Government and Politics

  • News

    December 2, 2010
  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    Christian Family Coalition Asks Rick Scott to Stop Selling Pornography to Latinos

    The Christian Family Coalition, a Miami-based group that hems way to the right on social issues, is calling Gov-elect Rick Scott to stop selling pornography to Latinos. So when reviewing Scott's business past they weren't, like every other sane person, so much concerned that he ran a company that wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    The Marco Rubio for President Campaign Might as Well Begin Tomorrow

    ​Let's not be cynical. We don't know who is going to win the Florida senate race (so please go out and vote), but polls indicate Marco Rubio is the favorite. If he does emerge victorious tonight, then it's only a matter of time until some speculation that he may run for President in 2012 at least ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2010

    Former Argentine President Nestor Kirchner Dead

    ​Nestor Kirchner, the former president of Argentina and husband of current president Cristina Kirchner, has died this morning due to heart failure at the age of 60. The leftist-Peronist politician was widely expected to mount another presidential campaign in 2011.

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2010

    Five More Cuban Dissidents to be Freed

    In a carefully timed move, Cuba will free five more political prisoners, bringing the total number to 57, the Roman Catholic Church announced Thursday. The announcement comes before the 27-nation E.U. block meets to review its hard-line policy toward the totalitarian nation, which is seeking to bol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2010

    Marco Rubio to Appear with Sarah Palin This Weekend

    Tea Party dreams do come true! Two stars of the conservative movement, Florida's Republican senate candidate Marco Rubio and right wing queen bee Sarah Palin will share a stage this weekend in Orlando. Somewhere an eagle is surely weeping with joy.

  • News

    October 14, 2010
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    October 12, 2010

    The U.S. Military Ready to Wage War on Outerspace Terrorists

    ​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. This week, Luke dissects the worldwide UFO conspiracy.A propaganda campaign to prepare us for the next big war is underway. But this time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    North Miami Beach Manager Canned After Snitching On City Council

    Kelvin Baker is no longer North Miami Beach's city manager.​The Miami Herald reports this morning that the North Miami Beach City Council fired Manager Kelvin Baker last night. Although no specifics were given, Banana Republican wonders if his termination had anything to do with Baker accusing som ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2010

    Alex Sink Supports Permanent Extension of Bush Tax Cuts, Putting Her At Odds With Obama

    via MSNBC​Yesterday we noted Alex Sink's tricky new TV ad that put distance between her campaign and President Obama. Today on MSNBC, she explicitly sided with Republicans against Obama on the issue of permanently extending all of the "Bush Tax Cuts." She claims they help small businesses, but the ... More >>

  • News

    August 26, 2010
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    August 25, 2010

    With Greene Gone, Meek Still Has Mountain to Climb in US Senate Race

    kendrickmeek.comMeek on Election Day​Kendrick Meek will not miss Jeff Greene. Like that guy at your party who shows up uninvited, plays Kelly Clarkson so loud the cops come, and then bolts before you're handed a noise violation, Greene has been a major headache.But Meek will miss Greene's money. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2010

    Florida Primary Election Results Live Blog

    ​Today Florida went to the polls for the 2010 primary election. While tonight's big theme involved controversial, self-funded billionaire outsiders taking on establishment career politicians in both the Republican primary for Governor and Democratic primary for Senate, there's still lots of ballot ... More >>

  • News

    August 19, 2010
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    August 19, 2010

    If Republicans Lose Both Governor and Senate Races, Is the Tea Party to Blame?

    via OnePennySheet​Back in early 2009 it seemed that Charlie Crist was a guarantee to win the Senate race as a Republican, and Bill McCollum had the edge in the Governors race. Now the latest Quinnipiac poll shows that GOP candidates are trailing in both the Senate and Governors race. What happened ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina Exposed on Facebook By Former Allies

    City of HialeahJulio Robaina double-crossed two former allies who are now out to destroy him.​Last Wednesday, shortly before dawn, Rolando Bolaños logged on to his Facebook account to update his status regarding his favorite subject, Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina. The ex-Hialeah Police chief inform ... More >>

  • News

    July 29, 2010
  • Blogs

    July 13, 2010

    Marco Rubio Calls for More Tax Cuts, But Could That Hurt The Economy More?

    ​It seems so simple that Republicans have taken it as fact: tax cuts will lead to greater economic strength. Lower taxes mean people have more money to spend, businesses have more payroll to add jobs, and hence our economy should get a jolt, right? It's no surprise that Marco Rubio has now come ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    Video: Think Tank Reps Omni Heavy in "Gun In My Hand"

    Think Tank, a project of the Llamabeats and Parable MC, have a new video out for their song "Gun In My Hand" all shot in the City Of Miami in and around the Omni area of Biscayne and NE 2nd Ave South of 36th street. Recognize the landmarks, graffiti, pawn shops? This and other recent videos signal ... More >>

  • Music

    June 24, 2010
  • Blogs

    June 24, 2010

    Rick Scott Hates the Stimulus, But Company He Invested in Got $60m in Stim Funds

    Billionaire GOP Governor candidate Rick Scott says he has conservative values, but the kind of companies he invests in don't seem to. One company Scott invested in was shown to help send money from illegal immigrants back to Mexico even though he backs Arizona's immigration laws. Another h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    Cuban Dissident Leaders call for Lifting Travel Ban

    Hardliners opposed to lifting the travel ban to Cuba have been among the staunchest champions of the Communist island's increasingly vocal dissident movement. But a letter released Thursday by 74 of the Cuba's most prominent dissenters undermines some of the key arguments made by leaders of Miami's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2010

    No Green Party, Twitter-Driven Miracle In Colombia as Santos Wins Big

    Millions of Colombians turned out to the polls yesterday to elect a new president, and the environment, Facebook, and free-thinking lost out to security, money and familiarity.via Antanas Mockus' facebookMockus' Green Party captured just 21 percent of the vote in Colombia on Sunday.That's oversimpli ... More >>

  • News

    May 13, 2010
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    April 30, 2010

    Betrayal: Sen. George LeMieux Says He'll Support Rubio over Crist

    ​Talk about betrayal! Sen. George LeMieux says the he'll support the Republican nominee over his old friend Charlie Crist: "I will support our Republican nominee and will continue to do everything I can both in Florida and across the country to increase the number of Republicans in the United ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • News

    April 15, 2010
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    April 15, 2010

    New Poll: Crist Would Win in Three-Way Race

    ​Republican voters may be wild over Marco Rubio, but a new Quinnipiac poll shows that no matter what the situation Charlie Crist would be a more viable general election candidate. In fact, if he decided to run as an independent he leads in the polls. Which doesn't do anything to hush those rumors ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2010

    Latest Poll: Kendrick Meek Only One Point Behind Marco Rubio

    ​It's looking more and more like Charlie Crist won't survive the Republican primary. That's a tremendous coup for Marco Rubio, but it's looking more and more like he could be vulnerable against Democrat Kendrick Meek in the general election.A new poll from Daily Kos/Research 2000 (yes, Democrat le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2010

    Cuba Clamps Down on Protesters

    Orlando Zapata Tamayo​For the second day in a row Wednesday, the Cuban government cracked down on protesters, this time punching and dragging several members of the Women in White denouncing the treatment of dissidents, one of whom died after a hunger strike last month, the Herald reported. The mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2010

    After Leaving the County, Steve Shiver Made A Killing In Homestead

    Via Steve Shiver's Facebook Former county manager and Homestead Mayor Steve Shiver lobbied city officials despite rules barring from doing so.​On July 23, 2004, Steve Shiver plunked down $1.5 million for 4.2 acres in a severely depressed neighborhood of Homestead. The city's former mayor and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    Richard Pulido Needs A Manners Lesson

    Miami Lakes Councilman Richard Pulido (bald guy in the tan jacket) berated the town's female clerk and kind of fibbed to Banana Republican.​Miami Lakes Councilman Richard Pulido is a petulant bully who thinks state and town laws don't apply to him, judging from his abrasive behavior with other tow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2009

    Absentee Ballot Voting High in Miami and Hialeah

    Let's hope it's not a '97 repeat, but a large number of absentee ballots have been returned so far in local elections today where polling place turnout has been low. The City of Miami sent out 27,223 absentee ballots, and as of yesterday 15,108 were returned. That's roughly 15 percent of the Ci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2009

    New Q Poll: Crist Is Popular, Extending Term Limits Isn't

    Gather 'round, children -- it's time to discuss the latest results of the Quinnipiac University Poll!Floridians still love Charlie Crist. He has 66 percent approval ratings! That includes 66 percent of Democrats and 68 percent of Republicans. White born-again evangelicals like him enough (66 percent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2009

    Sinthyia Darkness Wants to Be Miami's First Goth Mayor

    Last week, a new candidate entered Miami's mayoral race on a platform of health-care reform and mosquito control. Riptide isn't sure if running on those issues alone will win a mayoral race, but they're pretty standard political fair. The lady behind the ideas, though, isn't your standard politician ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2009

    Diaz and Mayors Call for Stronger Gun Control in Wake of Shootings

    The number of horrible mass shootings nationally in the past few weeks has been astoundingly sad. Incidents in Miami alone have taken the lives of a dozen people in the past few weeks. I don't know if you can explain something like this. Blaming it on the economy, as it appears some might want to do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2009

    Charlie Crist's Ideas About The Stimulus May Not Be His Own, But At Least He Has Some

    Charlie Crist made some GOP eyes roll on Meet The Press this weekend when he declined to identify a national leader of the Republican Party. Instead he said that the people should lead the party, and that Obama is our only national leader. He's right. We wish some other Republicans would get the mem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2009

    Crist Could Be Elected Ms. Florida if He Wanted, but Floridians Like Him as Gov

    Oh, that Charlie Crist -- he's so popular. Quinnipiac, always interested in exactly how popular, finds that Charlie can be pretty much elected to anything he wants. But 41 percent of Floridians prefer he seeks re-election as governor, compared to 22 percent who would like to see him run for Senate. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2009

    News Roundup

    Charlie Crist remembered he's a Republican and is introducing tax cuts, tax cuts, tax cuts! [Herald]U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is ordering the deportation of 30,000 Cubans. [NBC6]Daequan Cook is the best three-point shooter in the history of the entire world, and for that he was awarde ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2009

    Florida Probably Doesn't Want New Hampshire's Leftovers

    Considering most runners in the 2010 Senate race haven't held a position higher than congressman, it might behoove anyone with a stronger resumé to think about entering the fray, and what better job to have in your past when seeking a Senate seat than senator? Reportedly, former New Hampshire Sen. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2009

    Crist Is as Popular as Obama, No One Knows Any of These Senate Wannabes

    Charlie Crist is still enjoying a quite enviable approval rating, according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll, with 65 percent of Floridians approving of his job performance. That's about the percentage President Obama is getting in nationwide polls. Meanwhile, of all the names being thrown ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2008

    Get Excited! Tomorrow Is Election Day!

    Tomorrow is the day we have been waiting for all year: the runoff election for the county property appraiser! Seriously, though, the Electoral College has made Obama's victory official, and we still have not picked our property appraiser. See, this past November, Gwen Margolis got 72,000 votes more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2008

    Herald Finally Acknowledges Controversial Nature of DVD Insert

    On Sunday The Miami Herald was one of more than 70 publications that was paid to distribute a DVD of a controversial documentary about radical Islam called Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West. Yesterday, Riptide was concerned that, unlike many papers, The Herald had not printed a story ... More >>

  • News

    October 11, 2007

    War on Hugo Chávez

    An outlaw and former spook takes on the Venezuelan dictator

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2007

    Seijas-Friendly PAC Returns the Favor

    When a group of citizens mounted an effort to recall Miami-Dade County Commissioner Natacha Seijas, unions representing county employees, including the South Florida AFL-CIO, rallied around her. Not only did the union provide man power at the polls, they pumped tens of thousands of dollars into the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2007

    Let's Talk Corruption

    This morning Parrot Jungle was swarming with anti-corruption law enforcers and ethics watchdogs. Alas, they weren’t there to blow the lid off another public scandal involving Miami-Dade taxpayer money. In fact, no crimes were being committed at the publicly subsidized bird park. Parrot Jungle was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2006

    Early Voting Starts Monday Yo

    When the Miami-Dade County Elections Department announced that it would put its touch-screen electronic voting machines through a "rigorous test" today, I pictured a real-life cast of traditionally disenfranchised voters: A self-proclaimed Luddite; someone with only hooks for hands; a couple of eld ... More >>

  • News

    July 14, 2005

    The Dullness of Being Manny Diaz

    Miami used to be a punch line, but now the joke is on bored reporters

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