Until this week, chikungunya fever was a difficult-to-pronounce, extremely painful mosquito-borne disease that dozens of Floridians had contracted abroad -- particularly in the Caribbean, where the illness has spread like wildfire through Haiti and other island nations. Now, chikungunya is a diffi ... More >>
Gator's Dockside, a restaurant group in Lake Mary, Florida, has gotten a lot of press lately. It seems the corporate-owned restaurants are charging a 1 percent Affordable Care Act surcharge to compensate for the restaurants' additional costs associated with providing health care to their full-time e ... More >>
Charlie Crist, in his new form as a Democrat, is running against Governor Rick Scott, but that doesn't mean he won't be attacking his former Senate campaign rival Marco Rubio apparently. Crist and Rubio got into a public snit today after Crist said that Rubio had "endorsed" Obamacare.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is such a part of Miami-Dade's political firmament it's hard to imagine the moderate Republican losing her seat until she's ready to retire. But a new poll shows Ros-Lehtinen trailing a generic Democratic opponent by two points. Is this just a temporary manifestation of the ... More >>
Just last year Marco Rubio was dubbed the "Republican Savior." Now he's getting booed by the Tea Partiers who first helped him come to power, and that fall is reflected in several new national polls. Over at Five Thirty Eight, Micah Cohen analyzes Rubio's latest numbers. It's not a pretty picture, ... More >>
Marco Rubio's handling of the immigration bill may have left him bruised and beaten from both sides of the political spectrum, but that doesn't mean Florida's junior senator is about to shy away from controversial legislation anytime soon. For his next trick, the tarnished conservative Golden boy ... More >>
Everyone already hates Marco Rubio, from Tea Party activists who think his immigration bill is too liberal to LGBT activists who think it's too conservative. So why not alienate Cuban voters too? This seems like a surefire way to piss off Miami exilios at least. Rubio now says Cubans' 47-year-old ... 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.
As the Senate wrangles over a compromise immigration reform bill -- pushed in large part by our own Marco Rubio -- a new poll suggests a huge majority of Floridians are eager to see any path to citizenship opened for immigrants. The poll finds 71 percent of Floridians back the reform, including a ... More >>
Ready for a shocker? American taxpayers subsidize the purchase of approximately $4 billion worth of soda products annually through SNAP, the supplemental nutritional aid program also known as food stamps. Federal, state, and local governments have all tried to prohibit the purchase of sodas and ... More >>
Despite Florida Governor Rick Scott's idea to drug test people receiving state assistance turning out to be an embarrassing failure on multiple levels, a Republican congressman from Tennessee has decided to take the idea national.Rep. Stephen Fincher of Frog Jump, Tennessee has introduced a bill tha ... More >>
Transformed by her time behind bars, Kat Stacks (née Andrea Herrera) has apparently become a social activist. Freed three weeks ago from a Louisiana immigration detention center after being locked up for over 24 months, the Miami-Dade resident, Venezuelan native, notorious supergroupie, and forme ... More >>
Despite winning the majority of white voters, the Republican Party had their asses handed to them by minority voters last Tuesday. The beat-down has left the GOP in a race to figure out how, at the very least, to get more of the Hispanic vote.Bill O'Reilly has a novel idea. No, it has nothing to do ... More >>
Obama may not have done his reelection campaign any favors by pulling a Dan Carpenter-vs-the-Jets level chokejob in Wednesday's debate. But it's increasingly clear that, at least in Florida, the president has gotten a huge boost from his executive order in July halting deportations for some children ... More >>
It's actually kind of hilarious how far Republican candidates try to flee from any connection to Charlie Crist considering that the former Governor remains modestly popular among Floridians who are not true believers in the Conservative moment. In fact, he's a lot more popular than our current, stri ... More >>
A new poll, commissioned by Fox News Latino, suggests that whichever Republican candidate emerges as the presidential nominee has very little hope of capturing the Hispanic vote. Seventy-three percent of Latino voters say they approve of Obama's job performance, and in head-to-head match ups ... More >>
Should we just star calling him Governor Pee Cup? Because Rick Scott is now forever identified with spearheading laws that required people receiving welfare to take drug tests. Never mind the fact that the policy ended up costing the state money, or that the rate of positive tests was extremely l ... More >>
A Miami-Dade Public Schools principal credited with turning around a storied inner city high school's academic performance is under investigation for illegally changing student grades. The allegation against Charles Hankerson is the latest black eye for Miami Northwestern High School, which earli ... More >>
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average health plan costs an American family $13,770 in premiums a year. Governor Rick Scott pays just $360 to insure himself and his wife thanks to a state Government plan he's enrolled in. Yep. the average American pays 38.25 percent more for their he ... More >>
Photo by Omar CruzManá drummer Alex González.No Latin band has tugged as many heartstrings, quite as hard as the Mexican rock band Maná. In a 20-year reign, the Grammy Award-winning group has traveled all over the world, flooding arenas and selling out shows from Guadalajara to Berlin. ... More >>
Used to be when the president came to Florida, it was customary for our governor to man-hug him, but with Charlie Crist out of office, that tradition is long gone. During his quick day trip in Miami today, President Obama met both Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Jeb Bush and had cordial interacti ... More >>
Politics and publicity opportunities make strange bedfellows. President Barack Obama and former Gov. Jeb Bush will appear together this Friday at Miami Central High School. Obama will be in town for a Democratic fundraiser but will swing by the school with Bush to address ways to turn around low- ... More >>
Miami-Dade already has cases of hookworm and dengue fever, and now health officials are investigating the possibility that a man with cholera might have entered the county. According to the Miami Herald, a doctor traveling from Haiti arrived at Miami International Airport around 6 p.m. ... More >>
Rick Scott first made waves in the Republican Primary by introducing the idea of Arizona-style immigration laws into the Florida campaign. Moving to the extreme right proved successful in the primary, but as he moved into the general election his campaign conveniently seems to have lessened its emph ... More >>
Surprise! Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill McCollum still opposes gay adoption -- notwithstanding the spectacular downfall of his hand-picked anti-gay expert, George Alan Rekers. "I don't believe the gay family model is good for kids," McCollum said this week to the ... More >>
Today, amnesty is a dirty word. So what happened to the immigrants given a fresh start by Reagan in 1986?
Suddenly surging Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott has so, so much money we really can't expect him to know what he's done with it all. Though, surprisingly for a guy who's built a sizable portion of his platform around bringing Arizona's controversial immigration laws, that some see as ... More >>
On Friday, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed an immigration bill into law that would be the laughingstock of the nation if it weren't so damned disturbing. Advocates say cooperation between ICE and local cops scares South Florida immigrants.Essentially, it legalizes racial profiling by allowi ... More >>
Ol' Mittens Romney will endorse Marco Rubio. The once, and probably future, presidential candidate was sitting on the sidelines of the Senate primary between Rubio and Gov. Charlie Crist, but has decided to side with Rubio after Crist vetoed an unpopular, but conservative-backed education bill.&n ... More >>
Jeb Bush left office four years ago, but Associated Press writer Martin Merzer thinks he may still be in charge of the state -- or at the very least still the most influential voice in the governing Republican party."He's become a legislative Wizard of Oz -- thunder and lightning and pulling the ... More >>
Richard L. Scott, a businessman who lives in Naples, has thrown his hat into the ring for the Republican's gubernatorial nomination against Attorney General Bill McCollum and state Sen. Paula Dockery. Don't know anything about him? Here's some fun facts:He hates President Obama's health care refo ... More >>
via rpof.orgJim Greer thinks censorship is very American.All summer long I have gone shit-house-rat-crazy observing the likes of Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly, Karl Rove and the rest of The Right's evil elite dispense fear-mongering falsehoods in a desperate attempt to stop some much nee ... More >>
Rep. Kendrick Meek has joined a small group of house Democrats asking that any health-care reforms not lead to federal funding of abortion, according to the Washington Post. The possibility of taxpayer money being used to pay for abortions is becoming a hot-button issue in the health-care reform ... More >>
A quick followup of sorts to our post Monday highlighting the Obama administration's inaction on HIV/AIDS during his first 100 days in office. Yesterday it was announced the president has chosen Dr. Eric Goosby to head PEPFAR. Goosby served in the Clinton administration as deputy director of the Nat ... More >>
When the Herald reported yesterday that Donna Shalala might be returning to D.C. to take the reigns once again at the Department of Health and Human Services after Tom Daschle scampered off with his Sally Jesse Raphael glasses and tax mess, we kind of thought it smelled funny. First, nobody else was ... More >>
Politics helped propel college dropout Carlos Manrique to the top of the educational ladder.
A once-thriving neighborhood is now a ghost town thanks to Miami's multimillion-dollar housing fiasco
Is Darrin McGillis a noble crusader for his late sister's kids, or a courtroom junkie who thrives on drama? Both, actually.
Thanks to Miami's mayor, January 22 is now officially pro-life and in your face