Carlos Alvarez

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    January 14, 2014

    Meet Carlos Lopez-Cantera, Your New Lieutenant Governor

    Rick Scott has officially picked Miami-Dade property appraiser Carlos Lopez-Cantera as his next lieutenant governor. The office was vacant for nearly ten months. A solid conservative whose main issue throughout his career as both property appraiser and a member of the Florida House has been lower pr ... More >>

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    July 22, 2013

    Mayor Gimenez Is Still Receiving a Six-Figure Fire Pension While Axing Fire Services

    Lower-income areas are set to bear the brunt of Mayor Carlos Gimenez's recommendation to close 22 libraries and ax six fire trucks to fix a budget deficit. Those libraries are disproportionately in poor neighborhoods, and the six fire stations set to lose a truck include Florida City and Goulds -- t ... More >>

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    July 12, 2012

    Jimmy Morales, Former County Commissioner, Considering Run For Governor Against Rick Scott

    With Rick Scott's dismal approval ratings, Democrats from all corners of the state are salivating over the chance to take him on in 2014. Jimmy Morales, the former chairmen of the Miami-Dade County Commission and the man who lost the mayoral race to Carlos Alvarez in 2004, has announced he's mulling ... More >>

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    February 1, 2012

    Turns Out Voters Don't Think County Commissioners Deserve an $86,000 Raise

    ​After a fantastic performance over the past few years -- from backing a grotesquely bad Marlins stadium deal to voting for a billion-dollar tunnel to nowhere to faithfully rewarding their corporate backers -- Miami-Dade County commissioners sure seemed due for a hefty pay raise. Right?Nah, Dade v ... More >>

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    December 22, 2011

    Miami's top news stories of 2011

    Dude, where's my city? Miami wakes up with a pounding headache.

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    November 7, 2011

    Norman Braman Threatens More Miami-Dade Commissioners with Recalls

    ​The paint has long dried on the victory signs declaring billionaire Norman Braman's success in his drive to recall Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez, and yet it's hard to discern any meaningful policy change that has occurred in Miami-Dade since then. So, it's not surprising that Braman is now thre ... More >>

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    September 23, 2011

    Miami-Dade Commissioners Pass Budget, Help Selves, Screw Cops

    ​Miami-Dade commissioners, in one of those crazy late night donnybrooks, passed a $6 billion budget Friday morning, but kept their cozy office deals and proposed to cut back on cops and other public employee salaries.That is what I call hypocrisy.According to this morning's Herald story, the commi ... More >>

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    July 14, 2011

    Mayor Gimenez Wants to Close 13 Libraries, Fire 884 People To Cut Taxes

    ​Newly elected Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez on Wednesday proposed cutting last year's budget by 19 percent and reversing the tax hike ushered in by recalled mayor Carlos Alvarez, The Miami Herald reports.He wants to do it, and close the projected $400-million budget shortfall, by cutting 1,286 ... More >>

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    June 28, 2011

    Carlos Gimenez Claims Victory in Miami-Dade Mayoral Election

    By a surprisingly slim margin, Miami-Dade voters have picked Carlos Gimenez to serve as the county's next mayor. Gimenez received just 51 percent of the vote in the special runoff election triggered by the recall of former mayor Carlos Alvarez. Opponent Julio Robaina has offered his concession.Thoug ... More >>

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    June 23, 2011
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    May 11, 2011

    Andre Pierre Wins Reelection In North Miami, Proving That Accountability Is Already Passé

    Andre Pierre: unbelievably, still North Miami mayor​What a difference two months makes. In March, members of the Miami Heat were crying in their locker room; now they're poised to kick the Celtics out of the post-season. Back then, Donald Trump was flying high. Now everyone knows his presidential ... More >>

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    May 4, 2011

    Jeffrey Lampert, Mayoral Candidate, Threatened with Arrest for Attending Debate

    Local 10Jeffrey Lampert says debate organizers threatened to have him arrested if he showed up for a debate.​When Carlos Alvarez was booted from office on March 15, the largest local recall election in U.S. history sent a clear message to the Miami establishment: no more inside-the-beltway politic ... More >>

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    March 21, 2011

    Norman Braman Gets Mayoral Candidates To Promise Charter Reform

    photo by Tim ElfrinkBraman issues his marching orders.​When Norman Braman launched his campaign to oust Mayor Carlos Alvarez, he made it clear that charter reform -- including term limits -- was his real goal. Braman inched a step closer to making that happen today as three of the front-runners to ... More >>

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    March 18, 2011

    Supermoon Rising: This Week's Five Signs of the Apocalypse

    ​In ancient Greek, apocalypse translates as "a revelation." So what could possibly be more apocalyptic than the giant freaking orange moon due to pop up tomorrow night? After all, it's the biggest and closest it's been in nearly two decades. FYI: the "extreme supermoon" is also predicted to (1) ma ... More >>

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    March 16, 2011

    Miami Voice Celebrates the End of Natacha

    ​Natacha Seijas was right to worry about her name appearing on the same recall ballot as Carlos Alvarez. She was swept up in the voter tsunami that also took out the now former county mayor. Many local political pundits didn't give Miami Voice, the political action committee that sought Seijas's r ... More >>

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    March 16, 2011

    Ten Other Things We Wish We Could Recall

    ​Even if you didn't think yesterday's recall of Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez and Commissioner Natacha Seijas was a good idea, you must admit it was immensely satisfying to watch those lopsided results come in. We posit that it was better than sex. Fornication is wonderful and all, but how oft ... More >>

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    March 15, 2011

    Recall Results: Alvarez and Seijas are Gone

    ​The people of Miami-Dade have spoken and they were not ambiguous about it: county mayor Carlos Alvarez and county commissioner Natacha Seijas are out of a job. The total vote count isn't in just yet, but as of right now both were ousted with about 88 percent of voters checking "yes."

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    March 10, 2011
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    February 3, 2011
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    January 31, 2011

    Doral Mayor J.C. Bermudez Announces He Exists, Will Run For County Mayor

    ​Doral, that place out there to the west with the fancy golf resort, some strip malls, and some other stuff, probably, has a mayor. His name is J.C. Bermudez and he wants to be your next county mayor. Bermudez announced his entrance into the crowded field of contestants jockeying to repl ... More >>

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    January 14, 2011

    How Does Mayor Luther Campbell Sound To You?

    ​Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness once made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. In this special edition, Luke contemplates being county mayor now that the recall election against Carlos Alvarez is set.If Carlos Al ... More >>

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    January 6, 2011
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    December 30, 2010
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    December 21, 2010

    Carlos Alvarez Recall Certified By Harvey Ruvin, Likely Headed To Voters Next Year

    ​Miami voters are one big step closer to a vote on whether to strip County Mayor Carlos Alvarez of his office, as Clerk Harvin Ruvin officially certified billionaire car dealer Norman Braman's recall effort this afternoon.Braman managed to collect more than 95,000 valid signatures in favor of the ... More >>

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    December 9, 2010
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    January 27, 2010

    News Roundup: City Commission Gets It Dunn

    After an epically long city commission meeting, commissioners chose the Rev. Richard Dunn to replace Michelle Spence-Jones after he pledged not to run for the seat in November. [Herald]Crime rates in unincorporated Dade County are down. [Herald]Sad Ponzi clown Scott Rothstein is going to p ... More >>

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    November 11, 2009

    The Timoney Boot Party Countdown, Day 2

    Whitney Roux​ The morning breeze whips John Timoney's rosy cheeks as he settles into his rowboat moored at the Miami Beach Rowing Club. He pushes off the dock and begins paddling up Indian Creek, soaking in the dry, mild November weather, pondering where his next gig will be.Maybe he'll roll throu ... More >>

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    September 11, 2009

    The Week That Was: Don't Park at White Room After Labor Day

    Trying to find parking in this town can be hell, but be thankful you've never been shot in the pursuit of a space, like a teenage girl outside White Room. Police are looking for leads.Our heart is still beating from that Miami-FSU game. Jim Greer decided to let his children be indoctr ... More >>

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    June 3, 2009

    Peel the Vote '09: Not That Carollo, But Still a Carollo

    Alex Izaguirre In the crowded race to for the city commission seat being vacated by Joe Sanchez, perennial candidate Frank Carollo has amassed $95,275 in campaign . The guy's run before.Vitals: A 39-year-old certified public accountant with a perfectly symmetrical pompadour. Qualifications: Ra ... More >>

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    May 12, 2009

    News Roundup

    LocalMiami-Dade now has 10 confirmed cases of swine flu. Yeah, Swine Flu updates have gone from their own posts to the 'News Roundup.' [Herald]There was a hijacking at MIA! Actually, it was just a false alarm. [Herald]Mayor Carlos Alvarez has still not filled the top job at the County department tha ... More >>

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    March 23, 2009

    Say No to the Stadium

    Today the Miami-Dade County Commission will vote to build the Florida Marlins a new stadium. Or not. I hope they don't. This deal is such a stinker I don't know how Mayor Carlos Alvarez, the stadium's chief cheerleader, doesn't walk around wearing a gas mask every time he is out promoting it. So her ... More >>

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    March 12, 2009

    Inspect no commissioners or the mayor

    This past March 4, the Miami-Dade County Inspector General's Office announced it had nailed a county vendor falsifying his insurance paperwork in order to get a county contract. Thanks to the inspector general's investigation, the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office was able to charge Eddy Joe Allen ... More >>

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    December 31, 2008

    Esto solo pasa en Meeyami

    Today, the last day of 2008, Banana Republican highlights his ten favorite news stories of the year, the tales that truly capture life in a sun-drenched, third-world dimension. 10. Marc Sarnoff's Memo to Himself. The Coconut Grove loving city commissioner has a super secret meeting with Joe Arriol ... More >>

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    December 24, 2008

    Bloggers Pick Up on Carlos Alvarez Jr. Story Where Media Leaves Off

    If the release of Miami-Dade Mayor Carlo Alvarez's son from prison was a big deal, you wouldn't know it from any of the local media outlets (us included). The news broke nearly three months after the fact in, of all places, Joan Fleischman's Herald gossip column. We relegated it to a link ... More >>

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    September 25, 2008

    Selling Out at the Miami Herald

    The newspaper's county hall reporter takes a six-figure job with the very people he was supposed to cover.

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    July 31, 2008
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    April 24, 2007

    Alvarez a No-Show at the NAACP

    It’s unclear whether Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez declined the invitation or if it was rescinded, but at last night’s NAACP meeting at the Joseph Caleb Center, the man was not there. The uproar of last month’s meeting, which featured a defiant Roosevelt Bradley protesting the forced ... More >>

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    March 29, 2007

    Behind the Boot

    Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez is on a rampage. Here's the skinny.

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    January 11, 2007

    Lincoln-Douglas It Wasn’t

    "As the chair, you had the power to say something, and you didn’t"

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    December 20, 2006

    Ding-Dong the Witch is Still Alive

    Miami-Dade County Yesterday, County Commissioner Natacha Seijas crushed a recall against her. A pathetic 11 percent of the 76,000 registered voters in her district turned out to cast ballots. Seijas won by a 2-to-1 margin. She relied on a $430,730 campaign war chest, a legion of union workers m ... More >>

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    September 29, 2005

    Letters from the Issue of September 29, 2005

    Savage words, Haitian rights, suicide notes, and DeFede friends and foes

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    September 15, 2005

    The Toxic Pharmacy

    A prominent couple's life unravels amid fraud charges and an arson investigation

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    May 5, 2005

    Miami Gun Rhapsody

    Who's packing heat in the Magic City? You don't have to conceal your curiosity a second longer

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    March 3, 2005
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    February 3, 2005
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    January 6, 2005
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    October 28, 2004

    Mortal Kombat, Miami-Style

    It's another Rundle vs. Milian showdown for the State Attorney job, getting messier as the finish nears

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    July 15, 2004

    High & Mighty

    What do you do when some morons criticize you in a news report? If you're the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, the top federal cop, the answer is easy: You blackball the news reporter

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    March 18, 2004

    Letters from the Issue of March 18, 2004

    Civic demons, bad dentistry, and hip-hop culture crash

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