Mel Martinez

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    November 29, 2011

    Mitt Romney Picks Up Endorsements from Ros-Lehtinen and Diaz-Balarts

    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 >>

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    July 5, 2011

    Do Florida Democrats Have a Hispanic Outreach Problem?

    ​Democrats in Florida have a huge registered voter advantage over Republicans, but you couldn't tell that by looking at the leadership in Tallahassee and the Republican super majorities in both house of the state legislature. There's a few reasons for that situation (including the Republican-contr ... More >>

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    October 6, 2010

    Mel Martinez Stands Up to Jim DeMint and the Tea Baggers

    Despite the fact the outrageous fight for his former seat, former Senator Mel Martinez has been relatively quiet on the political front. Though Martinez, who also had brief stints in George W. Bush's cabinet and has chairman of the Republican National Committee, is now speaking out against his party ... More >>

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    August 10, 2010

    Bill McCollum: "I Really Do Not Think That We Should Have Homosexuals Guiding Our Children"

    That Bill McCollum is a real piece of work. He finds himself, yet again, on the losing end of a statewide Republican primary, and now he has spoken with the Florida Baptist News and veered harder to the right on pretty much every social issue available. Not only does he not believe in gay ... More >>

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    May 13, 2010
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    May 11, 2010

    Marco Rubio Should Get Fitted For A White Robe and Hood

    Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness once made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke sizes up Senate candidates Charlie Crist, Kendrick Meek, and Marco Rubio.Alex Izaguirre​Rubio will probably go down in his ... More >>

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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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    September 9, 2009

    News Roundup

    Eleven ACORN workers in Miami-Dade were arrested or are being sought for falsifying voter registration cards, which, OMG, means Barack Obama stole the election. Oh, wait. ACORN claims to have alerted the police to the suspects in the first place and that there was no effect on the election outcome. ... More >>

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    September 9, 2009

    Florida: 47th Most Powerful State in DC

    ​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 >>

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    August 28, 2009

    LeMieux Is the New Darling of the Homosexual Extremists

    I didn't want to put up another pix of LeMieux's face, so in its place is the greatest picture of all time. ​Remember when Mel Martinez deemed his primary opponent Bill McCollum as the "new darling of the homosexual extremists?" Well, now he's being replaced by the new new darling of the homosexua ... More >>

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    August 18, 2009

    Lincoln Diaz-Balart Won't Pursue Senate Seat

    Lincoln Diaz-BalartRep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart has announced he won't pursue Mel Martinez's open Senate seat. Gov. Charlie Crist had sent Diaz-Balart an application of sorts for the job. His announcement also puts to rest any crazy political musical chairs rumors his open House seat could have set off. ... More >>

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    August 7, 2009

    Mel Martinez Will Resign

    ​Woah, boy. Grumpy Sen. Mel Martinez has apparently had enough of this "serving the people" stuff. Several sources report he will resign, possibly as early as today. His term would expire in early 2011, and he had previously promised to serve the rest of it. But the race to replace him had already ... More >>

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    August 7, 2009

    Who Will Charlie Crist Appoint to Replace Mel Martinez?

    Charlie Crist has the power​As long as I live, I don't think Florida will see a more chaotic election cycle than 2010. Now, Mel Martinez has thrown in another twist by resigning early, leaving the decision to pick his appointment to Gov. Charlie Crist, who is running to replace Martinez himself. L ... More >>

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    August 7, 2009

    Connie Mack Won't Take Senate Gig, But Clay Shaw Jr. Will

    The Florida Political blogosphere has exploded with Mel Martinez Madness, and the main symptom is wildly wondering who will replace him. We already put in our two cents, but here's the latest updates. Charlie Crist further confirms he won't appoint himself, but will have someone picked out by t ... More >>

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    July 22, 2009

    Kendrick Meek Opposes Using Federal Funds to Pay for Abortions

    Rep. Kendrick Meek has joined a small group of house Democrats asking that any health-care reforms not lead to federal funding of abortion, according to the Washington Post. The possibility of taxpayer money being used to pay for abortions is becoming a hot-button issue in the health-care reform ... More >>

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    July 17, 2009

    Mel Martinez Takes Pride in Sotomayor's "Historic Achievement"

    The Senate's lone Hispanic Republican, Florida's Mel Martinez, says he'll vote for the Supreme Court's first Hispanic nominee. Martinez is the second Republican senator to announce his intent to vote for Sonia Sotomayor. (Olympia Snowe quickly become the third after Martinez's announcement.)Here's ... More >>

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    July 16, 2009

    Manny Diaz Urges Senators to Vote No on Bill That Could Water Down Concealed Weapons Laws

    via Drab Makyo's flickrCity of Miami Mayor Manny Diaz has come out against the "Respecting States Rights and Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2009." The bill, introduced by Sen. Jon Thune (R-ND), would allow citizens who have a license to carry a concealed firearm in their state to carry ... More >>

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    June 26, 2009

    News Roundup

    Pet robbery: "When one of the women started stuffing chihuahua puppies into a black bag, store employee Rafael Sanchez, 32, noticed and approached her." [Herald]Miami is the sexiest city in America according to trip advisor. Don't let it go to your head. Oops, too late. [SFBJ]"The vote to terminate ... More >>

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    June 22, 2009

    New York Billionaire Eyeing Possible Florida Senate Run

    I don't know if you've been following the recent mess going on in the New York State legislature, but one of the key figures behind it reportedly considering a run for Mel Martinez's soon-to-be vacated senate seat. Lucky us!Tom Galisano is the billionaire founder of Paychex, a payroll proc ... More >>

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    May 27, 2009

    Florida Senate Delegation To Remain Firmly Anti-Burmese Python

    Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will be touring the Everglades tomorrow at the invitation of Sen. Bill Nelson. The day will kick off with a briefing on the efforts to trip and track invasive Burmese pythons that make their home in the 'Glades Most of the snakes loose in the& ... More >>

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    May 22, 2009

    News Roundup

    Local Coral Gables-based Bank United collapsed yesterday in the biggest bank failure of 2009. The remnants were sold to an investor group, and all their offices should be open today. [AFP] A man tried to set fire to a synagogue on Miami Beach, but was caught on video. The suspect has be ... More >>

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    May 14, 2009

    Bill McCullom May Enter Gov Race on Monday

    According to Naked Politics, Republican Attorney General Bill McCullom will officially enter the Governor's race on Monday in Orlando. McCullom spent 20 years in the US House. A career that included a number of high profile leadership and chairmen positions. He tried to run for Senate in 2000, ... More >>

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    May 1, 2009

    Rumors on the Twitter-nets: Mel Martinez to Resign Early

    Here's a prediction by national Republican political operative Roger Stone via PoHo via the St. Pete Times' Adam Smith's Twitter: Roger Stone predicts; Mel Martinez resigns soon; Crist appoints caretaker - Jim Smith - and announces his candidacy for Sen.A prediction by one guy posted on another gu ... More >>

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    April 29, 2009

    Dems Unveil First Florida Attack Ad of 2010

    The Democrats are ready to paint Charlie Crist as a political escape artist, even before he officially announces whether he will run for Senate. This ad will begin running in the state capital tomorrow. "The DSCC obviously knows they're in trouble in Florida, because this reeks of desperation. Too ... More >>

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    April 9, 2009

    Former Senator Bob To Run For Senate; No, Sadly Not Bob Graham

    Do you remember a particular post we made on Friday, Jan. 30 2009 at 11:02AM? Of course you do, because ever since then you've been waiting eagerly for Bob Smith to enter the Senate race. Bob Smith, of course, has already been a Senator. In New Hampshire, a State about as large as Broward County. D ... More >>

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    April 3, 2009

    McCain Will Not Help "You People" (aka Hispanics)

    Remember when John McCain used to be the "cool Republican"? Which is about as cool as being a "cool dad," but he was genial enough. Then things happened (you betcha) and he has been bitter about it ever sense. Last month he was at a meeting with Hispanic business leaders with fellow senators John Th ... More >>

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    April 2, 2009

    Mel Martinez Has Been Searching His Soul Tonight, And He Is So Done With Public Service

    For a man who has held so many government positions, Mel Martinez never seemed too gung-ho about public service. As he put it in his book, A Sense of Belonging, politics, "sort of sneaked up and tapped me softly on the shoulder." But after all these years he would like that gentle tapping to leave h ... More >>

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    February 24, 2009

    Vern Buchanan Not a Big Fan of Español

    Possible Republican Senate Candidate Rep. Vern Buchanan took his speaking spot at the  Lincoln Day Dinner in Manatee County this weekend to rile up the base, declaring, "We need to make English the official language of America." It's apparently nothing new for him, but we're thinking his Senate ... More >>

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    February 19, 2009

    Local Legislatures On Both Sides Get Good Grades on Poverty Issues

    The National Center of Poverty Law put out their annual Poverty Scorecard, and while scrolling through it we started seeing a pattern. Democrats were all getting As and A s, while Republicans were all getting Cs, Ds and Fs. Take our Senators for example: Democrat Bill Nelson got an A , Republican Me ... 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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    February 2, 2009

    Rumors: Martinez Might Not Keep Charlie Crist's Senate Seat Warm Until 2010

    Let's skip through the 2010 Senate rumor mill, shall we? Mel Martinez does not know exactly how he got into this horrible Senate job, and he allegedly wants to leave it as soon as possible. Roll Call reports Martinez is considering bowing out early -- and that Charlie Crist is seriously consideri ... More >>

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    January 28, 2009

    McCollum or Boyd Won't Be Your Next Senator

    Both sides of the Senate 2010 fray just lost significant rumored candidates. Republican Attorney General Bill McCollum and Democratic Congressmen Allen Boyd have both said they won't seek the open seat. McCollum has sought a Senate seat twice before. He claimed his party's nomination in 2000, but lo ... More >>

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    January 22, 2009

    What Does Mel Martinez Do Now?

    One has to wonder what was going through Sen. Mel Martinez's mind when President Bush's helicopter took off from Washington this past Tuesday. Before Bush chose Martinez to be his first HUD secretary, he was a little-known Florida fixture who had run an unsuccessful lieutenant governor campaign ... More >>

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    January 21, 2009

    Crist Is as Popular as Obama, No One Knows Any of These Senate Wannabes

    Charlie Crist is still enjoying a quite enviable approval rating, according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll, with 65 percent of Floridians approving of his job performance. That's about the percentage President Obama is getting in nationwide polls. Meanwhile, of all the names being thrown ... More >>

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    January 14, 2009

    Meet Your First Senate '10 Also-Ran Candidate: Dr. Marion Thorpe

    After running a race for Congress this past fall that included claiming opponent Alcee Hastings threatened to kill him, Dr. Marion Thorpe only managed to get 18% of the vote in district-23. Now he's decided to fail on an even larger stage. He just become the first announced Republican to seek Mel Ma ... More >>

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    January 7, 2009

    Florida Democrats Lacking Latino Candidates

    Absent from the list of possible candidates for the Democratic nomination for either governor or senator in 2010 are Latinos. It's nothing new. The Democrats have never run a Latino for governor or the Senate, and they've never elected one to the U.S. House of Representatives. In fact, one would be ... More >>

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    January 6, 2009

    Florida's Congressional Delegation Shockingly Not That Old

    USA Today reports that the incoming Congress will be the oldest on record for both houses. The average representative is 57, while the average senator is 63. New Times has the same high-tech tool as USA Today -- a calculator -- and decided to probe further. Since Florida has the oldest average p ... More >>

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    December 16, 2008

    Obama Names Latino to Cabinet. Sit Down, Manny, It's Not You

    After weeks of throwing a cabinet seat at any former Clinton administration official with a heartbeat, Prez-to-be Obama today finally got around to appointing a Hispanic to his top circle of advisers.Riptide knows a lot of you have been lying awake at night, feverishly imagining the nightmare scen ... More >>

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    December 9, 2008

    Charlie Carol = Tru Luv 4Eva

    The straight-people wedding of the century is this weekend, and our beloved Gov. Charlie Crist will marry this fancy New York socialite/whoopee cushion heiress, Carole Rome. Are the woman of Florida not good enough for you, Charlie? They have elected you. Has this woman ever elected you?The Tampa T ... More >>

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    December 4, 2008

    Mel Martinez Implies He Could Have Beat Obama in Florida

    Here is Sen. Mel Martinez's first interview after announcing he won't seek reelection. It was conducted by Republican Lobbyist, and former Jeb advisor Justin Sayfie, for his internet computer website The Sayfie Review. The Herald's Beth Reinhard has already noted just how great it is for newspaper ... More >>

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    December 4, 2008

    Sink May Put a Drain On GOP Senate Hopes, Yet

    "Sink not running against Martinez," technically this headline from Monday is correct, as no one will be running against Mel Martinez, ever again. But their assertion that she wasn't throwing her hat in the ring to become Florida's junior Senator in 2010 may have been off the mark. Nake ... More >>

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    December 2, 2008

    Mel Martinez Decides One Term is Enough, 2010 Senate Race Wide Open

    It's been our fear that something huge politic-wise would happen while we were away looking at pretty, little art things, and what do you know it happens on the first day. Sonofa. Senator Mel Martinez has announced that he will not run for re-election in 2010. His Senate seat was generally seen ... More >>

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    November 26, 2008

    Sink To Announce 2010 Plans Soon

    A group of devoted fans have already started a Draft Alex Sink website, but they were hoping Florida's CFO would run for Governor. Turns out she may have her eye on Washington instead. The Hill is reporting that Sink will make an announcement very soon as to the future of her political career, but t ... More >>

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    November 18, 2008

    Only One Of These Men Has A Reason To Smile

    Republicans across the nation may, for some reason, prefer Sarah Palin over Charlie Crist in an imaginary primary, but Crist can take solace in knowing he's the most popular man in Florida. According to the latest numbers 68% of voters approve of Crist's handling of his job. 50% said they'd vote for ... More >>

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    November 5, 2008

    Looking Forward to 2010

    Is it too early to be thinking about this? Jeez, we just endured almost a solid year of heavy election coverage, shouldn't we get a break? Nope, let the speculation for 2010 begin. Charlie Crist is in a comfortable spot for re-election. Though, Florida's economy has further tanked during his term w ... More >>

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    October 3, 2008

    Bailout Is In

    Get it? Because if you bailed out a boat, you'd need a bucket, and now we has that bucket. Is it the best bucket? I am not sure, but is Friday. This bailout rescue thing went through the House and Bush signed it. So signed, sealed, delivered, its ours, errr, Wall Street's. Rep. Ilean ... More >>

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    August 21, 2008

    Senator Mel Martinez Appears on The Daily Show, Says He Supports McCain (Shocker)

    It seems everyone makes an appearance on Comedy Central's The Daily Show, which The New York Times says is more influential than ever, in order to score some cool points with the Gen X and Y set. John Stewart sits down with Florida Senator Mel Martinez and mild mannerly asks him about communist Cub ... More >>

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    November 8, 2007

    Could Che Guevara Be Cloned?

    Riptide investigates the odds of a new generation of revolutionaries

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    July 13, 2007
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    September 23, 2004


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

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