What happens when you speak at a Tea Party rally and decide to drop a bit of Spanish into your speech? Like we even have to ask. Obviously, there'll be at least someone in the crowd who yells, "Learn English," at you. And that's exactly what happened to Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart.
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 >>
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 >>
As supercouple Jay-Z and Beyoncé prep for World Humanitarian Day ("I'm doing something good," Mrs. Carter tweets, "somewhere, for someone else. Join me!"), they're also getting slammed by South Floridian members of Congress Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart for helping to "fund the machiner ... More >>
Chances are, when you heard that the GOP-controlled House had finally relented on a deal that kept the nation from plunging Wile E. Coyote-style off a fiscal cliff, you popped a little mental champagne. But even though the compromise prevents huge tax increases and keeps unemployment benefits in pla ... More >>
Barring a major scandal or a major demographic change in his district, local Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart isn't in danger of losing his seat anytime soon, and anyone trying to beat him isn't going to get much attention. Unless of course the person running against Diaz-Balart decides to do something crazy, ... More >>
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 >>
David Rivera, multi-thousandaire.Muckraking site OpenSecrets.org decided to throw some fire on the Occupy Movement this week by estimating the net worth of every single member of Congress, from mighty Darrell Issa with his $700 million to Florida pauper Alcee Hastings, who owes nearly $5 million ... More >>
Forty-five percent of Republican voters say they believe President Obama was born oversees despite not a single fact pointing to that possibility. Surprisingly, though, Republican politicians from South Florida are lining up to knock the theory down. Echoing statements made by Marco Rubio, Rep. M ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is coming to bat for his homeboy, former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, this Friday. The pair will lay out their reasons for supporting amendments 5 and 6 on the November ballot at an 11 a.m. press conference at the Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Miami.The pitch ... 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 >>
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 >>
With the primary election less than a month away, Riptide is doing its civic duty by letting readers know about the five worst candidates running in local, state, and federal races. A vote for these jokers is just another leap toward Idiocracy, the made-up future world conjured by Beavis & Bu ... More >>
Twenty-year-old University of Miami student Bianca Milov was crossing a street in Coral Gables at 1 a.m. September 11 last year when she was run over by a street sweeper and ejected out the other end. She racked up more than $1.25 million in medical bills, and now the City of Coral Gables has agr ... 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 >>
Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart has announced he won't seek re-election in 2010. Diaz-Balart, only 55 years old, has spent the past 17 years representing Florida's 21st congressional district.After the 2008 election cycle, when Miami's three Republican Cuban-American congressman faced the strongest chal ... More >>
via FDFOn first glance it seems a little strange that despite the fact Florida is a classic swing-state that currently actually has more registered Democrats than Republicans, that the GOP controls both houses of the state legislative by large majorities and sends more Republicans to the House in ... 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 >>
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 >>
A Miami Beach man is facing "federal pimping" charges for running a prostitution ring that exploited immigrant women. [Herald]Restrictions on travel to Cuba may soon be eased. Cuban-Americans will be able to visit family once a year for any time period and spend up to $170 a day. [NBC6]Rep. Mario Di ... More >>
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 >>
It's not that people don't want to watch Mario Diaz-Balart videos on YouTube. This video of him experiencing some sort of Sarah Palin-induced seizuregasm at a John McCain rally has more than 35,000 views (although over half of those were from me). It's just that people don't want to watch Mario Diaz ... More >>
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 >>
"If Lincoln Diaz-Balart would have focused on the needs of his constituents instead of the needs of outsiders, he might not be facing the challenge he is today."
The Republican brothers are headed for defeat, and Cuban-American politics will change forever.
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Annie Betancourts anti-embargo gambit in the race for U.S. House District 25
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Hialeah Park loses by a nose in Tallahassee, the nose belonging to Mario Diaz-Balart
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