In the lakeside tourist city of Granada, Nicaragua, visitors strolling along La Calle Libertad come upon a blue Colonial-style building with a small sign reading, "Salon La Libertad." On a recent afternoon, a slim Cuban-American woman with short blonde hair and intense blue eyes chats on her cellpho ... More >>
Is the long arm of Johnny Law about to pull the classic yawn-and-then-drape-around-the-shoulders-move on South Florida's shadiest ex-congressman? Maybe. This much is clear: Justin Lamar Sternad, the mysterious candidate who ran against former Rep. David Rivera's opponent in last year's Democratic pr ... More >>
Now we know why Mitt Romney released a last minute campaign ad in South Florida trying to link Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro to Barack Obama. It was a desperation.Romney knew he had to to stave off the biggest surprise of the presidential election in Florida: Nearly half of Miami-Dade's Cuban America ... More >>
Leave it to Rep. David Rivera, who was already entering into his reelection effort with a serious amount of scandalous baggage, to somehow found himself in even more ridiculous scandal.Justin "Lamar" Sternad, a political novice who ran in the Democrat primary in District 26 against eventual winner J ... More >>
In any sane world, Democratic congressional candidate Joe Garcia would easily defeat Republican Rep. David Rivera this November. Rivera has been called the most corrupt politician in Washington, and is currently at the center of a bizarre FBI investigation involving a fake Democrat and a female camp ... More >>
Is controversy-laden Republican congressman David Rivera cruising to re-election in District 26? Depends on whose numbers you look at. Two polls commissioned by Democratic PACs show challenger Joe Garcia with a sizable lead. Of course, an internal poll released by Rivera's own campaign shows him in ... More >>
While the Miami Herald wonders where Ana Alliegro - a key witness in a federal criminal probe of Congressman David Rivera - has disappeared to, The Strawbuyer blogger Mike Hatami has dug up her criminal record. And it appears the self-professed "Republican Political Guru and Conservative Bad Girl" l ... More >>
Despite the fact David Rivera has been continuously under investigation for one thing or another since even before taken his seat in the U.S. House, and despite the fact that there's now suspicions that Rivera helped run the campaign of an apparent ringer in the Democratic primary in his district, m ... More >>
Ana Alliegro, the self-described "Conservative Bad Girl" and a central figure in the latest round of scandal to hit Republican Congressmen David Rivera, has gone missing. Her mother told El Nuevo Herald that she has not heard from her since Wednesday night. Her lawyer also tells the paper that he ha ... More >>
Well, that didn't take long. The bizarre campaign of Justin Lamar Sternad in the District 26 Democratic primary is under investigation by the FBI and Miami-Dade Police Department, according to the Miami Herald. His campaign's deep connections to Republican Rep. David Rivera definitely appe ... More >>
If you were Republican Rep. David Rivera, and you were dodging investigations by both the FBI and IRS, you'd think you'd try and keep your nose clean and avoid any controversy while running for reelection. Yet evidence continues to mount that Rivera and his associates helped run the campaign of a ri ... More >>
Most of the time, we get lousy politicians who refuse to go away no matter the evidence against them. David Rivera, for instance. Occasionally, however, we see a politician emerge from nowhere only to quickly disappear: too rare to survive a campaign, but too weird to ever really be forgotten.Such i ... More >>
Who is Justin Lamar Sternad? The local Democratic establishment doesn't seem to know, but he is running in the District 26 Democratic primary for the chance to take on controversial Republican Congressman David Rivera. Though, Sternad has nothing bad to say about Rivera. Oddly, he's using right-wing ... More >>
Considering Rep. David Rivera is under numerous investigations for scandals that, in the grand scheme of things, are far more serious than sending pictures of your junk to ladies on Twitter, it was a given that the Democrats would run a serious campaign against him in 2012. Now it appears the Dem ... More >>
Florida's new governor: Rick ScottWatching last night's election results pour in, Banana Republican could only take solace that Dorrin Rolle is no longer a Miami-Dade County commissioner and that state legislators will no longer have the ability to draw their own districts. Other than that, the 2 ... More >>
David Rivera, Republican candidate for Florida's 25th congressional seatA Miami lawyer and a Joe Garcia supporter are suing to kick his opponent, Republican David Rivera, off the ballot for congressional district 25.Lawyers representing Garcia supporter Maria Teresa Pascual and attorney William B ... More >>
The race to fill the empty seat in congressional district 25 is heating up, and lately things haven't been going Republican David Rivera's way. Most recently, an agency that he claimed on sworn documents employed him says it has no records of ever doing business with him. Now along comes Democrat ... More >>
The race to replace carpetbagger Mario Diaz-Balart in congressional District 25 is heating up, and Democrat Joe Garcia has taken to the airwaves with an ad claiming his Republican opponent David Rivera once rammed into a truck on the Palmetto Expressway and ran it off the road to stop a former po ... More >>
Conventional wisdom says that the 2010 midterm elections are supposed to be tough for Democrats. There's already some conservative pundits who think that Republicans taking over the house is a done deal. Of course, national conventional political wisdom doesn't always translate to Miami-Dade, and ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
Every election cycle both parties' congressional election committees identifies their weakest incumbents in order to throw massive amounts of cash at them and hope they don't get booted out of congress. The cash is nice, but it's never good news for those on the list. Too bad for ... More >>
For the most part, we've made our choices for this year's Best of Miami. Who won? Ha! You'll have to wait until June 11 to find out, but in the meantime, our Readers' Poll is open and awaiting your picks.Can't say we remember the last time readers and the editorial staff agreed on a choice. For ins ... More >>
The folks at Fla Politics, the site that proudly boasts it's the only Florida blog on the Daily Kos blogroll, have come up with their dream Democratic candidates they'd like to see comically lose run for statewide office in 2010. We think if the state Democrats pull it together, they could make a de ... More >>
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 ... More >>
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