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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
In regards to the stupid YouTube video we talked about Wednesday, popular conservative Blogger Erik Erikson of RedState.com 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 >>
Alex IzaguirreHialeah 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 >>
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 >>
"I see it as a return to what journalism once was: small papers covering local areas with strong ideological slants."
"The pillars of Wall Street and corporate America are not giving money to Obama because he is a nice guy; he's a player."
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Excuse me while I get all up in FiveThirtyEight.com'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 >>
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 >>
Who's packing heat in the Magic City? You don't have to conceal your curiosity a second longer
There are good reasons to vote August 31, but the county mayor's race isn't one of them. Here are five reasons why.
No, Rosa Kasse isn't crazy to do battle with state Rep. Ralph Arza -- it just looks that way
If a man is known by the company he keeps, then FBI boss Hector Pesquera has a problem
So you weren't among those lucky few who dined with the king and queen? Consider it a compliment.
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.
Hialeah's Rolando Bolaños, doting father and police chief, knows how to make the season bright
From the issue of August 3, 2000
Gotta Go Bananas
Nat Wilcox on bad behavior; and growing radio verde?
The high and mighty rushed to the aid of dubiously degreed schools superintendent Roger Cuevas
Waste dumps, illicit lobbying, paid supporters, hidden agendas. Or politics as usual in Miami-Dade County.
How a former FBI agent with a yen for computers became one of the most powerful men in Miami
An emphatic mayor. Tons of polling. Heaps of money. But something went wrong with the Penelas campaign that couldn't.
Florida International University goes to bat for Little Havana's Casa del Bisbol Cubano
Election time in Sweetwater is just another pretext for this rancorous city to go nuts
Small, independent garbage haulers have always had to battle the big companies, but now they have a new foe: the City of Miami
Legal experts and insider politicos agree: Voter fraud will soon force Xavier Suarez from office. Then What?
An El Nuevo Herald reporter quits and becomes the political story in Hialeah
When family members or cronies need a job, Dade county politicians drop them off at the airport
Casablanca had Rick's; Vegas had the Stardust; Miami's cocaine jazz age had the decadent Mutiny Hotel
Try as she might, Judge Victoria Sigler finds it difficult to keep on the sunny side of life in her Hialeah courthouse
Hialeah City Council members take an unprecedented legal step to protect their reputations
And now federal proescutors face a daunting challenge: Take down Raul Martinez once and for all
County bureaucrats aren't the only ones who get to have cellular-phone fun
Well, at least the mayor doesn't. Just ask Carmen Caldwell, jobless Crime Watch specialist.