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 responds to a county commissioner's claim that Cubans made Miami. Miami-Dade Commissioner Javier Souto tried to persuade his col ... More >>
After a seven-year hiatus, cult sitcom Arrested Development returns on Netflix this weekend. Of course, in Miami, a city of sociopathic, vain crooks you might not be aware that a show about a family of sociopathic, vain crooks has been off the air for so long. In fact, since the show's initial cance ... More >>
Miche RattoThis week, Miami New Times profiled the ten hardest-hitting blogs that make life miserable for public officials in South Florida. At a time when the Miami Herald and other media outlets are shaving back coverage of civic and public affairs, bloggers are filling the void to investigate ... More >>
Vanessa Brito says she has the right to protect her committee's name.Anyone who followed the recall movement versus former Miami-Dade County Commissioner Natacha Seijas knows the group that sought her ouster calls itself Miami Voice and is chaired by activist Vanessa Brito. Miami Lakes dentist David ... More >>
Thought the recall election would change things at county hall? Think again. If campaign money is any indication, former state Rep. Esteban Bovo is a shoo-in for the Miami-Dade Commission seat representing northwestern parts of the county vacated by Natacha Seijas. And he is beholden to a lo ... More >>
Clear your calendar on May 24 because we're holding an election! The Miami-Dade County Commission meet this morning and, as expected, officially set the day for the election to replace recalled Carlos Alvarez on that Tuesday. Though, the mayoral race won't be the only thing on the ballot. Voters ... More >>
In ancient Greek, apocalypse translates as "a revelation." So what could possibly be more apocalyptic than the giant freaking orange moon due to pop up tomorrow night? After all, it's the biggest and closest it's been in nearly two decades. FYI: the "extreme supermoon" is also predicted to (1) ma ... More >>
After Tuesday's unambiguous recall of Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez and Commissioner Natacha Seijas, could you even imagine what would happen if county commissioners decided to exercise the option to appoint a new mayor themselves? If not a full-out voter revolt and more recalls, at least cert ... More >>
Miami-Dade has reform fever, and the only cure is more recalls. Following Tuesdays political massacre of Carlos Alvarez and Natacha Seijas at the polls it's no surprise that other groups feel inspired and want to see more change. Now a group of animal rights activists is calling for the "recall" ... More >>
Even if you didn't think yesterday's recall of Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez and Commissioner Natacha Seijas was a good idea, you must admit it was immensely satisfying to watch those lopsided results come in. We posit that it was better than sex. Fornication is wonderful and all, but how oft ... More >>
The people of Miami-Dade have spoken and they were not ambiguous about it: county mayor Carlos Alvarez and county commissioner Natacha Seijas are out of a job. The total vote count isn't in just yet, but as of right now both were ousted with about 88 percent of voters checking "yes."
Michael McElroyMayoral candidate and Miami New Times columnist Luther Campbell wants to get it on. At the ballot box. Not the champagne room. Now that voters have shown Carlos Alvarez the exit door, the onetime raunchiest man in hip-hop is calling on the County Commission to set a date for anothe ... More >>
With an election set in a week to recall Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez and County Commissioner Natacha Seijas the air of reform is steadily streaming through County Hall, but two state lawmakers don't just want a change in leadership. They want to see the powers of Miami-Dade County Comm ... More >>
Natacha Seijas is one week closer to her political reckoning, which means she will get only more viciously cantankerous than ever. Since the second attempt to recall her in four years kicked off, the county commissioner representing Hialeah and Miami Lakes has been on a rampage, threatening colle ... More >>
For the second time since announcing his run for Miami-Dade mayor, Luther Campbell appeared on a Spanish-language television program to appeal to Hispanic voters. "Tio" Luke was the special guest on last night's Ke Fuerte show on América TeVé, where he informed hosts Ivan and Carlucho that he h ... More >>
The top individual donor to the political action committee seeking to block Miami-Dade Commissioner Natacha Seijas' recall is a Hialeah businessman who was barred from getting county work. The campaign treasurer's report for Abre Los Brazos shows that Zitro Inc., a company owned by Hector P. Orti ... More >>
Carlos GimenezToday the Miami-Dade County Commission was supposed to meet to set a date for the election to recall Mayor Carlos Alvarez. Problem was only six commissioners showed up, because Commissioners apparently find it OK to act like school skipping children. Which means the commission fell ... More >>
Comm. Natacha Seijas is one of five being targetedBillionaire Norman Braman's quest to have Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez recalled was officially approved by the Clerk of Courts yesterday. Today, and effort to recall five county commissioners was launched by a political action commi ... More >>
Miami-Dade Commissioner Javier Souto.Every year, they arrive punctually on the same festive stationary, and every year, they're tossed out faster than stale fruitcake. Well, dear reader, by throwing out your commissioner's holiday newsletter, you're trashing your own cash. Each newsletter costs y ... More >>
The county's online property search doesn't disclose foreclosures.
On its corporate website, Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod boasts that its land use and zoning lawyers have "literally helped to reshape the skyline of our community." No doubt the influential downtown Miami law firm knows how to persuade local government officials to allow developers t ... More >>
Duane HansonAn online petition encouraging President Obama to create a Secretary of the Arts position has collected hundreds of thousands of signatures and media attention, but considering the hard time Obama has had filling his current cabinet slots, it seems to be the last thing on his mind. You t ... More >>
Dennis Moss is done putting together the new make-up of the county commission's committees and I'm impressed with most of his selections. In case you don't know, the commissioners use the committee system to hammer out decisions that ultimately impact our tax dollars, from formulating new ways to ta ... 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 >>
via eBay Apparently you can buy these things. Last week during the Democratic National Convention the Herald's political reporters were so bored they took to incessantly blogging about the hotel arrangements of the Florida delegation. The Republicans have -- thank goodness -- spiced things up. B ... More >>
When election time rolls into gear, the union representing Miami-Dade County fire fighters doesn't waste time getting into action. According to campaign financial disclosure reports, Dade County Firefighters Local 1403 contributed $500 each to the reelection campaigns of Bruno Barreiro, Audrey Edmon ... More >>
And why not? Miami-Dade government is about as stable as a Sagdiyev family reunion. I have to thank an anonymous commenter over at eyeonmiami for the headline. It was in response to a post about Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez endorsing Natacha Seijas for reelection, nearly two years after Carlito a ... More >>
As our great Banana Republic of Miami-Dade County gets ready to celebrate Independence Day, I decided to scour the campaign financial reports of Mayor Carlos Alvarez and the seven county commissioners running for reelection. After all, nothing is more patriotic than greasing the wheels of politics. ... More >>
When a group of citizens mounted an effort to recall Miami-Dade County Commissioner Natacha Seijas, unions representing county employees, including the South Florida AFL-CIO, rallied around her. Not only did the union provide man power at the polls, they pumped tens of thousands of dollars into the ... More >>
This morning Parrot Jungle was swarming with anti-corruption law enforcers and ethics watchdogs. Alas, they weren’t there to blow the lid off another public scandal involving Miami-Dade taxpayer money. In fact, no crimes were being committed at the publicly subsidized bird park. Parrot Jungle was ... More >>
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez is on a rampage. Here's the skinny.
Earlier today, loquacious county Commissioner Javier Souto paid a visit to the governmental operations and environment committee. The former state senator was hoping to convince his colleagues to support his legislative measure aimed at cracking down on scoundrels who pile up bulk waste, such as old ... More >>
"It seems rational. Wanna bet?"
"How is it that Carlos Rios has a phone?"
"Beasley has been working tirelessly behind the scenes"
"I'll get you, my Patty... And your little dog, too!" This past weekend, Terry Murphy, chief of staff of Miami-Dade County Commissioner Natacha Seijas (subject of this week'scover story), was busy protecting his cushy government post. For the past two months, a political action committee has been ... More >>
The school board wades through a smear campaign
It was easy for the county to pass a law requiring workers to earn a living wage. It wasn't so easy making it stick.
He's Miami's premier citizen advocate. He attends scads of boring meetings so you don't have to. He's on a mission. And he's going broke in the process.