• Blogs

    November 11, 2014

    Jackson Could Lose $570 Million a Year If Republicans Refuse to Expand Medicaid

    Rick Scott and his fellow Tallahassee Republicans' strong opposition to the Affordable Care Act has resulted in the state refusing to allow the federal government to expand Medicaid in Florida. But their refusal could cause Florida hospitals to miss out on billions in funding, with Miami's cash-st ... More >>

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    November 5, 2014

    Florida's Democratic Party Is a Joke, but Who Is the Punchline: Its Leaders or Voters?

    For four years, Florida Democrats giggled with glee at every Rick Scott failure. They practically drooled with expectation as Scott's approval ratings sunk further than a boat in the Bermuda Triangle. They thought there was no way they could lose to this guy again, but last night they did, and Charl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2014

    New Times Un-Endorsements: Vote for Anyone Next Week but These Six Fools

    In daily newspaper conference rooms across the state, editorial writers in shirts and ties or conservative dresses have been meeting every candidate for public office and carefully scrutinizing their records, all so they can offer readers a sober, reasoned recommendation about who deserves their vot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2014

    The Cities of Florida, Ranked

    After ranking all 34 cities within Miami-Dade County, we couldn't help but wonder where the major cities of Florida would stack up. So we decided to answer that question ourselves, naturally. Because what fun is the internet without arbitrary rankings? So we assembled a list of Florida's most nota ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2014

    Marino Maali on Being a Deaf Rapper

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2014

    How Often Are Miami Police Secretly Tracking Our Cell Phones?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2013

    Barack Obama Needs to Raise Money to Nail Sorry Black Politicians

    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 >>

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    June 6, 2013
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    April 18, 2013
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    April 9, 2013

    Proposed "Revenge Porn" Bill Would Make Releasing Your Sex Tape a Felony

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    Mansion: Private Dinners For Pretty Girls, Weird Food

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    Bill Filed That Would Repeal "Stand Your Ground"

    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.

  • News

    October 11, 2012
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    September 13, 2012

    "Leaked": Charlie Crist's 2014 Gubernatorial Platform

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    Diaz de La Portilla Brothers Set Their Sights On State Legislature

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2012

    Obama Has a Chance: Federal Judge Blocks Florida Voting Restrictions

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    It Will Soon Be Legal to Dye Baby Chicks Any Color You Want in Florida

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    Florida Senate: Ping Pong Balls Lack Gravitational Integrity

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    Miami Port Deep Dredge Gets Green Light in Tallahassee, Environmentalists Outraged

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2012

    Pit Bull Ban Could Go to a County Vote, Undercutting Tally Move To Kill It

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    Rick Perry's New Florida Co-Chair Pam Olsen Believes Gay Marriage Causes Tornadoes

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    Tallahassee Is America's Pot-Smoking Capital, Miami Isn't Even On the List

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2011

    Rick Scott Promises Not to Screw Unions as Bad as Wisconsin's Scott Walker Wants To

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    Alex Sink Picks Up Endorsement From Every Major Newspaper in the State

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2010

    Bobbie Bean Speaks: Senate Candidate Clarifies Porcupine Position, Mallet-Waving Video

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2009

    News Roundup

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2009

    Eager Marcelo Llorente Declares 2012 County Mayor Aspirations

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2009

    Dan Gelber "Steps Back" From Senate Race

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2009

    Charlie Crist Expected To Announce Senate Bid Tomorrow

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2009

    Hats The Musical Starring Senator Frederica Wilson

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2009

    State Senate Unanimously Votes To Raise Cigarette Tax

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2009

    State Legislators Could Block Stimulus Money Meant for the Unemployed

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2009

    Bestiality May Actually Become Illegal

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2009

    News Roundup

    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 >>

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    October 31, 2008
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    April 10, 2008

    Wait, Let Me Change Hats

    Senator Geller does costly deals but shuns the L word.

  • News

    March 13, 2008

    Gossip 101

    "How many times can you rank the hottest sororities? It just gets meaner and meaner."

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2008

    Blitzen Trapper at Langerado

    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 >>

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    May 4, 2006
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    November 4, 2004
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    March 25, 2004

    Meet Mr. Arza

    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

  • News

    January 16, 2003

    Barred for Life

    The process for restoring the civil rights of felons in Florida works perfectly -- if not restoring their rights is the goal

  • News

    November 30, 2000

    The Untold Story

    Guess who's coming to vote? Guess again.

  • News

    May 18, 2000

    Better Lake Than Never?

    Officials insist the Lake Belt created by limestone mining in Northwest Miami-Dade will be an eco-panacea. Critics say that's all wet.

  • News

    August 29, 1996

    Where's the Beach?

    The true story behind the beach erosion explosion is politics as usual

  • News

    May 23, 1996

    You Say Cemetery, Miami Says Deadbeat

    The city's surfeit of tax-exempt properties costs tens of millions

  • News

    July 13, 1995

    Dialing Your Dollars

    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.

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    February 16, 1995

    No Butts?

    With state lawmakers renewing their threats to ban au naturel sunbathing, local nudists are undressing for battle

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