On a Wednesday evening in early October, Congressman Joe Garcia strides through the empty lobby of a Key Largo community center, his black dress shoes clacking against the marble floor. Garcia is both affable and imposing. He has a large body and a broad face, with small dark eyes set above a prom ... More >>
The arrest report is, at first glance, your standard South Florida fare. Location: a house party in South Miami. Suspect: an 18-year-old kid. Charges: battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Then, however, there is the rather unusual weapon, list ... More >>
José Díaz-Balart may have two brothers who have been Republican congressmen, but he's joining the Democrats' favorite news network. The Telemundo news veteran is making the jump to English airwaves by hosting a daily 10 a.m. MSNBC show from Miami.
In the worst acted anti-Obama ad released, well, since this little homophobic ditty that came out earlier this week, a new National Republican Committee ad features a pretty, young woman pretending to be a dissatisfied former Obama voter who decides to "break up" with the president. Except the woman ... More >>
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 >>
It's only May, but South Florida super-lobbyist Ron Book is already having one hell of a year in Tallahassee. This week, lobbyists filed their reports for 2012's first quarter and since January, Book has already topped $1 million in fees. Who's paying him all that cash? Along with every other city i ... More >>
Democrats have finally found a candidate to take on vulnerable Republican incumbent congressman David Rivera. Her name is Gloria Romero Roses. She has no electoral experience, no name recognition, and doesn't even live close to the district. Oh boy.
Turns out Xavier Suarez and Joe Carollo can actually agree on something: they like Newt Gingrich. They've both been announced as members of Gingrich's Florida Steering Committee. Then again, it only makes sense that two guys who saw their political careers take embarrassing stumbles in the '90s w ... More >>
Marco Rubio may be South Florida's star Cuban-American politician, but he's not endorsing anyone in the presidential primary. So, the Republican endorsement prize in these parts is, as it's been for quite some time, picking up the backing of Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart ... More >>
Raul Martinez with his old-protege-turned-enemy Julio RobainaLast time Raul Martinez ran for elected office, he got handed his only and worst defeat of his political career. He was part of a Democratic tag team that was supposed to topple the Diaz-Balart oligarchy controlling two of Miami's Hispa ... More >>
RIch Abdill 75 feet of buffet table at this jam.Say what you will about former Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina's questionable dealings with everyone he's ever had dealings with, but don't accuse the guy of leaving anyone hungry Tuesday night.The Miami-Dade mayoral candidate took first place in th ... More >>
Entering the last two weeks of the special election season, we've compiled a list of the folks who are collecting a steady paycheck from the candidates running for mayor and two county commission seats. The usual suspects are again banking on the business of electioneering. Here are political ope ... More >>
Luis Posada Carilles can count on Julio Robaina.Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina's political campaign contributed $350 to the Luis Posada Carilles defense fund. Last Friday, the 83-year-old Cuban American and ex-CIA operative was acquitted by an El Paso jury of 11 federal charges. He was accused of ly ... More >>
Name recognition and family connections seems to go along in politics. Salon's Steve Kornacki points out that "there have been 15 presidential elections since 1952, and in all but two -- 1964 and 2008 -- the Republican ticket has included someone named 'Nixon,' 'Dole,' or 'Bush,'" and w ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
Who's going to be Florida's next senator come Election Day in November? No one knows. Not even respected political newspaper The Hill. It recently changed its ranking of the race from "leaning Republican" to "toss-up."A recent Research 2000 poll showed Meek was pulling within 1 percent of Ru ... More >>
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 >>
Cover art from CAGW's Waste WatchThe 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 >>
Florida ranks 47th our of the 50 states in terms of influence and seniority in the US Congress according to an analysis by The Sarasota Herald-Tribune. A dismal ranking by any means, but even more so considering we're the 4th most populace state. Our legislators have less swagger on the hill than ... More >>
Lincoln Diaz-Balart dropped out of contention yesterday, so Gov. Charlie Crist will interview two more possible candidates for Florida's temporary senator: Rep. Jennifer Carroll and University of North Florida President John Delaney. Carroll's name was first mentioned last week, and she ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
What is up with you, Washington Post blogs? You keep coming up in my internet reading, so you must be doing something right, but you always manage to rub me the wrong way. First, you had incorrect information about the Spanish version of the Obama infomercial and called Manny Diaz a registered Democ ... More >>
Jay Mac appeared on SNL and joked about how he is going to lose. [Hulu] Eye on Miami scores an interview with Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart. "The most high-profile one comes to mind now not only because it's recent but obviously because it's very high-profile." Indeed something was high-profile. [EoM] Th ... More >>
If you believe Nilo Juri, the eye of Hurricane Ballot Cheat, it could get ugly.
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 >>
"Could New Times be the fairy godmother?"
I once thought working for the Transportation Security Administration was serious business. I didn't have a clue
Every Saturday this month you can tour Hispanic (okay, Cuban) Miami by bus
Miami Beach mayoral candidate David Dermer's political foes play dirty
Why would a man sullied by Iran-contra and illegal propaganda campaigns be a Bush nominee? Good question.
As Miami's Cuban spy trial makes clear, the airwaves are full of intrigue, and all you need is a radio
With the whole world watching, Miami's destiny calls: It's time for leadership!
Most anti-Castro groups shun partisan presidential politics, but not Miguel Saavedra and his merry band of protesters
A Spokane politician wants to make Castro pay -- literally
The Real Micky Arison
The Cuban embargo is supposed to be getting tougher on travelers, but it's just getting weirder
Welcome to the new Radio Marti, dragged into the swirl of local exile politics, more quarrelsome than ever, and growing increasingly irrelevant
At least they are for Cuban immigrants who are not U.S. citizens
A congressional delegation inspected Miami's INS operations and found everything to be running smoothly. No wonder. Investigators later discovered they'd been dealing with...
Another House Democrat gets stung by Miami's Cuban-American congressional twosome -- and swats back