 2016: What you need to know today

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Tracking the campaigns of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

COUNTDOWN TO ELECTION DAY (Nov. 8): 8 days

TUESDAY’S SCHEDULE

Clinton returns to Florida. She will stump for votes in Broward, Polk and Seminole counties.

Trump will be in Valley Forge, Pa., and Eau Claire, Wisc.

MONDAY’S NEWS

With 8 days to go …

Hillary Clinton forcefully challenged the FBI’s new email inquiry Monday, declaring during a campaign rally in battleground Ohio, “There’s no case here.”

Clinton’s comments were her most pointed yet on the subject, and they underscored her campaign’s decision to fight back aggressively against FBI Director James Comey.

Earlier Monday in Grand Rapids, Mich., Trump praised FBI Director James Comey for revealing the presence of an investigation last Friday.

“It took guts for him to do what he,” said Trump, adding that it was especially so because Obama administration officials had sought “to protect” Clinton.

Trump noted that he disagreed with Comey’s decision to not press charges earlier this summer but, on Friday, “what he did, he brought back his reputation.”

But in Ohio, Clinton said voters should only be focused “on choosing the next commander in chief of the United States of America.”

Clinton said voters are right to ask why the FBI would interject itself into the middle of an election, but said the result of the current probe would be the same as the one concluded in the summer.

“I am sure it will result in the same conclusion – there is no case here,” she said.

CNN reported that Huma Abedin, Clinton’s close aide and confidant, was not on the campaign trail with Clinton for the third straight day.

The two early afternoon events were simply the kick-off to a full slate of campaigning on Monday.

Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence returns to the Sunshine State as the campaigns make the final week of pitches to voters. His rival, Tim Kaine, is in North Carolina.

Before either presidential candidate stepped to a microphone Monday, though, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest spoke to reporters. Earnest said President Obama would not “defend or criticize” FBI Director James Comey’s decision to reveal the presence of the investigation.

Earnest said President Obama does believe the Department of Justice does have leeway to conduct investigations, and as such needs to be very careful in how much it talks publicly about any given case.

On Sunday, the 2016 presidential campaign wrapped up the next to last weekend of campaigning just as it started Friday, with the FBI’s renewed email investigation  on center stage.

In Wilton Manors, Clinton insisted she would not be “knocked off course” by the email resumption of the controversy. “I’m not stopping now, we’re just getting warmed up,” she said.

Concluding his western swing, GOP nominee Donald Trump again raised the specter of vulnerable and flawed elections system. This time, in Greeley, Colo., he zeroed in on Colorado’s vote-by-mail system. He warned Colorado voters to go to the polls in person rather than relying on mailed ballots he said could be miscounted.

Trump also sought to cash in Clinton controversy, noting the role played by Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of Clinton confidant Huma Abedin, in sparking the new email investigation.

“We never thought we were going to say ‘thank you’ to Anthony Weiner,” he said at a rally in Las Vegas.

WHERE ARE TRUMP, CLINTON GOING NEXT?

Clinton returns to Florida on Tuesday. She will stump for votes in Broward, Polk and Seminole counties.

Trump will be in Valley Forge, Pa., and Eau Claire, Wisc.

Also stumping …

Mike Pence will be cutting through Central Florida on Monday with campaign stops in Cocoa, Maitland and Clearwater.

Tim Kaine in North Carolina and his wife, Anne Holton, in Nebraska.

WHO’S VOTED?

As of Sunday, more than 3.56 million Floridians had cast early voting ballots. That figure is more than the number of total votes cast in 40 states and the District of Columbia in the 2012 election. Republicans still outnumber Democrats by a narrow margin, 23,446 votes. Early voting ends Nov. 6.

LATEST POLL RESULTS

A poll by two Florida Fox TV stations says Clinton and Trump are in dead heat in the Sunshine State. The Right Side Broadcasting Network poll put Clinton at 46.6 percent and trump 46.3 percent of likely voters.

An ABC/Washington Post tracking poll released Sunday suggests as many as 30 percent of likely voters say the revelation of a new FBI probe into Hillary Clinton emails will make them less likely to vote for the Democratic nominee. The poll also found that Clinton leads Trump by just a single percentage point, 46-to-45 percent, in a four-way White House race with Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

STORIES THAT MATTERED MOST

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Super PAC chaired by Gov. Scott airing new ads on new Clinton email probe

FBI knew about new Clinton emails weeks ago

CANDIDATES’ LATEST TWEETS

Countdown to Election Day 2016: What you need to know today

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COUNTDOWN TO ELECTION DAY (Nov. 8): 9 days

LATEST NEWS

With 9 days to go …

No chance the 2016 presidential election will fade quietly in the final 9 days.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton returned to Florida on Saturday with guns blazing and aimed at … FBI Director James Comey.

Speaking in Daytona Beach, Clinton again challenged Comey to release “full and complete facts” about the investigation revealed on Friday. She said the announcement of the renewed probe into her emails and dealings this close to the election was “not just strange , it’s unprecedented and deeply troubling.”

In Miami, where Clinton attended a concert by Jennifer Lopez, the Democratic nominee, who only a week ago seemed to ride a crest of confidence, spoke for only a few minutes and called on attendees to vote.

“You can vote early,” she said. “Don’t wait another day to vote.”

Republican Donald Trump, on a swing of western states Colorado and Arizona, was no more charitable to the U.S. judicial system, which he called “third world country.”  He called the moment “the lowest point in the history of our country.”

Trump also seized on news that Attorney General Loretta Lynch and other DOJ officials objected to Comey’s decision to let Congress know of the probe.

“The Department of Justice is trying so hard to protect Hillary,” he said.

WHERE ARE CLINTON, TRUMP TODAY?

Trump stays out west. He has rallies scheduled in Las Vegas, Greeley, Colo., and Albuquerque, New Mexico. He heads to the Midwest on Monday.

Clinton will stay in South Florida. She has an event scheduled in Wilton Manors in Broward County.

Also stumping …

For Clinton: Singer Cher is holding an event in Chicago. Tim Kaine is in Taylor, Mich. Bill Clinton is campaigning in Greensboro and Charlotte, N.C.

WHO’S VOTED?

As of Saturday, more than 177,787 people have voted in Palm Beach County, and more than 3.258 million people have voted in Florida. Republicans have outnumbered Democrats by 24,000. Early voting ends Nov. 6.

LOCAL CELEB WATCH

Sen. Al Franken, one-time Saturday Night Live writer and cast member, made his way to Lantana and Lake Worth to meet voters and stump for fellow Democrats.

STORIES THAT MATTERED MOST

In Daytona Beach, Hillary Clinton calls FBI letter’s timing ‘strange…deeply troubling’

Tim Kaine: “If we win Florida, it’s over.”

More than 150,000 already voted in Palm Beach County; 2.86 million statewide

Clinton campaign chair John Podesta slams FBI

Poll suggests new email probe eroding support for Clinton

Trump tears into U.S. judicial system

Passions strong in PBC early voting

POLL RESULTS: WHERE THEY STAND

Poll results as of Sat., Oct. 30

LA Times/USC: Trump 46, Clinton 44

ABC News: Clinton 47, Trump 45

IBD/TIPP: Clinton 44, Trump 42

Poll results as of Friday, Oct. 29

Rasmussen said Friday Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are dead even — tied at 45 each

 

CANDIDATES’ LATEST TWEETS

3.56 million Florida ballots already cast — more than 40 states in 2012

vote-hereMore than 3.5 million Florida voters have already cast their ballots for the Nov. 8 election — a higher turnout than 40 states and the District of Columbia had for the entire 2012 election.

 

SCTV in 1981 spoofed Soviet boastfulness with a "What Fits Into Russia" show. Florida could do the same with its voter turnout numbers.
SCTV in 1981 spoofed Soviet boastfulness with a “What Fits Into Russia” show. Florida could do the same with its voter turnout numbers.

Republicans continue to hold a narrow edge in ballots cast in the latest report from the Florida Division of Elections.

 

So far, 40.7 percent of votes have come from Republicans and 40.1 percent from Democrats — a difference of only 23,446 votes.

 

More than 1.9 million Floridians have voted by mail and more than 1.6 million have gone to in-person early voting sites.

 

The latest Florida vote-by-mail and early voting statistics. (Click to enlarge)
The latest Florida vote-by-mail and early voting statistics. (Click to enlarge)

Mail-in ballots remain more popular with Republicans, with 821,147 GOP voters returning them so far, compared with 755,712 Democrats.

 

In-person early voting remains more popular with Democrats. There have been 671,602 ballots cast by Democrats at early voting sites and 629,613 cast by Republicans.