Local Politics

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2013

    Boca Raton Finally Updates Domestic Partnership Health Insurance Policy

    Updating a 47-year old anti-discrimination policy, the Boca Raton City Council voted 4-1 to extend the full range of domestic partnership benefits, including health, dental and vision insurance, to its municipal employees. The benefits also include a continuation of insurance coverage, funeral lea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2013

    Glenn Greenwald, Who Exposed NSA Scandal, Had Interesting Past as Broward Teenager

    That guy Glenn Greenwald? The one who helped spill all those secrets about the gub'mint keeping tabs on everybody's electronic communications? Like everything else weird in the news, there's a Florida connection, specifically Lauderdale Lakes in Broward County, where the highly controversial blogger ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    Will Roxanna Trinka Be Ousted from Research Park at FAU Board? County Commission to Review Her Anti-Muslim, Anti-Gay Remarks

    The governing body of the Research Park at FAU will refer the matter of its board member Roxanna Trinka's anti-Muslim and anti-gay Facebook posts to the Palm Beach County Commission, which appointed her to the board. See also: - Facebook Page Reveals FAU Adviser Fears Muslim Law, Gay Rights - FAU R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2013

    Shelby Lowe, Riviera Beach Councilman, Allegedly Used Racial Slur Toward Retired Fire Chief

    A bit of a brouhaha between a Riviera Beach councilman and a retired Riviera Beach fire chief broke out yesterday. Nasty words were exchanged, particularly from councilman Shelby Lowe, who allegedly called Retired Riviera Beach Fire Chief Richard Wester that word that appears a lot in the latest Qu ... More >>

  • News

    January 19, 2012
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    October 11, 2011

    Private Prison Contractor, Homeland Security "Asked" Southwest Ranches Council Not to Talk

    ​Here in Florida, we have a broad array of sunshine laws designed to promote open government. Local governments routinely have to disclose information simply because citizens ask for it. But apparently there's one thing that can clamp the mouths of local officials for good: a private prison contra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Judge Steven Feren Hires Bogie; Is He the Next to Fall?

    Will the Tao high-rise be the downfall of Judge Feren? OK, so there's scuttlebutt out there on JAABlog about Judge Steven Feren, the former mayor of Sunrise, having hired local corruption attorney David Bogenschutz to represent him. So why did Feren hire the go-to guy for for politicians in tro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2010

    Broward Commissioner to Be Charged for Corruption

    Broward County Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin appears to be the latest elected county official to face corruption charges. As usual, Bob Norman has the scoop. Check out his post on Pulp.

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2010

    Hallandale Contract With Realtor May Have Violated City Law

    Hallandale Beach City Manager Mike Good gave a consultant agreement to a local real estate agent, Joe Kessel, worth up to $36,000. But a city ordinance indicates Good was forbidden to do so without first getting commission approval.A 2006 ordinance describes exactly what contracts and purchases the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2009

    Morning Juice: Enough With the Broward Corruption -- Give It Arrest!

    ​The dawn brings a fresh batch of crazy to Broward and Palm Beach:At the risk of sounding like a broken record, more political figures have been arrested, including Ed Portner, running for mayor of Coral Springs Tamarac, for pulling a gun on his daughter Stacy Ritter, the mayor of Broward County. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2009

    Ken Kaye Bends Over For Stacy Ritter

    On Wednesday Sun-Sentinel weather writer Ken Kaye did a little blog post about Broward County Mayor Stacy Ritter's complaint-fest at some event called the Florida Governor's Hurricane Conference. Apparently former hurricane center director Bill Proenza introduced her as the mayor of Fort Lauderdale. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2009

    [UPDATED] An Off Night for Democracy, Free Press in Deerfield Beach

    UPDATED WITH VIDEO LINKA mayor hit with felony corruption charges; a commissioner booked for the same; a city manager suspended after ordering deputies to remove a commissioner during a public meeting. When it comes to dirty tricks and political theater, Deerfield Beach residents have seen it all. B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2009

    Confessions of a Voting Snob

    So what's the over/under on turnout for today's Fort Lauderdale muni elections? Tim Smith seems to think it's 10 percent, and that sounds about right. I suspect there's some voter fatigue from the two-year presidential campaign that ended last November. I'll bet voters -- especially the elderly ones ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2009

    Best Of Readers' Poll 2009: Best Journalist

    History has proven it time and again: The pen is mightier than the sword, the gun, the mayor's dais, and even Satan himself. In a year when hundreds of local journalists lost their jobs, those who survived the newsroom slaughter found twice as much work on their plates. Now's the chance to give it u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2009

    Mayor? May Not? An Interview With Dean Trantalis

    It's high time we size up Fort Lauderdale's mayoral field. With so much ground to cover, we'll have to go one by one. Batting leadoff...Dean Trantalis is a real estate attorney who became Fort Lauderdale's first openly gay commissioner in 2003, defeating Jon Albee, a insurance and real estate agent, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2008

    Say Hello To Mayor Wishner

    Call off the election, because we already have a winner. The new mayor of Sunrise is (or will be) Roger Wishner. We were all expecting a political war for the most powerful post in Sunrise between Wishner, who is now deputy mayor, and Commissioner Joey Scuotto. Both had created campaign accounts t ... More >>

  • News

    May 29, 2008

    The Mayor's Private Dick

    Al Capellini takes the Nixon route against his rival on the commission

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2007
  • News

    August 23, 2007

    C'mon, Get Happy

    Does Mayor Jim Naugle still know Fort Lauderdale?

  • News

    March 8, 2007


    How did the West Palm Beach mayor's reelection attempt turn into such a fright?

  • News

    January 18, 2007

    Baring False Witness

    In a dramatic scene, a city official accuses another of falsifying a document

  • News

    January 11, 2007

    The New Pistolero in Town

    On the dusty, Old West streets of Davie, a political hotshot takes aim

  • News

    July 20, 2006

    Mayor Al Quacks Up

    Capellini's a lame duck after New Times investigation, says a commissioner.

  • News

    June 15, 2006

    Mayor Al Has to Go, Bad

    More bathroom breaks are featured in yet another questionable Capellini deal.

  • News

    June 8, 2006

    Mayor Al Engineers Another Deal

    Turns out Deerfield Beach's honcho is into more shenanigans than we detailed last week.

  • News

    June 1, 2006

    For Sale: Keys to the City

    In Deerfield, when you're in, you're really in. And the mayor is really in.

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2006
  • News

    February 9, 2006

    Bros and Cons

    A too-hip tree trimmer is the major contributor in a bizarre mayor's race

  • News

    June 9, 2005

    The Next Ex-Mayor

    After two years in office, West Palm Beach Mayor Frankel has little to show except blocked streets

  • News

    April 7, 2005

    Curious George Sails the River of Red

    Following a long tradition, new Fort Lauderdale City Manager George Gretsas tries to tame the big spenders at City Hall

  • News

    March 24, 2005

    Cash Cow

    A group of political opportunists is cashing in on the rural town of Southwest Ranches

  • News

    December 16, 2004

    The Lobbyist

    Broward Commissioner Josephus Eggelletion quietly pulls political strings in Lauderdale Lakes -- and personally profits in the process

  • News

    November 11, 2004

    Our Mayor, the Lobbyist, Part 4

    She visited Hollywood the same day as the developer. Now residents fear for their homes.

  • News

    October 21, 2004

    Our Mayor, the Lobbyist, Part 3

    Ilene Lieberman's misadventures in Pembroke Park... conflict after conflict

  • News

    September 16, 2004

    Our Mayor, the Lobbyist

    The Politics of Profit

  • News

    February 19, 2004

    Rainbow Colors

    When you want to be mayor of Gayville, being straight is a political liability. But so is a crack habit.

  • News

    October 16, 2003

    Don't Drink the Water, Part IV

    Pompano's top man still needs to be flushed from office

  • News

    December 19, 2002

    Down on the Plantation II

    Jim Crow flies over this central Broward town

  • News

    August 22, 2002

    West Palm's Next Mayor Speaks

    Forget Joel Daves. Lois Frankel rules.

  • News

    August 8, 2002

    Paying the Bill

    A mayor and a businessman, both named Bill, have struck up quite a friendship

  • News

    August 2, 2001

    Mall Rat

    Plantation councilman Jerry Fadgen says there's nothing wrong with his role at a local strip mall, no matter what that pesky state ethics board says

  • News

    November 2, 2000

    Poverty's Paradise

    Staggering unemployment, city hall ablaze, ashes falling like snow -- it must be South Bay

  • Best of BPB

    May 11, 2000
  • News

    October 21, 1999

    Maurie, We Hardly Know Ye

    Grant-writer Maurice Connell has become a well-paid institution in Hollywood. How? The politics of power and money.

  • News

    August 12, 1999


    Warning the homeless

  • News

    July 16, 1999

    Strong-Arm Mayor Veltri

    An investigation reveals the former Plantation mayor helped himself to thousands of dollars in benefits to which he wasn't entitled

  • News

    April 1, 1999

    Frank's Plantation

    It was envisioned as a well-planned community in a rural setting. Too bad long-time mayor Frank Veltri couldn't make it happen.

  • News

    August 13, 1998

    Dangerous Liaisons

    Rumored affairs with two underlings may have cost Pete Witschen the Fort Lauderdale city manager's job. Was it a political smear job?

  • News

    June 18, 1998

    Her High Hopes

    Councilwoman Judy Paul wants Davie to look like the Old West. Lobbyist Judy Stern is prodevelopment. Is the town big enough for the both of them?

  • News

    February 12, 1998

    Check the Manual Under "Dumb"

    Broward politicians and bureaucrats are locked in an unwinnable war over a new computer system

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