Commissioner Dean Trantalis was ambushed with an ethics complaint by attorney Bill Scherer during Tuesday evening's public hearing for the new proposed Vintro Hotel on the beach. It seemed like a well-organized attack, as Scherer accused Trantalis, in front of everyone at the meeting, of ethical vi ... More >>
New Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel whacked Fire Chief and Executive Director Neil de Jesus and two other top fire guys, Division Chief Robert Arrighetti, and Division Chief John Holgerson, who was in charge of fire and rescue training. Nothing against new chief and Margate vet Anthony S ... More >>
What a difference a year or two makes.In November 2010, during a wave of Republican support, Broward County Mayor Ken Keechl was swept out of office despite a long and blistering attack on his opponent, Chip LaMarca, whom he outspent by nearly half a million dollars.People wondered why. Was it the d ... More >>
Broward Vice Mayor Kristin Jacobs (left) and Mayor John Rodstrom.The Broward Commission voted unanimously to pick Vice Mayor John Rodstrom as the new Broward Mayor, replacing Sue Gunzburger to begin his one-year term.Kristin Jacobs' path to becoming the new vice mayor wasn't exactly a shoe-in. Sh ... More >>
Horia Varlan at Flickr.comIn response to South Florida's recent red-light-running camera enforcement angst, Broward County Commissioner John Rodstrom suggests we all wait a few seconds.Rodstrom would like to keep red lights running longer rather than expand the county's photo enforcemen ... More >>
LAMBERTI: A real straight shooter.Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti was in Marion County earlier this week, singing the praises of his predecessor's decision to place countywide firefighting services under the auspices of the sheriff's office.Monday's two-hour session was the first time the panel heard ... More >>
On a day when voters are going to the polls to show their power, a Broward County Circuit judge has decided to take it away from them. Broward Circuit Judge Carol-Lisa Phillips has struck down term limits for Broward County commissioners as unconstitutional after voters went to the polls in ov ... More >>
Broward County Commissioner John Rodstrom's attempt to kill term limits (chiefly for himself) is going to court tomorrow, where a judge is expected to rule on it up or down. Rodstrom, plain and simple, is trying to overturn the will of the people for his own selfish reason -- namely ... More >>
Photo: C. StilesKristin Jacobs had a score to settle with Sue Gunzburger.I know that sometimes the politics behind Broward County Commission decisions can seem complex, but trust me: Anyone who has been to high school can understand the social dynamics at work on the county's legislative body.The ... More >>
Joy CooperJoy Cooper is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the most erratic political figures in South Florida, and now the Hallandale Beach mayor has picked a fight with Broward County Commissioner John Rodstrom.Rodstrom was one of the commissioners who two weeks ago voted against a controve ... More >>
EggelletionFormer Broward County Commissioner Josephus Eggelletion has agreed to enter a guilty plea in the federal corruption case against him.UPDATE: Just got off the phone with Eggelletion's former colleague, Commissioner John Rodstrom. "I think it's just a tragedy," he said of Eggelletion's f ... More >>
The Broward Commission will build a courthouse, even if voters don't want it and there's no good way to pay for it.
RitterIt's strange to be astonished at the news that this county's mayor actually gave an interview, but so it goes in Broward. Stacy Ritter has been refusing interviews with reporters for much of 2009, in vain hopes that she can keep her associations with con man Joel Steinger out of the news. Impo ... More >>
In a conversation that seems to have been recorded at the cafeteria lunch table where the in crowd sits, Broward Mayor Stacy Ritter and Commissioner Ken Keechl decided that fellow Commissioner John Rodstrom is not in-crowd material. That's because Rodstrom's pushing a bill that would bar commissione ... More >>
A South Florida company caught stealing twice surfaces under a new name and gets a lucrative government franchise.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune followed the Tribune Co. and went into Chapter 11 bankruptcy today. Remember, Miami Herald parent McClatchy, in the only good move it has made in several years, sold the Strib, as it is called, for $530 million back in 2006. The newspaper's story includes some inter ... More >>
Decimated by corporate overlords, the only hope for our local newspapers may be the auction block.
Broward County Commissioners want you to pay for their pet projects
Pols being pols: Rodstrom cleans house, Gallagher goes missing
Broward Commission, lobbyists ooze coziness
The Sun-Sentinel brass steps over the line on airport expansion
The Miami Herald had a nice scoop today about the NFL offering local politicians Super Bowl tickets at their $600 or $700 face value. A lot of them -- including Broward County Commissioners Sue Gunzburger, Stacy Ritter, John Rodstrom, and Diana Wasserman-Rubin -- took advantage of the offer. Josephu ... More >>
Aren't you happy you get to shovel money into the shiny new machines?
Here's what I'm tired of: America patting itself on the back for dumping the Republican Congress. Democracy works, they say. People were smart enough to see through the lies. America isn't really a dumb brute of a country. Ask Marilyn Ginsburg of Boynton Beach, who wrote a letter to the Sun-Sentinel ... More >>
The illustrious John DeGroot sent me another missive this morning, this one savaging Scott Wyman's story this morning on tax cuts approved by the Broward County Commission. Whatever you might think about DeGroot's words, that lede, man, is no doubt clunky. Do editors even care over there care anymor ... More >>
Hollywood peddles prime downtown land for a steal with the help of a developer-loving senator
Broward Commissioner Josephus Eggelletion quietly pulls political strings in Lauderdale Lakes -- and personally profits in the process
J-Rod Strikes Out
For Rodstrom and Dunlap, all's fair in local electoral politics
Help for Gay Islanders
Roddy, baby you're clean. Honest!
Here are the 12 Broward-Palm Beach newsmakers who will make you blush
God Speaks in Film
When politicians and bureaucrats play curator, the art stinks
Pompano Beach Mayor Bill Griffin is, well, conflicted over the Swimming Hall of Fame deal
When it comes to making deals, developer R. Donahue Peebles has no qualms about filing lawsuits -- or playing the race card
Broward commissioners are spending big bucks on an unlikely airport-growth scheme
Commissioners are spending $300,000 on a political PR campaign handled by Big Sugar's hired guns.