Back in February, Banana Republican tackled the thorniest, hot-button political issue of the moment: banning assault rifles. Even though I took an objective approach to the subject, a majority of comments in response to the cover story were full of invective and sabre rattling from gun enthusiasts f ... More >>
As the 2010 election cycle winds down in the next six days, Banana Republican would like to congratulate lobbyist and campaign consultant Steve Marin for pulling in the big bucks. And if any of his candidates still vying for an elected seat win On November 2, we can only imagine he will solidify ... More >>
Today, under the council oak tree, Charlie Crist will powwow with the Seminole Tribe. At their Hollywood casino, the powerful tribe will host the signing ceremony of the Seminole Compact, a gaming deal that is expected to generate billions for the state, and many more for the already flush Semino ... More >>
Can't blame Commissioner Katy Sorenson for calling it a day. Sixteen years is a longMiami-Dade CountyKaty Sorenson fought and, sometimes, won against special interests. Let's hope her successor does the same. time to spend battling the unreformable majority on the county commission.For a dec ... More >>
Alex Izaguirre In case you missed it, during the early hours of July 1, the Miami-Dade County Commission approved a revision to the financing plan for the Marlins baseball stadium that is going to end up costing us $2.4 billion - a number that somehow eluded the intellectual prowess of financial gur ... More >>
Just before midnight last February, the top nuclear operator at Turkey Point quit on the spot and stormed out of the plant, convinced that profit-hungry FPL executives were pushing the nuclear reactor to restart too soon after a shutdown. A little mishap you might have heard of in a Ukranian town ca ... More >>
Fish, listen up! Your new neighbors don't trust you.
Luis Montealegre poured a café Cubano on Tuesday, paid a delivery guy for croquetas, and peered east a few blocks from his corner cafeteria. There was only blue sky where a $634 million Marlins baseball stadium will soon rise. "This is the poorest part of the city, the one that needs the most h ... More >>
Dennis Moss is done putting together the new make-up of the county commission's committees and I'm impressed with most of his selections. In case you don't know, the commissioners use the committee system to hammer out decisions that ultimately impact our tax dollars, from formulating new ways to ta ... More >>
Miami-Dade's most coveted political prize is the chairman's Throne of Power. Those who dare to seek it must navigate the Swamp of Secrecy, endure the Guild of the Greased Palm, and avoid exposure by the Orb of Light
Purloined pigeons and a rooster identity crisis
Redland activists have a name for their inability to exercise self-determination: Steve Shiver
The county jail is one of the largest psychiatric facilities in Florida
Max Rameau switches gears on how to get a civilian investigative panel focused on county cops
Free cops for your next event? Dorrin Rolle says yes.
Pepe Cancio faced big trouble on his first day as a county commissioner, but no one likes trouble
Rep. Carlos Lacasa adds a new chapter to the Sun Tzu classic, set in Miami-Dade County
The Bush administration makes it unanimous: No commercial airport in Homestead
The Redland solution: If you want to remain rural, become a city
From the issue of June 21, 2001
Is Miami-Dade County Manager Steve Shiver a lying little weasel? Absolutely, absolutely.
Turns out the best possible way to rescue Miami-Dade's remaining rural farmland is to incorporate as a ... city. Huh?
Don't be surprised if you see Steve Shiver's pants on fire -- that's what happens to people like him
Hip hip hooray. The Homestead airport is dead. For now, at least.
One thing about Steve Shiver's future as the county's chief executive: It'll never be lonely at the top
On one side are politicians and influential business interests. On the other are environmentalists and some very wealthy private citizens. In the middle is Homestead Air Force Base. Dead ahead: An explosive confrontation.
The Boy Scouts earn a merit badge for intolerance
Wanna know how county commissioners earn their keep? Don't bother checking financial disclosure forms.
Riding the Tiger
Years behind schedule and way over budget, the performing arts center is another Miami miracle
The Shadow King
Let's say you've got a serious zoning problem. Here's what you do: Show up at county hall with armed with allies and solid arguments. Surely your elected representatives will do the right thing.
Developers are hungrily eyeing Dade's agricultural heartland, where farmers are a dwindling breed
If you're a political candidate with big ideas and little cash, the first call you make is to Irene Secada
American Airlines officials want to know why the Miami Herald is covering old news as if it were a breaking story
While you were sound asleep, the Dade County Commission spent hundreds of millions of your dollars. Aren't you glad they didn't bother to wake you?
You're a very important person. Someone with influence. A big-shot bureaucrat. A friggin' Dade County Commissioner! And when you travel, you expect those airlines to understand that you want to go first class all the way.
She's naive. She lacks experience. She's too "nice" to survive in Dade's policitical jungle. So why is Katy Sorenson so dangerous?