With Republicans foundering amid fiscal-cliff apoplexy and John Boehner looking more bewildered by the day, Marco Rubio, in a sharp departure from earlier hard-line immigration positions, said yesterday he's in favor of a pathway to citizenship. Wait, wait, wait. Actually, what he said was: "The b ... More >>
After pretty much doing it unofficially over the last few years, former Florida governor Charlie Crist finally made his defection over to the Democrats over the weekend. The signs have been there for some time. -- In 2010, he left the Republican party in a failed attempt at U.S. Senate bid. -- Th ... More >>
Tropical Storm Sandy had passed and left a clear, crisp morning as early voting started Saturday in Palm Beach County. An estimated 12,250 votes were cast countywide over the weekend, and if the 7 A.M. crowd at the Supervisor of Elections office on Military Trail was any indication, voters were pati ... More >>
A soggy speech on a soggy day. It's an overcast waterfront Thursday afternoon at Lantana's Old Key Lime House and Adam Hasner, GOP candidate for US House District 22, is looking for all the world like a nicely baby-faced blow-up doll, big brown eyes and a mop of hair, slightly pudgy and mild as toas ... More >>
The Bill Nelson-Connie Mack race is pretty much America's most closely watched Senate race. And now incumbent Nelson -- the Democrat -- and Mack -- the Republican -- have agreed to the only confirmed statewide televised debate on October 17. The showdown will take place at Nova Southeastern Univers ... More >>
With the RNC kicking off tomorrow -- instead of today (thanks to that freedom hating storm, Isaac!) -- rumors began to swirl that Charlie Crist was going to formally announce his change to the Democratic party in an op-ed piece for the Tampa Bay Times. Crist didn't technically announce his party c ... More >>
The political entity that is Congressman Allen West would not exist without the military. It is his sole qualification for office, and he touts it at every opportunity. You would be hard-pressed to find any public statement from "the Colonel" that doesn't mention his military service, and he's justi ... More >>
You're out of luck if you were hoping a debate or two would help better understand Connie Mack's "freedom pilgrims freedom America" policy positions on his campaign website. The Tampa Bay Times invited Mack to debate his Republican primary opponents, and his campaign responded by challenging Bill Ne ... More >>
Original post, 2:37 a.m.:Legislation was considered late Thursday night to specifically ban the indefinite detention of persons detained on American soil on suspicion of terrorism.It was an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, and would settle the most controvers ... More >>
Birthday wishes are in order! Best start baking the cakes now -- it's cool, you can just get the money out of the federal treasury.Last week, we wrote about Rep. Connie Mack's illegal mailers that he sent to 90,000 Floridians. The postcards said they were a "legislative update" to the "Mack Penny Pl ... More >>
Update, 4/19: Got comment from Wasserman Schultz's camp. Added to the story.Original post, 4/17:Between January and the end of March, South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz donated $73,000 to Democratic campaigns across the country. It's not surprising -- she's chair of the Democratic ... More >>
Democratic congressional candidate Patrick Murphy's campaign just announced that he will be moving from his original plans to run in District 22 up to the newly drawn District 18 to challenge Congressman Allen West for a seat in the House of Representatives.West announced last week that he was gi ... More >>
Say what you will about Allen West as a legislator; as a fundraiser, there's no doubting that he's very, very good. Finance documents submitted to the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday complete a picture of 2011 fundraising that reveals he's raised about $5.8 million so far in the elect ... More >>
The end of January marks the closing of chef Michelle Bernstein's tenure at her namesake restaurant, Michelle Bernstein's at the Omphoy Ocean Resort in Palm Beach. Bernstein and husband partner David Martinez will continue to own and operate Sra. Martinez, Michy's, and Crumb on Parchment in Miami ... More >>
Herman Cain is trying to work his magic again, this time by being featured in the new advertisement for U.S. Senate Republican hopeful and former Ruth's Chris steak house CEO Craig Miller.
LOL.That acronym could be a common reaction to Rep. Allen West's comment to the Sun-Sentinel editorial board on Wednesday in response to a question about whether Mitt Romney's a flip-flopper."No," West replied. "Look I'm not into name-calling, all that kind of stuff."
Former House Speaker Newton Leroy "Newt" Gingrich is apparently a thing in the GOP presidential race now, with the most recent poll released this afternoon showing nearly half of Florida Republicans opting for him to be the party's nominee.Gingrich somehow managed to raise his poll numbers with a ... More >>
Although one of Republican Rep. Connie Mack's advisers announced that the congressman was running for U.S. senator in 2012 more than a month ago, it's not official until there's a Fox News appearance involved.Mack appeared on Sean Hannity's show to make his formal announcement, spending most of h ... More >>
Photo by Adele HamptonGOP presidential candidate Herman Cain made an appearance with a jazz band outside the Wings Plus in Coral Springs this afternoon, and sure enough, he happened to mention his "9-9-9 plan."Many of the north Broward Republican figures were in attendance, as well as some more w ... More >>
Texas Gov. Rick PerryWithout much difference from the national poll released the day of the CNN/Tea Party express GOP presidential debate two weeks ago, most Florida Republicans would pick Texas Gov. Rick Perry as their presidential nominee, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released ... More >>
The Dream Act would help immigrant students.A bill that would make college more affordable for undocumented immigrants has recently been filed in the Florida Legislature.If passed, the Dream Act would allow undocumented immigrants who attended three or more years of high school in Florida to qual ... More >>
Craig MillerCraig Miller, the former Ruth's Chris Steak House CEO, announced he's running for the U.S. Senate seat currently occupied by Sen. Bill Nelson.Miller, running as a Republican, has decided to enter quite a busy field of candidates wishing to overtake Nelson, including Adam Hasner, Georg ... More >>
Adam HasnerTouting yourself as a lunatic has just become a political campaign strategy.Adam Hasner -- the former Florida House majority leader who represented parts of southern Palm Beach County and northern Broward County -- thinks acting like a right-wing extremist will get him elected to the U ... More >>
Got Damage? Pop quiz.You're a legislator, and you've got a chance to vote on a bill that would protect kids from deadly brain injuries at no additional cost to the state.
From his war on Islam to his thoughts about being Donald Trump's running mate, a candid conversation with South Florida's rising Tea Party star.
In the second South Florida pill mill bust this week, federal prosecutors charged 57-year-old Dr. Selwyn Carrington, of Miami, with illegally distributing massive amounts of narcotic pills through two different pain clinics. The feds nabbed Carrington on Friday, just one day after local authoriti ... More >>
Art Seitz Wild Art: Congressman Allen West joins a motley collection of local politicians (including fellow Republican Chip LaMarca, Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler, Charlotte Rodstrom, and Romney Rogers) in Fort Lauderdale for yesterday's St. Patrick's Day festivities. (Photo by Art ... More >>
Hamze asks West to point out a verse in the Qur'an calling on Muslims to attack America.At a town-hall-style meeting February 21, Nezar Hamze stood to ask Allen West a pointed question. Hamze, executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations, asked West why he keeps claiming that t ... More >>
Congressman Allen West hasn't been at his job for a month, and already he's hating on his co-workers.In a letter to his supporters last Friday, West wrote that he was "appalled" at his co-Congressmen's "arrogance, belligerence, and dishonest rhetoric filled with empty emotional platitudes." ... More >>
The Tea Party has demonized health-care reform -- or Obamacare, as it calls it -- to the point that the group seems to believe that it alone is going to destroy America. Tea Party signsThey've disrupted Congressional town hall meetings, screamed about sociali ... More >>
In the wake of the Tucson shooting, Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter said at yesterday's public meeting that she wants to beef up security and have metal detectors at the county governmental building. All That Glitters, who watched the meeting (I didn't), reported the ... More >>
Let's start this thing off with a couple of blog votes. On Amendments 5 and 6, it's pretty easy: If you like gerrymandering, vote against them. As for me, it's a yes vote on these two. On the judicial race between John Fry and John Howes for County Court Judge in District 1, I've made a decision. T ... More >>
Rubio wants to reclaim America from his moderate side.In July, Marco Rubio announced a 23-point initiative that would become the slogan for his campaign for U.S. Senate. He called it "Ideas to Reclaim America," and it signaled that Rubio would remain on the far right of the GOP. He issued a state ... More >>
FlickrBreitbart wishes there were more microphones in the world.The man famous for calling Shirley Sherrod a racist is now trying to destroy the reputation of another prominent African-American, U.S. Senate candidate Kendrick Meek. Andrew Breitbart, who passes for a hero among many in the tea par ... More >>
The latest PR splash for the South Florida Tea Party pairs the conservative activists with a strange bedfellow, the New York Times. Even weirder, the much-ridiculed protest group appears to have chosen a worthy cause. Tomorrow, the activists plan to protest Charlie Crist's $536 million ... More >>
A young political operative named Beth Kigel rocketed into Palm Beach County Republican leadership in 2006 after she put all her chips on the long-shot candidacy of Charlie Crist for Florida governor. Four years later, her champion has gone rogue, and now the vice chair of the county's GOP is in ... More >>
GreerJim Greer, former chairman of the Republican Party and a close friend of Gov. Charlie Crist's, was arrested this morning in connection with allegations that he formed a slush fund using contributions from party supporters. The Orlando Sentinel has the story.This won't help Crist's campaign f ... More >>
Flickr: AllenWestAccording to one authority, West would make a great Dane.The Danes love them some Allen West. Or at least one influential Dane does. Listen to Morten U. Jensen, writing last week in the nation's largest daily paper:Skulle man være så heldig at være amerikansk statsborger og sa ... More >>
Charlie Crist hasn't officially declared he'll run as an independent candidate for U.S. Senate. But in the video above, from Saturday, it's clear that he's laying the groundwork for exactly that. Crist's veto of Senate Bill 6 -- the teacher merit pay bill -- makes a perfect springboard for an indep ... More >>
ZachariahLate last week, Gov. Charlie Crist removed Holy Cross cardiologist Zachariah P. Zachariah from the powerful Board of Governors overseeing Florida universities. It's another occasion for gossip in the state's Republican Party. Was Crist wary of insider trader allegations made by the Secur ... More >>
Here's a radio interview that must be heard to be believed: That's Andy Martin, who used to be a constantly campaigning candidate in Palm Beach County and has since taken his constant campaigning to Illinois, where he's a candidate for U.S. Senate.MartinAs you can hear for yourself, the interview ... More >>
On the right, that's a portion of the fundraiser flier being circulated by West Broward land baron Ron Bergeron, who's hosting an event for his favorite U.S. Senate candidate, Charlie Crist. (Click to enlarge.) I've highlighted the name of one headlining contributor, Joseph Cobo, the Broward Heal ... More >>
She's got three kids, 650,000 constituents, and millions of watching eyes. Debbie Wasserman Schultz can't keep them all happy.
Will American voters elect the first gay vice president in November?