Stacy Ritter

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    November 1, 2012

    Broward Commissioner Stacy Ritter Plans on Filing Assault Complaint Against Conservative RedBroward Blogger

    Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter tells New Times that she plans on filing an assault complaint against Tom Lauder, a blogger for the local conservative website RedBroward. Allegations that Lauder printed out a fake press pass and has been harassing voters at an early voting site in ... More >>

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    September 13, 2012

    Broward Adopts Climate Change Plan; Dumbasses Think It's a U.N. Conspiracy

    Broward has been out in front of the rest of the state, maybe the country, in terms of preparing for climate change and rising sea levels. The county commissioned a report showing that large parts of Lauderdale could be underwater 50 years from now. Over and over, experts say our low-lying areas are ... More >>

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    April 18, 2011

    Embattled Stacy Ritter Back on the Fundraiser Trail

    Cal Deal Wild Art: Sheriff Al Lamberti at a pill mill protest Friday at the Galleria in Fort Lauderdale. Also pictured: Broward Commissioners Chip LaMarca (left of Lamberti) and Kristin Jacobs (far right). Thanks to Cal Deal for the photo. ​Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter may be in t ... More >>

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    April 1, 2011

    Working Girls: Ritter And Lieberman Won't Stop Trickin'

    Simple question: How are Broward County Commissioners Stacy Ritter and Ilene Lieberman even still in office? Ritter at work​Seriously. Both voted for the dirty developers Bruce and Shawn Chait and both received something from them in return. Lieberman is now a state's witness testifying again ... More >>

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    March 24, 2011

    Why Did Stacy Ritter Appoint Les Stracher To Powerful Planning Council?

    Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter, shortly after voting in favor of the controversial housing project being pushed by dirty developers Bruce and Shawn Chait, appointed the husband of  the Chaits' chief political consultant to the Broward County Planning Council. In early 2007, Ritte ... More >>

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    March 16, 2011

    Total Recall: Can It Happen in Broward?

    As we watch the images of the common folks -- and multimillionaire Norman Braman -- celebrating in Miami over the successful recall of Mayor Carlos Alvarez and Commissioner Natacha Seijas, it's easy to wonder: Can it happen here? Can the people in Broward County dump the co ... More >>

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    March 10, 2011

    Lawyer: Political Operative Bev Stracher Cooperating, Has Full Immunity

    Outside the Broward County Jail, just-charged Beth Talabisco holds onto the two most important men in her life at the moment -- her husband, Jack, at left, and her attorney, Larry Davis, at right. ​ About political operative Beverly Stracher, who plays a central role in the Browa ... More >>

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    March 2, 2011

    Broward Politics: Turning Red Into Blue (And A Weather Babe Exclusive)

    You want to hear some political B.S.? Just listen to Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter when she opens her mouth to talk. Here's what she said yesterday during a discussion about the new courthouse: Ritter​RITTER: "Every time someone on this dais says the voters voted down the cour ... More >>

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    January 21, 2011

    What About the Third Broward Queen?

    Ritter, Lieberman, and Keechl during the power days.​I know that we have been accused of queening it up too much, you, me, and [Ilene] Lieberman, the three queens on the County Commission. But I can't really think of anybody I would rather queen it up with than you. -- Stacy Ritter to Ken ... More >>

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    January 14, 2011

    Is Stacy Really Concerned About Security?

    Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter had her regularly scheduled "Coffee with Stacy" on Wednesday and I commend her for that. After the horror on Saturday that occurred at U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' "Congress on your Corner" event, I think it's great that Ritter is carrying on in that tradit ... More >>

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    December 16, 2010

    A Ritter Campaign Lie, Illustrated

    Florida Elections Commission ​    Above you see a check written by Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter's 2008 campaign to the Tamarac Cafe Diner for a cool grand. Notice that it was supposed to be for a "campaign event." That notation on the check is the first sign ... More >>

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    December 14, 2010

    Ritter and Klenet Kept Eating Out After Campaign Was Over

    Okay, so you're tired of hearing about the Stacy Ritter and Russ Klenet campaign fund, but I just can't quit it yet. Revelations keep coming to the surface. We already have the extravagant dinners, the family phone bills, the dinner in Manchester VT, the bedsheets and pillows from Target, the ... More >>

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    December 13, 2010

    How Will Russ and Stacy Justify This One?

    Some of the more suspicious expenses Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter and her lobbyist husband Russ Klenet ran up during her controversial 2008 campaign involve "unknown" dinner receipts. There are a few receipts that Ritter turned into the Florida Elections Commission during its inves ... More >>

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    December 13, 2010

    Did Ritter Entertain Obama At The Diplomat With Campaign Money?

    Did Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter use her campaign fund to help her gain sway with the Obama Administration in the hopes of getting a plum job in the White House? People forget that once upon a time it was supposedly a done deal that Mrs. Ritter was headed to Washington. &n ... More >>

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    December 8, 2010

    Was Stacy Ritter's Big Gift to Obama Illegal Too?

    Their eyes met in a crowded room... ​Back in 2008, Stacy Ritter was stumping hard for Barack Obama and looking for payback if he won a job in the White House. Perhaps to further both of those causes, Ritter donated $15,000 out of her own campaign account to a committee tied to t ... More >>

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    December 7, 2010

    State Finds Apparently Bogus Ritter Campaign Donations

    ​When disposing of all the campaign cash she and her husband didn't spend on dinners, family phone bills, and other luxuries, Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter decided to do the Florida Democratic Party a favor: As seen above, she contributed $5,000 to party coffers. ... More >>

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    December 5, 2010

    More Ritter-Klenet Campaign Expenses: $2,189 At Diplomat Hotel

    The Westin Diplomat in Hollywood ​ Among the many whopping charges reimbursed by Stacy Ritter's 2008 campaign account for herself and her lobbyist husband Russell Klenet were two at the swank Diplomat Hotel & Spa totaling $2,189.14 -- including one for $1,889.31.&nbs ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010

    Stacy Ritter Received Thousands in Dubious Campaign Reimbursements Too

    Here's what I don't understand about the Florida Elections Commission investigation of Stacy Ritter: Why weren't there more charges? As I reported yesterday, four of the charges against Ritter pertain to reimbursements made by her 2008 campaign to her lobbyist husband, Russ Klenet, for expensi ... More >>

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    November 28, 2010

    The LeBron James Bump Heard 'Round the NBA

    ​Well, I guess we know where Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter was on Black Friday: in a line with 500 people at Kohl's at 3 in the morning. On her Facebook page seen above, Ritter wrote of standing in line at the sales-mad store. Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon, ... More >>

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    November 22, 2010

    Stacy Ritter Vid: Like Obama, I Must Withstand "Hammering"

    Stacy Ritter just can't stop herself. It seems that everything the Broward County commissioner does sends a stench heavenward. One reason for that may be that she doesn't do anything at all unless it is to benefit her; her lobbyist husband, Russ Klenet; or the people who helped get ... More >>

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    November 10, 2010

    UPDATED: The Three Queens of Broward

    In a tearful farewell yesterday for outgoing Broward Mayor Ken Keechl, Stacy Ritter spoke of how she, Keechl, and fellow Commissioner Ilene Lieberman were the "three queens" of the Broward County Commission.  Before the mayor's fall, Ritter, Lieberman, and Keechl basked ... More >>

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    November 10, 2010

    Stacy Ritter Hit With 28 Election Charges, Complains She Feels "Stalked"

    [UPDATE: Stacy Ritter has posted a somewhat surreal YouTube video press release on the elections commission charges. See it above. Caution: There's a weird kung fu movie lag between the audio and video.]  The Florida Elections Commission found probable cause this morning to ... More >>

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    August 22, 2010

    Commissioner Ritter's Bunker Mentality

    Stacy Ritter seems to be retreating deeper and deeper into perhaps the only place that takes her seriously as a politician anymore. No it's not her bedroom closet, but a place even more suspended from the real world, a place where voter ignorance isn't a problem but a path to victory.  ... More >>

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    July 7, 2010

    Honey, I Rigged the Vote (Part II): With Wasserman-Rubin Charged, Time to Revisit the Juice's Corrupt Couples Watch-List

    ​Way back in October, this blog used the Tom Ridge terrorist threat chart to rank Broward County's power couples according to the threat they posed to the integrity of local government. The duo of Richard Rubin and Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin posed an "elevated" risk of committing corruptio ... More >>

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    February 23, 2010

    Who Will Be Haunted by Sheriff's "Ghost"?

    ​It hardly seems fair for the Broward Sheriff's Office to be chasing speeders using a car like the one above: the Dodge "Ghost" Challenger R/T, which looks merely like some spoiled teenager's hot rod, until the flashing lights come on.Fortunately for leadfoots, there's only one Ghost Challenger pa ... More >>

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    November 16, 2009

    State of the County Speech Tomorrow Morning; Is 10 Too Early for a Drinking Game?

    Flickr​After the year that Broward County has had, we may all need shot glasses to endure Mayor Stacy Ritter's State of the County speech. Her former vice mayor, of course, is now facing federal corruption charges. The top lieutenant of the county's top law man recently ushered a fugitive out of t ... More >>

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    October 1, 2009

    "Stacie" Ritter -- not Stacy Ritter -- Is Hero of the Health-Care Crisis

    That's Stacie Ritter: The Cindy Sheehan of the health-care crisis, she's known some tough times. But this plucky mom is ready to take her fight for health care to the front door of the Cigna CEO's mansion. Meanwhile, Stacy Ritter has a mansion of her own, courtesy her marriage to mega-lobbyist Russ ... More >>

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    August 13, 2009

    Crooked Courthouse

    The Broward Commission will build a courthouse, even if voters don't want it and there's no good way to pay for it.

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    August 3, 2009

    Ritter Wants Answers About BSO's New Toys

    broward.orgRitter: Sheriff Al's got some 'splaining to do.​It wasn't quite the finger-wagging sitcom scene I predicted in Friday's post, but we were right in guessing that Broward Mayor Stacy Ritter is disappointed in Sheriff Al Lamberti's choosing the flamboyant Dodge Challenger to round out his ... More >>

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    July 9, 2009
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    June 11, 2009

    Ritter Speaks! (Out of Both Sides of Mouth)

    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    April 20, 2009

    Broward Commissioners on Ethics Bill: WhatEVER

    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 >>

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    April 20, 2009

    Broward's Royalty Talk About Feds, Gifts

        You must listen to this (courtesy of Scott Wyman). It's simply not getting enough views (75 after two days? Who says Broward County is apathetic about local politics?). And while listening remember that both Stacy Ritter and Ken Keechl are both at least tangentially subjects ... More >>

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    March 30, 2009

    Broward Mayor Settles Controversy; Says Your Cell Is Planning Murder

    It's official: your monitor, cell phone, toaster, and portable Simon computer game are slowly murdering you.That's according to Broward County Mayor Stacy Ritter, who recently signed this proclamation making next month Electromagnetic Sensitivity Awareness Month. Her proclamation, post-dated for May ... More >>

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    February 26, 2009

    A Blind Date With Stacy Ritter

    Embattled Broward County Mayor Stacy Ritter staged a not-for-media-consumption town hall-style meeting Wednesday at a Tamarac condo community, seeking to sway constituents toward believing her explanation of the Mutual Benefits scandal. Not the version in newspapers and blogs. And it actually seemed ... More >>

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    February 26, 2009

    Ritter's Last Refuge: The Condo Circuit

    When Broward County Mayor Stacy Ritter goes out in public, she feels the eyes on her -- and they're telling her she's on her way to jail. So yesterday afternoon she escaped into the last refuge of any corrupt Broward politician -- the retirement condo circuit. There, as the intrepid Thoma ... More >>

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    February 10, 2009

    Newsflash: Ritter Invited "Creepy" Joel Steinger To Her New Year's Party

    A Sun-Sentinel article this morning details the luxury items the fraudulent Mutual Benefits Corp. purchased for the Parkland home of Broward County Mayor Stacy Ritter and her husband Russ Klenet. That's fine, but what's really interesting is that Ritter ... More >>

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    February 4, 2009

    Stacy Ritter v. The Miami Herald: Who's Right?

    The Miami Herald broke a story Sunday on Broward County Mayor Stacy Ritter's alleged vote that favored the firm that runs BankAtlantic Center, Arena Operating Co., at the same time her husband was a paid lobbyist for the company. In the story, Ritter admits that she supported the move ... More >>

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    February 2, 2009

    The Stacy Ritter Corruption Compendium

    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 >>

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    January 30, 2009

    Wyman Going All Norman On Ritter

    I'm on deadline and going to be giving some kind of talk about blogging this morning at Broward Community College's "journalism bootcamp," so I have little time for the Pulp.  So I'll link you to Scott Wyman's latest on Broward Mayor Stacy Ritter. It's a good one. Basically he found that she'd ... More >>

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    January 28, 2009

    Stacy Ritter Hits Back At New Times

    Stacy Ritter was interviewed on WFTL 850-AM this morning about the Mutual Benefits scandal -- and she took the time to take a shot at the Pulp host. (Quotes were typed fast, so forgive a typo or two).   "The newspapers are in business to sell ink and if they don't have anything t ... More >>

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    January 27, 2009

    Stacy Ritter Misleads Herald, Public About Vote Scandal -- UPDATED

    Broward County Mayor Stacy Ritter should have just kept her mouth shut. The Miami Herald got a few words out of Ritter regarding her and her husband Russ Klenet's Ponzi scheme/home renovation/voting scandal. And what does Ritter offer? Obfuscation and lies. From the article: Ritter, ... More >>

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    November 24, 2008

    Battle Lines Forming at Ritter-Led Broward Commission

    I'm done knocking on new Broward County Mayor Stacy Ritter. Why? Because I like her. I really like her.   There are signs that she's going to make county hall fun again. She possesses a huge ego -- so big that she actually had staff move a wall this weekend to make her new mayor's office  ... More >>

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    November 17, 2008

    Note To Obama: Ritter Is All Yours

    There's a lot of talk about Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter going to work in Washington for the Barack Obama administration. I know this is simple politics, a payback, and I have a plea for the president-elect: Take her. Please. Let's face it, Ritter can't do nearly as much damage in Wa ... More >>

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    September 16, 2008
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    August 30, 2007

    Return to Sender

    When it comes to the specter of corruption, the Ritter-Klenet-URS connection has it all

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    August 21, 2007
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    August 7, 2007
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    August 2, 2007

    The Stacy 'n' Russ Show

    Ritter & Klenet sounds like a lobbying firm

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