Gator's Dockside, a restaurant group in Lake Mary, Florida, has gotten a lot of press lately. It seems the corporate-owned restaurants are charging a 1 percent Affordable Care Act surcharge to compensate for the restaurants' additional costs associated with providing health care to their full-time e ... More >>
A Florida restaurant chain is out to make your bill political. Eight restaurants that are part of the Gator's Dockside chain are adding a one percent surcharge to customer's bills and clearly marking it as an "ACA surcharge" on customers' receipts. Signs, doors and tables at the restaurants also tru ... More >>
How the U.S. Chamber of Commerce became the greatest (bumbling) enemy of America.
Maybe this governor's race isn't totally over before it even began. Back in August, when Public Policy Polling asked Floridians whether they plan to vote for Charlie Crist or Rick Scott, Crist had a 12-point lead. Now, for its first poll in the new year, PPP has found Crist's lead has shrunk to just ... More >>
Miami-Dade Public Schools and WLRN are both making serious cuts to part-time employee hours, supposedly because of Obamacare. The cutback will affect "several hundred" school employees, including substitute teachers, custodians and security guards, according to a MDCPS spokesman. Also seeing their ... More >>
Prosecutors have dismissed charges against North Miami Beach cop Ericson Harrell for recently wearing a Guy Fawkes' mask while protesting Obamacare along a busy road in Plantation. The bizarre arrest, cited under an obscure 1951 Florida law that defense attorneys told the Sun Sentinel was created ... More >>
Charlie Crist, in his new form as a Democrat, is running against Governor Rick Scott, but that doesn't mean he won't be attacking his former Senate campaign rival Marco Rubio apparently. Crist and Rubio got into a public snit today after Crist said that Rubio had "endorsed" Obamacare.
How do you spell hypocrite? Republican Florida Senator Marco Rubio and his family have signed up for Obamacare, the Tampa Bay Times is reporting. He is also accepting a federal subsidy to pay 75 percent of his health care -- under the provisions of a bill that some Republicans wanted to kill.. T ... More >>
While you may have spent Wednesday preparing for Thanksgiving, Jeb Bush was busy on Twitter spreading controversy-stirring conspiracy theories about President Obama on Twitter. Unfortunately these stubborn little things called facts got in the way of his criticism.
Thanksgiving is just a couple of short days away, and if you're like us, you're now scrambling to purchase the fixings for your holiday meal. Don't fret about not being able to defrost the turkey in time and whether the market will be out of yams. Just go to Trader Joe's, where the store restocks ... More >>
Charlie Crist has only been running for governor for 12 days, but he's already raised nearly $900,000. And according to the first poll released since his announcement, he has a 10-point lead over incumbent Rick Scott.
A cavalcade of Hummers and F-150s headed down to the University of Miami on Saturday. They contained scantily clad female models bearing bullhorns, beer pong tables and boxes of pizza. Bros instantly materialized, got drunk and danced to the sounds of DJ Joey. And because no tailgate would be compl ... More >>
If there's any doubt left that former Republican governor Charlie Crist is really going to challenge Rick Scott as a Democrat next year, his new web ad released alongside the relaunch of his website should erase them. It's not technically a campaign ad since Crist hasn't officially announced his can ... More >>
It's been almost a month since the Health Care Exchange opened, and it's still extremely difficult to create an account. Although the primary issue on October 1st seemed to be a glitch with some drop-down menus, that technical difficulty has been smoothed over. It's the very next part -- the actual ... More >>
Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi has been doing a lot of fundraising lately, but she hasn't drawn a Democrat opponent yet. Well, George Sheldon, who most recently was an undersecretary in President Obama's Department of Health and Human Services, has announced he'll run, setting up a duel that ... More >>
If you woke up this morning with a hard-on for sky-high interest rates, a hankering for anarchy, and hopes of seeing the sobbing shell of our once stately president crumpled over the corpse of Obamacare, then we have some bad news for you. Last night, Congress voted to end the 16-day government shu ... More >>
Two weeks and $24 billion in lost revenue for the American economy later, the government shutdown ended last night with Republicans getting essentially zero of the hostage demands they'd made of President Obama. After the Senate crafted a bill to raise the debt ceiling and reopen government -- no th ... More >>
Apparently when it comes to the government shutdown battle over the implications of Obamacare, all Senator Marco Rubio has to offer is lame pop culture jokes. In the same day that Rubio said he will not vote for a deal to end the shutdown and raise the debt limit, he unleashed a new campaign site ca ... More >>
The Health Insurance Marketplace ostensibly opened yesterday. Beginning at midnight, Americans could create an account and shop for coverage plans that would go into effect at the beginning of next year. The operative word here being "ostensibly." Somehow the biggest hindrance to the rolling out of ... More >>
With the federal government facing a shutdown over Obamacare, Miami workers are taking action today. Dozens of members of a local union plan to sit in at the offices of Hialeah Republican State Rep. Manny Diaz until he talks to them about the state's refusal to accept $5 billion in Medicaid help.
North Florida Republica Rep. Ted Yoho, a Tea Party favorite, was caught on tape last week at a town hall meeting in Gainesville claiming that the tanning tax created by the Affordable Care Act was racist. He then claimed that because he went to a tanning salon twice he's now been "disenfranchised." ... More >>
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 speaks up for neglected, abused children. It's time to abolish or overhaul the Florida Department of Children and Families, the ... More >>
In a bid to stir up some PR and reaffirm his party's opposition to Obamacare, Florida Senator Marco Rubio proposed a constitutional amendment today that would effectively eliminate the personal mandate section of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The thing has about zero chance of ac ... More >>
There are a lot of issues Democrats and Republicans differ on: abortion, Obamacare, Sarah Palin's IQ. But food? According to a new poll by Public Policy Polling, party lines extend all the way to edibles. Released Wednesday, the national poll reveals American attitudes on everything from favorite m ... More >>
The old line goes that "the great thing about Miami is how close it is to the United States." The truth is, though, the worst thing about Miami is how close it is to Florida.So, when we learned yesterday that there was an effort underway to have Florida secede from the union, we were thrilled. Becau ... More >>
Not only did Floridians vote to reelect President Obama on Tuesday, they also, by a wider margin, voted down a proposed state constitutional amendment that sought, in theory at least, to limit the effects of Obamacare in Florida.Dejected, Rick Scott, the former health care CEO, is now backing down o ... More >>
Despite all of the hootin', hollerin', and mouth-breathin' about "Obamacare," communism is nowhere near making a comeback. Let's review the facts: It's been more than 20 years since David Hasselhoff rubbed his gargantuan wienerschnitzel all over the crumbling Berlin Wall. China went so far to the f ... More >>
When you head to the polls this week to cast a vote for the prez or to throw your weight behind Mittens, you might be surprised to find one of the longest ballots ever created. You'd never know it from the nightly news, but it turns out you'll have to decide on much more than just the presidential r ... More >>
Now it's our turn. The Sun-Sentinel this morning endorsed Mitt Romney. Then the Miami Herald threw its support to Barack Obama.We don't endorse candidates. We are just a motley crew of renegades who like to throw darts at pictures of Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, and Britney Spears.But we believe Mitt ... More >>
As Walter Cronkite once said: "Well, that debate was one flaming pile of rancid cat shit."*For those of you who didn't suffer through last night's 90-minute cojone-eating contest between Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama, here's your 10-second summary:Romney wonObama lostRomney snorted Ronald R ... More >>
With rumors swirling that Charlie Crist may run for governor as a Democrat in 2014, many are wondering how a former conservative Republican can run as a Democrat. Others believe he's a political opportunist that would say and do anything to get elected. Well, Riptide has exclusively uncovered his ne ... More >>
On Tuesday, the GOP ended the first day of its national convention by letting Chris Christie pummel Ann Romney's message of love to death with his meaty, angry fists like a Garden State mob goon. Last night, Republicans tried a more refined tactic, choosing concert pianist and conservative counterpo ... More >>
The sight of the image of America's first black president juxtaposed next to a Confederate flag may be jarring to some, but 16-year-old Lee County resident Ryan Turner, the founder of the grassroots "Rednecks for Obama" movement (or something), says the use of the images together is meant to show th ... More >>
A little over a week removed from the Miami Heat's NBA Finals victory against OKC (and just four days after taking to the streets of Downtown to watch D-Wade drive by on a double-decker bus), the celebration continues. Only this time, it's not a sports team we're praising; it's the Supreme Court. ... More >>
In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court has upheld President Obama's health care mandate, with Chief Justice John Roberts casting the surprising, deciding vote that the sweeping reform is constitutional. The ruling is a blow to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who spearheaded the first national court ch ... More >>
Luther Campbell, 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. Today, Luke weighs in on Obamacare. As someone who's knows what it's like to fight all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, I'm very happy for ... More >>
President Barack Obama was just at the University of Miami, so you'd think that his staff could get the name of the school correct. Apparently not. The White House sent out a press release today describing University of Miami president Donna Shalala as "President of Miami University." Miami Uni ... More >>
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi may be fighting to repeal President Obama's healthcare reform laws in court, but the new laws have already saved Floridians close to $142 million, and most of the laws haven't even gone into effect yet. The savings come from Medicare recipients who now pay l ... More >>
God bless his hair.Mitt Romney won yesterday's Florida GOP primary, but we all know who the real victor was. Not Obama. And certainly not the country. No, el gran ganador was Willard's perfectly sculpted mop of Mittitude: his hair.Here are five other things we'll miss now that the political spotl ... More >>
Federal Republicans were forced to back down from a controversial bill dictating that federal money could only be spent on abortions for woman who were "forcibly raped," where as current language allows for some public spending on abortions for woman who are victims of rape or incest. They backed ... More >>