Lauren Book, daughter of lobbyist Ron Book, is considering a run for state Senate for South Broward in 2016. Ron Book -- who reps a bevy of governments, including Broward, and private clients, including the Miami Dolphins, and is regarded by many as the most powerful lobbyist in Florida -- has had ... More >>
The debate for legalizing medical marijuana has been traveling throughout Florida the past few weeks, and now it's making its stop in our neck of the woods. United For Care and Drug Free Florida will be going head-to-head before the public in Broward, in a town hall debate Tuesday morning.
The dog was electrocuted before it even had a name. In October of last year, the anonymous animal "fell into a rail" and died at a Flagler compound training track, newly released records from the Department of Parimutuel Wagering show. "Some of the cases are just heartbreaking," says Carey Theil, p ... More >>
The following is an op-ed, with some of my frustrations laid out. Holy hell, it actually passed. These were the thoughts that went through my mind Tuesday afternoon when controversial Florida Senate bill 1714 passed to a vote of 30-10, effectively signaling to the booming craft beer industry that t ... More >>
No single debate is as overstuffed with bloody history and hot feelings like the Israeli-Palestinian standoff. With U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry expected to unveil a plan to settle the century-long tug of war this spring, the heat is only rising. And now, stumbling into the picture, here comes ... More >>
If you want to sell a cat or dog in Florida, you may have to whip out a certificate proving that you're allowed to do so, because a bill up for a vote in the Legislature regulating the sale of dogs and cats in Florida is a go. The bill (House bill 1257 and Senate bill 1614), drafted by Rep. Jared ... More >>
Ay yay yay, Florida. Why do you work so hard at being terrible? The domestic partnership bill that would have created a domestic partnership law, which would have given unmarried couples some of the same rights married couples have in Florida, has officially been scrapped. The Florida Senate commi ... More >>
Depending on your point of view, last week's election was either a massive victory or an epic failure. For anti-GMO groups, it was the latter. California's Proposition 37--the bill that pushed for the mandatory labeling of Genetically Modified Organisms in food--failed to pass the state legislature. ... More >>
In honor of last week's World Food Day, a group of local activists gathered Saturday at Hollywood's Yellow Green Market. The group gathered together to show support for an initiative, Propostion 37, that will appear on the November ballot in California. Food activists nationwide are pushing an effor ... More >>
The debate about mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods, otherwise known as GMOs, is raging on. With California's Proposition 37 -- a bill that would require labeling of GMO foods -- on the November ballot, many of these groups are stepping up their game in an attempt to add similar initia ... More >>
Despite stormy weather Friday afternoon, as part of Occupy Monsanto's Global Week of Action, a group of individuals turned out for the national endeavor to require mandatory labeling of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in foods. The protestors are hoping to garner suppo ... More >>
By Kate BradshawScott walks into a greasy spoon and orders an ice water.Rick Scott walks into The Floridian diner on Las Olas at about noon today for a photo op lunch with South Florida lawmakers. There's an odd funk in the air, sort of a mix between french fries and kitty litter.He walks halfway ... More >>
A rail car used in the HolocaustThe whole country knows that Governor Rick Scott turned down $2.4 billion in federal stimulus money for a high-speed train between Tampa and Orlando (and many are blaming that move for his current dismal 29 percent approval rating). But another train project, this ... More >>
Big news from State Sen. Eleanor Sobel (D., Hollywood): Legislation she originated in SB 758, which addresses the terrible dangers of texting while driving, has passed through the chambers and now awaits the governor's signature in Tallahassee.It's a no-frills kind of bill, running a good deal le ... More >>
Daily BreezeWild art: Millions of dead sardines turned up in Redondo Beach today. Suspected cause: Winds drove them into small areas where they basically smothered each other. Who wants to be the new Sunrise city attorney?Well, there are a few interesting applicants among the dozen or so in the r ... More >>
In Broward and Tallahassee politics, influence peddling comes in countless forms. Here's one currently under investigation by the federal government: A powerful lobbyist, seeking to curry favor with a state senator and benefit a major client, helps to secure the senator's boyfriend a job at th ... More >>
Wild art: The first edition of the official Tea Party mag. Hollywood lobbyist and political fundraiser Alan Mendelsohn won't be sentenced on his federal conspiracy conviction next week after all. The sentencing has been pushed back to April 28, according to court records. Sounds mundane ... More >>
When we stop to remember Michael Garretson, we should never forget that the late School Board construction chief led the spending of a billion dollars a year in what was one of the largest and most damaging school building booms in Broward County history. For ... More >>
The illicit payments made to former legislator Mandy Dawson had been widely reported, but it is interesting that seedy lobbyist and political fundraiser Alan Mendelsohn, an eye doctor by trade, singled out Russell Klenet in federal court today. When Mendelsohn pleaded guilty to a fed ... More >>
Let's start with some fun. Last night's Heat game against the New Jersey Nets provided a real glimpse of the kind of high-flying show this team is going to be. Dunks galore. But none was better than the one above. While the Nets watch helplessly, the towel boy can't repress his ... More >>
Photo courtesy Stevie MoonDuring a recent visit to Moon's shop, Sen. Eleanor showed off a (temporary) tattoo.One year after a small group of Broward tattooists launched a statewide effort to defeat what it believed to be deeply flawed legislation reforming the industry, a new bill -- drafted in c ... More >>
Flickr: MettaMommaSobelSix months after Florida tattooists organized, hired a lobbyist, and gunned down her bill regulating the industry, Sen. Eleanor Sobel will introduce a new bill -- this time with those same adversaries as allies.We told you last week how Fort Lauderdale tattooist Stevie Moon ... More >>
Photo provided by Stevie MoonFort Lauderdale tattoist Stevie Moon, with Sobel, his partner in Florida tattoo legislation.Oh, relax! That's only a temporary tattoo Sobel's wearing. And this is kind of my fault. Recently, when I learned that former foes Stevie Moon and Sen. Eleanor Sobel had resolv ... More >>
flsenate.govSobelThe best visits to tattoo studios are usually spontaneous, but Hollywood Sen. Eleanor Sobel is not your typical patron. She has scheduled an appointment at 10 a.m. Monday at Stevie Moon Tattoo NE 26th Street in Fort Lauderdale. There she'll meet her foe-turned-friend, Stevie Moon ... More >>
State Sen. Eleanor Sobel is renting an office from the City of Hollywood. Nothing wrong with that. What is wrong is that the city is planning to spend $30,000 to renovate the office for Sobel and the lobbyists and suckers -- oops, I mean constituents -- who visit her. I ... More >>
Florida Rep. Mary Brandenburg, the Democrat from Lake Worth, is what passes for a champion of tattooists. You see, in a Republican-dominated legislature, tattoos are like Satan's graffiti on God's aluminum siding. But, oh well. Tattooists have learned to be pragmatic in their political forays, and t ... More >>
The bill that would have overhauled tattoo regulation in Florida is dead. The two factions of state tattooists, who had earlier this month waged an epic, expletive-laden battle in the comments thread of this Juice post, are now on the same team, or soon to be. And together, they will work toward a b ... More >>
First, the problem was that Florida tattooists didn't have a good way to communicate with each other. That's how hundreds of them were caught by surprise when they learned that Hallandale Beach Sen. Eleanor Sobel had introduced a bill that would overhaul regulation of the state's tattoo industry. No ... More >>
(Sadly, only the biggest of my fellow Star Wars dorks will catch the pun in that headline. Anyway...)On one side of this intergalactic conflict, the Florida Professional Tattoo Artists Guild. The nonprofit corporation has been active in legislative issues that affect the state's tattoo industr ... More >>
Revelations of a state bill and a mysterious "guild" have spooked Florida tattooistsFor a bill that aimed to overhaul Florida's regulation of the tattoo industry, it sure was quiet. Stealthy, almost. Senate Bill 1130, sponsored by Hallandale Beach Sen. Eleanor Sobel, was introduced February 2. It cr ... More >>
A state bill that aims to make the tattoo industry safer is certain to have the opposite effect, according to the local tattoo artists organizing quickly to oppose it. Senate Bill 1130, sponsored by Florida Sen. Eleanor Sobel, the Hallandale Beach Democrat, would make it tougher for tattoo artists t ... More >>
Wisecracking Democrats in Tallahassee were steamrollered during the presidential contest. But they didn't take it lying down.
Grant-writer Maurice Connell has become a well-paid institution in Hollywood. How? The politics of power and money.
A criminal investigation of David Lottes, who runs Hollywood's golf courses, was botched by a city official, but her colleagues could care less.
Sea, sun, and pedophilia
Thanks to the Red Cross, more than 130,000 Hollywood residents are without a primary hurricane shelter
John Coleman and his fellow reform candidates in Hollywood face an uphill battle against mayor Mara and Co.