The candidate isn't fit to fill Michelle Spence-Jones' seat.
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness 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 endorses the man who will be Miami's next District 5 commissioner. With absentee ballots being mailed and early voting beginning ... More >>
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke gets the scoop on Rev. Richard Dunn II's biggest supporter. Just when I was about to give Rev. Richard Dunn II the benefit of the doubt, ... More >>
For the past two weeks Rev. Richard P. Dunn II has been riding high following his legal victory over longtime nemesis Miami City Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones, preventing her from running for a third consecutive term -- and thus allowing him to remove the biggest obstacle keeping him from recla ... More >>
Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jorge E. Cueto should have known better. On Tuesday, he angrily removed himself from a civil case challenging Miami Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones' third run for office. After ruling in favor of her opponent, Rev. Richard Dunn, that she could not run again, local media o ... More >>
In a few hours, Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and Commissioner Marc Sarnoff will announce a mysterious new lawsuit they promise will have a "profound" impact on Overtown, Omni and downtown Miami. What could it be? New regulations for Ultra Music Fest? Stricter controls on police? JETPACKS FOR EVERYONE? ... More >>
Ever since she beat two separate criminal cases against her last year, Miami City Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones has been quietly preparing for an epic take down of Mayor Tomas Regalado and Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle -- the two politicians she blames for almost destroyi ... More >>
Ever notice that sign for the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians on Marlins Park? Well, the management of Magic City Casino sure has, and they are not happy with it. The casino believes that it violates a contract it has with the county that forbids Miami-Dade from harming their slot revenue, and they'd ve ... More >>
Former county mayoral candidate and current Miami New Times columnist Luther Campbell has a new gig. Miami City Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones has appointed the former 2 Live Crew frontman to serve on the board of the Miami Sports & Exhibition Authority, which was recently given ... More >>
Richard ScruggsThe public corruption unit at the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office is getting quite a makeover. Longtime unit chief Joe Centorino will soon depart to take on a new gig as executive director of the Miami-Dade ethics commission. And assistant state attorney Richard Scruggs is now w ... More >>
This morning Miami-Dade Judge Barbara Areces threw out suspended Miami Police Chief Miguel Exposito's lawsuit against the city, putting his fate back into the hands of the commission.In case you've forgotten that we live in a very strange city, Areces decision essentially means that Michelle Spen ... More >>
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 wages war against Miami's elitist secret society.If you are an African American civic leader in Miami, you're better off ... More >>
UPDATE: Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle stands by her decision to prosecute Michelle Spence-Jones for bribery, claiming the judge presiding over the suspended Miami city commissioner's trial screwed up the verdict's outcome. "We disagree with the judge's interpretation o ... More >>
Armando CodinaTalk about a hostile witness. Armando Codina, the developer at the heart of a criminal case against ex-Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones, criticized prosecutor Richard Scruggs repeatedly on the stand today for "misleading" him. Prosecutors say the $12,500 Codina gave a charity at S ... More >>
Armando CodinaAs jury selection continues in the bribery and grand theft trial of suspended Miami City Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones, the prosecution's main witness, prominent developer Armando Codina, gave new testimony that pokes holes in the state's case. Trial is set to begin next week.I ... More >>
Any two-bit news rag can tell you what happened yesterday. But it takes a truly great publication -- one advertising Asian table massages in its back pages -- to predict the future. We donned our swami's cap and stared long and hard at our 2011 calendar until we started hallucinating. This is wh ... More >>
via electalisonaustin.comThe first challenger has stepped up to take on Rev. Richard Dunn, the city commissioner who, in order to get an appointment to replace the ousted Michelle Spence-Jones, promised to relinquish his seat in November. That pledge lasted all of a hot minute before Dunn c ... More >>
Barbara Carey-Shuler, aka Ms. Oh-I-Guess-I-Did-Write-That-Letter.Last November, Barbara Carey-Shuler was the reason the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office charged then-Miami City Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones with grand theft of $50,000 in county grants that went to a now defunct family busi ... More >>
A bloodied man drove to a Doral police station to let them know he'd stabbed his landlord. The victim, a neighbor, was found a live and taken to the hospital. [Herald]Michelle Spence-Jones heads back to court today for her arraignment on bribery charges. [CBS4]Requirements for the Bright Futures sch ... More >>
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness once made the U.S. Supreme Court Newscomstand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. Up this week: Miami is in trouble again. The town's top bureaucrat -- City Manager Pete Hernandez -- has resigned and the U. ... More >>
After an epically long city commission meeting, commissioners chose the Rev. Richard Dunn to replace Michelle Spence-Jones after he pledged not to run for the seat in November. [Herald]Crime rates in unincorporated Dade County are down. [Herald]Sad Ponzi clown Scott Rothstein is going to p ... More >>
Hundreds of Haitian refugees have begun applying for temporary protected status. [Herald]Willy Gort will be sworn into his seat on the city commission today at 4pm. Michelle Spence-Jones won't be joining him. [CBS4]26 sea turtles taken in during the cold snap have been released back ... More >>
It's Election Day! All over again! Voters in Districts 1 and 5 will head to the polls to replace Angel Gonzalez and maybe Michelle Spence-Jones. [CBS4]Former Mayor Manny Diaz is headed to Harvard to be a resident fellow at the JFK School of Government. Guess this means his name is complete ... More >>
A 24-year-old burned his mother to death in Northwest Dade. He took off in a stolen public works truck, a police chase ensued, and he was shot and later died. [JustNews]Michelle Spence-Jones is still preparing for re-election and plans to sue Charlie Crist while she's at it. [WSVN]Cops in the Keys c ... More >>
Michelle Spence-Jones pleaded not guilty to theft charges and, of course, plans to run for her city commission seat again. [CBS4]Police are on the hunt for someone who released thousands of ladybugs in the VIP room at Art Basel. [NBCMiami]A man stole a $1 million painting. Police caught the suspect ... More >>
"Most politicians should serve two terms — one in office and one in jail."
Miami Mayor Tomas RegaladoMiami Mayor Tomas Regalado's insistence that Gov. Charlie Crist appoint a replacement for suspended commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones is getting ugly.Over the weekend, Regalado and Commission Chairman Marc Sarnoff were pressuring Angel Gonzalez -- who resigned yesterday ... More >>
Miami City Commissioner Angel Gonzalez will resign soon amid an investigation into a job he got his daughter. There's probably a joke in here about his name being Angel while he is clearly not one, but why would we make a joke as horrible as that? That joke would be almost as horrible as the city co ... More >>
The leader of a church that's drawn presidential hopefuls and the devout is enveloped in scandal.
Floridians haven't followed the Marlins this closely since the Gary Sheffield Era, and today, another chapter was written in the saga of the proposed Little Havana stadium. Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones pretty much played this perfectly, even using a fetus to her advantage. She was on maternity ... More >>
The Florida Marlins are in desperate need of a great closer. Someone who can seal the deal with the Miami City Commission and the Miami-Dade County Commission over the team's sweetheart $630 million stadium deal. Right now the Marlins dreams of a new domed home on the former Orange Bowl site appear ... More >>
Bill Clinton dropped by Miami on Friday night and helped Kendrick Meek raise $300,000 for his Senate race. [Naked Politics]That thing we posted about the 2014 Governor's race already having front runners is legit. Boy wonder Republican Congressman Adam Putnam announced he'd give up his legislative s ... More >>
Today, the last day of 2008, Banana Republican highlights his ten favorite news stories of the year, the tales that truly capture life in a sun-drenched, third-world dimension. 10. Marc Sarnoff's Memo to Himself. The Coconut Grove loving city commissioner has a super secret meeting with Joe Arriol ... More >>
Coconut Grove's other half feels left out.
Boy, Marc Sarnoff sure took some lumps today. First, New Times published a critical take on the Miami commissioner's role in several controversies at City Hall. Then during the city commission meeting, his colleagues Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones and Commission Chairman Joe Sanchez put him thro ... More >>
The key to understanding the new corruption charges? Look at the old ones.
1. Mortgage Interest Rates Frozen – President Bush reached an agreement with lenders that allows them to freeze the interest rates on mortgages made in the last few years. This will prevent monthly payments for those who are up to date on their mortgages from increasing for the next five years. ... More >>
All of these injuries could have resulted in death