Crowds gather for 11 a.m. Hillary Clinton rally at Palm Beach State

 

Bruce Bennett/The Palm Beach Post
Bruce Bennett/The Palm Beach Post

LAKE WORTH — More than an hour before Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was set to speak at 11 a.m., crowds were filling in the floor of the gymnasium at Palm Beach State College, west of Lake Worth.

They lined a barrier in front of the podium where Clinton will speak, while others filled bleachers behind the rostrum and beneath a stored-away basketball hoop assembly.

Before doors opened at 9 a.m., lines wound around the sprawling campus. Youngsters, millennials, retirees and people in wheelchairs stood, wearing signs and buttons with the candidate’s “H” icon or signs saying “Love trumps hate,” a dig at GOP challenger, and part-time Palm Beacher, Donald Trump.

Patricia Ortiz-Guittierez of Delray Beach, an immigrant from Colombia, stood with his nephew, MIchael Ortiz of Coconut Creek in Broward County, who was voting for the first time — and already had, by mail,

“America is a country that welcomes everybody,” she said, taking a shot at Trump’s immigration stances. She’s a citizen, and already has voted as well.

For the last few days, Trump and Clinton have been criss-crossing the state, a critical battleground in the Nov. 8 presidential election.

On Tuesday, as Clinton worked a crowd in Broward County, Florida GOP chair and State Rep. Blaise Ingoglia was hammering her on reports that premiums for the Affordable Care Act are shooting up.

“On the heels of Obamacare premiums increasing at an average of 25%, Secretary Clinton’s visit to the Sunshine State will be a stark reminder of how big government policies like Obamacare will continue stifling our economy, restricting small business expansion and killing jobs,” he said.

Hillary Clinton to hold rally Wednesday at Palm Beach State College

Hillary Clinton in West Palm Beach in March. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)
Hillary Clinton in West Palm Beach in March. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has added to this week’s Florida swing a stop at Palm Beach State College at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Clinton will hold rallies Tuesday afternoon at Coconut Creek, in northwest Broward County, and then Wednesday afternoon in Tampa following her suburban Lake Worth appearance, her campaign said Monday.

She’s timing the rallies to Monday’s start of early voting in Florida. It runs through Nov. 6 in Palm Beach County.

“Clinton will urge Florida voters to take advantage of in-person early voting,” a campaign release said.

The suburban Lake Worth event  is at Palm Beach State is at 4200 S Congress Ave. The event is at its Elisabeth W. Erling Gymnasium. Doors open at 9 a.m.

U.S. Senate candidate Beruff: vote for me, not “career politician” Rubio

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Beruff (r)

Send me to the U.S. Senate instead of “career politician” Marco Rubio, candidate Carlos Beruff told a gathering west of Lake Worth on Thursday.

“You have to decide not to continue to send people to Washington who have been career politicians,” the Sarasota-area homebuilder told about 30 people at the Bellagio Republican Club, “or you’re not going to change the dynamics of the future of this country.”

Beruff, 58, is one of three Republicans challenging incumbent Rubio Aug. 30 in Florida’s GOP primary.

Beruff conceded he’s 12 points behind Rubio in polls but said his standing has moved up 13 points in the last few weeks. He said three other polls show him 1 or 2 points behind Democrat Patrick Murphy in a general election.

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Jennings says Starbucks clash with Scott helped foster debate

Cara Jennings confronting Gov. Scott in an Gainesville Starbucks last month
Cara Jennings confronting Gov. Scott in an Gainesville Starbucks last month

Cara Jennings, the former Lake Worth city commissioner made famous by her Starbucks standoff with Gov. Rick Scott, has more to say in a piece written for the Huffington Post.

In the piece posted Monday, Jennings doesn’t back down from her decision to confront Scott, who had just signed into law a controversial abortion clinics bill whose impact is already being felt.

Jennings said her exchange has helped start a “conversation, perhaps more importantly, a debate,” about a wide range of issues affecting Florida.

She also has a recommendation for Californians, if they should run into the governor on his corporate recruiting trip there this week. Scott sees an opening there because the state recently agreed to boost the minimum wage.

“Maybe friends in the Golden State will be next to run into Scott at a coffee shop and have the chance to tell him we all deserve a living wage, or that we all deserve access to quality healthcare,” Jennings wrote.

After scalding by Lake Worth’s Jennings at Starbucks, Scott fires back at ‘latte liberal’

Gov. Scott's political committee has fired back at Lake Worth activist Cara Jennings.
Gov. Scott’s political committee has fired back at Lake Worth activist Cara Jennings.

Rick Scott’s political committee fired back Friday at Lake Worth activist Cara Jennings, who recently confronted the governor at a Gainesville Starbucks, blasting him over the state’s handling of health care issues.

Scott’s Let’s Get to Work 60-second web spot derides Jennings as a “latte liberal” and cites the former city commissioner’s past refusal to recite the pledge of allegiance.

She’s also called a “terribly rude woman” in the ad.

Instead, the spot touts the state’s economic rebound — refuting Jennings’ Starbucks claim that “who here has a great job?”

The spot can be seen at: http://bit.ly/1VEkqMb

For her part, Jennings told the Palm Beach Post she was surprised Friday by Scott’s response. But only to a degree.

“Does anything Rick Scott does at this point surprise anybody in Florida?” Jennings said. “It’s completely inappropriate for the governor to use his political committee to produce an ad to retaliate against an individual’s concerns.”

Jennings said Scott’s refusal to support Medicaid expansion and his decision to sign into law a measure imposing stricter limits on abortion clinics is a threat to hundreds of thousands of Floridians.

She aimed her criticism of him for these policy positions at a loud decibel level in the Gainesville Starbucks. But there’s no mention of them in his response ad, she pointed out.

Instead, Jennings said she was still awaiting the governor’s response to her followup email offer. After their Starbucks exchange went viral, Jennings asked Scott to meet over coffee to further their discussion.

“I don’t know if I should take this as his response,” she said.

 

 

Rick Scott responds to viral video: ‘She was not someone you could talk to’

Gov. Rick Scott this afternoon responded to a viral video where a former Lake Worth city commissioner yells at Scott, calls him a profane name and rushes him out of a Starbucks.

(Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

The video was filmed at one of the coffee chain’s Gainesville locations and features activist Cara Jennings telling Scott, “You cut Medicaid, so I couldn’t get Obamacare.” Scott at one point can be heard replying to Jennings, saying he has created 1 million jobs in the state.

The video has been viewed more than 250,000 times since it was posted to YouTube on April 5.

Following a ceremonial bill signing Wednesday in Boca Raton, Scott said he hadn’t seen the video. When asked why he didn’t try to talk more with Jennings, Scott said, “She was not someone you could talk to.”

Jennings told Post reporter Kevin Thompson she was angry at Scott for signing into a law a controversial abortion bill.

“I am pro-life. I believe in the sanctity of life,” Scott said.

He then said lawmakers have more than $5 million in the state budget for health prevention services.

Asked about Medicaid expansion, Scott said, “If the federal government wants to have a program, they should fund their program. But don’t come to the state of Florida and ask us to tax our taxpayers for a federal program. I don’t believe in that. I don’t go to the federal government and say, ‘Fund my program.’ If they have a program, they should fund it.”

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— Wayne Washington