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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
[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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Photo by Alexandra KachaOnly 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 >>
Just as delicious as the horns... and then some! Baccone Dolce Barbecued Cats (Moon Ska Records) www.moonskaworld.com 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Snap out of it, 4/20 revelers: Florida legislators want to stomp on your buzz.
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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 >>
Miami's musical past is mined and polished by an archival label
Say anything you want, but just don't call them Democrats
Musical monarch continues his reign
Overriding minimum wage guarantees at MIA
Why Mitch Maidique and Armando Codina hate Amendment 11
Rock miners try to pull a fast one on local legislators
The real story behind Alex Penelas's secret dealings with Republicans
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.
By state law, judges get elected just like politicians -- a system so idiotic it's criminal. Will somebody please reproach the bench?