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    June 21, 2013

    Will Rick Scott Pick Charlie Crist's Former Best Friend as Lt. Gov.?

    Florida has been without a lieutenant governor now for 100 days, and Rick Scott has shown no signs that he's going to pick a replacement anytime soon. Though, an intriguing name has been circulating in political circles: Former Senator George LeMieux. Yes, Charlie Crist's former best friend and chie ... More >>

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    June 20, 2012

    George LeMieux Drops Out of Senate Race, Connie Mack Now Likely GOP Nominee

    So long, George LeMieux.The former interim senator has dropped his bid to return to DC, and has left Rep. Connie Mack IV as the likely Republican nominee to take on Sen. Bill Nelson in November. LeMieux was never able to overcome his connection to former Gov. Charlie Crist, nor Mack's name recogniti ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012

    Did George LeMieux Extort Charlie Crist Over Gay Rumors to Get Senate Seat? Jim Greer Thinks So

    Former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer is preparing for his trial on several corruption charges. His former friend and ex-Governor Charlie Crist is cooperating with the prosecution. So, in what seems like a pretty shady and downright desperate move, Greer's camp is leaking several rum ... More >>

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    September 28, 2011

    George LeMieux's French-Sounding Name is Hottest Issue in Republican Senate Primary

    ​The race for the Republican nomination to take on Sen. Bill Nelson next year is in a sad state of affairs. Some grassroots nobody named Mike McCallister is leading the pack with 17 percent of the vote, but 58 percent of Republican voters are still undecided. Meanwhile, the two establishment candi ... More >>

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    November 3, 2010

    What the Hell is Wrong with the Florida Democratic Party?

    ​The Florida Democratic Party has nearly 600,000 more registered voters in the state than the Republicans, yet last night they failed miserably in delivering on a single important race. Their Governor candidate lost to a man who ran a company involved in the biggest Medicare fraud case in American ... More >>

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    August 24, 2010

    Florida Primary Election Results Live Blog

    ​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 >>

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    July 22, 2010
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    June 30, 2010

    Rick Scott Attacks Bill McCollum For Supporting "Pro-Abortion and Pro-Gay Rights" Rudy Giuliani

    Giuliani in drag​When Bill McCollum ran in the 2004 Senate Primary, Republican opponent and eventual victor Mel Martinez sent out a campaign flyer calling him the "new darling of the homosexual extremists. Now insurgent billionaire candidate Rick Scott is attacking McCollum for supporting supposed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2010

    Is Jeb Bush Still in Charge of Florida?

    ​Jeb Bush left office four years ago, but Associated Press writer Martin Merzer thinks he may still be in charge of the state -- or at the very least still the most influential voice in the governing Republican party."He's become a legislative Wizard of Oz -- thunder and lightning and pulling the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2010

    Marco Rubio for President in 2012 Talk Begins

    ​Marco Rubio may be well ahead in the polls, but he hasn't even won the GOP nominations for Senate yet, let alone the actual general election. That hasn't stopped one conservative columnist with a prominent Rubio-induced rager from talking up the Miami lad as a 2012 presidential contender."I belie ... More >>

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    February 16, 2010

    RPOF, Which Took $628k From Rothstein, Calls Sink Corrupt for Returning $6,000 From Rothstein

    via The Buzz​Well, this tweet from the Republican Party of Florida's Twitter page sure ain't subtle: "Alex Sink is a lousy corrupt Ultra-Liberal Dem., fully-owned by banking industry and trial lawyers."Jeez, RPOF, tell us how you really feel.The tweet linked to a user diary titled "Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2009

    Dems Compliment Charlie Crist on his "Good Hair and Nice Tan," Blast Him on Everything Else

    Charlie Crist is such an upbeat fellow that I'm sure he'll appreciate the fact that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee just sent out an email touting the Gov's silver fox-ish good looks citing his "Good Hair and Nice Tan." He might be a little sad that it comes as part of a compliment sand ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2009

    Charlie Crist Appoints George LeMieux, His Former Chief of Staff, to Senate

    George LeMieux​Charlie Crist will appoint George LeMieux, his former chief of staff, to Mel Martinez's vacated Senate seat, according to an Associated Press source. State Rep. Jennifer Carroll, who was also considered for the job, spilled the beans. The official announcement is expected to be made ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2009

    Should Governors Really Have the Sole Power to Appoint Replacement Senators?

    ​Counting Charlie Crist's announcement today that he's chosen his former Chief of Staff to fill out the remained of Mel Martinez's senate term, in that past year alone six United States Senators have entered office through being appointed by a Governor. Depending the outcome of a debate over a law ... More >>

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    August 10, 2009

    Senator Allan Bense?

    ​Washington Post blogger and former Mouthpiece Theater cohost Chris Cillizza adds another name to the list of possible politicos Charlie Crist could appoint to Mel Martinez's soon-to-be-vacated Senate seat: former state Rep. Allan Bense.Add that to a list that already includes Jim Smith, Gov. Bob ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2009

    United States Will Officially Have It's First Hispanic Justice

    Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed by the Senate today. No big surprise there. Every member of the Democratic caucus, save for Ted Kennedy who remains ill and could not attend, voted for Sotomayor. That would include, of course, Bill Nelson.While only nine republicans offered their "yays," including ... More >>

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    July 21, 2009

    Charlie Crist Finally Makes up His Mind About Sotomayor

    Charlie Crist had been awkwardly mum on whether he would support the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. Now that it's almost assured she'll get confirmed, he has finally decided to let everyone know that, no, he would not vote to confirm this lady. Here's his statement (via Nake ... More >>

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    July 7, 2009

    Crist, Meek Each Bring in About $3 Million for Senate Race; Rubio Closer to $300k

    Campaign fundraising filings for the quarter that ended last week are due to the FEC next week. No candidate in the race to replace Sen. Mel Martinez has officially released numbers, but a report by the Hill claims Republican Gov. Charlie Crist and Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek are each expecte ... More >>

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    February 16, 2009

    North Miami Mayor Kevin Burns to Run for Senate

    In our very important four-point treatise on netroots campaigning, we predicted "gay candidates will be the hot new netroots cause, just watch," and now, right here in Florida, that theory will be put to the test. North Miami Mayor Kevin Burns will tomorrow officially kick off his campaign to see ... More >>

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    January 6, 2009

    Could a Manny Diaz Senate Run Exist Outside of Our Imagination?

    We're not sure whether the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza is pulling this out of his ass or if he's heard things we haven't (quite possible), but toward the end of a blog post about Jeb Bush's forthcoming Senate decision, he includes Manny Diaz as a possible Democratic contender for the Senate sea ... More >>

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    January 5, 2009

    Charlie Crist's Latest Supreme Court Pick is Boiling Conservative Blood For a Change

    Last month we did some caffiene-fueled theorizing about Gov. Charlie Crist's third Supreme Court appointment and wondered "Will Crist be able to satisfy both his seeming need for diversity and his record for pleasing the right wing in one candidate? ... Or will Charlie have to settle for a minority ... More >>

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    December 15, 2008

    Obama Picks Some White Guy for HUD. What's a Manny to Do?

    Barack Obama continued his pattern of naming just about everyone from the Clinton administration to his cabinet, while simultaneously leaving Latinos out in the cold by picking Shaun Donovan as his secretary of housing and urban development. But hey, that was our Mayor Manny Diaz's fantasy position! ... More >>

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    November 10, 2008
  • News

    September 20, 2007

    Pay off Your Loans

    Gabe Pendas wants to save college kids a bundle. And this brawler might just do it.

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    September 29, 2005

    Letters from the Issue of September 29, 2005

    Savage words, Haitian rights, suicide notes, and DeFede friends and foes

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    April 14, 2005
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    January 20, 2005

    The Camelot Legacy

    He may live in Miami Beach for now, but Anthony Kennedy Shriver has his eye on Tallahassee

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    November 11, 2004

    Story Line

    Still feisty after all these years, Carl Hiaasen unloads on Miami politics and corporate journalism

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    July 29, 2004

    Politics and Policy

    With its severe new Cuba regulations, the Bush administration alienated some Miami exiles, but not the ones who matter

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    May 6, 2004

    Porch Patrol

    Brownsville resident Lorenzo Jones is waging a one-man war against the drug dealing across the street

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    February 20, 2003

    Dialogue: The Final Frontier

    When trade sanctions, bluster, and a few bombs don't work, you gotta try something else