That GOP need to build bridges to the nation's Hispanic community? The need party elders have talked so much about since Barack Obama was re-elected largely due to Hispanic support? The need that's propelled Florida's own Marco Rubio to preeminence in the early scouting reports on the GOP 2016 presd ... More >>
Following one of the most unusual federal rulings in recent history, which barred a Haitian-American journalist from publishing the Haitian prime minister's name, District Judge Ursula Ungaro lifted her judgment in Miami court yesterday, granting Leo Joseph his First Amendment rights. Which means ... 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.
Fox "News"If Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said something profoundly stupid, we'd be all over it.Unfortunately, this is a case of a Fox News writer saying something profoundly stupid.When the headline "DNC Chair Blames Tea Party for Tucson Shooting" comes with a chopped-up video clip and an ellip ... More >>
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 >>
Once again, Gov. Rick Scott feels the need to release a statement about something he doesn't like in federal politics.Three House Republicans, three House Democrats, three Senate Republicans, and three Senate Democrats couldn't agree on how to make $1.2 billion in spending cuts over the next ten ... More >>
Gov. Rick Scott's office issued a news release late last week to explain the retraction of his campaign promise to create 700,000 jobs on top of the state's "normal growth" projection of 1 million jobs by 2017.It looks like he's sticking to his new story, in which he claims he never promised to c ... More >>
Kim SargentBill Koch supports pro-coal candidates.Last month, New Times introduced you to Bill Koch, the Palm Beach billionaire who owns a coal and gas company, is known for his voracious appetite for wine and women, and has two brothers famous for being the sugar daddies of the Tea Party. W ... 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 >>
By Kate BradshawScott walks into a greasy spoon and orders an ice water.Rick Scott walks into The Floridian diner on Las Olas at about noon today for a photo op lunch with South Florida lawmakers. There's an odd funk in the air, sort of a mix between french fries and kitty litter.He walks halfway ... More >>
eyeonlifemag.comHaven't you always wondered if the companies you're doing business with are steadfast supporters of the Tea Party?The South Florida Tea Party has the answer to that with the "Tea Party Chamber of Commerce."On its website is an index of businesses -- 95 at the moment -- that they s ... More >>
Hemorrhoids: Almost as popular as Gov. Rick Scott.In case you haven't noticed, Gov. Rick Scott's approval rating is getting so low that people are running out of politicians to compare him to.A few weeks ago, Public Policy Polling surveyed Florida voters about hypothetical gubernatorial matchups ... More >>
Have you seen this man?Eric Jotkoff, the Florida Democratic Party Communications Director, has a question: Where was Gov. Rick Scott this weekend?"Anyone else concerned that Rick Scott left the state during hurricane season during wildfire emergency and not tell anyone?" Jotkoff posted on T ... More >>
Those cool, amphibian eyes.What a weird ride it's been for poor Rick Scott! He came into office with hardly any pretense, with his intentions as plainly visible as the veins in his scalp. But nobody noticed, and now everybody hates him.Which is bad news to the folks manning the bridge on the GOP ... More >>
Screw the 15th Amendment. This is Florida.Florida's legislative attack on voter rights easily passed the House last week and looks like it will surely sail through the Senate to become law. We're not alone, though. Our state's attempt to disenfranchise a massive amount of its citizens is actuall ... 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 >>
Lieberman is second from left Ilene Lieberman, after months of no-shows and call-ins to Broward County Commission meetings, has finally returned to public service. She's on the dais now -- after fellow Commissioner Chip LaMarca made it an issue last week and m ... More >>
Fort Lauderdale Tea Party leader Gabe Carrera, at right, with Rick Scott during the campaign. By day Gabriel Jose Carrera works as a bespectacled immigration attorney but in countless off-hours during the past 18 months he had another callin ... More >>
Moran at a Tea Party protest against Charlie Crist's U.S. Sugar "bailout."Marianne Moran is a lawyer in West Palm Beach and a member of Tea Party in Action and Balance Our Budget Now. Through her work on the Florida Senate, she met Randy Barnett, a Georgetown law professor who is credited with de ... More >>
Retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was dissed by Russell Pearce over Prop 200's dismissal.
Flickr: szudiCome on, admit it: At some point on your way down the ballot, you just turn off your brain and start filling in the bubbles that correspond to your party affiliation. This is especially true when you get down to, say, commissioner of agriculture and state representatives that you've ... More >>
GOP candidate for governor Rick Scott released this pretty snazzy new website on Friday: It's a property tax calculator that figures out a Floridian's tax if Scott gets elected versus Democratic opponent Alex Sink. There's just one problem with his site: It ignores the Florida Constitution.Scott' ... More >>
Only a fraction of Mexicans get U.S. asylum.
WestAfter the NAACP passed a resolution declaring the tea party to be a "racist" organization, you knew that Allen West would have something to say. After all, he's one (if not the only?) tea party-backed congressional candidate who's African-American. If the tea party is racist, then West's own ... 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 >>
The average Tea Partier in South Florida is a lot more likely to look like this, Wilkinson says.NPR commentator and Fox News talking head Juan Williams has been all over the media lately dissecting the Tea Party movement. In an April 2 Wall Street Journal editorial, Williams decried the liberal ... More >>
Photo: City of Hallandale BeachLondon, far left, is at odds with the other commissioners about the city's dealings with a local realtor.Hallandale Beach Commissioner Keith London appears to be the only city official bothered by the ethics of doing land deals with Joe Kessel, a realtor who's also ... More >>
FlickrRon KleinIt's not enough that the United States gives spectacular sums of money to Israel. Nor is it enough that the U.S. takes Israel's side in virtually every political issue that crops up between that nation and the Muslim world. No, according to Congressman Ron Klein, the U.S. also must ... More >>
FlickrThey all hate taxes, so why can't all tea partiers love one another? This week has revealed divisions within the tea party activist community of South Florida, and in Central Florida the infighting has spilled into the courts, where an Orlando radio host is being accused of "hijacking" the ... 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 >>
Flickr User: talkradionewsBroward and Palm Beach's Jewish congressional members were all eagerly anticipating this week's visit to Washington D.C. of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and yet none appear eager to speak about it. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's office made no statement following ... More >>
Robert LevinsonFor the Levinson family of Coral Springs, it's an auspicious sign: Today's release by the Iranian government of Roxana Saberi, the journalist imprisoned there on charges of spying, suggests that the Iranian regime can be reasoned with.We wrote last month about how the June presi ... More >>
Robert LevinsonThat election is this June in Iran, pitting Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of the Religious Neanderthal Republic of Iran, against Mir-Hossein Mousavi, a "reformist" who would moderate some of the nation's hard-line policies on human rights and in international diplomacy. That is, he'd ... More >>
Mahmad Ahmadinejad had a plan for world domination -- and he woulda got away with it, too, if it weren't that meddling state senator from Delray Beach, Ted Deutch.You see, while reading the Wall Street Journal, Deutch learned of efforts by a Swiss oil company, Vitol, to build a $125 million fuel dep ... More >>
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