With all the hootin' and hollerin' about Obamacare, and the GOPers holding fillabustery things, and Rick Scott writing letters to Congress to make it all stop, there's this: According to a thing called "reading," Florida is at the top of the list in the U.S. in terms of the amount of choices Obamaca ... More >>
iPad, here we come! OK, so you'll still be charged sales tax on certain things, but if you're in the market for back-to-school stuff, clothing, or a computer, you're in luck. Throughout Florida, sales tax is being waived from 12:01 a.m. this Friday until midnight Sunday, August 4. The more you s ... More >>
According to the news crews over at Channel 10, a reporting team was filming in the street outside of a private residence Tuesday night when a man -- since identified as 33-year-old Louis Dominic Paolino III -- came out of the house wielding a knife. He began slicing electric cords, smashing lightbu ... More >>
You could be deciding whether cats and dogs live or die come November 2014. On Tuesday, Broward County commissioners debated an initiative that would let voters decide if taxes should be raised to prevent thousands of feral animals and unwanted pets from being put to sleep. So far, three of the ni ... More >>
Just at the last possible minute, the House pulled the United States back from the brink of the dreaded fiscal cliff.During a vote late Tuesday, 172 Democrats and 85 Republicans voted for the bill, while 16 Democrats and 151 Republicans opposed it, raising taxes for the wealthiest Americans, w ... More >>
As you may have heard, Allen West lost his election battle with Patrick Murphy, as well as math. But the fine folks at Stand Up Florida want to remind West not to lose his battle with common sense. On Saturday, local constituents will be putting up a lighted message at Cultural Plaza in downtown L ... More >>
Crazy Uncle Joe was campaigning in Charlotte on Tuesday and did that thing where he said stuff that makes Democrats smack themselves on the forehead. Speaking of Mitt Romney and how he and Paul Ryan would raise taxes on the middle class, Biden said, "How they can justify... raising taxes on the mid ... More >>
Joe Biden got medieval on Romney and Ryan's asses over the weekend. Biden rallied supporters at his events in Boca Raton and Tamarac over the weekend, which were filled with Florida seniors. Biden went around telling the many, many seniors who attended his rallies that Romney's economic plan coul ... More >>
As far as identity thieves go, Coral Springs resident Dorothy Boulin is among the scummiest.Last week, Boulin was sentenced to five years in prison and three years probation for running a scam that pilfered the social security numbers of U.S. Marines and filed fraudulent tax claims in their names.Co ... More >>
While most of us were basking in freedom hangovers and post-Fourth laziness, Fort Lauderdale officials released their proposed 2013 budget.Overall, the city plans to encounter $470 million in expenditures, including $300,000 for a few coats of paint on the revoltingly bland City Hall. City officials ... More >>
The CEO of the high-volume plastic surgery center in Lauderhill where a patient died last month is an ex-felon. Jeffry Davis was convicted of financial crimes related to his former company, which made replicas of vintage cars.Long before he became head of Strax Rejuvenation and Aesthetics Institu ... More >>
It seems that the honeymoon phase between the City of West Palm Beach and food trucks is coming to an end. Palm Beach County is behind Miami in food trucks, but certain owners, most notably the Fire Within and Curbside Gourmet, have risen to the challenge of bringing the mobile eateries to the no ... More >>
Former Fort Lauderdale state Sen. Mandy Dawson will plead guilty to two counts of tax evasion and three counts of failure to file a tax return, according to documents filed yesterday in federal court. She faces up to 13 years in prison.Dawson was indicted last year after authorities say she faile ... More >>
ambienceofmedia.comGet this: The government creates a secret bank account for every person issued a birth certificate in the United States -- and has been doing so since the enactment of the 1936 Social Security Act -- that holds $630,000. Through a series of IRS filings, people can become entitl ... More >>
Karen Pletz, the former president and CEO of the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, was found dead in a Fort Lauderdale condo this morning, according to Fort Lauderdale Police Detective Travis Mandell.Pletz, 64, was indicted in March on 24 charges after allegedly embezzling more ... More >>
NextEra Energy -- which owns Florida Power & Light Co. -- ain't too happy about being placed on a list of "corporate tax dodgers," which we wrote about earlier today.A group that calls itself Citizens for Tax Justice issued the report evaluating 280 companies nationwide, and named 78 of t ... More >>
wildmanhangout.comOld news: Floridians think Gov. Rick Scott sucks. New news: Nearly half of Florida thinks Republicans are intentionally sabotaging the economy to prevent the reelection of President Obama.It's not just those damned liberals either -- 24 percent of Republicans agree, according to ... More >>
Gov. Rick Scott received his highest approval rating and lowest disapproval since April, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.The new survey shows 35 percent of respondents approved of the way the governor is handling his job, compared to 52 percent who said they disapproved." ... More >>
Gov. Rick Scott is a dreamerGov. Rick Scott seems to like the idea of being president of the United States -- he's hinted that he'd make a good president because of the "tough choices" he's made as governor, and now he's playing armchair president from the governor's mansion.Sunshine State News c ... More >>
Richard Rubin (right) and Diana Wasserman-Rubin.Richard Rubin -- husband of former Broward County Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin, who still faces seven felony charges of her own -- was sentenced this morning to ten months in federal prison.Rubin, 66, pleaded guilty in April to federal tax eva ... More >>
Grab a bite before Uncle Sam bites you!The IRS was nice enough to give us a whopping two-day extention on filing our taxes. That's all well and good, but you still might come out feeling a little poorer if you have to write a check to Uncle Sam today. Fret not, because there are a lot of ... More >>
The Fort Lauderdale Tea Party is out at gun shows rousing its base to come out for an April 15 tax day protest planned at the federal courthouse to favor a government shutdown -- and they are promising an appearance by Congressman Allen West. The Tea Party is hopping mad that, as its local l ... More >>
Miche RattoHere in Florida we're really good at a lot of things. Topping the list we have: growing indoor marijuana, staging car accidents, and throwing children in jail. And boy are we good at all of those things.To learn more about the awesome state you live in click the image.
Broward County's ill-fated attempt to save money by closing parks midweek actually cost taxpayers $98,961, plus a year and a half of potential revenue that the parks could have brought in. Next Tuesday, four county parks will reopen seven days a week, according to the Broward County Parks a ... More >>
Russell Pearce and other illegal-immigration populists rely on misleading, right-wing reports to scapegoat immigrants and terrify penny-pinched Americans.
browardhealth.orgCommissioner Richard Paul-HusIf the North Broward Hospital District follows through on plans to lease its assets to a nonprofit organization, then it will "take the politics out" of managing that public hospital district, according to Commissioner Richard Paul-Hus, who responded ... More >>
deerfield-beach.comSylvia PoitierA charity under investigation by Deerfield Beach took out a high-interest loan from a brother of Commissioner Sylvia Poitier in hopes of paying taxes on property it owned in the city. The charity then listed that liability in a financial statement to the city, rai ... More >>
Flickr: itbe-GregDid Deerfield Beach's housing dollars go down the drain?Felecia Poitier, president of a charity being investigated by Deerfield Beach for its management of housing funds, denied allegations that her agency has not cooperated fully with auditors, blaming delays on the time-consumi ... More >>
Lisa Rab The Promenade is begging for residents.Boynton Beach is now giving Sunrise a run for its money in the competition for ghostly condo buildings. These 14-story cream-colored towers perched on the edge of the Intracoastal Waterway are part of a project known as Promenade, where just four ye ... More >>
Flickr user: andjohanOne of Palm Beach billionaire Bill Koch's main objections to a proposed offshore wind farm in Nantucket Sound -- which he has spent millions of dollars fighting -- is that it will require tax breaks to succeed. As the Juice reported earlier today, Koch has claimed that the an ... More >>
C. Stiles In the past two weeks, two greyhound racing tracks have announced that they are either ending live racing or shutting down completely: one in Arizona and one in Texas. Both tracks had been in operation for more than 50 years. With every track closing, opponents of racing look aga ... 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.
Rebellion, Palm Beach-styleNothing secedes like excess. We here at the Juice thinks it makes sense: Palm Beach town councilman William Diamond urged his fellow confederates at yesterday's council meeting to consider seceding from Palm Beach County and forming a new county of its very ... More >>
flickr.com While cigarette smokers will now pay a dollar per pack more, the legislature gave the cigar industry a break. A new state-wide dollar-per-pack tax on cigarettes and smokeless and pipe tobacco starts today. The stated goal from the legislature is to encourage smokers to stop. If ... More >>
Photo courtesy Tom Fancy StudiosIf that looks like your shopping list then, well, thank you, good sir, for generous contributions to the State of Florida, but you probably should have waited till after the legislative session. A bill recently passed by the House Finance and Tax Council would remove ... More >>
Arduin and Ericks with Jeb BushOne of the GOP's top tax experts is under investigation for her own homestead tax exemption. The Pulp has learned that the Broward Property Appraisers Office is investigating the homestead exemption on a Fort Lauderdale home owned ... More >>
Rep. Anitere Flores should be grateful that only dorks like me watch Issues, the Sunday political program on our local public television station WPBT. I can't imagine she'd have wanted her constituents in Kendall / University Park / Westwood Lakes to watch her appearance this past Sunday.Here's a li ... More >>
For decades Hollywood Beach has been the only one in South Florida that could offer tourists an array of small, independent hotels at low nightly rates. That gave the neighborhood a distinct slow-tempo style, and it gave the South Florida's hospitality industry a bit of variety.But the small Hollywo ... More >>
A priceless Fort Lauderdale property is sold on the cheap, and it's not the economy, stupid
Can you count to $16 billion, gabacho?
Aren't you happy you get to shovel money into the shiny new machines?
Even with a housing bust and bad court verdicts, the show goes on.
From peaceful American dreaming comes a rude awakening
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