Florida House of Representatives

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    March 17, 2014

    Lawmaker Wants To Drug Test Every Single Elected Official In Florida

    On the one hand, mass drug testing laws are inherently evil and unconstitutional. But on the other, requiring the same elected officials who keep trying to force drug tests on welfare recipients and minimum wage-earning state employees would be beautifully ironic -- especially in the wake of one Rep ... More >>

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    November 7, 2013

    House Subcommittee to Debate Stand Your Ground Today

    Florida's convoluted gun laws are up for debate today, although not really. It kind of just felt nice to say that for a second. It's true that the criminal justice subcommittee of the Florida House of Representatives will hold a 5-hour hearing about Stand Your Ground, among other things. However, th ... More >>

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    March 7, 2013
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    December 4, 2012

    Florida Bill Would Allow Advertising on School Buses

    Your kids' ride to school every morning could soon be sponsored by Coca-Cola, Kendall Toyota or Disney Channel. A new bill introduced in the Florida House of Representatives would allow school districts to sell advertising space directly on the school bus.

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    July 11, 2012

    Code Pink Wants You to "Bring Your Vagina" to RNC in Tampa Bay

    The Republican National Convention is coming to Tampa Bay in August, and along with it will comes thousands of protestors. Women's rights group Code Pink, which isn't shy about causing a commotion, is already planning its protest and is asking members to "bring their vagina to the RNC." Yes, they're ... More >>

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    January 4, 2012

    Gaston Canten Pleads Guilty to $135 Million Miami Ponzi Scheme

    Gaston Canten, a prominent Cuban-American businessman who used his ties in the community to bilk victims out of their hard earned money, has officially been charged and has agreed to plead guilty to his part in running a $135 million Ponzi scheme. Canten's scheme went so far that even Belen Jesuit S ... More >>

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    March 2, 2011

    You Can Now Buy Mike Haridopolos' Crappy Book for $9.99 on Your Kindle

    ​So, this weekend the Associated Press published a story on some crappy book Florida Senate President and likely US Senate candidate Mike Haridopolos got $152,000 in taxpayer money from Brevard Community College to write. Besides being of questionable quality, only one copy of the book existed. We ... More >>

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    October 20, 2010

    Sore Loser Maurice Ferré Endorses Rick Scott To Spite Dems

    Maurice Ferré, who 25 years ago was the mayor of the City of Miami, thinks he didn't get a fair shake in his long shot run for Senate in the Democratic primary. Somehow he's claiming this is "an insult to every Hispanic voter in our state." So what does he do to get back at the Democratic party? He ... More >>

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    October 14, 2010

    Manny Diaz and Michael Bloomberg Team Up Against Gerrymandering

    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is coming to bat for his homeboy, former Miami ​Mayor Manny Diaz, this Friday. The pair will lay out their reasons for supporting amendments 5 and 6 on the November ballot at an 11 a.m. press conference at the Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Miami.The pitch ... More >>

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    July 22, 2010
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    June 21, 2010

    Cloud Computing Lets a Florida Website Catch What the U.S. Census Missed

    ​By this point you've either seen the commercials on TV, heard about it on the radio, had someone knock on your door, or received a giant envelope in the mail -- the U.S. Census is everywhere. But how can you be sure that your vote is getting counted and the Magic City is getting all the funding i ... More >>

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    May 6, 2010

    George Rekers Has Company: The Top Ten Outed Right-Wing Homophobes

    George Alan Rekers, latest in a long line of closeted homophobes.Unless you've spent the last 48 hours holed up in a French B&B humping the homosexuality right out of your rent-a-boy, you've probably heard about Miami New Times' exposé of gay-bashing evangelist George Alan Rekers' European trys ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2010

    Democrats Opposed to Anti-Abortion Legislation Shut Down Florida House

    ​Florida's House of Representatives is pretty much closed for business today. That's because Republicans decided to bring up a last-minute piece of pro-life legislation in the final days of the regular session. Democrats pulled a rare procedural move and have virtually shut the body down.Republica ... More >>

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    April 22, 2010

    David Rivera Takes Lobbyist Cash During Legislative Session

    Former Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chairman Joe Garcia is wasting no time knuckling up for  Via David Rivera's FacebookAt a recent fundraiser, Rep. David Rivera (left) serenades supporters with the help of actor Steven Bauer, whom, as far as we know, doesn't do business with the state of Florid ... More >>

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    April 9, 2010

    Eat Horse Meat, Spend a Year in a Florida Jail (Updated)

    ​Last year, somebody killed and ate Ivonne Rodriguez's quarter horse, Geronimo. If that somebody tries the same thing next year, he will likely spend at least a year in jail and pay a $3,500 fine. The Florida House of Representatives is poised to pass a bill making it a felony to traffic in i ... More >>

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    April 6, 2010

    Florida Law Means A Year in Jail for Eating Horse Meat

    ​Last year, somebody killed and ate Ivonne Rodriguez's dappled quarter horse, Geronimo. If that somebody tries the same thing next year, he will likely spend at least a year in jail and pay a $3500 fine. The Florida House of Representatives is poised to pass a bill making it a felony to traffic in ... More >>

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    August 4, 2009

    Two Florida Men Face Five Years in Jail for Posting Gang Signs on MySpace

    Do I get five years in the slammer for posting this? ​Thanks to a law championed by a former Miami-Dade Police officer, two Florida men face up to five years in prison for photos allegedly showing gang signs posted to their MySpace accounts. The whole thing is ridiculous. Taxpa ... More >>

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    August 28, 2008
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    June 20, 2002

    Native Son

    Billy Hardemon has been running around Liberty City, and away from allegations of wrongdoing, forever

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    October 25, 2001

    New Face, Old Connections

    Miami mayoral candidate Manny Diaz may look like an outsider, but his political history places him squarely on the inside

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    October 11, 2001

    An Old-Fashioned Mayor

    Hialeah's Raul Martinez: "I don't need a machine"

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    July 19, 2001

    The Carlos Lacasa File

    Meet the most powerful politician you know nothing about

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    October 15, 1998
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    August 27, 1998

    Absentee Ethics

    That thoughtful Diaz de la Portilla boy has found a way to help out voters. What a guy!

  • News

    February 26, 1998

    Flying High

    Before heading off to Washington for confirmation as Secretary of the Air Force, State Sen. Daryl Jones got involved in one last bond deal. The money was very good, but the backwash could be very bad.

  • News

    January 16, 1997

    No, You Listen to ME!

    Wanna get in touch with South Florida's rage? Read through the complaint letters to local radio stations.

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    November 9, 1995

    Crime & Politics

    The continuing success of lobbyist Ron Book: Perverse proof of how much lawmakers need lawbreakers

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    August 24, 1994

    It's My Party and I'll Squash You If I Want To

    Like an eighteen-wheeler on a bike path, Dade Commissioner Bruce Kaplan subtly makes his mark on local GOP politics

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    April 28, 1993