Stuart Michelson

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    July 8, 2013

    Tamarac Commissioner Patricia Atkins-Grad's Motion To Stop Recall Denied By Judge

    A judge denied Tamarac Commissioner Patte Atkins-Grad's motion to have a recall that would boot her out of office halted. In 2010, "Positively Patte" Atkins-Grad was arrested and charged with bribery, official misconduct, receiving unlawful compensation, and conspiring to commit unlawful compensa ... More >>

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    August 8, 2012

    Will Ilene Lieberman's Scandal-Skirting Past Affect Her Run for Circuit Court Judge?

    If you vote in next week's Broward primary election, you'll be able to pick from a number of judges who are up for election. One of them is Ilene Lieberman, a Broward County commissioner who nearly fell to corruption charges before testifying against her friends for prosecutorial immunity.She's also ... More >>

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    April 25, 2011

    A Commissioner Under Oath: The Lieberman File

    Suspended Tamarac Mayor Beth Talabisco was arraigned today and pleaded not guilty to corruption charges involving dirty developers Bruce and Shawn Chait. Talabisco may not have been forced to stand in court if it hadn't been for the testimony against her by Broward County Commissioner Ilene Lie ... 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 10, 2011

    Ilene Lieberman: From Political Godmother To Star Witness

    Historical artifact: An invitation for a fundraiser Ilene Lieberman held for Talabisco to kick off her 2006 election.   I think it's safe to say we now know the primary reason Broward County Commissioner Ilene Lieberman was, quite literally, out of commission ​recently for se ... More >>

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    March 8, 2011

    Steve Geller: Will He Get His Fingers in Sunrise?

    Daily BreezeWild art: Millions of dead sardines turned up in Redondo Beach today. Suspected cause: Winds drove them into small areas where they basically smothered each other. ​Who wants to be the new Sunrise city attorney?Well, there are a few interesting applicants among the dozen or so in the r ... More >>

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    January 20, 2011

    Sheila Alu: I'm Running for Broward County Commission If...

    After a report on JAABlog appeared stating definitively that Sunrise Commissioner Sheila Alu is running for County Commission in 2012, I spoke with the potential candidate. Alu tells me she is going to run for the seat currently held by the embattled Ilene Lieberm ... More >>

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    January 6, 2011

    Ilene Lieberman Gives Wrong Answer

    So Broward County Commissioner Ilene Lieberman won't say why she's gone AWOL from commission meetings, telling the Sun-Sentinel (the WofP, actually) that she is "dealing with some personal matters, and I'm not at liberty to discuss them at the moment." ​Not at liberty? That implies that some ... More >>

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    December 15, 2010

    Bay City Miracle: The School Board Shooting Video

    This is the video from the school board shooting in Panama City. It's chilling to the bone, but one question stands out: Why didn't security guards knock this homicidal idiot off before he got off so many shots? (Gimmesamore in the comments says the guard is a hero and for the record ... More >>

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    December 14, 2010

    Ilene Lieberman, The Shadow Commissioner

    I would say that Ilene Lieberman has left the building, but she never came in. This really is Lieberman's Facebook avatar -- it's misspelled with two R's​Lieberman missed today's Broward County Commission meeting again this week. She also missed last week's meeting. And one before that. ... More >>

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    December 9, 2010

    Dirty Developers Sue City; Ritter on Diplomat Tab: "I Don't Remember"

    Bruce and Shawn Chait paid off a who's who of Broward County public officials to get government approvals for their controversial housing development on two golf courses in Tamarac. ​The father-and-son team bought since-imprisoned Broward County Commissioner Joe Eggelletion a golf ... More >>

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    December 1, 2010

    Michelson Talks of Leaving Controversial Sunrise Job

    Stuart Michelson, husband of investigated Broward County Commissioner Ilene Lieberman, is expected to leave his controversial job as city attorney for the City of Sunrise. After criticism here and elsewhere regarding his no-bid appointment to the job -- which has paid him more than half a million d ... More >>

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    November 9, 2010

    Sunrise Looks Brighter After Electoral Overhaul

    My apologies for the commenting problems; they seem to be continuing this morning. I have no idea why some of the comments have gone through while most don't. The tech folks at NT headquarters worked on it yesterday, and we'll see if they can finally get it working when they get up this morning ... More >>

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    July 9, 2010

    City, County Attorneys Should Be First Line of Defense Against Corruption -- So Where Are They?

    FlickrLegal advisers to Broward governments should have a sharper eye for elected officials' conflicts.​Broward County governments are each supposed to be protected by a single attorney who can advise them on how to steer clear of the kinds of conflicting interests that could land them in jail. So ... 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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    October 16, 2009

    Honey, I Rigged the Vote: Broward Power Couples Screw Each Other; Then They Screw Us

    Can Ritter and Klenet hold on to the top spot on our corruption watch list?​In light of the explosive findings Bob Norman's been posting over at Daily Pulp, it's time we identify a trend in Broward corruption: power-mad married couples, ruling the region like a king and queen, carving up our publi ... More >>

  • News

    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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    May 28, 2009

    Why She Did It

    Sunrise commissioner Sheila Alu exposed a judge's misconduct — at great personal risk.

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    May 27, 2009

    Cobo Report Sent to Governor

    During a lengthy meeting this morning that saw roughly 40 speakers testify in favor of embattled Broward Health Commissioner Joseph Cobo, his fellow commissioners voted unanimously to send the investigative report alleging potential ethics violations to Gov. Charlie Crist. The Florida governor appoi ... More >>

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    April 20, 2009

    City Attorney Worth the Expense, Says Mayor

    Flickr user: Nate CSunrise Mayor Roger Wishner, facing scrutiny for having been among those commissioners who hired his former attorney Stuart Michelson as the city attorney, provided Juice with documents suggesting that in Michelson's first six months on the job, he has helped the city save more th ... More >>

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    April 16, 2009

    Sunrise Learns Hassles of Hiring a City Attorney With Conflicts

    Flickr user: Dr. Mohamed AbdElnabyThey should have seen this coming. Last year, when the Sunrise City Commission chose as its new city attorney, Stuart Michelson, it guaranteed itself a future full of ethical quandaries. The latest one is whether it's ethically appropriate for Michelson to advise a ... More >>

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    February 11, 2009

    Sunrise City Atty Makes Bid for "V" Word

    Check it out. Buddy Nevins reports that Sunrise City Attorney Stuart Michelson is actually saving the city legal fees, possibly even justifying his $432,000 contract.You may remember that Michelson took lots of flak en route to his new position, and deservedly so. Here's a guy who had represented tw ... More >>

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    December 4, 2008
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    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 >>

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    January 18, 2007

    Baring False Witness

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

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    January 11, 2007

    Politicians Feed At Super Trough

    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 >>

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    March 16, 2006

    Oh, Canada

    We objected to John Canada's abuse of power. But the state didn't.

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    July 21, 2005

    The Man Who Would Be Mayor

    Dan Lewis wants to be Fort Lauderdale's next mayor. Or does he?

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    May 26, 2005

    Cash Cow, Part 2

    Things are changing in Southwest Ranches, but the outlaws are in charge

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    November 11, 2004

    Our Mayor, the Lobbyist, Part 4

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

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    October 21, 2004

    Our Mayor, the Lobbyist, Part 3

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

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    September 16, 2004

    Our Mayor, the Lobbyist

    The Politics of Profit

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    August 8, 2002
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    April 4, 2002

    Letters for April 4, 2002

    Listen up, Jebbie!

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    March 14, 2002

    Activist, Interrupted

    Pompano Beach's top dog managed to gag his chief tormentor by playing politics

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    January 27, 2000

    The Plot To Depose King Jenne

    Democrats and Republicans, blacks and whites, have banded together for one simple reason: to stop Ken Jenne from becoming Broward's first strong mayor.