Ana Alliegro Rails Against Joe Garcia From Her House Arrest

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Alliegro with her former boss David Rivera
Ana Alliegro, the former David Rivera campaign manager and "Conservative Bad Girl" currently serving six months house arrest for her part in a fake candidate scheme, posted a long statement on her Facebook page. While admitting that some of her actions "were wrong and illegal," she also excoriates Rivera's former opponent: incumbent Democratic congressman Joe Garcia.

Garcia's former campaign manager is now at the center of an investigation for propping up a phony Republican candidate in 2010, much as Alliegro did in the Democratic primary. "It is clear to me and others that I was prosecuted for the same exact actions in which current Congressman Joe Garcia's campaign was engaged a whole two years prior; the illegal recruitment and financing of a straw candidate in a general election," Alliegro wrote.

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Jeb Bush Sure Is Acting Like a Guy About to Run For President

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As his hometown presidential hopeful Marco Rubio fumbles for a coherent response to ISIS and his state's attentions have been riveted to the Charlie Crist-Rick Scott slugfest, Jeb Bush has mostly kept his head low in Coral Gables. But if Dubya's hermano isn't 100 percent running for president just yet, he's sure starting to act like a guy on the brink of declaring.

Just this week, Bush has headlined a heavy hitter GOP fundraiser in Tampa and announced plans to visit several key primary states. CNBC, meanwhile, talked to his inner circle and reports today that "Bush is almost certain to run."

See also: Jeb Bush Is "Thinking About" Presidential Run but Might Have Too Many Shady Business Ties

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Rick Scott Meets Vanilla Ice, but Fails to Get His Coveted Endorsement

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Florida's heated gubernatorial race could use some chilling out, and there's nothing cooler than Vanilla Ice. Am I right, kids?

Well Rick Scott recently met Florida's greatest white rapper, but Mr. Ice was quick to point out that the meeting did not equal an endorsement.

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New Coral Gables City Manager Ousted After Less Than a Week Over Background Check Concerns

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City of Coral Gables
Jim Beard has stepped down less than a week after being appointed
Coral Gables's new city manager has stepped down less than a week into his new job. Last Tuesday, city commissioners unanimously voted to appoint Jim Beard to the post. But problems unearthed during a background check appear to have scuppered the appointment.

"Mr. Beard has withdrawn his name from consideration," city spokeswoman Maria Rosa Higgins Fallon confirmed to Riptide. "His nomination was pending salary negotiation and background check."

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Former Homestead Mayor Steve Bateman Found Guilty of Corruption by Jury

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Last summer's crackdown on allegedly corrupt local mayors has netted prosecutors a two-out-of-three conviction rate. Former Homestead mayor Steve Bateman was found guilty by a jury this afternoon on two corruption charges. The verdict follows a guilty plea from former Sweetwater mayor Manuel MaroƱo and a not-guilty verdict for suspended Miami Lakes mayor Michael Pizzi.


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Florida City Wants to Ban Smoking Medical Marijuana Before It's Even Legalized

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Photo by Laurie Avacado via Wikimedia Commons | CC2.0
Floridians may be set to head to the polls in November to legalize medical marijuana, but could individual cities still ban smoking medical pot anyway? Bonita Springs, Florida, is going to try and is already drafting an ordinance banning smoking in public.

Which is slightly funny because Bonita Springs' most famous store is a fishing shop called Master Bait and Tackle (get it?), and its tourist stores sell a lot of "Bonita Springs: a drinking town with a fishing problem" shirts, but apparently medical pot is a bridge too far.

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Miami-Dade County Commission Likely To Advance Transgender Protections Today

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In Miami-Dade, transgender residents today have zero legal protection against being fired or discriminated against by their county government. That incredible fact remains true in 2014 largely because of one county commissioner and one conservative group hell-bent on keeping that basic human protection off the books.

Well, with that right-wing commissioner -- Lynda Bell -- now on the way out of County Hall after an electoral defeat last month, the County Commission will try again today to get the ball rolling on a transgender protection clause.

Update: The commission passed the transgendered protection this afternoon. It will now head to committee for a second vote.

See also: The Shiny, Happy Faces of Transgender Discrimination in Miami-Dade County

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Here's a Pro-Medical Marijuana Grease Parody Starring a Former Miami Beach Mayoral Candidate

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Comedian-turned-political-rabble-rouser Steve Berke may have lost his latest bid for Miami Beach mayor, but he hasn't given up on spreading the message of his pet political project: legalized pot.

Berke is back with a stab at viral video campaigning with a pro-medical marijuana parody of "You're The One That I Want" from Grease. He even apparently tracked down the original funhouse set used in the 1978 film.

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Ethics Commission on David Rivera's Shenanigans: "We're Over It"

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It's not been a good week for troubled ex-congressman David Rivera. First, a former confidant was sentenced to a slap on the wrist for her role in running a puppet primary candidate against Rivera's political rival Joe Garcia, with everyone suspecting that when he's eventually charged he'll take the blunt of the blame (and punishment).

Now the Florida Commission on Ethics, which is handling an entirely different and unrelated set of allegations against Rivera, has basically said they've had enough of him.

See also: Ana Alliegro Gets Light Sentence for Role in David Rivera Scandal

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Ana Alliegro Gets Light Sentence for Role in David Rivera Scandal

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"Conservative bad girl" Ana Alliegro was sentenced to not much more than a slap on the wrist today for her role in the David Rivera campaign corruption scandal. After pleading guilty, she'll get off with time served and six months of house arrest followed by two years of supervised release. Prosecutors had wanted at least a year in jail for Alliegro.

However Judge Robert Scola was adamant in his belief that former Rep. David Rivera was more to blame for the fiasco. Of course, Rivera has not yet been charged with anything.

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