Marino Maali lounges in the backyard of his friend's house. His arms are covered with tattoos of Psalm 23, a coy fish, the name of his hometown, Windsor Castle, and the footprints of his son. His non-stop smile bridges the space between his ears. Behind his left ear, a hearing aid. "These don't e ... More >>
Thanks to a little-known device manufactured by a tech company in Melbourne, police departments across Florida have tracked thousands of cell phones -- often without bothering to get a warrant first. In at least one case, the cops purposely kept the device secret in court because the company asked t ... More >>
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke has some advice for the President. While it was nice to see President Barack Obama finally address the nation about his blackne ... More >>
Ever think about uploading that sex tape you made with your ex to the Internet? Well, you might want to think twice about it if you live in Florida, because victims of "revenge porn" soon may not have to take it, uh, lying down anymore. There's a bill working its way through Tallahassee t ... More >>
Ever wondered who the first people in the club are and how they got there? Maybe they had dinner next door and after one too many drinks, needed a place to let loose and burn off all the calories they just consumed.Or maybe they had dinner and drinks in the club. This is a trend we've been seeing. D ... More >>
While one Democrat in Tallahassee has already filed a bill that would significantly alter Florida's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law, another one of his colleagues has now put forward a bill that would repeal the law completely.
With rumors swirling that Charlie Crist may run for governor as a Democrat in 2014, many are wondering how a former conservative Republican can run as a Democrat. Others believe he's a political opportunist that would say and do anything to get elected. Well, Riptide has exclusively uncovered his ne ... More >>
Tallahassee, be very afraid. If all goes according to their plan, not one, not two, but all three Diaz de la Portilla brothers will be members of the state Legislature come November. They're already one-third of the way there. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla did not draw a challenger for his state Senate ... More >>
A federal judge in Tallahassee this afternoon blocked some of the most severe restrictions of a voter registration law passed last year by the Republican Florida legislature. The law has been severely criticized by opponents as an attempt to limit minority participation this fall's election. It was ... More >>
What the hell happens up in Tallahassee sometimes? Seriously?See, the apparently powerful dog grooming lobby convinced our elected officials to take time out of their busy legislative session to lift an old ban on dying live animals. They were actually successful, but the ban now means that the cont ... More >>
A Senate Committee in Tallahassee played redistricting bingo late yesterday. The idea: Shout so loud the Florida Supreme Court might actually accept its new plan. B-I-N-G-O. They used one of those wire rollers with a handle and a bunch of ping pong balls.Senators who drew white balls got four-yea ... More >>
Carlos Lopez-Cantera is having a helluva week in Tallahassee. On Monday, the Miami-based state rep requested an amendment to Florida law so that the City of Miami wouldn't have to pay taxes on the new Marlins Stadium parking garages -- never mind that such an exemption is probably unconstitutiona ... More >>
A Tallahassee proposal to force Miami-Dade to end its 23-year ban on pit bulls took a major hit last night when a group of county commissioners supported giving Dade voters a say in whether to keep the prohibition. The House bill's sponsor said he'd withdraw his legislation if the ban went to a c ... More >>
Rick Perry hopes to make a big showing in Florida's Presidency 5 straw poll, and is quickly snapping up supporters in the state. In fact, he's recently named Pam Olsen as his new Florida co-chair.You might not have heard of the Tallahassee resident, but she has a history of making outlandish quot ... More >>
Tallahassee is not only the political capital of Florida, but also apparently the pot-smoking capital of America. Surprisingly, Miami, most often associated with drugs, doesn't even make the Daily Beast's list of Mary Jane-loving cities. Then again, maybe it's not much of a surprise that college ... More >>
On Sunday, The New York Times editorial board slammed Rick Scott's decision to kill Florida's federally funded high-speed rail system and suggested he was caught up in some high-speed race to out-pander to Tea Partiers faster than other Republican governors. Though, there's one governor Scott app ... More >>
In an age when the broadsheets are struggling and anyone can make their own mini-endorsements on Twitter or Facebook, do newspaper endorsements still matter? The Democratic Governor nominee better hope so. She's walked away with the support of every major newspaper's editorial board in the state. Th ... More >>
via Bobbiebean.comOutsider Senate candidate Bobbie Bean on his melon farm near Sebring.Yesterday Riptide had some fun with Bobbie Bean, the mallet-waving, melon-farming outsider Senate candidate who snagged a spot on the ballot above Gov. Charlie Crist. Bean hadn't returned our call, so we didn't ... More >>
In order to move forward on that wonderful "Slot Machines in the Airport" idea, the County Commission ok'd the Airport's pursuit of getting a horse racing permit. [SFBJ]Burn Notice star Jeffrey Donovan traveled to Tallahassee yesterday to ask that the government facilitate the filming of more televi ... More >>
via MarceloLlorente.comIf you're already tired of 2010 election news, well get ready for 2012. State Rep. Marcelo Llorente officially announced his intentions today to run for Mayor of Miami-Dade County. Currently Mayor Carlos Alavarez won't be vacating the position for more than three yea ... More >>
The notion of any real divisive, state-wide primaries in Florida seems to be dead, as state Sen. Den Gelber has announced that he's "stepping back" from the US Senate Race. Which more or less means he's out. He made the annoncement on his blog: It makes little sense -- when we do face t ... More >>
In the past month the idea that Charlie Crist would run for Senate has gone from hot political rumor to almost foregone conclusion, and news broke this weekend that it is indeed fact. Republican Party of Florida chairman Jim Greer told the Pensacola News Journal last night that Crist will annou ... More >>
State Senator Frederica Wilson has Practical hats. She has dramatical hats. She also has pragmatical hats, fanatical hats, oratorical hats, delphioracle hats, skeptical hats, dispeptical hats, romantical hats, pedantical hats, critical hats, parasitical hats, and so on and so forth.Herald/Times  ... More >>
Because people in Tallahassee are a collective mass of "dumb," they're still dealing with a giant budget crisis. So, they went the easiest route and started seriously discussing a $1 tax on each and every pack of cigarettes. They'll talk a good game, "Oh, this is to save people's lives, oh, what's t ... More >>
Charlie Crist may be his party's most gung-ho supporter of Obama's stimulus plan, but not all Republicans in Tallahassee are quite as excited. Congressional leaders may reject a plan to widen unemployment benefits, because they fear it could increase taxes on businesses, and cost the State more in t ... More >>
still from The ShiningLet's take a look at Florida's laws. Gay marriage? Banned in the constitution. Gay adoption? Illegal. Bestiality? Technically legal. Yep, Florida is one of 16 states that doesn't ban inter-species sexual contact. Though, usually bestiality practitioners get charged with animal ... More >>
In perhaps the most important news ever, Riptide and all its sister blogs got some work done. Everyone knows you've gotta go under the knife once in a while in this town to keep up.Obama promises to close Gitmo, sometime. No sure when, but he'll get around to it. [CBS4]Charlie Crist gets mixed mid-t ... 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 >>
Snap out of it, 4/20 revelers: Florida legislators want to stomp on your buzz.
Senator Geller does costly deals but shuns the L word.
"How many times can you rank the hottest sororities? It just gets meaner and meaner."
Part psycho, part Jane's Addiction Blitzen Trapper March 8, 2008 Langerado Better than: A wake-up call from the hippie jam band tenting next door After a night of blustery winds and torrential rain ruined any chance for restful sleep at Langerado, day 3 of the fest kicked off with a set that was ... More >>
Say anything you want, but just don't call them Democrats
In four short years, state Rep. Ralph Arza has gone from schoolteacher to powerful politician, and now he's about to take control of public education in Miami
The process for restoring the civil rights of felons in Florida works perfectly -- if not restoring their rights is the goal
Guess who's coming to vote? Guess again.
Officials insist the Lake Belt created by limestone mining in Northwest Miami-Dade will be an eco-panacea. Critics say that's all wet.
The true story behind the beach erosion explosion is politics as usual
The city's surfeit of tax-exempt properties costs tens of millions
You say you haven't got a cellular phone? Heck, you own hundreds of 'em! And right now some local bureaucrat is using one to make a hairdressing appointment.
With state lawmakers renewing their threats to ban au naturel sunbathing, local nudists are undressing for battle