Sunday, July 15, 2018

Trump says he will hold rally while skipping correspondents' dinner

WASHINGTON — After refusing to attend next weekend's annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner — a traditional night of comity between presidents and the news media — President Donald Trump announced Saturday that he would hold a rally away from the capital while the dinner was under way.

In a Twitter message Saturday morning, the president said he would be "holding a BIG rally in Pennsylvania" on Saturday, the same night the press corps will gather for its annual black-tie event at the Washington Hilton.

The rally will be in Harrisburg.

Trump's decision is another thumb-in-the-eye to the White House press corps after months of tension and acrimony between the president and the reporters who cover him. Trump has called several news organizations "fake" or the "enemy of the people."

In other news:

• U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has been removed by the administration and replaced temporarily by his deputy, Rear Adm. Sylvia Trent-Adams. Murthy, a holdover from the Obama administration, was asked to resign, according to a statement by the Department of Health and Human Services.

• In Sydney, Vice President Mike Pence offered assurance to Australia over its ties to the United States and pledged to honor a refugee resettlement deal that had been criticized by Trump as "dumb" during a phone call during the president's first weekend in office. "We've initiated the process of fulfilling that agreement," Pence said after meeting with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Comments
Trump tweets, hits links before high-stakes Putin meeting

Trump tweets, hits links before high-stakes Putin meeting

TURNBERRY, Scotland — Two days before a high-stakes summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump played golf and tweeted Saturday from one of his namesake resorts, blaming his predecessor for Russian election meddling and lash...
Published: 07/14/18
Scott taps former Pinellas GOP chair to fill commission vacancy left by late John Morroni

Scott taps former Pinellas GOP chair to fill commission vacancy left by late John Morroni

Gov. Rick Scott appointed real estate investor and former Redington Shores Mayor Jay Beyrouti to the Pinellas County Commission on Friday, filling the vacancy created when Commissioner John Morroni died of cancer in May.In a short news release, the G...
Published: 07/13/18
His Ph.D is from a diploma mill. But candidate stands by his work

His Ph.D is from a diploma mill. But candidate stands by his work

The three letters were displayed prominently on George Buck’s campaign website, right after his name: Ph.D. Check his campaign finance records and those, too, display his doctorate. There’s no question that Buck, a Republican primary ca...
Published: 07/13/18
March column: Transit petition has

March column: Transit petition has "steep hill"

Leaders of an effort to put a Hillsborough County transportation sales tax referendum on the November ballot say they’re confident they’ll gather enough petition signatures in time.But they may have to work fast. As of Thursday, All for Transportatio...
Published: 07/13/18

Fiat workers call for strike after owner buys Cristiano Ronaldo

Fiat factory workers in Italy can think of a few things they’d rather see their owner spend $130 million on than Cristiano Ronaldo.A Fiat Chrysler Automobiles union in the south of the country called for a strike to protest the purchase of star playe...
Published: 07/12/18
Carlton: Forget politics — we’ve got a mayor-governor bromance going here!

Carlton: Forget politics — we’ve got a mayor-governor bromance going here!

There’s a difference between Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Florida Gov. Rick Scott.And no, I don’t mean the fact that Buckhorn is a Democrat who stuffed envelopes in the fourth grade for Robert Kennedy and later stumped for both Bill and Hillary. And ...
Published: 07/10/18
Updated: 07/11/18
Hawkes, Compton lean on public service roles in Pasco’s only contested judicial race

Hawkes, Compton lean on public service roles in Pasco’s only contested judicial race

Of the five Pasco County judgeships up for election this year, voters will decide only one race: a lone contested showdown between the Sheriff’s Office’s top civilian employee, Jeremiah Hawkes, and former Zephyrhills city councilman Kent Compton.Hawk...
Published: 07/10/18
Trump picks Kavanaugh for court, setting up fight with Dems

Trump picks Kavanaugh for court, setting up fight with Dems

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump chose Brett Kavanaugh, a politically connected conservative judge, for the Supreme Court Monday, setting up a ferocious confirmation battle with Democrats as he seeks to shift the nation’s highest court further to ...
Published: 07/09/18
‘Viciousness’: Trump aides endure public fury toward president’s policies

‘Viciousness’: Trump aides endure public fury toward president’s policies

Just after arriving in Washington to work for President Donald Trump, Kellyanne Conway found herself in a downtown supermarket, where a man rushing by with his shopping cart sneered, "You ought to be ashamed of yourself! Go look in the mirror!""Mirro...
Published: 07/09/18

Pasco Political Notebook for July 13

Chamber hosts primary debatesThe West Pasco Chamber of Commerce will host its Primary Election debates from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 16 at the Pasco-Hernando State College Performing Arts Center, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey.Participants include c...
Published: 07/09/18