• Blogs

    November 25, 2014

    Jose Javier Rodriguez: Master of the Minority

    In this week's Miami New Times, we profile 30 of the most interesting characters in town, with portraits of each from photographer Stian Roenning. See the entire Miami New Times People Issue here. After November's Republican shellacking at the polls, you'd imagine the few Florida Democrats who emer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2014

    Read Hundreds of Secret Emails Showing GOP Consultants' Plot To Skew Florida Districts

    Four years ago, Florida voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment with a simple mandate: Legislators had to stop drawing absurd state congressional districts that virtually ensured the GOP would dominate in Tallahassee forever. Instead, voters wanted fair districts -- boundaries that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    NRA-Backed Bill Would Allow Unlicensed Carry of Guns During Riots and Natural Disasters

    Because the National Rifle Association has never met a problem it doesn't think it can solve with more guns, it's backing a bill in a Tallahassee that would allow anyone with a clean criminal history to carry a concealed weapon in the event of a riot or natural disaster even if they don't have a per ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    "Revenge Porn" Bill Unanimously Passes Florida Senate

    They don't agree about much up in Tallahassee, but apparently every state senator is against "revenge porn." A bill that would make it illegal to post explicit photos of another person online without his or her permission passed the state senate unanimously today. See also: Miami Revenge Porn Vict ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2014

    Lawmaker Wants To Drug Test Every Single Elected Official In Florida

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2014

    Two Years After Trayvon's Death, Miamians March and Mourn Prospects for Reform

    A crowd of twenty-somethings congregated in front of the Miami-Dade Courthouse last night adorned in black hoodies and somber faces. Wednesday marked the second anniversary of the death of Trayvon Martin, the local teen whose shooting by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman sent shockwaves across ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2013

    Life in Color Festival on "Growing From the Bottom Up"

    In Life's Little Instruction Book, H. Jackson Brown famously wrote "An overnight success takes about 15 years." If that's the case, Life in Color is progressing way ahead of schedule. In seven years, the Miami-based paint party professionals have fought, struggled and lost a lot of sleep - but th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2013

    Florida's Ban on Buying Real Fireworks Could Be Reversed

    [Insert joke about a bill causing fireworks in Tallahassee here.] Florida bans regular citizens from buying fireworks that shoot of into the air for most purposes, but a bill filed by state Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Ft. Walton Beach) could reverse that. Fire chiefs across the state however aren't celebra ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 20, 2013
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    April 30, 2013

    Sun Life Stadium Renovation Bill Passes Senate, Looks Likely to Get House Vote

    Hey, Miami-Dade voters: Looks like you'll have a chance after all to decide whether the Dolphins -- and their billionaire owner, Stephen Ross -- deserve tax dollars to help renovate Sun Life Stadium. With bills to approve a hike in bed taxes stalled in Tallahassee, the NFL flew out its big gun: Comm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    Early Voting on Dolphins Stadium Referendum Begins Today, but Election May Still Be Cancelled

    Polling sites will open today in Miami-Dade for an election that might not actually come to pass. Yes, you can head to several early-voting sites beginning today to cast your ballot on the contentious Dolphin Stadium renovation referendum, but the election might end up just getting cancelled.

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2013

    Kendrick Lamar and Karmaloop's College Tour Kicking Off at Florida Atlantic University

    When Kendrick Lamar throws a college kegger, there's gonna be "Swimming Pools" filled to the brim with drank. Everybody'll be wilding out like they're "A.D.H.D." And Karmaloop, eMuze, and Neff Headwear will be footing the bill. This Thursday, Kendrick and Karmaloop's Verge Campus Tour 2013 kicks of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    Florida Legislator Trying To Legalize Growlers So You Can Drink More Good Beer

    Ever had a sinking feeling that something isn't quite right while surveying the beers at your grocery store? Sure, the selection is fine -- maybe not as many local craft beers as you'd like to see, but hey, this is Miami after all. But wait. Why are all the beers SO SMALL?Turns out there's a 45-year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    Bill Filed to Keep Florida on Daylight-Saving Time Year-Round

    Finally! Frivolous legislation out of Tallahassee we can finally get behind!State Sen. Darren Soto, an Orlando-area Democrat, has filed legislation that would keep Florida on daylight-saving time (DST) all year long.

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2013

    Ten Best NSFW Album Covers

    Remember when people used to buy music? We all convinced ourselves the packaging was actually part of the experience. Especially when someone made an album cover so titillating, stores couldn't even put a record on the shelf without special censors. Well, even in today's digital music age, some cl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    Miami Beach Elects Florida's First Openly Gay State Legislator, David Richardson

    Until last night, Florida was the largest state in the union to have never elected an openly gay candidate to its state legislature. Yes, even Texans elected an openly gay representative all the way back in 1991.That changed last night as voters in Florida 113th House district, which encompasses par ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2012

    Your Guide To The Mysterious Political Committees Raising Big Bucks For Miami Candidates

    Read "Carlos Gimenez Collects Half-A-Million Bucks In First Round of Fundraising" and "Carlos Gimenez Has Raised Nearly Twice As Much As Challenger Joe Martinez."With one day left before the primary, we're going to miss the proliferation of groups with cryptic, yet patriotic, monikers spreading misi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Miami-Dade's Pit Bull Ban is Heading to the Ballot in August

    It's official: the decision about whether or not to overturn Miami-Dade County's controversial 23-year-old ban on pit bulls will be decided by voters in August. County commissioners voted 11-1 to last night to put the referendum on the August 14 ballot.

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    J. Nics on Miami Rap, The Tribute, and The Product: "Southern Niggas Ain't Slow"

    J. Nics has the kind of voice that always sounds cool. Gravelly and guttural, it's as forceful and blunt as it is smooth and soothing. Fortunately, the rapper (appropriately nicknamed "Polar Bear Mack") has something to say. The acronymic title of his latest mixtape, SNAS: The Product, stands for " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    Black Caucus Doesn't Appreciate Florida Senator Going Around Talking About Hanging People with Ropes

    ​An old Southern folk saying has ignited a new political controversy in Tallahassee. While referencing the fight over redistricting, Republican state Sen. Don Gaetz used the old phrase, "Some people would complain if you hung them with a new rope." Turns out black politicians don't exactly like he ... More >>

  • News

    January 26, 2012
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    January 19, 2012
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    December 5, 2011

    Rep. Erik Fresen, Pro-Gambling Lawmaker, Owes Thousands To The IRS

    Rep. Erik FresenOver the past six months, state Rep. Erik Fresen has established himself as the go-to-politician for the gambling industry tycoons who want to bring gargantuan casino resorts to the Magic City. The lawmaker from Coral Gables is the mastermind behind one of two proposed bills that wou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    Rick Scott's Budget is a Political Mess

    ​Rick Scott introduced his budget this Monday to cheers at a Tea Party event inside a Eustis, Florida, church. Back in the reality of Tallahassee, though, the new governor's plans haven't been greeted with much enthusiasm. Even Republican lawmakers aren't sure it's a workable budget. Scott is faci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2010

    Florida Legislature Sponsoring Showing of Biased and Inaccurate Education Documentary Waiting for "Superman"

    ​We wouldn't expect state government debate on health care to include a screening of Michael Moore's Sicko anymore than we would debate on teen pregnancy to include a viewing of MTV's Teen Mom, so why are both houses of the Florida legislature sponsoring a viewing of the biased and inaccurate educ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    What the Hell is Wrong with the Florida Democratic Party?

    ​The Florida Democratic Party has nearly 600,000 more registered voters in the state than the Republicans, yet last night they failed miserably in delivering on a single important race. Their Governor candidate lost to a man who ran a company involved in the biggest Medicare fraud case in American ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    Crocodiles Cancel Its November 3 Show at Grand Central and Rest of US Tour

    Photo by Alexandra Kacha​Only this morning, Crossfade hyped the upcoming Crocodiles concert at downtown cool kid club Grand Central with a hyperactive blurb about the San Diego band's recent single "Kill Joe Arpaio" and the Arizona sheriff's angry, Twitter-driven counterattack. This evening, thou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2010

    Blast From the Past: Baccone Dolce's - Barbecued Cats

    Just as delicious as the horns... and then some!​ Baccone Dolce Barbecued Cats (Moon Ska Records) Aspeta un minuti ... or don't. It isn't so much as the delicious Italian treat as it is a bygone era where the Floridian peninsula ruled the ska-airwaves. And (apparently re-eme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2010

    Win Over Wake Forest Puts Miami Basketball in the Polls

    Despite the fact UM Basketball has only lost one game this season they've lingered in the "also receiving votes" section of the AP's college basketball poll. Most likely because detractors pointed to the team's relatively easy early season schedule. But Saturday's win against ACC rival Wake Forest s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2009

    Jesus License Plate Has Died for Your Sins, and No, a Brotha Can't Get a Plate

    The state has important issues to deal with. Yet the legislature is spending lots of time grappling with the pressing problem of license plate aesthetics and appropriateness. Jesus plate-gate will apparently soon come to an end, though. Sen. Gary Siplin (D-Orlando) has basically said the plate featu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2009

    Pam the PTO Mom Fed Up With School Cuts, Ron Book

    Meet Pamela the PTO Mom. If more media covered state politics with the same passion and obsession as national politics and more people cared, she'd be Florida's anti-Joe the Plumber. Pamela Hennan, a St. Augustine Realtor and dedicated school volunteer drove all night to address the House Finance an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    State Officials to Put Thousands of Piscine-Americans out of Work

    Riptide used to be under the impression that in America, anyone could get a job and work his or her way to the top. And even when the pay was low, employment was noble because even the lowliest jobs kept the engine of America rolling, and the satisfaction of a good day's labor was reward enough. It ... More >>

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    February 9, 2009

    Last Night: Adult Swim Presents Tim and Eric Live

    Adult Swim Presents Tim and Eric LiveRevolution, Ft. LauderdaleSunday, February 8, 2009Better Than: Grammys, ShmammysThe Review: It takes an, um, special sensibility to really get into the Cartoon Network's Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job, which airs on the network's Adult Swim block of late-ni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2009

    Budget-Slashing Session Takes Aim at Education

    Florida's capitol has been completely controlled by Republicans for the past ten years, and with that regime has come tax cut after tax cut after tax cut. Jeb Bush cut taxes by $12.2 billion during his terms, with half of those savings going toward the wealthiest 4.5 percent. Charlie Crist earlier t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2008

    State Looking to Make Cuts in Medicaid

    So the brain trust up in Tallahassee has found itself with a $2 billion hole in the budget (yeah, yeah, financial crisis; more like yeah, yeah overzealous tax cuts), and one of the areas they're looking to make cuts in is Medicaid, which provides healthcare to the state's poorest citizens, according ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2008

    News Roundup

    Hairgelz Carvalho will actually be suing the state for $35 million, thank you very much. [CBS4]Rep. David Rivera won the chairmanship of Miami-Dade's Republican party by just one vote. Outgoing chair Mary Ellen Miller moved the vote, leaving state legislators who favored Rivera's opponent, Carlos Cu ... More >>

  • News

    April 17, 2008

    Toke It Easy

    Snap out of it, 4/20 revelers: Florida legislators want to stomp on your buzz.

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    March 17, 2008
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    April 12, 2007

    Stephen Marley

    Mind Control (Tuff Gong/Universal)

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    November 7, 2006

    Trust the Voters, Help the Greyhounds

    Throw me a bone, willya? Incredibly, last year, when the voters of Miami-Dade County were offered the opportunity to vote in favor of allowing parimutuel wagering at the greyhound torture grounds known as the Flagler Dog Track, they turned the gambit down. Allowing OTB to set up shop at the falte ... More >>

  • Music

    February 16, 2006

    City of Gold

    Miami's musical past is mined and polished by an archival label

  • News

    May 26, 2005

    The D Word

    Say anything you want, but just don't call them Democrats

  • Calendar

    December 25, 2003

    Royal Blues

    Musical monarch continues his reign

  • News

    June 12, 2003

    Florida's Mean Season

    Overriding minimum wage guarantees at MIA

  • City Life

    May 15, 2003


    Julio Robaina

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    November 21, 2002

    FIU, too! All right?

    Why Mitch Maidique and Armando Codina hate Amendment 11

  • News

    March 28, 2002

    Blasting Down the House

    Rock miners try to pull a fast one on local legislators

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    December 7, 2000

    An Uneasy Alliance

    The real story behind Alex Penelas's secret dealings with Republicans

  • News

    September 25, 1997

    How to Succeed in Education Without Really Studying

    Superintendent Roger Cuevas and a few dozen of his top administrators received graduate degrees from diploma mills. No wonder Dade's schools are in such great shape.

  • News

    August 31, 1994

    Odor in the Court

    By state law, judges get elected just like politicians -- a system so idiotic it's criminal. Will somebody please reproach the bench?

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