Last year, two Miami reps pushed a bill banning red light cameras through a committee with some loud public support (thanks in part to a Tampa TV station's investigation showing Florida had helped shorten yellow light times to collect more ticket revenue). But that bill eventually flopped in the ful ... 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 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 >>
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 >>
"And honestly, if I'm going out for fun, who wants to worry about parking?"
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 >>
The Republican brothers are headed for defeat, and Cuban-American politics will change forever.
Debate over the rights of gays to marry resonates with the rhetoric of the civil rights movement
Every once in a great while we get to peek behind the curtain and see how this town really works. As you might guess, it's not very pretty.
Dead ducks, bogus rapture, Home Depot, and cowboy swagger
Check your mufflers, biker boys
In four short years, state Rep. Ralph Arza has gone from schoolteacher to powerful politician, and now he's about to take control of public education in Miami
A tenacious entrepreneur and county commissioners are hung up on the repercussions of a prepaid phone card bid
If you were Steve Shiver, why would you meet with one lobbyist when you could meet with a bunch of them?
Brett Ratner to direct The Silence of the Lambs prequel, The Red Dragon.
The school board wades through a smear campaign
Police and prosecutors remember the old adage: Follow the money
Corruption investigators are delving into the county commissioner's every financial nook and political cranny
Meet the most powerful politician you know nothing about
Is Miami-Dade County Manager Steve Shiver a lying little weasel? Absolutely, absolutely.
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.
As Big Oil forces out the last independent gas station dealers, the era of truly giant oil begins
Miami-Dade's election workers are overworked, underpaid, and years behind
Miami developer Aristides Martinez once seemed an inner-city savior. Today he goes by another name: Slumlord.
In South Miami-Dade it's all in the land -- the earth, the profits, and the sweet deals
The dogfight over the Independent Review Panel proves that you might unite the community, but you'll never unite the Dade County Commission
For some Dade County commissioners money is no object when it comes to keeping Wackenhut on the public payroll
After years of flying first class, politicos and lobbyists are now having their baggage inspected -- by federal agents
Six things you might want to consider before casting your vote for Joe Gersten