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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Al Capellini takes the Nixon route against his rival on the commission
Does Mayor Jim Naugle still know Fort Lauderdale?
How did the West Palm Beach mayor's reelection attempt turn into such a fright?
In a dramatic scene, a city official accuses another of falsifying a document
On the dusty, Old West streets of Davie, a political hotshot takes aim
Capellini's a lame duck after New Times investigation, says a commissioner.
More bathroom breaks are featured in yet another questionable Capellini deal.
Turns out Deerfield Beach's honcho is into more shenanigans than we detailed last week.
In Deerfield, when you're in, you're really in. And the mayor is really in.
A too-hip tree trimmer is the major contributor in a bizarre mayor's race
After two years in office, West Palm Beach Mayor Frankel has little to show except blocked streets
Following a long tradition, new Fort Lauderdale City Manager George Gretsas tries to tame the big spenders at City Hall
A group of political opportunists is cashing in on the rural town of Southwest Ranches
Broward Commissioner Josephus Eggelletion quietly pulls political strings in Lauderdale Lakes -- and personally profits in the process
She visited Hollywood the same day as the developer. Now residents fear for their homes.
Ilene Lieberman's misadventures in Pembroke Park... conflict after conflict
The Politics of Profit
When you want to be mayor of Gayville, being straight is a political liability. But so is a crack habit.
Pompano's top man still needs to be flushed from office
Jim Crow flies over this central Broward town
Forget Joel Daves. Lois Frankel rules.
A mayor and a businessman, both named Bill, have struck up quite a friendship
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
Staggering unemployment, city hall ablaze, ashes falling like snow -- it must be South Bay
Grant-writer Maurice Connell has become a well-paid institution in Hollywood. How? The politics of power and money.
Warning the homeless
An investigation reveals the former Plantation mayor helped himself to thousands of dollars in benefits to which he wasn't entitled
It was envisioned as a well-planned community in a rural setting. Too bad long-time mayor Frank Veltri couldn't make it happen.
Rumored affairs with two underlings may have cost Pete Witschen the Fort Lauderdale city manager's job. Was it a political smear job?
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?
Broward politicians and bureaucrats are locked in an unwinnable war over a new computer system