Lifeguards at Riviera Beach beach wear covering over their faces. The life guards (did not want to give names) said that if asked they would advise people not to risk a beach visit. Many beaches remains open Sunday morning while others remained closed to to Red Tide warnings. (Melanie Bell / The Palm Beach Post) For years now, coastal Palm Beach County residents has been been able to watch the environmental disasters caused by toxic blue-green algae and red tide from afar. We’ve watched our neighbors to the north in the Treasure Coast have their lives buffeted; our fellow county residents to the west in the Glades have their way of life threatened; and our fellow coastal residents in Southwest Florida shutter businesses. RELATED: Beaches remain closed due to ‘airborne irritant’ But that was before this weekend. Before the red tide we’ve all been reading about elsewhere in the state was suspected of making the air so bad here that local health officials in Martin … [Read more...] about Christie: Is Gov. Rick Scott to blame for the worsening red tide, toxic algae blooms?
Gov. Rick Scott says in a new ad for his Senate campaign that he likes it when "Florida is first.""Fourth-grade reading and math scores, first in the nation," Scott says in the ad. "Eighth-grade reading, first. High school AP classes and college education, both ranked first in the nation. And now, our highest education funding ever. I like it when Florida is first."The only problem is that Florida isn’t first in most categories Scott talks about in the ad. The idea Florida has the "highest education funding ever" is also misleading. (We rated a similar version of that claim Half True.)As evidence of Florida’s reading and math performance, Scott campaign spokeswoman Lauren Schenone sent us the 2017 National Assessment of Education Progress report and a governor’s office press release.We opened the links expecting to see a bunch of No. 1 rankings for the Sunshine State. Instead, we found out that the 2017 data ranks Florida fifth in fourth-grade reading, seventh in … [Read more...] about PolitiFact Florida: The facts about Rick Scott’s education ad
As an intense, unforgettable end to September in the U.S. Senate spills over into October, it is a reminder of where Sen. Bill Nelson is likely to spend much of the final weeks of campaign season: In Washington. Typically, Senators are freed of their D.C. work by now to stump back home. But the high-stakes nomination of U.S. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court has required that senators remain in the nation's capital through every twist and turn in the confirmation process. And Democrats expect Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will keep the chamber in session for most of, if not all of October, meaning Senators in difficult reelection battles, like Nelson, will have precious few days to stump in their home states. Already, Nelson has maintained a lighter campaign schedule this election cycle than some Democrats are comfortable with. Like many of his Democratic colleagues in tight races, Nelson's time in the state has been largely relegated to weekends. "I'm sure … [Read more...] about Bill Nelson stuck in Washington during final stretch of Senate race against Rick Scott
Gov. Rick Scott (left) and Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio all weighed in this morning on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. (Photos by George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson announced on Twitter this morning that he will vote against confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court while Republican Sen. Marco Rubio issued a lengthy statement supporting Kavanaugh. Nelson’s challenger in the November Senate race, Republican Gov. Rick Scott, responded to Nelson’s announcement by accusing him of being a puppet of Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer. Scott later issued a statement supporting Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Check out the latest Inside Florida Politics podcast here… Nelson’s decision wasn’t surprising as he also voted against President Donald Trump‘s nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the high court last year.Scott tweeted from his campaign account that Nelson was … [Read more...] about Bill Nelson, Marco Rubio, Rick Scott weigh in on Kavanaugh
Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Friday that U.S. Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh should be confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Scott, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, said in a statement that he found the testimony of Christine Beasley Ford "convincing." Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexual assaulting her when the two were teenagers in suburban Maryland. However, Scott said he also found Kavanaugh convincing and lamented that the judge's character was "smeared." "The truth is that none of us really know," Scott said. "So, I have to go with what I do know – Judge Kavanaugh has been a fair and brilliant judge, one of our nation's very best. He should be confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court." Scott's November opponent, Sen. Bill Nelson, said earlier Friday that he will vote no on Kavanaugh's nomination. Here's Scott's full statement: "I found Dr. Ford's testimony convincing, and my heart goes out to her. I also found Judge Kavanaugh's testimony … [Read more...] about Rick Scott says Brett Kavanaugh testimony ‘convincing’ and backs him for Supreme Court