Raul Martinez

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    October 28, 2014

    Congressman Joe Garcia Fights for His Political Life

    On a Wednesday evening in early October, Congressman Joe Garcia strides through the empty lobby of a Key Largo community center, his black dress shoes clacking against the marble floor. Garcia is both affable and imposing. He has a large body and a broad face, with small dark eyes set above a prom ... More >>

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    January 15, 2014

    Miami's Most Notoriously Named Places: Raul Martinez City Hall and More

    The Hialeah City Commission Tuesday voted unanimously to take former mayor Raul Martinez's name off city hall. The current mayor, Carlos Hernandez, a longtime critic of the indicted but later cleared politician, pushed the measure, saying, "The building belongs to the people." For good measure, the ... More >>

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    November 1, 2011

    Your Riptide Guide to Today's Elections (With Help From Mickey Rourke)

    ​Hey, it's your favorite morning of the year! The one where you stumble out of bed to realize you spent the night next to a stranger dressed like Muammar Gaddafi (too soon?), scrape the caked zombie makeup off your face and stumble to work through a grade-five hangover. But then on the way, you ge ... More >>

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    August 19, 2010
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    August 13, 2010

    Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina Exposed on Facebook By Former Allies

    City of HialeahJulio Robaina double-crossed two former allies who are now out to destroy him.​Last Wednesday, shortly before dawn, Rolando Bolaños logged on to his Facebook account to update his status regarding his favorite subject, Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina. The ex-Hialeah Police chief inform ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 13, 2010
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    November 13, 2009

    Crist Gets Slammed for Playing the 'Race Card' by Rubio-friendly Bloggers

    In regards to the stupid YouTube video we talked about Wednesday, popular conservative Blogger Erik Erikson of declares that Charlie Crist is playing the race card. Here's the Headline: "Charlie Crist Finally Pulls Race Card. Jealous of Rubio's Better Tan.""The video shows Marco Ru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2009

    Where in the World Does Katharine Cue Live?

    Alex Izaguirre​Hialeah has long been known for voting shenanigans.First, in 1993, a judge ordered a new election after determining camps for both Mayor Raul Martinez and challenger Nilo Juri had participated in absentee ballot tampering. Twelve years later, federal HUD officials investigated then- ... More >>

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    June 9, 2009

    Best of Miami 2009 Preview: Best Political Comeback

    Lincoln Diaz-BalartBest Political ComebackThe Diaz-Balart brothersIt was right there in black-and-white, on the cover of your Miami New Times: "End of the Diaz-Balart Dynasty." Just weeks before election night, scores of polls showed both Mario and Lincoln -- Cuban-American icons and Miami's r ... More >>

  • News

    November 13, 2008

    Letters from the Issue of November 13, 2008

    "I see it as a return to what journalism once was: small papers covering local areas with strong ideological slants."

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    November 6, 2008

    Letters from the Issue of November 6, 2008

    "The pillars of Wall Street and corporate America are not giving money to Obama because he is a nice guy; he's a player."

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    November 4, 2008
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    October 28, 2008
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    October 24, 2008

    Pelosi Power

    It's getting serious in Miami. With Democratic challengers Joe Garcia, Raul Martinez, and Annette Taddeo closing in on their Republican opponents, the Democratic Party sent out its biggest gun (next to Barack Obama) to Little Havana to recruit elderly Cuban-American voters. House Speaker Nancy Pelos ... More >>

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    October 21, 2008

    News Roundup

    Hillary Clinton held a rally for Obama in Broward yesterday. Joe Garcia, Raul Martinez and Bob Graham were there. No one dropped to the floor to simulate a referee, but the crowd loved it nonethe less. [CBS4] Expect traffic downtown for the Obama rally. The Obama campaign urges you take public trans ... More >>

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    October 20, 2008
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    October 2, 2008
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    October 1, 2008

    Joey Porter's Solution To The Financial Crises: Grab A Shovel

    via SI Enough about what our congressional delegates and candidates think about the financial crises. Is Ileana Ros-Lehtinen a three time Pro Bowl selection? Does Mario Diaz-Balart have a Super Bowl ring? Did Raul Martinez deliver the Patriot's first regular season loss in 21 games? Nope. So what d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2008

    Bailout Boogaloo

    Excuse me while I get all up in's lap again today, but the poll nerds are looking at the polls, as they are inclined to do, and floating the theory that congressmen from close swing districts doomed the bailout. Well whadaya know? Miami's trio of Republican, hyphenated named co ... More >>

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    September 11, 2008

    News Roundup

    During last night's School Board meeting a man asked the board members to put as much effort into trying to save jobs as they did into getting rid of Rudy Crew. Whoops. They cut 370 positions throughout the district. [Herald] Tougher voter ID laws are going into effect a month before the election. [ ... More >>

  • News

    May 5, 2005

    Miami Gun Rhapsody

    Who's packing heat in the Magic City? You don't have to conceal your curiosity a second longer

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    August 19, 2004


    There are good reasons to vote August 31, but the county mayor's race isn't one of them. Here are five reasons why.

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    February 12, 2004

    An Army of One

    No, Rosa Kasse isn't crazy to do battle with state Rep. Ralph Arza -- it just looks that way

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    October 9, 2003

    Just Friends

    If a man is known by the company he keeps, then FBI boss Hector Pesquera has a problem

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    April 19, 2001

    You Are Cordially Invited

    So you weren't among those lucky few who dined with the king and queen? Consider it a compliment.

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    March 29, 2001

    They Got Sammy

    He was a street philosopher, a crusader, a gambler, and the unofficial mayor of Hialeah's black ghetto. Now he's gone to prison, and he's not coming back.

  • News

    January 11, 2001

    Daddy's Little Helpers

    Hialeah's Rolando Bolaños, doting father and police chief, knows how to make the season bright

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    August 3, 2000

    Letters to the Editor

    From the issue of August 3, 2000

  • Dining

    May 25, 2000


    Gotta Go Bananas

  • Dining

    February 24, 2000

    Blended Family

    Molina's Restaurant

  • News

    February 10, 2000


    Nat Wilcox on bad behavior; and growing radio verde?

  • News

    November 25, 1999

    How to Succeed in Education Without Really Studying, Part 2

    The high and mighty rushed to the aid of dubiously degreed schools superintendent Roger Cuevas

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    November 11, 1999

    Haul of Shame

    Waste dumps, illicit lobbying, paid supporters, hidden agendas. Or politics as usual in Miami-Dade County.

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    October 14, 1999


    How a former FBI agent with a yen for computers became one of the most powerful men in Miami

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    August 19, 1999

    Mission Impossible

    An emphatic mayor. Tons of polling. Heaps of money. But something went wrong with the Penelas campaign that couldn't.

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    June 24, 1999

    Three Strikes and It's Out

    Florida International University goes to bat for Little Havana's Casa del Bisbol Cubano

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    May 6, 1999

    Small Town, Big Hell

    Election time in Sweetwater is just another pretext for this rancorous city to go nuts

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    February 4, 1999

    Trash and Cash

    Small, independent garbage haulers have always had to battle the big companies, but now they have a new foe: the City of Miami

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    January 29, 1998

    X Mayor

    Legal experts and insider politicos agree: Voter fraud will soon force Xavier Suarez from office. Then What?

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    November 20, 1997
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    August 28, 1997
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    March 20, 1997

    Extra! Read All About Me!

    An El Nuevo Herald reporter quits and becomes the political story in Hialeah

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    March 13, 1997

    The Dumping Ground

    When family members or cronies need a job, Dade county politicians drop them off at the airport

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    February 27, 1997

    Glorious & Notorious

    Casablanca had Rick's; Vegas had the Stardust; Miami's cocaine jazz age had the decadent Mutiny Hotel

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    November 2, 1995

    Raindrops Keep Falling on Her Head

    Try as she might, Judge Victoria Sigler finds it difficult to keep on the sunny side of life in her Hialeah courthouse

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    September 21, 1995

    What About Those Stinking Badges?

    Hialeah City Council members take an unprecedented legal step to protect their reputations

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    August 3, 1995

    The King Was Shot but Survived

    And now federal proescutors face a daunting challenge: Take down Raul Martinez once and for all

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    July 13, 1995

    Busy Signals

    County bureaucrats aren't the only ones who get to have cellular-phone fun

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    August 28, 1991

    Hialeah Does Not Believe in Volunteers

    Well, at least the mayor doesn't. Just ask Carmen Caldwell, jobless Crime Watch specialist.

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    October 10, 1990
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