Just 17.5 percent of Florida's registered voters bothered to turn out for Florida's primary election on Tuesday. That's the lowest turnout in a state-wide election in the state in 16 years. The last time voter turnout was lower was when only 16.6 percent of Floridians bothered to turn out for the 19 ... More >>
With primaries out of the way, tomorrow will be the official start of the general election for Florida's next governor. It's also the day that Rick Scott's former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll releases her autobiography, When You Get There. Spoiler alert: she's not very nice to Gov. Scott in it.
Do you feel that excitement? The excitement only a midterm primary election can bring? OK, sure, both of the top-of-the-ticket races for each party's gubernatorial nominee may be foregone conclusions, but there were lots of interesting races going on elsewhere on the ballot in Miami-Dade. That incl ... More >>
In the past five years, North Miami has seen the mayor's seat filled by two politicians who have faced allegations of criminal and unethical behavior. It began with Andre Pierre using taxpayer money to order fake police badges for his staff's use. Then Pierre was replaced by Lucie Tondreau, who last ... More >>
Recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, have raised questions about the militarization of American police departments. When angry protesters took to the streets to demand justice, Ferguson police responded with force. Cops in riot gear fired tear gas and stun grenades at marchers. At least one officer ... More >>
Absentee ballots have been sent out for this year's primary, which means it's officially election season in Miami-Dade. Of course, every election season here ends up with someone getting busted for voter fraud. Well, the Miami-Dade Police Benevolent Association is at least hoping to make someone a ... More >>
Yesterday, New Times published the second part of our series Hell on the Home Front, a profile of Iraq War vet Nicholas Cutter and the poor treatment he received at the Miami Veterans Affairs hospital. The story of how Cutter's death inside the VA was allegedly covered up has touched a nerve in a n ... More >>
The man eating breakfast certainly looked like Nicholas Cutter. He had the same pale skin. The same shaved head. The same technicolor tattoos peeking from beneath his T-shirt like graffiti on a whitewashed wall. Yet, from across the kitchen table, his sister Rainy saw a stranger. Once an extroverte ... More >>
Charlie Crist hasn't even won the Democratic primary yet, but he's already picked his general election running mate. Crist tapped Annette Taddeo-Goldstein, a Miami businesswoman who has made a few unsuccessful runs at office before and now is the chairwoman of the Miami-Dade Democrats and vice chair ... More >>
At this point, Gov. Rick Scott has turned into your embarrassing uncle who won't stop ranting at dinner about how the government should drug-test everyone, no matter how clearly you explain that such a plan definitely violates the Constitution. Except in this case, it's the federal court system tha ... More >>
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.