The super developers behind 500 Alton, an ambitious development plan that focuses on what would become Miami Beach's tallest building, knew their plan didn't meet city codes. But, hey, it's only local government and they're super developers. There's ways of getting around those things, but it's quit ... More >>
Guns are no longer just boy fun in Florida anymore. Woman now make up a higher rate of those who have concealed carry licenses than at any point before. Approximately one out of every four concealed carry permits are issued to women, and that translates to a whole lot of ladies packing heat. Remembe ... More >>
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 >>
Because Florida Republicans can't find a gun violence problem they don't think they can fix with more guns, a new bill that would allow teachers to pack heat in the classroom has passed its first state Senate panel.
On one hand the defection of a former state Representative from the Republican party to the Democrats should be an embarrassment for the GOP, but it really speaks more to the sad state of Florida's Democratic party that people are already mentioning that state rep as a possible Charlie Crist running ... More >>
During Nelson Mandela's funeral this morning, President Obama shook the hand of Cuban leader Raúl Castro. It's not completely unprecedented. Bill Clinton shook Fidel Castro's hand in New York in 2000. It's still an odd sight. But what does it mean? Of course, the internet is buzzing with people t ... More >>
President Obama's owes his reelection in part thanks to the Latino vote. But in the year since being elected to a second term, his approval rating has dropped a stunning 23 points among Hispanic voters. However, that's in part thanks to the fact that his approval ratings among the demographic was ... More >>
Don't mess with Donald Trump. He's the kind of guy who, if you look at him the wrong way during a business deal, will find a way to exact revenge. City leaders in Doral found that out the hard way. The 2014 edition of the Trump-owned Miss USA pageant was scheduled to take place at the similarly Tr ... More >>
In today's world of hyper-partisan political bickering, we're not even sure where the line of good taste lies anymore. But we're pretty sure making fun of cancer patient for having cancer is decidedly over even that murky line. Republican Pinellas County Committeeman Dan Tucker is in hot water for ... More >>
For the first time since he's taken office, Senator Marco Rubio's approval ratings among Floridians are now dipping underwater. A new Public Policy Polling poll finds that more Floridians disapprove of Marco Rubio's job performance than approve.
Charlie Crist hasn't officially announced his candidacy yet, but with Alex Sink deciding to forgo another run, there's a good chance he'll be the Democratic candidate for governor in 2014. And, if this latest Public Policy Polling survey is any indication, there's a good chance he'll be governor onc ... More >>
Yesterday, we noted El Nuevo Herald's scoop about Miami-Dade Police public corruption detectives going HAM on their overtime hours while investigating a quartet of park employees who pocketed a few thousand bucks. According to El Nuevo Herald, the investigators clocked 934 hours of overtime, collect ... More >>
Last year, Florida pastor Terry Jones had the divinely inspired idea of turning September 11 into "International Judge Muhammad Day." The act of bigoted brilliance sparked protests in many Muslim countries. Some experts even credited Jones' stunt with inspiring the deadly terrorist attack on the U.S ... More >>
Federal agents in Miami played a key role in nabbing two men accused of plotting to finance al-Qaida's battles in Syria and Somalia. Gufran Ahmed Kauser Mohammed and Mohamed Hussein Said pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges in Miami federal court Tuesday. They were denied bonds after federal pros ... More >>
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke has some advice for the President. While it was nice to see President Barack Obama finally address the nation about his blackne ... More >>
Boy, Steven Bateman doesn't know when to quit. Today, the Miami Herald published an article about another suspicious deal involving the Homestead mayor that appears riddled with conflicts-of-interest. It's becoming a pattern that has spawned separate investigations by the Miami-Dade State Attorney's ... More >>
What happens when you speak at a Tea Party rally and decide to drop a bit of Spanish into your speech? Like we even have to ask. Obviously, there'll be at least someone in the crowd who yells, "Learn English," at you. And that's exactly what happened to Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart.
Has Rick Scott gotten better at being governor, or has he just not been as terrible as usual? According to a new Quinnipiac Poll, Scott has hit his highest job approval rating since taking office. Of course, that approval rating still isn't very good, and most voters still don't think he should be ... More >>
Florida has been without a lieutenant governor now for 86 days, the longest stretch the position has been vacant since it was reinstated in 1969. Gov. Rick Scott, however, is in no particular rush to fill the seat. When Jennifer Carroll resigned form the job on March 11 amidst a scandal involving ... More >>
At last week's May 15 Homestead City Council meeting, Mayor Steve Bateman got testy with local business owner Michelle Pederson, prompting her husband Kevin to call hizzoner out. The back and forth occurred during the citizen's comments portion of the council meeting after Homestead resident Mark Be ... More >>
When it comes to war-mongering, President Barack Obama has at times put his predecessor, George W. Bush, to shame. Consider the commander-in-chief's cold-hearted use of unmanned drones to fight America's war on terror. He's launched more than five times as many drone strikes than Bush did, according ... More >>
Ever wonder why over the past decade Florida's elected officials seem to have become increasingly partisan? It might just be a general change in mood of politics across the nation. It might be gerrymandering that renders so many state legislative districts uncompetitive. Or it might be par ... More >>
Rick Scott's supposed plan to derail voter fraud in Florida resulted in nothing but long lines and the discovery of very little voter fraud. But now it seems there was at least one case of fraud in the past presidential election: a convicted felon wore an "I Voted" sticker to a meeting with her ... More >>
How badly do some people want Hugo Chávez to die? Badly enough to splash a phony photo purportedly portraying the Venezuelan president's last moments on newspapers and websites around the world.The fake photo was quickly debunked. But who was the poor bastard whose intubation was met with gle ... More >>
Give Stephen Ross props. He stepped up to Norman Braman one billionaire to another and slapped him across the face with a clean white glove. With a full page ad undermining Braman's credibility in Tuesday's edition of the Miami Herald, Ross let Braman know he's got the cash to parry any attacks the ... More >>
After weeks of speculation, City of Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez officially announced today that he will challenge Mayor Tomas Regalado. Suarez is only 35, and has spent barely three years on the commission, but his family connections have given him a boost to the top of the city's political la ... More >>
With another tax season descending on us, you might want to secure your W-2 or 1099 a little tighter. Over the past 12 months, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Miami has uncovered more than a dozen rackets involved in stealing tax refund checks using stolen identities of social security applicants, eld ... More >>
Maybe it was the bungled Election Day, or the Stand Your Ground backlash, or the drug testing programs gone awry, or just the fact that he still looks like a cyborg sent from the future to slash entitlement programs. Either way, Gov. Rick Scott continues posting historically bad poll numbers.A new Q ... More >>
When Craig Lowe won a run-off two years ago to become Gainesville's first openly gay mayor, many hailed it as a landmark of tolerance in conservative Central Florida. But not the local county's GOP chairman. He saw Lowe's election, he says today, as a victory by a vast liberal conspiracy to use coll ... More >>
Florida Gov. Rick Scott -- a man who has signed laws forbidding doctors from asking about patients' gun ownership and forcing municipalities to stop enforcing stricter local gun laws -- was silent today about gun laws when asked about the Sandy Hook massacre.
There's a big battle brewing between the Old Guard and the New Guard for the top leadership position of Florida's Democratic Party. Several South Florida Hispanic Democrats are voicing their displeasure with Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz's move to support Tallahasee's Allison Tant in next m ... More >>
Florida is on pace to become the first state to issue its one millionth active concealed carry permit sometime next week, as more than 167,000 permits are issued each year. Florida has already issued more concealed carry permits than any other state, and is set to become the first to break the one m ... More >>
After last month's electoral loss, the Republican Party is desperately trying to make it self over as a Hispanic friendly group, but the fact that a group representing Hispanic Republican voters in Florida has now filed a lawsuit against Reince Priebus, the national GOP chair with a name that ... More >>
For decades Cuban-Americans have been one of the Republican party's most reliable bases in Florida. Well, maybe not anymore. Some exit poll analysis suggests that Barack Obama actually outperformed Mitt Romney among Cubans in Florida. While others don't show him quite pulling off that historic demog ... More >>
While Floridians were busy re-electing Barack Obama, voters in Puerto Rico yesterday participated in a referendum posing a fundamental question to their political status with the United States: statehood or no statehood?The first question on the two-part referendum asked voters if they wanted to cha ... More >>
The joke about telling voters on the other side that they can vote the day after the election is almost as old as democracy itself, but this is Florida, and democracy here sometimes does look like a joke.Indeed, 12,525 people living in Pinellas County, Florida got a robocall this morning from their ... More >>
As the 2012 presidential election in Miami-Dade County spirals into calamity, alcalde fuerte Carlos Gimenez is doing nothing to stop another embarrassing, national indictment of our Banana Republic's voting system. Despite long lines of voters who waited two-to-six hours to cast their ballots during ... More >>
The latest polls released in the past few days really have not brought much clarity to the question of who exactly is in the lead in Florida. Two recent newspaper-commissioned polls show Mitt Romney with a sizable lead, but others show Barack Obama with a slim lead. Taken all together, we wouldn't b ... More >>
The race for Florida is still basically tied, but three new polls released this morning show President Obama with the slightest of leads. Though, all those leads are within the margin of error. Either way, it seems that both Obama and Mitt Romney still have a good shot at winning the Sunshine State.
Yesterday, while Julio Rodriguez waited in line to cast his ballot at the John F. Kennedy library, the Hialeah voter noticed his city's mayor stumping for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. No big deal right? Wrong.Carlos Hernandez was ignoring a local election law that prohibits people fr ... More >>