Renier Diaz

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2014

    Miami Herald Runs Front-Page Ad From Candidate It Just Bashed

    To write for a newspaper nowadays is to compromise endlessly. Want to obscure my story on military veterans being mistreated with a cover-page ad? Fine! None of us is exactly in a place to complain about ad dollars coming in the front door. But there has to be some kind of limit. For example, an aw ... More >>

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    July 10, 2014
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    July 9, 2014

    Miami's Questionable Diaz de La Portilla Dynasty Ready For Another Chapter

    The photo is reminiscent of a poster for The Sopranos. Three men dressed in natty suits with slicked-back hair saunter down a dimly lit, brick-paved alley. They leave little room to pass. It seems like they are intentionally blocking someone's path. The pretty boy on the left scrunches his face as i ... More >>

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    August 9, 2012
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    August 6, 2012

    The Five Worst Primary Candidates: Our Haters Guide To Next Tuesday's Election

    With Miami's primary elections rolling in on August 14, Banana Republican decided to do Dade a solid by tallying up the worst scalawags, scoundrels, and scumbags who weaseled onto the ballot. Rock the vote, long live democracy, and all that jazz.But honestly, we'd rather you stay at home and watch D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    Michelle Obama's Planned Visit to a Miami Lakes High School Upsets Republican School Board Members

    First Lady Michelle Obama is stopping into town tomorrow, and will be speaking to supporters of her husband's reelection campaign at Barbara Goleman Senior High in Miami Lakes. However, two members of the Miami-Dade School Board, both registered Republicans, are taking issues with the event."Don't t ... More >>

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    June 19, 2009

    Bold Names Line Up Behind Rubio, a.k.a. "The GOP's Barack Obama"

    Warning to anyone who wants to believe MSNBC reporter Carlos Watson's recent profile of Marco Rubio, in which the former House Speaker is praised as the "GOP's Barack Obama": It's a trap!  Watson, a Miami native, proclaims, "He's young. He's attractive. He easily c ... More >>

  • News

    August 2, 2007

    Bad Apple

    Miami-Dade schools superintendent Rudy Crew has made many mistakes. Maybe too many.

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    July 19, 2001

    The Carlos Lacasa File

    Meet the most powerful politician you know nothing about

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    March 8, 2001

    The Enigma

    The new chairman of the Miami-Dade delegation sets his own course in Tallahassee

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    February 15, 2001

    Rebel with a Cause

    As Marta Perez has discovered, the school board can be a very lonely place when you're trying to be a reformer

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    September 7, 2000

    Cruel or Usual Punishment?

    Miami-Dade County has a hands-off policy toward its schoolchildren, but that doesn't mean corporal punishment has gone away

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    July 13, 2000


    Firpo Garcia has one big advantage in his school board campaign. His name is Sol Stinson.

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    June 15, 2000

    Demetrio's Rules

    The world according to public school board member Demetrio Perez includes exile philosophy, Elian propaganda, and old-Havana-school politics.

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    December 2, 1999

    Portrait of an Upset

    Johnny Winton used anti-incumbent backlash, new district boundaries, and plenty of cash to knock off J.L. Plummer

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    February 18, 1999

    Chairman of the Board

    Folks don't know much about school board chairman Solomon Stinson, but they do know this: Don't cross him

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    October 22, 1998

    The Name Game

    True or False: The county's newest addition to public education was christened Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School because that's what taxpayers wanted

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    August 27, 1998

    Absentee Ethics

    That thoughtful Diaz de la Portilla boy has found a way to help out voters. What a guy!

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    August 20, 1998

    What's the Principal?

    As the state slams Miami High for poor sportsmanship, principal Victor Lopez dodges blame

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    January 29, 1998

    Not Just Another Pretty Bureaucrat

    Meet Dr. Henry Fraind, the Dade public school system's second-in-command -- and one heck of a looker

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    June 19, 1997

    When Is a House Not a Home?

    Perhaps when Dade school board members pay the rent but live elsewhere

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    September 19, 1996

    The Old School of Power

    He has been enormously influential for 34 years, yet Pat Tornillo -- politically astute leader of Dade's teachers' union -- remains a mystery to most