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Move to move Homestead Rodeo gets pushback on Miami-Dade commission

Posted by on Feb 23, 2024 in Danielle Cohen Higgins, Fresh Colada, News, Oliver Gilbert, Raquel Regalado | 0 comments

Negotiations between the county and the operators at Homestead Speedway to put on a rodeo will have to wait. A proposal at the Miami-Dade Commission to establish a countywide rodeo, farmer’s market and farm show was deferred Wednesday after Miami-Dade Commissioner Danielle Cohen Higgins expressed several concerns.

There was no discussion with the Homestead Rodeo Association, which has put on the rodeo at Harris Field for 75 years, Cohen Higgins said. The last one was just this past January.

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Alina Garcia leaves FL House to face Dem for Miami Dade elections chief

Posted by on Feb 20, 2024 in Alina Garcia, Elections 2024, Fresh Colada, JC Planas, News | 0 comments

The first thing voters need to know about State Rep. Alina Garcia, who will not seek re-election after only two years in the Florida House and will run for the first ever elected Miami-Dade elections supervisor instead — is that she won’t say that the 2020 elections were fair across the U.S.

“I can’t speak for the rest of the nation, but I can tell you Miami-Dade is one of the best run elections departments in the nation,” Garcia told Ladra Tuesday. “Ever since we had the issue with the Gore/Bush election, the hanging chads, we’ve been making laws to ensure elections are fair and just.”

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Carlos Gimenez endorses Miami-Dade sheriff candidate Rosie Cordero-Stutz

Posted by on Feb 20, 2024 in Carlos Gimenez, Fresh Colada, News, Rosanna Cordero-Stutz, Sheriff's race | 0 comments

There are 17, count ’em, 17 candidates for the Miami-Dade County Sheriff’s election — so far. But only one of them scored what is likely the mother of all endorsements.

Congressman Carlos Gimenez — the former county mayor who served as the de facto sheriff in that role — has come out for Miami-Dade Police Assistant Director Rosanna Cordero-Stutz, the highest ranking county officer in the race and the woman in charge of the transition to the first Miami-Dade sheriff’s office in 57 years.

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Miami’s Art Noriega still has some ‘splaining to do re wife’s work in city

Posted by on Feb 19, 2024 in Art Noriega, Fresh Colada, News, public corruption | 0 comments

Two commission meetings have come and gone since Miami City Manager Art Noriega said he would provide a report on his wife’s business dealings at the city. Y nada. And it’s odd that none of the commissioners — especially the two recently-elected, reform-minded guys — haven’t held his feet tot he fire.

Last month, WLRN exposed that Michelle Pradere-Noriega‘s family business was awarded more than $440,000 in city contracts for new office furniture and furniture assembly. The public documents obtained by the station show that $37,000 worth of furniture was purchased for his offices at City Hall and the Miami River Center over two months early last year.

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Primary voting information: Ballots are out and deadline to register looms

Posted by on Feb 19, 2024 in Elections 2024, Fresh Colada, News, South Miami | 0 comments

It’s on.

Absentee or mail-in ballots for the March 19 presidential primary were mailed out Feb. 8 to the voters already on file requesting one. Early voting starts March 4 and ends March 17.

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Suddenly, after video ad, Manny Cid’s Wikipedia page is questioned, at risk

Posted by on Feb 19, 2024 in Daniella Levine Cava, Fresh Colada, Manny Cid, Miami-Dade Mayor's race, News | 0 comments

Miami Lakes Mayor Manny Cid has had a Wikipedia page up since November. But a couple of days after Cid, who is running for Miami-Dade Mayor, launched a video this week about incumbent Mayor Daniella Levine Cava‘s $2.5 billion bond initiative, an anonymous editor “nominated this article for deletion.”

Notes on the website page say someone named BottleOfChocolateMilk doesn’t think Cid, who has been mayor of Miami Lakes for eight years, deserves a page.

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New shady deals found at Miami Omni CRA, tied to Alex Diaz de la Portilla

Posted by on Feb 18, 2024 in Alex Diaz de la Portilla, CRAs, Damian Pardo, Fresh Colada, News | 0 comments

After his arrest on public corruption charges in the giveaway of a public park to a private school for more than $300,000 in campaigns contributions and gifts — vacations, accommodations, food, booze — disgraced Miami Commissioner Alex Diaz de la Portilla was suspended from office.

Then, officials found even more graft.

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Ralph Cutié picks Miami-Dade over Coral Gables after PAC text attack

Posted by on Feb 16, 2024 in Ariel Fernandez, Coral Gables politics, Fresh Colada, Kirk Menendez, News, Vince Lago | 0 comments

The possibility that Miami-Dade Aviation Director Ralph Cutié would become the next city manager in Coral Gables was very short-lived.

On Tuesday, Cutié — who oversees operations at the beleaguered Miami International Airport — was named as a potential (preferred?) replacement for City Manager Peter Iglesias, whose third vote for termination from Commissioner Kirk Menendez seemed contingent on that point. On Thursday, the word was out: Cutié ain’t jumping.

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