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 hopeful Grayson works West Palm Beach

(Staff photos/Damon Higgins)
(Staff photos/Damon Higgins)

081916-PBC-GRAYSON-1Florida U.S. Senate hopeful Alan Grayson came to West Palm Beach Thursday wearing gold and black boots, bought in Boynton Beach. Perhaps he was hoping he can be the shiny object that draws people’s attention away from the U.S. Senate race’s frontrunners, Democratic Patrick Murphy and GOP incumbent Marco Rubio.

The 2-term Orlando-area Congressman has his work cut out. A poll issued last week puts Rubio in a dead heat with Murphy, D-Jupiter, and gives Rubio a 6-point lead over Grayson — presuming Grayson is able to get past Murphy, the establishment favorite who’s even been endorsed by President Obama. Grayson’s been lined up often with Bernie Sanders.

But Grayson still got a standing ovation from about 75 people at the Marriott hotel on Okeechobee Boulevard. Touting his event as a town hall meeting on the algae bloom that’s tormented the Treasure Coast.

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State Rep., Palm Beach County Commission hopeful Kerner jumps the gun


A Freudian slip is defined as accidentally saying what you mean. Outgoing state legislator David Kerner laid a whopper Tuesday.

Kerner, who’s said he’ll seek the county commission seat Shelley Vana is vacating because of term limits, rose at Tuesday’s county commission meeting on a proposal to create a Community Redevelopment Agency in the town of Lake Clarke Shores, which is in Kerner’s central Palm Beach County legislative district.

Kerner started, “thank you mayor and fellow — “ and then corrected himself, saying “honorable commissioners.”

Amid giggles and guffaws, a red-faced Kerner said, “that was bad.”

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.”

Read more here.

— Wayne Washington

Crowd starts firing up for Hillary in West Palm Beach

As the clocked down to the 7 p.m. closing of polls in Florida and elsewhere on this key primary night, a crowd that already had begun to form in a ballroom at the Palm Beach County Convention Center began what well might be the first of several such chants, shouting, “Hillary! Hillary! Hillary!”

Hours earlier, Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton made a surprise visit Tuesday afternoon to a suburban West Palm Beach doughnut shop, shmoozing with seniors from nearby Century Village about their grandchildren and reminding everyone to, if they haven’t already, get out and vote before polls close at 7 p.m.

In a bit of cosmic alignment, Donald Trump, her possible opponent in November, should the two get that far, has his own event set for just a few miles away at his Mar-a-Lago Club on Palm Beach.

Hillary Clinton will be at Palm Beach County Convention Center Tuesday night

Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton

Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton will spend election night at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, her campaign said Tuesday.

Clinton “will speak about the results of the contests where Democratic voters will cast their ballots on Tuesday and discuss why she is the best candidate to raise incomes and break down barriers for families as President,” the campaign said in an email.

The event will be in the Grand Ballroom of the convention center, at 650 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach.  The Clinton campaign gives no exact time for Clinton’s remarks; they likely will depend on how voting tallies go as the night progresses. Doors will open at 7 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public but RSVPs are encouraged.

While Clinton has aired television and radio ads, and scattered surrogates, across Florida since last week’s Democratic debate, her opponent, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, appears to be focusing on other states.

Clinton leads Sanders in Florida by 59 percent to 31 percent, with 10 percent undecided, according to a Florida Atlantic University poll conducted March 8-11.

The campaign did not say whether the selection of West Palm Beach has anything to do with the fact that her possible general election opponent, Republican Donald Trump, is a part-time resident of Palm Beach.

Donald Trump and Palm Beach: A complicated relationship

Donald Trump sits at a 2004 Palm Beach Town Council meeting, where the officials voted on his proposals for the Mar-a-Lago Club. (Palm Beach Daily News file photo)
Donald Trump sits at a 2004 Palm Beach Town Council meeting, where the officials voted on his proposals for the Mar-a-Lago Club. (Palm Beach Daily News file photo)

Donald Trump burst onto the scene with all the bluster for which he’s so well-known.

He took on the establishment, fighting to restore a prized institution to what he thought it could be.

And, eventually, he won.

No, this isn’t the story of Trump’s race for the White House. But the tale of how Trump took on detractors on the island of Palm Beach could be a model for his path to a possible Republican presidential nomination.

Read more about Trump’s history with Palm Beach, from his purchase of the famed Mar-a-Lago estate to legal battles over flight paths above his home.