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Carlos Alvarez Loses Lawsuit; Recall Is On, Bitches!

Over the next two weeks, we'll see if Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez can muster the support that propelled him to office in 2004 and 2008, and also gave him more power. Earlier today, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Barbara Areces dismissed Alvarez's last-minute lawsuit seeking to block the recall vote set for March 15. She ruled the voter petitions seeking his recall were collected and reviewed in compliance with the law. That means Alvarez must now concentrate on repelling voters' wrath, which is spearheaded by car dealership billionare Norman Braman. 


The auto magnate has already spent a half-million dollars to oust Alvarez, who to stay in power is relying on the support of the county employee unions, his top bureaucratic lieutenants, and a former state senator known for running dirty political campaigns. Alvarez -- along with county Commissioner Natacha Seijas, who is also facing a recall -- has hired Alex Diaz de la Portilla to work on his campaign.

Early voting begins Monday. 

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Francisco Alvarado was born in Nicaragua and grew up in Miami, giving him unique insight into the Magic City and all its dark corners. An investigative reporter with a knack for uncovering corruption, Alvarado made his bones as a staff writer at Miami New Times and remains in dogged pursuit of the next juicy story.