Vice President Pence at Coral Springs church this morning for service, ‘interview’

UPDATE: Vice President Mike Pence spoke at this morning’s service at the Church by the Glades in Coral Springs.

Pence, who on Saturday visited Jacksonville to discuss jobs with Gov. Rick Scott and then Palm Beach for a speech at The Breakers, held an informal conversation onstage for about 20 minutes during the church’s service with the Rev. David Hughes.

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Vice President Mike Pence speaks onstage at the Church by the Glades in Coral Springs on Sunday morning. Pastor David Hughes, left, interviewed Pence on how the vice president balances his personal faith with his public calling. (Michael Ares / The Palm Beach Post)

Pence then joined other parishioners in the pews as Hughes delivered his sermon.

“Blessed to have the opportunity to worship with the friendly faces at @cbglades. Thank you for the warm welcome,” Pence tweeted after the service.

EARLIER STORY: Vice President Mike Pence will visit a South Florida church this morning, where he will attend the service and be interviewed by the church’s pastor about his faith, according to a post Saturday on the Church by the Glades’ Facebook page.

The church, which sits on the northeast corner of the intersection of the Sawgrass Expressway and West Atlantic Boulevard in Coral Springs, is cautioning guests to arrive more than an hour early for the 10 a.m. service.

Vice President Mike Pence will speak at a Coral Springs church on Sunday morning. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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“Our intent is for this NOT to be a political or partisan event, but rather an opportunity to hear how a sitting Vice President integrates his personal faith with his very public calling,” the church said in the post.

In a later post, the church’s pastor, the Rev. David Hughes, defended the decision to host Pence and have him speak at the service. That post — which is accompanied by a photo of Hughes standing on a stage with a donkey and an elephant while Hughes holds a sign that says “GOD is NOT a REPUBLICAN or DEMOCRAT” — begins with Hughes saying the church is open to all people, including “donkey people” and “elephant people,” and the church’s Sunday morning service “is NOT about political agendas but HONOR.”

“When the office of the sitting Vice President of the United States ASKED US if he would be welcome to worship with us, of course the honoring response is ‘yes,’ ” Hughes wrote.

He said he would have done the same for Vice President Joe Biden, President Barack Obama or first lady Michelle Obama.

» COMPLETE COVERAGE: President Donald Trump in Palm Beach

“And, VP Pence’s office communicated his willingness to share his testimony…my thought was, if the 2nd most powerful man if the free world, regardless of party, wants to come and share with my church how he fell in love with Jesus, I’m in,” Hughes continued. “Of course I respect your right to disagree with a choice I prayerfully made. Just do so with respect.”

After the service, Pence is scheduled to fly out of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport for his return trip to Washington, D.C., aboard Air Force Two.

On Saturday night, Pence spoke at a Club for Growth gathering at The Breakers in Palm Beach. After his speech, he made his first visit to President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club since the pair took office in January. Trump invited Pence to come by for dessert after the president ate dinner with first lady Melania Trump, Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter, Laura Perlmutter and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

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BREAKING: Pence coming to Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale this weekend

UPDATE: Vice President Mike Pence will come to Palm Beach this weekend before traveling to Fort Lauderdale Sunday morning to attend church.

The White House confirmed Friday evening that Pence will travel to South Florida on Saturday after holding a small business listening session earlier in the day in Jacksonville.

The vice president will speak at a Club for Growth gathering at The Breakers, the lavish Palm Beach hotel noted for its celebrity visitors, on Saturday night. On Sunday morning, the White House said Pence will attend church at Church by the Glades in Coral Springs.

The White House did not say where Pence will spend the night Saturday, but it can be expected he will stay at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club, where the president is spending the weekend.

The Palm Beach Post reported earlier Friday that Pence would visit, based on Federal Aviation Administration flight restrictions issued for Fort Lauderdale on Sunday.

EARLIER STORY: It looks like Vice President Mike Pence may make a trip to Fort Lauderdale this weekend, as President Donald Trump spends a few days at his Mar-a-Lago Club just an hour north.

After visiting Jacksonville on Saturday to hold a small business listening session with Gov. Rick Scott, it appears Pence then will go to Fort Lauderdale on Sunday morning, according to temporary flight restrictions issued Friday morning by the Federal Aviation Administration.

» COMPLETE COVERAGE: President Donald Trump in Palm Beach

President Donald Trump, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, speaks during a meeting with the Republican Study Committee, Friday, March 17, 2017, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The restrictions cover Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, as well as an area out west near the Everglades, by the intersection of the Sawgrass Expressway and Atlantic Boulevard. Details on Pence’s plans once in Fort Lauderdale are not yet available.

In Jacksonville, Action News Jax TV station reports Pence will visit Mac Papers Envelope Converters with Scott to “discuss the President’s economic agenda, the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, and the American Health Care Act.”

This story will be updated when more information is available.

Pence may return to Jacksonville

Mike Pence talks to First Baptist Church of Jacksonville as Senior Pastor Mac Brunson looks on in this September 2016 image. (Cox Media Group)

Looks like President Donald Trump isn’t the only executive branch politician to be returning to Florida this weekend.

Vice President Mike Pence could be returning to Jacksonville on Saturday, a new Federal Aviation Administration notice suggests. Announced flight restrictions  — three nautical miles around, 3,000 feet up — match Pence’s travel restrictions. Trump is normally accompanied by 30 nautical mile restrictions up to 18,000 feet.

Pence has been to Jacksonville before, including a September visit to a church.

Trump’s frequent visits to Palm Beach County are causing problems. At least one local politician wants to enact a special tax on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate to recoup security costs.

Trump’s latest trip is expected to land sometime after 6 p.m. Friday and leave before 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

Donald Trump at the top of the Palm Beach County ballot? Is this rigged?

presrace-postDonald Trump has suggested the Nov. 8 election is rigged, but here in Florida, his critics might say the same thing.

After all, on ballots statewide and in Palm Beach County, the part-time Palm Beacher and Republican presidential nominee is at the top of the ballot. It’s not alphabetical. It’s not even alphabetical by party.

The answer: President’s not the only race. All down the ballot, each race has something in common: Republicans are listed first.

So what gives?

It’s all legit, according to the Florida Division of Elections. The answer lies in Section 101.151(2) of Florida Statutes.

It calls for the ballot to list picks in this order: “nominated by the political party that received the highest vote for Governor in the last general election of the Governor in this state, followed by the names of other candidates for President and Vice President of the United States who have been properly nominated.”

The most recent gubernatorial vote was of course, in 2014, when Republican Rick Scott was reelected. That puts the GOP ticket of Trump and Mike Pence first, followed by Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine, and then candidates from smaller parties.

Trump to attend Hispanic roundtable Tuesday in Miami

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will take part Tuesday in a “Hispanic leadership roundtable” in Miami, his campaign said over the weekend.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump Saturday, June 11, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)
Trump (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

The businessman and part-time Palm Beacher and his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, will start the day

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence at the Boca Raton Resort and Club.
PenceTuesday in Charlotte, N.C., at the, before flying to Miami. Details of the Miami event haven’t yet been announced.

Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C., at the 117th National Convention of Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, before flying to Miami.

Details of the Miami event haven’t yet been announced. But the Miami Herald is reporting it will be the lunch gathering at the famed Versailles restaurant that had been set for July 8 before Trump canceled at the last minute because of the previous evening’s assassination of five police officers in Dallas.

He also canceled an appearance set for later that day at a hotel near Miami International Airport where there was speculation he’d announce his running mate. Trump unveiled his partnership with Pence on July 16 in New York.

On Saturday, Trump’s presumed opponent, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, also targeted Miami for her first

Florida voters give Hillary Clinton an edge in temperament but don't think she's "honest and trustworthy." (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
Clinton (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

rally with her vice president pick, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, traveling to the heavily-Hispanic

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Kaine (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Florida International University, west of Miami.

Clinton is set to become the official nominee this week at the Democratic National Convention

in Philadelphia. She’ll do so without South Florida U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who Sunday was out as Democratic National Committee chair following revelations of e-mails suggesting the DNC had unfairly helped Clinton in her primary fight with Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, speaks at the Univision, Washington Post Democratic presidential debate at Miami-Dade College, Wednesday, March 9, 2016, in Miami, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Sanders (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)


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Trump veepstakes near finish — running mate choice to be announced by end of week

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

The Donald Trump veepstakes are nearing the finish.

Trump told the Washington Post on Monday that he plans to announce his vice presidential candidate by the end of the week, presumably giving an energy jolt to the Republican National Convention, which begins next week in Cleveland.

Trump said he has five people on his short list, including retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, a critic of President Obama who formerly ran the Defense Intelligence Agency.

But Trump told the Post he was leaning toward making a “political” pick. That would seem to lower the odds on the part-time Palm Beacher choosing from among New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, or someone else.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has been mentioned occasionally as a Trump running mate, but not lately. Scott said in May that he has the job he wants and won’t leave it.