Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

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    July 31, 2014

    Ileana Ros-Lehtinen on Neglect Scandal: Miami VA Needs to Stop "Shifting Blame"

    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 >>

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    March 14, 2014

    Venezuela's Maduro Blames Marco Rubio and the "Miami Lobby" for Protests

    Protests have rumbled through President Nicolas Maduro's Venezuela for the past month, but in a televised press conference today, Hugo Chavez's successor seemed more concerned with what was going on in Miami and Washington, D.C. Maduro singled out Senator Marco Rubio and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinene ... More >>

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    July 17, 2013

    Lil Wayne's "God Bless Amerika" and Six Other Rap Protest Songs

    Lil Wayne's got beef with the American prison system, and that could have something to do with his three incarcerations. But he also feels the purity, valor and justice are missing from the red, white and blue. This is according to the lyrics from his latest music video "God Bless Amerika." (We'r ... More >>

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    June 13, 2013

    Marco Rubio Doesn't Mind If You Get Fired for Being Gay or If Your Gay Spouse Can't Get Citizenship

    Earlier today Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen posed for the NOH8 gay rights campaign. Meanwhile, Sen. Marco Rubio, who as a young man got his political start as an intern in Ros-Lehtinen's congressional office, made two jaw-dropping statements in which he firmly opposed gay rights.

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    April 15, 2013

    Pitbull Drops Rap Response to Jay-Z, Beyonce's Cuba Visit, Offers to Pay for Trip

    Senator Marco Rubio suggested that Jay-Z and Beyoncé have "no interest in Cuban People's freedom." And U.S. Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart said that the pair's recent visit "funds the machinery of oppression." Pero, their constituent, Miami native, and Cuban-American ra ... More >>

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    April 10, 2013

    Jay-Z, Beyonce in Cuba: Treasury Department Confirms the Trip Was "Authorized"

    When you're the Carters on vacay in Cuba .... You've gotta expect to get slammed by South Florida's exilio Cubanos. Even if you dress like Maya Angelou and her bagboy on a humanitarian mission circa '64. So it was probably no surprise to Jay-Z and Beyonce when Republican politicos Ileana Ros-Leht ... More >>

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    April 9, 2013

    Jay-Z, Beyonce in Cuba Was Approved by U.S. Treasury as "People-to-People" Cultural Visit

    The Carters were officially OK-ed to vacay in Castro's Cuba. According to "a source familiar with the itinerary," Jay-Z and Beyonce's controversial fifth-anniversary trip to the island, Reuters reports, was fully approved and licensed by the U.S. Treasury Department as a "people-to-people" cultural ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2013

    Fiscal Cliff Averted, No Thanks To Marco Rubio or Trio of South Florida Representatives

    Today is going to be a real bitch, Miami. No question about it. You're back at work already, but those three bottles of champers you chugged on New Year's Eve are not done with you yet. Right now, your head feels like Deadmau5 is spinning a set on your cerebellum.But there is good news. While you we ... More >>

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    November 27, 2012

    Miami Dade College Really Overestimates the Importance of Rumer Willis

    Riptide just got the latest issue of Leap magazine, and we eagerly thumbed through it. It's only the hottest junk mail promotional material sent out by Miami Dade College, who would dear miss an issue?We came across an interesting page in which the school highlights all the notables who have visited ... More >>

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    July 10, 2012

    Latino Republicans More Approving of Gay Marriage Than Rest of GOP

    This past March, a secret memo from the anti-gay marriage group the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) leaked. It underlined plans to make "support for [traditional] marriage [editor: in their language, that means opposition to gay marriage] a key badge of Latino identity." Of course, it's od ... More >>

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    May 15, 2012

    Connie Mack, 179th Most Conservative Member of Congress, Claims to Be "One of the Most Conservative" Members

    Today, Rep. Connie Mack IV announced his "Social Conservatives for Mack Coalition" in a bid to shore up some far-right-wing support for his troubled Senate campaign. In the press release, his campaign declares that Mack "is one of the most conservative and hard-working members in the United States C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2012

    U.S. Inspectors Approve Cuban Oil Rig 70 Miles Off Florida Coast, Ros-Lehtinen Slams Obama

    When it comes to Cuba, President Obama can do little right in the eyes of exilio politicians. When he eased travel restrictions to the island, for example, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen accused him of undermining democracy on the island. Now she's slamming Obama for his decision to order U.S. inspectors ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    Michele Bachmann Makes Up Second Cuban Missile Crisis Based on No Evidence

    ​In a major development, Cuba went to the United Nations yesterday and announced it wanted it to normalize relations with the United States. However, Michele Bachmann won't have it. Not because of anything like "prove facts" or a "rationale and informed understanding of the issue," but because she ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    Marco Rubio Refuses to Compromise, Will Vote "No" on Debt Ceiling

    ​Let's put it in perspective. The left is pretty much aghast today that President Obama has rolled over for a compromise in the debt ceiling debate that gives in to a staggering number of Republican demands. Paul Krugman is curled up in a ball somewhere whimpering about "economic disaster." Daily ... More >>

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    April 27, 2011

    Orlando Bosch, Cuban Exile Militant, Dies at 84

    ​Orlando Bosch, a hero to many in Miami's Cuban exile community and an unrepentant terrorist to others, has died at the age of 84 in Miami after a prolonged fight with illness. Bosch, a fierce anti-Castro militant, had been linked to several violent acts in his life, including ... More >>

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    January 28, 2011

    R.I.P Amanda Ros, Mother of Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

    ​Amanda Ros, the mother of U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, has passed away today at the age 84 following a fight with Alzheimer's disease. Ros-Lehtinen, who represents a district that stretches from South Beach to Key West, is currently the longest serving female Republican member of the House, and ... More >>

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    January 25, 2011

    Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen to Give GOP Response to State of the Union in Spanish

    ​President Obama will deliver his second annual State of the Union address tonight. Ah yes, the State of the Union address -- Washington's most annoying and pompous tradition. Along with the seemingly never ending applause, the traditional opposition party response ranks right up there as the sing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    Two Miami Republicans Break with Party to Vote for "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Repeal

    In one of his last votes of his 18 year congressional career, retiring congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart was just one of 15 Republicans in the House to vote to repeal the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. He was joined in voting for the repeal by fellow Miami Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, perhaps ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2010

    George W. Bush At The Miami Book Fair: The Live Blog

    ​Dubya is in Miami! To be more exact, he's downtown at the Miami Book Fair International, shilling his new memoir, Flapjacks: My Favorite Breakfast Treat. No, that's not right. Decision Points! It's all about the Decider's finest moments of deciding, apparently.Riptide is here, too, to bring you t ... More >>

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    September 24, 2010

    Tweets of the Week: Dolphins Player Thinks You're Gay If You Own a Blackberry

    ​This week's athlete heavy Twitter roundup includes Kory Sheet's take on the sexual proclivities of blackberry users, a Marlins player's chill new faux hawk, LeBron's love of college football. Also, the only Republican left who supports gay rights wins an award from a gay Republican group, and som ... More >>

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    March 22, 2010

    Health Care Reform Passes, No Thanks To Your South Florida Politicos

    If you're half as cool as the staff here at Riptide, you were flipping between March Madness and C-SPAN last night like your life depended on it. Which to pick?photo by Sage Ross, via Wikimedia CommonsThe power of cardboard signs and megaphones was not enough to derail health reform.On CBS, Korie Lu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2010

    District 25 Void: Miami Lakes Mayor Pizzi to Announce Candidacy, Dems Eye Annette Taddeo

    Now that Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart is mildly carpetbagging his way over to Congressional District 21 to run for the more Republican-friendly seat his elder brother is vacating, there's a big void in District 25.  Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi will announce his candidacy, according to Eye on ... More >>

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    November 5, 2009
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    October 13, 2009

    When It Comes to "Government Waste," Ros-Lehtinen and the Diaz-Balarts Might as Well Be Democrats

    Cover art from CAGW's Waste Watch​The Citizens Against Government Waste's name pretty much says it all. The fiscally conservative think tank hates pork and government waste, which apparently includes programs such as expanding health care to kids in low-income families, providing low-interest loan ... More >>

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    May 29, 2009

    The Week That Was: Cat Killings and Reality TV Make Us Question our Religion

    Former celebri-priest and confessed sex-haver Father Cutié became Lay Minister Cutié this week and joined the Episcopal church so he could marry his girlfriend. Though, he's not the first to change faiths in the name of love. The Cat Killer struck again. Once we catch this guy (gal? ... More >>

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    April 15, 2009

    Dear Politicians, Please Exploit Your Family Dogs

    The liberal, elitist media would like you to think that Barack Obama is the first ever dog-owning politician in history. Charles Beauregard "Bo" Hussein Kennedy-Obama (yes, we've made that joke today but we will continue to call him that until the Obama administration produces his birth certificate. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2009

    Ros-Lehtinen's Constituents Happy and Healthy, Meek's Not So Much

    Gallup, Healthways, and America's Health Insurance Plans have teamed up to create a state by state, and congressional district by district well-being index. The index is based on the World Health Organization's definition of health as "not only the absence of infirmity and disease, but also a state ... More >>

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    March 3, 2009

    News Roundup

    LocalGosh darn it, when this town decides it wants to build its airport a people mover, it's going to happen. It may take 20 years, but it's going to happen. [Herald]Giant mulch fire up in the NE part of the county. [Herald]You've heard this, but the county has backed off on the stadium deal. [CBS4] ... More >>

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    February 3, 2009

    Mel Martinez Replacing Modesto Maidique at FIU?

    So, a bit of the massive Mel Martinez early-retirement rumor we missed yesterday is that Martinez might become president of a Florida university, and The Buzz points out it just so happens Florida International University is looking for a prez. Well, isn't that nice. Martinez is denying left and r ... More >>

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    January 27, 2009

    Are You Ready for a Redistricting Rumble?

    When Rep. Ron Klein isn't twiddling his thumbs wondering if he should enter the Senate race, he's already looking toward the likely redistricting ruckus set to take place after the 2010 census.  "Mario Diaz-Balart has already told me he and Lincoln will be all over the state legislature to make sur ... More >>

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    December 19, 2008

    Obama Snubs Taddeo Too

    Sorry, Annette Taddeo, you're not going to Washington either, apparently. This afternoon Obama tapped venture capitalist Karen Mills as head of the Small Business Administration. There was some buzz earlier in the week that Taddeo, who ran for Congress against Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, might get the nod ... More >>

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    December 3, 2008

    Ileana Mistakes Obama for Fauxbama, Hangs Up On the Real Prez

    Oh snap! So apparently Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen never really got over the shock or hilarity of Sarah Palin getting totally punked by those Canadian DJs pretending to be Nicholas Sarkozy.Because when the President-elect tried to call her yesterday, she hung up on him quicker than you can say "No norm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2008

    Big Bucks on a Losing Cause

    Yesterday Banana Republican filled you in on the folks who made a buck ensuring Lincoln and Mario Diaz-Balart, as well as Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, held onto their congressional seats. Today we look at the people who made a chunk of change on the failed campaigns of Democratic losers Joe Garcia, Raul Mar ... More >>

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    November 19, 2008

    House GOP Goes Right Again, Leaving Miami's Moderates in the Cold

    All three of Miami's Republican representatives staved off Democratic challengers in the election, but the brand of Republicanism they represent is losing influence in their own party. While last week's Republican Governors Association conference didn't come to a clear conclusion on which ideolog ... More >>

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    November 4, 2008
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    October 24, 2008

    Pelosi Power

    It's getting serious in Miami. With Democratic challengers Joe Garcia, Raul Martinez, and Annette Taddeo closing in on their Republican opponents, the Democratic Party sent out its biggest gun (next to Barack Obama) to Little Havana to recruit elderly Cuban-American voters. House Speaker Nancy Pelos ... More >>

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    October 8, 2008

    News Roundup

    Obligatory debate fact check. [USA Today] Democrats today are holding press conferences (at Parrot Jungle!) where they're expected to make allegations claiming Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart was funneled money by an indicted Puerto Rican Senator. [Naked Politics] In blog land Babalu Blog is claiming Jo ... More >>

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    August 29, 2007

    Bring ‘Em Home

    John and Yoko would be proud A few dozen demonstrators gathered late Tuesday in South Beach to protest the war in Iraq and rally to bring the troops home. Waving signs that read "Honk" and "Bush, Cheney, send your own kids," the 42 volunteers from the action group were among hundreds ... More >>

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    November 7, 2006

    David and Ileana

    After voting at the South Shore Community Center on Miami Beach early this morning, I went to the market across the street for some coffee and found myself standing in line behind Tony Garcia, a Precinct 48 poll worker with a shaved head and a goatee. He was reinforcing the troops: at least five col ... More >>

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    October 12, 2006
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    September 23, 2004


    The federal ban on assault weapons never worked, as Miami-Dade Police Ofcr. Keenya Hubert painfully learned

  • Calendar

    September 16, 2004
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    May 22, 2003

    Lehtinen for Mayor

    Unless Manny Diaz tops him, Dexter is the hottest candidate for the 2004 county race

  • Calendar

    October 17, 2002

    Elian: The Bus Tour

    Every Saturday this month you can tour Hispanic (okay, Cuban) Miami by bus

  • News

    December 7, 2000

    Have Bullhorn, Will Travel

    Most anti-Castro groups shun partisan presidential politics, but not Miguel Saavedra and his merry band of protesters

  • News

    January 27, 2000

    Letters to the Editor

    Letters from the issue of January 27, 2000

  • News

    December 24, 1998

    Drug Bizarre

    Robert Dowd is a veteran, a Southern Baptist, a Republican ... and a staunch supporter of legalizing drugs

  • News

    January 11, 1996

    The Man Who Would Be Fidel

    For more than fifteen years, master Castro imitator Armando Roblan has been sending up El Tirano

  • News

    December 15, 1993

    Fesity Is As Fesity Does

    Another House Democrat gets stung by Miami's Cuban-American congressional twosome -- and swats back

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    October 27, 1993


    Raul Martinez is facing ten years in prison for public corruption. Hialeah voters want him to be their mayor anyway. What a town!

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