Florida's public campaign financing laws mean that candidates for governor and the three cabinet offices can qualify to have any donations of $250 or less matched by public money with a few caveats. Charlie Crist received about $2.4 million in public financing during his run against mega-loaded Ri ... 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 calls out the Florida Democrats for failing to get black voters to the polls. Well, Charlie Crist and the medical marijuana init ... More >>
When Philip Levine announced last year that he wanted to become mayor of Miami Beach, many people wondered why a multimillionaire would spend a chunk of his fortune in pursuit of a $10,000-per-year position. That question was answered yesterday as Levine held court for more than half an hour to boa ... More >>
For four years, Florida Democrats giggled with glee at every Rick Scott failure. They practically drooled with expectation as Scott's approval ratings sunk further than a boat in the Bermuda Triangle. They thought there was no way they could lose to this guy again, but last night they did, and Charl ... More >>
Support for Florida's medical marijuana amendment has been riding high in polls for so long that it almost seemed like its passage would be a foregone conclusion. But a funny thing seems to have happened on the way to the ballot box. Two new polls show that the amendment is now well below the 60 p ... More >>
The last time Xavier Suarez occupied a mayor's office, it didn't end so well. His second term as Miami mayor lasted just 111 days in 1997 before an absentee ballot scandal cost him his seat and a spate of bizarre behavior earned him the lasting nickname "Mayor Loco." But Suarez is now pondering ano ... More >>
Just in time for Floridians to head to the polls again next month, two new studies have confirmed that wait times at the polls in Florida during the 2012 election were, frankly, a god damned embarrassment and a level of incompetence that undermined the very values of our great nation. Well, at lea ... More >>
Yesterday we noted that a pro-Rick Scott web ad that parodied Say Yes to the Dress was so insulting to the intelligence of young female voters that we didn't feel the need to point it out, but, hey, Florida Democratic Party Chair Allison Tant decided it need to be said. Of course, lost in the hull ... More >>
Ana Alliegro, the former David Rivera campaign manager and "Conservative Bad Girl" currently serving six months house arrest for her part in a fake candidate scheme, posted a long statement on her Facebook page. While admitting that some of her actions "were wrong and illegal," she also excoriates R ... More >>
Just 17.5 percent of Florida's registered voters bothered to turn out for Florida's primary election on Tuesday. That's the lowest turnout in a state-wide election in the state in 16 years. The last time voter turnout was lower was when only 16.6 percent of Floridians bothered to turn out for the 19 ... More >>
With primaries out of the way, tomorrow will be the official start of the general election for Florida's next governor. It's also the day that Rick Scott's former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll releases her autobiography, When You Get There. Spoiler alert: she's not very nice to Gov. Scott in it.
Do you feel that excitement? The excitement only a midterm primary election can bring? OK, sure, both of the top-of-the-ticket races for each party's gubernatorial nominee may be foregone conclusions, but there were lots of interesting races going on elsewhere on the ballot in Miami-Dade. That incl ... More >>
In the past five years, North Miami has seen the mayor's seat filled by two politicians who have faced allegations of criminal and unethical behavior. It began with Andre Pierre using taxpayer money to order fake police badges for his staff's use. Then Pierre was replaced by Lucie Tondreau, who last ... More >>
Absentee ballots have been sent out for this year's primary, which means it's officially election season in Miami-Dade. Of course, every election season here ends up with someone getting busted for voter fraud. Well, the Miami-Dade Police Benevolent Association is at least hoping to make someone a ... More >>
A lack of enthusiasm from rank-and-file Democrats over former Republican Charlie Crist's gubernatorial campaign may be taking its toll in reason polls. So perhaps it's not a surprise that Crist has unveiled a list of liberal-pleasing first day promises he hopes to enact upon inauguration. These ar ... More >>
Charlie Crist hasn't even won the Democratic primary yet, but he's already picked his general election running mate. Crist tapped Annette Taddeo-Goldstein, a Miami businesswoman who has made a few unsuccessful runs at office before and now is the chairwoman of the Miami-Dade Democrats and vice chair ... More >>
Some Florida Republicans have a weird tendency of writing strange fan-fiction about Charlie Crist. Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is out with his latest yarn: He thinks Hillary Clinton is already talking to Charlie Crist about being her running mate in 2016.
If you're a scandal-plagued Republican governor, who better to campaign with you than another scandal-plagued Republican governor? Yes, New Jersey's Chris Christie is in Florida this afternoon to help raise funds and campaign for good ol' Rick Scott.
At this point, Gov. Rick Scott has turned into your embarrassing uncle who won't stop ranting at dinner about how the government should drug-test everyone, no matter how clearly you explain that such a plan definitely violates the Constitution. Except in this case, it's the federal court system tha ... More >>
The super developers behind 500 Alton, an ambitious development plan that focuses on what would become Miami Beach's tallest building, knew their plan didn't meet city codes. But, hey, it's only local government and they're super developers. There's ways of getting around those things, but it's quit ... More >>
Guns are no longer just boy fun in Florida anymore. Woman now make up a higher rate of those who have concealed carry licenses than at any point before. Approximately one out of every four concealed carry permits are issued to women, and that translates to a whole lot of ladies packing heat. Remembe ... More >>
On the one hand, mass drug testing laws are inherently evil and unconstitutional. But on the other, requiring the same elected officials who keep trying to force drug tests on welfare recipients and minimum wage-earning state employees would be beautifully ironic -- especially in the wake of one Rep ... More >>
Because Florida Republicans can't find a gun violence problem they don't think they can fix with more guns, a new bill that would allow teachers to pack heat in the classroom has passed its first state Senate panel.
On one hand the defection of a former state Representative from the Republican party to the Democrats should be an embarrassment for the GOP, but it really speaks more to the sad state of Florida's Democratic party that people are already mentioning that state rep as a possible Charlie Crist running ... More >>
During Nelson Mandela's funeral this morning, President Obama shook the hand of Cuban leader Raúl Castro. It's not completely unprecedented. Bill Clinton shook Fidel Castro's hand in New York in 2000. It's still an odd sight. But what does it mean? Of course, the internet is buzzing with people t ... More >>
President Obama's owes his reelection in part thanks to the Latino vote. But in the year since being elected to a second term, his approval rating has dropped a stunning 23 points among Hispanic voters. However, that's in part thanks to the fact that his approval ratings among the demographic was ... More >>
Don't mess with Donald Trump. He's the kind of guy who, if you look at him the wrong way during a business deal, will find a way to exact revenge. City leaders in Doral found that out the hard way. The 2014 edition of the Trump-owned Miss USA pageant was scheduled to take place at the similarly Tr ... More >>
In today's world of hyper-partisan political bickering, we're not even sure where the line of good taste lies anymore. But we're pretty sure making fun of cancer patient for having cancer is decidedly over even that murky line. Republican Pinellas County Committeeman Dan Tucker is in hot water for ... More >>
For the first time since he's taken office, Senator Marco Rubio's approval ratings among Floridians are now dipping underwater. A new Public Policy Polling poll finds that more Floridians disapprove of Marco Rubio's job performance than approve.
Charlie Crist hasn't officially announced his candidacy yet, but with Alex Sink deciding to forgo another run, there's a good chance he'll be the Democratic candidate for governor in 2014. And, if this latest Public Policy Polling survey is any indication, there's a good chance he'll be governor onc ... More >>
Charlie Crist's possible return to the top of Florida's government, this time as a "Democrat," just got a whole lot easier. Alex Sink, the state's former CFO and the Democratic nominee in 2010 who lost to Rick Scott by about one point, has announced that she will not run again in 2014. This is bad ... More >>
Yesterday, we noted El Nuevo Herald's scoop about Miami-Dade Police public corruption detectives going HAM on their overtime hours while investigating a quartet of park employees who pocketed a few thousand bucks. According to El Nuevo Herald, the investigators clocked 934 hours of overtime, collect ... More >>
There's no question that in his day, no anti-Castro terrorist was more feared than Luis Posada Carilles. The Miami-based Cuban-American has been convicted abroad for roles in everything from the 1976 bombing that took down a Cuban airliner to a string of Havana hotel bombings in the late 90s. But ... 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 >>
Apparently there's a small but growing effort among Florida Tea Party members to recall their former hero Marco Rubio. There's just one problem: You can't actually recall senators in Florida. So first they will try to get a law passed that would allow a recall election in the first place.
Boy, Steven Bateman doesn't know when to quit. Today, the Miami Herald published an article about another suspicious deal involving the Homestead mayor that appears riddled with conflicts-of-interest. It's becoming a pattern that has spawned separate investigations by the Miami-Dade State Attorney's ... More >>
Sure, Marco Rubio may have pissed off both sides of the political spectrum as the face of the U.S. Senate's immigration reform bill, which includes a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants and millions more in border security measures. But as he builds his case as a national political candida ... More >>
What happens when you speak at a Tea Party rally and decide to drop a bit of Spanish into your speech? Like we even have to ask. Obviously, there'll be at least someone in the crowd who yells, "Learn English," at you. And that's exactly what happened to Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart.
Has Rick Scott gotten better at being governor, or has he just not been as terrible as usual? According to a new Quinnipiac Poll, Scott has hit his highest job approval rating since taking office. Of course, that approval rating still isn't very good, and most voters still don't think he should be ... More >>
Florida has been without a lieutenant governor now for 86 days, the longest stretch the position has been vacant since it was reinstated in 1969. Gov. Rick Scott, however, is in no particular rush to fill the seat. When Jennifer Carroll resigned form the job on March 11 amidst a scandal involving ... More >>
At last week's May 15 Homestead City Council meeting, Mayor Steve Bateman got testy with local business owner Michelle Pederson, prompting her husband Kevin to call hizzoner out. The back and forth occurred during the citizen's comments portion of the council meeting after Homestead resident Mark Be ... More >>
Ever wonder why over the past decade Florida's elected officials seem to have become increasingly partisan? It might just be a general change in mood of politics across the nation. It might be gerrymandering that renders so many state legislative districts uncompetitive. Or it might be par ... More >>
Rick Scott's supposed plan to derail voter fraud in Florida resulted in nothing but long lines and the discovery of very little voter fraud. But now it seems there was at least one case of fraud in the past presidential election: a convicted felon wore an "I Voted" sticker to a meeting with her ... More >>