People living in Delray might have received a mailer about Democrat Sen. Maria Sachs contributing to George W. Bush "more than once" and being in cahoots with Katherine Harris in disenfranchising voters. The mailers, from a group called Progressives, are intended to sound as if a liberal organizati ... More >>
"Hey, you take your giant casino drawings and you GET OUT OF TOWN, MISTER."The Florida House bill that would grant three licenses to developers looking to build South Florida resorts has been killed, at least for the time being. The House Business and Consumer Affairs committee postponed a vote r ... More >>
Fort Lauderdale commissioners voted unanimously to complain send off a resolution saying the city's not exactly a fan of the "destination resort casino" bill in the state Legislature -- which is sponsored in the Senate by Fort Lauderdale Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff.Aside from that little rift in interes ... More >>
The Broward Republican Executive Committee released an open letter to Brenda Snipes, the county's Supervisor of Elections, claiming it's unfair that there aren't any early voting sites in Republican State Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff's district.Republican State Rep. George Moraitis doesn't have an early ... More >>
gamefront.comMark Boykin, a pastor at Boca Raton's Church of All Nations, isn't too happy about Republican State Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff filing a bill to allow Vegas-style casinos in South Florida.After citing hookers, crime, "evils," and some stuff he found on the Internet, he's planning to sho ... More >>
myfloridahouse.govState Sen. Ellyn BogdanoffDanna Bogdanoff, the 19-year-old daughter of Fort Lauderdale-based State Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, was arrested on four felony charges in Miami-Date County late last week.The police report hasn't yet been released, but according to our sister paper to the s ... More >>
UPDATED: Sylvia Poitier, the controversial former Broward County commissioner who is now an elected official in Deerfield Beach, has been charged with five misdemeanors related to her family's involvement in a city-sponsored housing organization, according to the South Florida Times. Poitier ... More >>
Another Floridian falsity for PolitiFact's truth-o-meter. Hypocrisy and shallow intellect are common among the leadership of Florida's fiscally conservative Senate. But a recent statement from Senate Majority Leader Andy Gardiner makes one wonder if he was blatantly trying to mislead the public o ... More >>
WFOR-Channel 12 Former Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Cindi Hutchinson leaving jail in a New York sweatshirt. Goldstrom I want to thank Fort Lauderdale activist and graphics designer Cal Deal for supplying these images. Deal was on Hutchinson's case before it became a case. ... More >>
Was it worth it, Cindi? Former Fort Lauderdale Vice Mayor Cindi Hutchinson not only wins the the award for selling out her seat the cheapest -- a toilet, really? -- but also for the worst mug shot in a procession of public official mug shots. Look at that ... More >>
Lamberti wants to close the transient loophole.They've been exiled to sleep under bridges and on benches. They've been banned from hanging out in places where children gather. Now Broward sheriff's officials say county sex offenders are lying about being homeless.House Bill 119, a state measure p ... More >>
Both Halloween and the election are fast approaching, making this a very spooky week, with unexpected twists and turns lurking ahead. Far in advance of the October 31 holiday, Christine O'Donnell, the Tea Party candidate for Delaware Senate, revealed "I am not a witch" (provoking awesome pa ... More >>
Nothing ripe on the reporting end and nothing big breaking at the moment so I thought I'd cull together some interesting stories from other places. Model Citizen's latest creation -- We finally get a little Scott Rothstein action in the political season with Kelly Skidmore's "Angel of Dea ... More >>
When David Gould, a 26-year-old Fort Lauderdale man showed up at the corner of Oakland Park Boulevard and Federal Highway -- the spot known to local tea partiers as "the corner" -- he expected some sort of confrontation. He's pretty liberal and this is, after all, the location of the self-proclai ... More >>
Let's take a quick look through the local news:The parents of Scott Wilson, the 23-year-old killed last month in a collision with polo mogul John Goodman, have launched an investigation of their own. Considering Goodman's wealth and influence, that's probably a good idea. [Palm Beach Post]The foo ... More >>
Flickr: Hasner on the MoveLamberti, Lieberman, Hasner, and Bogdanoff: They all got Rothstein $$.At the Florida Secretary of State database, you can call up a list of the Florida politicians who accepted campaign contributions from embattled attorney Scott Rothstein. Long, isn't it? Mind you, that ... More >>
house.govA painting of Bill Young, whose congressional career may have pre-dated the invention of still photographyOn paper, the congressional district of Rep. Bill Young of St. Petersburg would seem to be one of the best chances for the Democratic Party to pick up a seat. Although Young has kept th ... More >>
Sunrise commissioner Sheila Alu exposed a judge's misconduct — at great personal risk.
Photo courtesy Tom Fancy StudiosIf that looks like your shopping list then, well, thank you, good sir, for generous contributions to the State of Florida, but you probably should have waited till after the legislative session. A bill recently passed by the House Finance and Tax Council would remove ... More >>
In the lead story on this morning's local section, the Sun-Sentinel took off its little white glove and slapped Mutual Benefits' mastermind in the face with it. The newspaper reports that the Ponzi scheme called Mutual Benefits poured $1.4 million into political coffers to help keep state ... More >>
We know that Joel Steinger, the mastermind of the billion-dollar Mutual Benefits Ponzi scheme with ties to several Broward politicians (Steve Geller, Stacy Ritter, Ellyn Bogdanoff, and others), had connections to Colombian drug cartels. Now we have evidence of another intriguing ... More >>
For those of you following the Mutual Benefits story, here's a photograph to bring some visuals to the table. It was taken in Bogota, Colombia, in 2001, as Mutual Benefits was trying to round up South American investors in what feds say was a billion dollar Ponzi scheme. The ra ... More >>
After the Miami Herald over the weekend broke a story on yet another Stacy Ritter vote that benefitted the lobbying business of her husband, Russ Klenet, I think it's time we had a one-stop shopping spot for all the alleged misdeeds of the Ritter-Klenets. Because of its length, the post jumps. ... More >>
One thing about the $1 billion Ponzi scheme that was Mutual Benefits Corp.: It loved to throw money at politicians. And boy did our fearless leaders lap up the cash. It gave hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions to elected officials, but nobody benefitted more from Mu ... More >>
While serving as a state representative in 2004, Broward County Mayor Stacy Ritter voted on legislation that benefited the fraudulent company that paid her husband $20,000 a month, renovated her Parkland home at a cost of $100,000, docked her family's boat, and provided ... More >>
State Rep. Ellen Bogdanoff puts you ahead of politics — if you're the right kind of person
Sell one of our most traveled freeways to some foreigners? Might as well just give 'em a Budweiser.
Will American voters elect the first gay vice president in November?
We just published this story on the New Times homepage wherein Charlie Crist, I believe for the first time, denies that he has ever had sex with a man and, more specifically, denies he had sex with two particular men who are named in the article. I wrote the story and I know people are going to ... More >>
Our most recently hired New Times staff writer, Tom Francis, recently got a crash course in the weirdness of committing journalism in South Florida. Francis was working on a story in Sunrise regarding politicians' ties to the city-contracted garbage hauler, All Service Refuse. He wanted to talk ... More >>
In his column on Saturday, Buddy Nevins simply informed readers in the final paragraphs that it was his last. "It's been a great run, but the time has come to meet new challenges." Maucker The explanation didn't come until the next day -- from his Sun-Sentinel Editor Earl Maucker. In his Sunday ... More >>
Another in the long tradition of Broward elephants posing as donkeys.
If the Sun-Sentinel's Buddy Nevins has declared for Crist, why's he still covering the governor's race?
Democrats and Republicans, blacks and whites, have banded together for one simple reason: to stop Ken Jenne from becoming Broward's first strong mayor.