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 probes a new charter school started by a special interest group.The Latin Builders Association is one of the most powerful lobbyi ... More >>
Jeb Bush Jr. is one of the future faces of the Republican Party. He is the 29-year-old president of Bush Realty and sits on the boards of several local corporations. The youngest son of Florida's former governor is even considered a possible contender against Democratic Congressman Joe Garcia in 201 ... More >>
Norman Braman was no match for the forces backing Miami-Dade County commissioners Bruno Barreiro, Audrey Edmonson, Barbara Jordan, and Dennis Moss. The billionaire car dealership mogul's slate of Luis Garcia, Alison Austin, Shirley Gibson and Alice Pena produced an epic fail. All four candidates, wh ... More >>
Read "Carlos Gimenez Collects Half-A-Million Bucks In First Round of Fundraising" and "Carlos Gimenez Has Raised Nearly Twice As Much As Challenger Joe Martinez."With one day left before the primary, we're going to miss the proliferation of groups with cryptic, yet patriotic, monikers spreading misi ... More >>
In the race for the White House, Mitt
Romney and Newt Gingrich don't seem to have a problem taking money
from corporate pirates accused of breaking the law to maximize
their profits. Romney has collected at least $100,000 from a
Miami-based investment fund that owns run down apartment buildings i ... More >>
In the past year, parimutuel and casino companies have contributed over a million dollars to state legislators and Republican political action committees as the gambling industry gears up for a combative legislative session in 2012. The stakes are high. State Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff and Rep. Erik Frese ... More >>
Arnold Wells, FlickrLess than 20 days from now, Jesus Christ will turn the big 2-0-1-2, though he doesn't look a day over 33.
Around the world, Christians will celebrate his birth with an appalling display of hyper-consumerism and overconsumption. And of course, crappy Christmas music.
Howeve ... More >>
Norman Braman confuses us sometimes.So multi-billionaire car dealer Norman Braman is all about reforming county government and curtailing the influence of lobbyists. Then why the heck is Braman's mug on a flyer endorsing Xavier Suarez for county commissioner? Voters in district 7 received the cam ... 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 -- who is a candidate to
replace more-boring-than-bread-pudding ex-Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez on May
24 -- follo ... More >>
Is Ron Book lobbying for your taxpayer interests? Probably not. Update: Ron Book tells Banana Republican that it was unfair to characterize his representation of municipal governments and private clients with competing interests as something bad. "I didn't do anything nefarious or unethical," he ... More >>
Nacho Mama's LlamasLlamabeats haven't been around all that long, having only linked up on this project in 2008. But this crew definitely has a vision for where it's headed and what it stand for.
Beyond that, Llamabeats is surprisingly clear on the state of the business and what it takes to put ... More >>
It's always good to see the Warped Tour pick up on local talent. This year add the Parable MC and Llamabeats project Think Tank to that list.Hip Hop is back on Warped in the form of the Grind Time Now Stage. It's a project of the world's largest rap battle league of the same name, a web-bas ... More >>
Meet Josue Larose. He'd like your vote for governor... or maybe for the U.S. House? If not that, then maybe for the state Senate? Well, if you're not going to vote for him, could you at least cut a check to one of his 160 political action committees? The Sun-Sentinel reports that ... More >>
Alex Izaguirre Just got back from the Spence-Jones Vindication Show in Overtown. The thunderstorms had just subsided outside the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church at 301 NW 9th Street. But inside Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones' angry voice boomed throughout the cavernous assembly hall. She was ... More >>
On one side are politicians and influential business interests. On the other are environmentalists and some very wealthy private citizens. In the middle is Homestead Air Force Base. Dead ahead: An explosive confrontation.