Last summer, Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi was arrested on the same day the feds nabbed another local mayor, Sweetwater's Manuel Maroño. Both mayors were suspended form office by the governor and charged with taking bribes in exchange for bogus grants. While Maroño and two others, lobbyists Jorg ... 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 has some advice for the President. While it was nice to see President Barack Obama finally address the nation about his blackne ... More >>
After raising nearly a million bucks to unseat four Miami-Dade County Commissioners in the August 14 primary, it seems billionaire auto magnate Norman Braman threw in the towel. According to the last three financial reports for his political action committee Change Miami Dade Now, Braman only chippe ... More >>
It's only May, but South Florida super-lobbyist Ron Book is already having one hell of a year in Tallahassee. This week, lobbyists filed their reports for 2012's first quarter and since January, Book has already topped $1 million in fees. Who's paying him all that cash? Along with every other city i ... More >>
Campaign finance reports for January, February, and March are in for the local county races. So who's funneling cash to Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and his main opponent, County Commission Chairman Joe Martinez?If money is any indicator, Martinez has a long haul ahead of him. For the past three ... More >>
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez has vetoed a controversial lobbying contract that included a law firm that has generously supported his political campaign for the county's top elected position. Citing the county commission's failure to cut the cost of Miami-Dade's lobbying services, Gimenez killed t ... More >>
Carlos Gimenez gives $60,000 contract to law firm that raised $30,000 for him. A local law firm that raised at least $30,000 in campaign funds for Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez is seeing its investment pay off. On Monday, the county commission approved Gimenez's request to split Miami-Dade's st ... More >>
Rick Scott wants to run Florida like a business, but he seems ideologically driven to make sure the state isn't in the business of much. Fresh off a Pulitzer win for investigative reporting, Paige St. John of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune yesterday filed a shocker claiming Scott aims to k ... More >>
Natacha Seijas was right to worry about her name appearing on the same recall ballot as Carlos Alvarez. She was swept up in the voter tsunami that also took out the now former county mayor. Many local political pundits didn't give Miami Voice, the political action committee that sought Seijas's r ... More >>
Think Tank, a project of the Llamabeats and Parable MC, have a new video out for their song "Gun In My Hand" all shot in the City Of Miami in and around the Omni area of Biscayne and NE 2nd Ave South of 36th street. Recognize the landmarks, graffiti, pawn shops? This and other recent videos signal ... More >>
Former Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chairman Joe Garcia is wasting no time knuckling up for Via David Rivera's FacebookAt a recent fundraiser, Rep. David Rivera (left) serenades supporters with the help of actor Steven Bauer, whom, as far as we know, doesn't do business with the state of Florid ... More >>
Recently dismissed ethics complaints against three lobbyists provide a glimpse into how By Alex Izaguirredevelopers will pay off so-called community activists to win support for their projects.In finding that zoning lawyers Juan Mayol, Joseph Goldstein, and Richard Perez did in fact register ... More >>
Excuse us as we once again divert attention to hot liberal mess Alan Grayson, Orlando-area Democratic congressman. The man who's mouth cannot stop flapping is in hot water again, after calling Linda Robertson, and advisor to Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernake, a "K Street whore" on a radio ... More >>
Alex IzaguirreHigh-powered Miami media attorney Thomas Julin is helping Sean Casey's bid to expose another high-powered Miami lawyer. And Julin, a partner at Hunton & Williams, is representing the 35-year-old free of charge. Casey is serving a 12-year prison term for running do ... More >>
Last week, ABC News broke news that the FBI had raided PMA Group, a lobbying firm, this past November. PMA, which specialized in lobbying for earmarks for defense contracts, had close ties to Democratic Rep. John Murtha, but also donated heavily to other politicians -- many of them Democrats, but so ... More >>
Maybe he can rent us a room in his $2.2 million pad in Plantation.
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 >>
Carlos Alvarez wants voters to give him unprecedented power, but his foes are locked and loaded
The mayoral candidate's bilingual campaign has a message that doesn't translate
Are you sitting down? Ready for this? Try saying it out loud: Miami-Dade County Commissioner Xavier Suarez
Norman Braman joins the Diaz de la Portilla mayoral campaign -- despite that unpleasant gay-rights thing
Developers circle a swath of land in Homestead as a familiar face reappears in the guise of a real estate lobbyist
Miami Beachs ordinance restricting campaign contributions by lobbyists
Alex Penelas learned his lesson in 1999; this year's transit-tax campaign is all below the surface
Rock miners try to pull a fast one on local legislators
The behind-the-scenes battle to put Miami's homegrown Fortune 500 Co. next to the Herald raises an old specter
The Federal Election Commission has a few questions for an influential Miami political action committee
Did Miami-Dade County Manager Steve Shiver deceive commissioners in an effort to steer a lucrative software contract to a friend? The friend says no. Shiver isn't talking.
Gary Dellapa's retirement from MIA comes not a moment too soon
Chronicle of an Ordinance
Shakey's out, Penelian peccadillo, and shafted lumber labor
The Real Micky Arison
Waste dumps, illicit lobbying, paid supporters, hidden agendas. Or politics as usual in Miami-Dade County.
Have We Got an Airport for You!
Even though my name is Chris Korge and Alex Penelas is my best buddy and all the commissioners are indebted to me and I guarantee you'll get that fat county contract
If Joe Carollo gets into bed with old nemesis Wayne Huizenga, two of the mayor's closest advisers will be fluffing the pillows
The most lucrative contract in the history of Miami International Airport is about to be awarded to one lucky company
First he was Miami's mayor, then Metro's, then Miami's. Now he's thinking about running for county mayor again. Why can't Steve Clark make up his mind?