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After Obamacare ruling, dissent from past supporter

After Obamacare ruling, dissent from past supporter

July 1, 2015

In a big win for Obamacare and Floridians, the U.S. Supreme Court recently upheld subsidies for enrollees who buy health insurance through the federally-run website.

  • Mayo: Poker's new queen lives out dream

    June 29, 2015

    It's every poker player's dream: Go to Las Vegas, hit a hot run of cards and snag a champion's gold bracelet at the annual World Series of Poker.

  • Mayo: Singing the praises of an extraordinary day

    June 26, 2015

    Every so often, a historic day comes along that isn't violent or depressing. A day about justice, equality and progress. A day filled with love, hope and forgiveness. Friday was one of those days.

  • Veto won't kill local quiet zones near railroad tracks

    June 24, 2015

    Good news for eardrums: Despite Gov. Rick Scott's veto of $10 million in state funding for railroad quiet zones, plans to create a reduced-noise corridor along South Florida's eastern tracks from Miami to downtown West Palm Beach will not be affected by the cut.

  • Mayo: Regulated pot seems better than freaky flakka

    June 19, 2015

    Outside a rustic home on the edge of Portland, I marveled at free-range chickens roaming, portable solar panels heating an above-ground swimming pool, and an elaborate treehouse accessible by ladder and zip-line. For a moment, I thought I had landed in the cult TV comedy Portlandia, but this was real life.

  • Rules to live, play and work by

    June 12, 2015

    I'm entering my 50th year of life this week, which is a fancy way of saying I'm turning 49. To celebrate, I'm hiking around the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon with my daughter. After 10 years of fatherhood, 26 years at the Sun Sentinel and nearly a half-century spinning around this silly globe, I've learned a few things. One of them: Why wait for a round number when you can write something now?

  • Mayo: Plantation suit is War on Christmas and more

    June 5, 2015

    You can't fight City Hall, the saying goes, but can City Hall fight you? Apparently so, as evidenced by Plantation's ongoing lawsuit against residents Mark and Kathy Hyatt and their self-dubbed "Extreme Christmas" display.

  • Mayo: Slots at Kennel Club get boost from court ruling

    June 3, 2015

    Suddenly, that meaningless 2012 vote to approve slot machines at the Palm Beach Kennel Club doesn't seem so meaningless anymore.

  • Slots at tiny track could be big boon to Seminoles

    June 3, 2015

    A Florida appeals court's ruling to allow slot machines at a tiny barrel-racing track in rural Gadsden County could send huge shockwaves through Florida's gambling landscape.

  • Should K-9 cop be charged in dogs' deaths?

    June 1, 2015

    Two Hialeah police dogs were found dead in their handler's SUV outside his Davie home last week. No doubt it's a tragedy. Is it a crime?

  • Mayo: When ideology trumps all, everyone loses

    May 29, 2015

    It's Take 2 for the Legislature, and Round 2 in the ongoing, eye-glazing (but important) fight over health care for poor Floridians. Lawmakers reconvene Monday for a special session after the regular session imploded, and the state budget hangs in the balance.

  • Mayo: Recalling bad old days of hurricanes

    May 27, 2015

    Girl: Grandpa, grandpa! Tell me a story!

  • Mayo: After Nepal trip, Boca teen is on the ball

    May 27, 2015

    When Harrison Berger spent a few months in Nepal last year, he learned the value of little things.

  • Knock-knock. Who's there? 2016 candidates, already

    May 22, 2015

    With Hillary Clinton coming to his Parkland home Friday morning, I called Mike Moskowitz the other day.

  • Mayo: Is Tamarac case corruption, or just sleazy politics as usual?

    May 20, 2015

    Let me be perfectly clear: I don't like what former Tamarac Mayor Beth Flansbaum-Talabisco allegedly did.

  • Mayo: Boy's circumcision case not so clear-cut

    May 20, 2015

    At first, the court battle over a 4-year-old boy's circumcision seemed clear-cut to me.

  • Mayo: Medicaid battle hard to understand, except as pure political spite

    May 18, 2015

    As the Legislature gears up for Round 2 of its battle to pass a budget and figure out what to do about Medicaid expansion and health coverage for the poor, the Republicans in Tallahassee who want to sabotage Obamacare have done something cynical and audacious.

  • Mayo: Davie man's cross-country bike ride to raise bar on mental health awareness

    May 15, 2015

    Go ahead, kid Allen Giese if you want. He plans to ride 3,000 grueling miles over 60 days on a bicycle from San Diego to Florida, including long stretches through the Arizona desert and brutal Texas heat.

  • Mayo: Should pot violation mean six years in prison?

    May 13, 2015

    If someone on probation for burglary tests positive for marijuana, what's an appropriate punishment?

  • Seminoles won't fold cards easily

    May 11, 2015

    The blackjack and table-games portion of the Seminole Tribe's revenue-sharing agreement with the state is set to lapse in late July, and so far talks to extend the deal have gone nowhere.

  • Mayo: Climbing high for a hero in the sky

    May 9, 2015

    Janet Roy is comforted by the last images she has seen of her brother alive. They came from video shot on Sept. 11, 2001 by two French brothers, who were making a documentary about the New York City fire department. Billy Burke, captain of Engine Co. 21 from midtown Manhattan, could be seen striding into the lobby of One World Trade Center with his crew, minutes after a hijacked plane flew into its upper floors.

  • Mayo: Submarine life not all smooth sailing

    May 4, 2015

    To kick off Fleet Week, I went out of my depth — and out of my comfort zone — to get a taste of life aboard a nuclear-powered U.S. Navy submarine.

  • Mayo: Uber is great, but hard to love

    May 1, 2015

    Leave it to Uber to pull off a major victory and somehow manage to claim defeat. The app-based ride-brokering service has steamrolled into South Florida, upended the taxi and limousine industry, dismantled regulated rates and artifical caps on the number of for-hire vehicles roaming our roads and gets rave reviews and cult-like devotion from its customers.

  • Mayo: House Speaker drops gavel on poor

    April 29, 2015

    The gavel that Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli slammed down Tuesday to bring an abrupt halt to the 2015 legislative session is made from the wood of orange trees planted by his great-grandfather and grandfather in the 1930s and 1940s.

  • Mayo: Can more trains mean less noise?

    April 27, 2015

    Here's a sentence I never thought I'd write: Having a new train line on South Florida's eastern railroad tracks could bring some peace and quiet to the surrounding neighborhoods.

  • Mayo: Hard life ends with jail death

    April 24, 2015

    If a judge says a gravely ill jail inmate is supposed to remain hospitalized "until further order," does anybody have to listen?

  • Scott gives Obama cold shoulder for hot talk

    April 22, 2015

    On Earth Day, President Barack Obama dropped in on the Everglades to give a talk about global warming and climate change.

  • Here's an offer homeowners can refuse

    April 20, 2015

    Homeowners, beware. Some crafty outfits want you to pay hefty fees for a public record you can get on your own for a few bucks — a certified copy of your property deed.

  • Red means stop, but cameras in gray zone

    April 15, 2015

    Are red-light camera programs dead, or just comatose and in need of surgery? That's the big question for South Florida cities and drivers following the Florida Supreme Court's refusal to hear Hollywood's appeal of an earlier court loss.

  • Mayo: As closing time nears, will Legislature clock us?

    April 11, 2015

    With three weeks left in the 2015 regular session, our Legislature is working as hard as ever — to clobber us.

  • If cops resist cameras, citizens will fill the video gap

    April 8, 2015

    Some West Palm Beach police officers began wearing body cameras this month, a soft launch that will expand from 50 to 250 cameras over the next year.

  • Technology a game-changer for cops, citizens

    April 8, 2015

    The Fort Lauderdale cop who slapped a homeless man in February has been hit with criminal charges. A police officer in South Carolina who fatally shot a fleeing man after a traffic stop last weekend has been charged with murder.

  • Mayo: As Margaritaville arrives, Le Tub says it's staying put

    April 6, 2015

    I went to Le Tub to grab a lunchtime burger Monday, and to check out the rumors that keep swirling around Hollywood beach.

  • Mayo: Eat, pray, love - don't hate

    April 5, 2015

    Happy Easter! Good Passover.

  • Mayo: Before boycotting Indiana, look in mirror

    April 1, 2015

    Sometimes, when big issues erupt, grandstanding politicians just can't help themselves.

  • Mayo: Will simmering police complaints go unanswered?

    April 1, 2015

    When he couldn't get through to the NAACP's police complaint call center, Albert McWhite called the Sun Sentinel instead.

  • Dragged inmate out of jail, but hurdles remain

    March 30, 2015

    Dasyl Rios, the mentally ill woman dragged through the Broward courthouse by her ankle shackles last month, is out of jail. But she's a long way from home free.

  • Is wider race probe of Fort Lauderdale police needed?

    March 28, 2015

    Overt racism is easy to spot and condemn. For instance, cops spewing racial slurs and making a video that seems to take perverse delight in showing a black man being bitten by a police dog and President Obama depicted with gold teeth.

  • Will Sunshine prevail in the end?

    March 22, 2015

    Before Hillary Clinton and Gov. Rick Scott conducted official business on their personal emails, there was

  • Will red-light tickets in Palm Beach County hold up?

    March 18, 2015

    Courts have dealt a swift and stunning blow to red-light camera programs across South Florida recently. Broward's traffic court magistrates ordered a mass dismissal of 24,000 tickets this week, almost all pending cases in the county. Will Palm Beach County follow suit?

  • Mayo: If red light cameras prevail, will speeding cameras be next?

    March 18, 2015

    A friend who recently moved from South Florida to New Orleans got a rude surprise the other day. She opened her mailbox to find a $160 speeding ticket. The alleged infraction, for going 46 mph in a 30 mph zone, took place near her new job weeks earlier. She couldn't talk her way out of it with the police officer who pulled her over, because there was no officer who pulled her over.

  • Mayo: Do we need a paper trail for high-stakes tests?

    March 16, 2015

    We tried electronic voting in Florida, but now we're back to old-fashioned paper ballots.

  • Mayo: Governor no scientist, just a crafty linguist

    March 15, 2015

    News item: Florida Gov. Rick Scott has unofficially banned the terms "climate change" and "global warming," with state employees and agencies told not to use the phrases in documents and emails, according to the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting. Scott denied the report, while avoiding the words "global warming" and "climate change" in remarks to the media last week. In 2010, when asked if he believed in climate change, Scott said, "No." In 2014, he sidestepped the issue, saying, "I am not a scientist."

  • After dragging, Dasyl Rios's family wants help and hope

    March 11, 2015

    The world knows her daughter as the inmate dragged through the Broward courthouse by her ankle shackles. Sylvia Rios knows a different Dasyl Rios, before mental illness and a revolving door of hospitalizations, arrests and jail.

  • Mayo: With red-light cameras in flux, cities flummoxed

    March 9, 2015

    South Florida cities' reactions to recent legal setbacks over red-light cameras have been a lot like the cameras themselves: All over the place.

  • Deerfield race flap a crying shame

    March 6, 2015

    Can we all get along?

  • Will Palm Beach Kennel Club trade dogs for slots?

    March 4, 2015

    I have a friend — let's call him Poker Paul — who went to Palm Beach Kennel Club for a big card tournament last year, but vowed never to return.

  • Gambling bill a slap to the Seminoles

    March 4, 2015

    It's one thing to introduce a splashy bill, quite another to make that bill a law.

  • Mayo: New test, same old insanity

    February 27, 2015

    In the beginning, there was reading, writing and arithmetic.

  • Mayo: Disturbing cop videos a slap to decency

    February 25, 2015

    A Fort Lauderdale cop slaps a homeless man seated on the ground. A Broward Sheriff's courthouse deputy drags a mentally ill woman by her ankle shackles through a hallway. Taken together, it's a pretty horrific one-two combo. In my mind, it is bad policing and inexcusable.

  • Mayo: My happy day at Kings Point

    February 25, 2015

    After offending some Kings Point residents with a tongue-in-cheek jab suggesting it wasn't a happy place, I heard from lots of enraged folks who said they are very happy, and how dare I insult such a marvelous, wonderful community.

  • Red-light ticket refunds? Not so fast

    February 23, 2015

    So, you've paid one of those $158 red-light camera tickets, and now that the legality of the program is up in the air you want a refund? Sorry, not so fast.

  • Mayo: Bathroom tax relief no easy feat

    February 22, 2015

    Quick, somebody get a plunger.

  • Putting a happy face on Delray Beach

    February 18, 2015

    Somehow, Delray Beach is in the mix to win a contest as America's Happiest Seaside Town.

  • Mayo: In Fort Lauderdale, pickup soccer players get the boot

    February 18, 2015

    It's bad enough that Fort Lauderdale makes it a crime to feed the homeless. Now the city keeps giving the boot to people who want to use its parks to kick around a soccer ball.

  • Why no sex offender tag for guilty cop?

    February 16, 2015

    In March 2009, soon after he was named Employee of the Year for his district and five months before multiple sexual assault charges were brought against him, openly gay Broward Sheriff's deputy Jonathan Bleiwess told the South Florida Blade newspaper that early in his career one of his supervisors taunted him by calling him "sex offender."

  • Mayo: Red-light cameras could prove costly for cities

    February 13, 2015

    The epitaph of red-light cameras might read: Enforced the law by breaking the law.

  • Mayo: Mounting garbage pile stinks to high heaven

    February 9, 2015

    Garbage is one of those things you don't really think about until you smell it.

  • Mayo: Let's wipe out tax on toilet paper

    February 6, 2015

    Forget the Tea Party. With Florida flush, Gov. Scott proposing a record $77 billion budget and state leaders looking for ways to dole out a $1 billion surplus, I say it's time to bring back my TP Party.

  • Mayo: Some sex offenders get life, Epstein gets Paris

    February 4, 2015

    When it comes to South Florida sex offenders with a penchant for minors, the federal government usually drives a hard bargain.

  • Mayo: Aspiring racer Staropoli refocuses on med school, for now

    February 1, 2015

    Patrick Staropoli thought he would start 2015 with an agonizing decision: Quit medical school or give up his dream of becoming a NASCAR driver.

  • Mayo: Medical pot on horizon, but relief still drags

    January 28, 2015

    It's all well and good that a sweeping new medical marijuana bill (SB 528) has been filed for the upcoming legislative session by a powerful Republican state senator from St. Petersburg, Jeff Brandes.

  • Mayo: What costs $29.99 to $438? Same darn pills

    January 26, 2015

    How could a product sell for $438 in one store and $29.99 a few blocks away? It's a mystery that retired dentist Robert Fradkin is still trying to figure out.

  • Mayo: Gov. Scott stumbles again

    January 25, 2015

    When the history of 21st century Florida is written, one of the great mysteries will be Gov. Rick Scott. As in: How did this guy get elected twice?

  • Mayo: No charges, little info and many questions after off-duty shooting

    January 21, 2015

    This much we know about Palm Beach Sheriff's Deputy Shatara K. Shatara: He's still collecting a paycheck. And he hasn't been arrested.

  • Mayo: In praise of an honest (ex-) judge

    January 21, 2015

    Gisele Pollack is human, and she has battled alcoholism, and for that she is paying with her job.

  • Uber and solar power threaten old giants in new Age of Disruption

    January 18, 2015

    If you could get rooftop solar panels at no upfront cost from an alternative energy provider and pay for the electricity produced, would you? If you could buy solar power from your landlord, condo association or neighbor, would you?

  • Mayo: Trump's airport noise woes trumped

    January 14, 2015

    So billionaire Donald Trump thinks he has it tough because planes taking off from Palm Beach International Airport have the audacity to fly over his highfalutin' Mar-a-Lago club? The Donald has filed a $100 million lawsuit against Palm Beach County for "attacking Mar-a-Lago from the air," as his attorney wrote in the complaint.

  • Mayo: Grampa and Udell - Two peas in a sweet pod

    January 12, 2015

    When Monroe Udell, the founder of Jaxson's Ice Cream Parlour in Dania Beach, died last June at 86, the staff of Grampa's Bakery Restaurant across the street took the store keys and set up Jaxson's for a reception following his funeral.

  • Mayo: Before we pay for fracking, FPL keeps spinning

    January 9, 2015

    Forget Flicker Plunder & Loot. I've got a new nickname for FPL: Feelings Pierced Lightly.

  • Gay wedding rush fueled by love - and anxiety

    January 7, 2015

    They flocked to courthouses to show love and devotion to their partners, but some couples who took part in the historic first day of same-sex weddings across South Florida also did so out of nagging fear.

  • Mayo: Will 2015 be peachy keen?

    January 2, 2015

    Happy New Year! If ever a year looked "meh" on paper, 2015 is it. No big elections, just endless talk about the 2016 election. No Olympics, just the Women's World Cup in Canada. And the two biggest celebrations on tap are Gov. Rick Scott's second inauguration in Tallahassee on Tuesday (Woo!) and the 100th anniversary of Broward County's incorporation in October (Hoo!).

  • Mayo: From pot to Scott, another year of highs and lows in Florida

    December 29, 2014

    In a parking garage outside his Fort Lauderdale office, Florida's only legal pot smoker lit up a fat joint. For more than 30 years, Irvin Rosenfeld has gotten marijuana from the federal government as part of an experimental program. He just learned a medical marijuana initiative was approved to appear on the November ballot.

  • Mayo: Expect confusion on gay-marriage front

    December 26, 2014

    Will same-sex marriage be allowed throughout Florida on Jan. 6, or will it be limited to the male couple from rural Washington County who brought a federal lawsuit? Will some county clerks issue marriage licenses to gays while others don't, fearful of possible prosecution under state law that remains on the books? Will there be consistency among Florida's 67 counties, or a hodgepodge that leads to gay couples flocking to certain places for quickie weddings?

  • Mayo: Jeb Bush and family talk turkey - and presidential hopes - over Thanksgiving

    December 20, 2014

    "Like many of you, our family was blessed with the opportunity to gather together over the recent Thanksgiving holiday…We shared good food and watched a whole lot of football. We also talked about the future of our nation. As a result of these conversations…I have decided to actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States."

  • Citizens shrinks, quickly and sneakily

    December 12, 2014

    My request seemed simple enough.

  • Mayo: Uber drivers say Broward, taxis can't win

    December 10, 2014

    She doesn't consider herself a techie, revolutionary or visionary: "I'm just a single mom trying to put food on my table."

  • Mayo: Time to scrap city invocations

    December 10, 2014

    Invocations at city meetings have been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, but to my agnostic mind they're unnecessary and divisive. Some people get upset if a preacher prays in Jesus' name. Some people get upset by the mere presence of a Muslim praising Allah. Some people get upset that religion is injected into government business at all.

  • Mayo: Let us pray (or not) to survive holidays

    December 8, 2014

    'Tis the season … to get ticked off over holiday displays. Whether it's gaudy, over-the-top lights-and-music shows at private homes that have neighbors bemoaning crowds, noise and traffic, or irreverent Festivus poles in the public square, it seems there's something to irk everyone in this supposed time of goodwill, peace and cheer.

  • Mayo: Broken jail bond system needs fixing

    December 5, 2014

    You would think a repeat violent criminal who finished his latest lengthy prison term this year would have to appear before a living, breathing judge to be freed from jail if he was arrested again.

  • Mayo: Write-in games cost some voters their voice

    December 3, 2014

    What do you do for a bizarre election that's been part legal battle, part marathon and part circus?

  • Mayo: A jolt of reality for FPL

    November 28, 2014

    Florida Power & Light Co. is wonderful. I know this because I watch TV, and I keep seeing ads from my favorite electric monopoly proclaiming how wonderful it is. Bills are falling and clean-energy initiatives are rising, FPL keeps saying. Buy enough advertising time, and people eventually believe you.

  • Mayo: Reasons to be thankful, South Florida style

    November 26, 2014

    Reasons to be grateful, 2014 edition:

  • Homeowners struggle with insurance confusion

    November 24, 2014

    So you've received a notice that a private insurer is soon set to take over your policy from state-run Citizens. Now what?

  • Mayo: Obamacare Year 2 - Bugs gone, but more bumps ahead

    November 21, 2014

    Here we go again: Time for the second round of Obamacare health insurance enrollment.

  • Mayo: Citizens customer laughs at offer she can refuse

    November 19, 2014

    Like me, Doreen Trembley of Boynton Beach recently received a letter that her policy with state-run Citizens Property Insurance will be taken over by a private insurer next month unless she declines the offer by returning an "opt-out" form.

  • Mayo: Do homeless have same rights as rest of us?

    November 19, 2014

    On Fort Lauderdale beach earlier this week, next to the parking lot where 90-year-old Arnold Abbott has conducted his weekly feedings for the past 23 years, three homeless men eyed the rows upon rows of picnic tables and barbecue grills that stretched along the sand. On weekends, the tables are filled with people cooking out and feeding family and friends — without restrictions.

  • A practical guide to insurance crapshoot

    November 16, 2014

    It can be easily mistaken for junk mail and tossed into the garbage, a thin envelope from an insurance company that's not your own.

  • Mayo: My journey as witness in repeat DUI offender's latest case

    November 12, 2014

    You're driving along Alligator Alley on a Sunday afternoon when you see a pickup truck ahead swerving dangerously. It's not a one-time shimmy caused by texting or fiddling with the stereo. These are repeated, prolonged bursts of reckless driving; long stretches on the shoulder, followed by sudden zigzagging between lanes.

  • One more battle for World War II veteran

    November 10, 2014

    Ted Conover has always prided himself on his toughness and independence. At 17, during World War II, his parents let him sign up for the Navy, and he fought in the Pacific. An avid sailor and woodcarver, he once built his own boat. Well into his 80s, he'd mow the lawn and trim the hedges at his Fort Lauderdale home.

  • Mayo: Feeding the homeless shouldn't be a crime

    November 7, 2014

    The prospect of jail time won't stop Arnold Abbott from feeding the homeless.

  • Mayo: 'Hope and change' now 'Mope and cringe' for Dems

    November 5, 2014

    Sorting out winners and losers after election night in Palm Beach County:

  • Mayo: 'Hope and change' now 'Mope and Cringe' for Dems

    November 5, 2014

    Sorting out winners and losers after election night in Broward:

  • Mayo: From pot to bonds, something for everyone this Election Day

    November 3, 2014

    Election Day is here. Thank goodness.

  • Five years on, Rothstein's Ponzi still resonates

    October 31, 2014

    My idea was simple. Talk to a range of people impacted by Scott Rothstein's Ponzi scheme — and his high-powered law firm's implosion five years ago — and ask them to sum up their lives since November 1, 2009, the day Rothstein's $1.4 billion fraud went public.

  • Ironies won't quit in prostitution saga

    October 30, 2014

    So, did you hear the one about the prostitution scandal investigator who's been undone by a prostitution scandal?

  • Scary thought: Two Floridas better than one

    October 26, 2014

    If there can be a North Dakota and South Dakota, why not a North Florida and South Florida?

  • If you're a Goodman juror, stop reading this now!

    October 22, 2014

    News item: May 2013. Palm Beach Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath throws out polo mogul John Goodman's 2012 DUI manslaughter conviction, citing juror misconduct. Juror Dennis DeMartin conducted drinking experiment before deliberations to re-create Goodman's alcohol intake, also failed to disclose ex-wife's DUI arrest during pre-trial questioning.

  • Mayo: Given Broward schools' rocky past, is $800 million bond measure too bold?

    October 22, 2014

    If Broward voters reject the school district's $800 million bond referendum, will Superintendent Robert Runcie take it as a personal repudiation — and will it mean his days are numbered?

  • Sorting out money for kids on Broward ballot

    October 20, 2014

    Broward voters face two ballot questions that pull on purse strings and heartstrings — measures to tap property taxes for the sake of children.

  • One voter's guide to proposed Florida amendments

    October 19, 2014

    The question I used to hear the most was, "Do you miss sports?" But it's been nearly 13 years since I've covered a Dolphins game (thank goodness), so the question I hear most now is, "What the heck do these amendments mean?"

  • Blocked from debate, Wyllie finds room at the (Holiday) inn

    October 15, 2014

    Libertarian Adrian Wyllie got shut out from the governor's debate at Broward College on Wednesday, so he went to a Holiday Inn Express instead.

  • Mayo: Tallying up winners and losers, 10 years after slots vote

    October 13, 2014

    Slot machines arrived late and left early at Dania Jai Alai.

  • March to gay equality goes on, but Bondi right to fight

    October 10, 2014

    This is going to sound strange coming from me, but … Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is right. Even though, ultimately, she is dead wrong.

  • Have some fear, Election Month is here

    October 8, 2014

    When Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher told me that voters already have been dropping off completed absentee ballots at her office, I came to a grim realization.

  • Have some fear, Election Month is here

    October 8, 2014

    As 162,482 absentee ballots were loaded onto mail trucks at the Broward Supervisor of Elections warehouse in Lauderhill the other day, I came to a grim realization.

  • What does it take for bad bus drivers to get fired?

    December 18, 2013

    If other jobs had the same laughable level of accountability as Broward County bus drivers, the world would be a much scarier place.

  • Fort Lauderdale stockbroker 'living proof' medical marijuana works

    December 14, 2013

    Irvin Rosenfeld is Florida's only legal pot smoker. His marijuana provider? The federal government. Since 1982, as part of an experimental drug program, Rosenfeld has received a monthly tin with 300 fat joints – about nine ounces – grown by the feds on a farm at the University of Mississippi.

  • Arrogant Dolphins lose $4.8 million bet on stadium rehab effort

    May 6, 2013

    The Miami Dolphins gambled big — and lost — that they could rush a complicated political effort to get public funding for their private stadium renovation.

  • Picking on the carcass of Rothstein's fallen firm

    January 23, 2010

    A prominent Miami builder, a Broward circuit judge and the daughter of former Florida Gov. Lawton Chiles were among the winning bidders who hauled off relics of Scott Rothstein's collapsed law firm at a bankruptcy auction held Saturday.

  • Badge of dishonor: Hollywood script gets harder to believe

    July 31, 2009

    If these were criminals planning a heist, we'd be ridiculing their stupidity and brazenness. After all, who cooks up crimes on audiotape?

  • Is Tri-Rail taking us for a ride?

    June 3, 2009

    As we waited for the 1 p.m. northbound train at the Fort Lauderdale Airport station Wednesday, Marvin Melvin told me how close he was to breaking his Tri-Rail habit.

  • Senator Crist? 'People's governor' pulls a fast one

    May 13, 2009

    You can just imagine the campaign zingers coming soon from Charlie Crist's opponents:

  • Mayor's antics detract from valid issues raised

    July 19, 2007

    Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle has turned out to be a prophet. Many members of the local gay community aren't very happy at the moment. But their grumpiness has nothing to do with their sexuality. It has everything to do with the flippant ignorance of the man who's supposed to be a leader.A few weeks ago, Naugle made an off-handed remark to my colleague Brittany Wallman that he doesn't call homosexuals "gay" because most "aren't happy." A group of protesters came to City Hall on Tuesday and demanded an apology.

  • Mayor ought to get his mind out of the outhouse

    July 10, 2007

    The toilet roll arrived in the mail at Fort Lauderdale City Hall on Monday, its first sheet inscribed with the message: "His Honor -Jim Naugel [sic]. From a very happy homosexual professional & voter. Bye! Steve."Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle, who loves saying outrageous things for maximum effect, has stepped in it again.

  • Spectator fee would put Air & Sea Show on solid ground

    March 4, 2004

    I've always had mixed feelings about the Air & Sea Show. On the one hand, I'm not a big fan of war weapon fetishism. On the other, watching those military jets swoop down so low and loud that the afterburners rattle your beer, warm your cheeks and drown out the whoops of 100,000 neighbors on the beach is just plain cool.

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