This past Thursday the Miami-Dade County Republican Executive Committee called a special meeting to elect its vice chairman. This would have normally been a routine, inconsequential exercise for the local county party, but for the events leading up to it.
Rewind to the Summer of 2012: A group of Ron Paul loyalists set its sight on the Miami-Dade County Republican Executive Committee and recruited several candidates throughout the county to “take over” the party, as some called it. This effort was apparently not limited to Miami-Dade County, but I digress. Continue reading →
The solemn American tradition of exercising the right to vote was not very solemn in Miami this weekend.
We at Reaganista.com visited one of several countywide polling locations in Southeast Florida’s Miami-Dade County on the last day of early voting. As has been widely reported by the media, the lines were several hours long–and exhausting. Several hundred stood patiently chatting with candidates and campaign volunteers, and others studied sample ballots so they would be prepared to get through the historically-long Florida ballot as quickly as possible once at the voting booth.
This was all made difficult, however, with the Obama campaign’s decision to turn the early voting location into a bizarre street carnival. A DJ was on site blaring salsa and merengue, as well as a South American folklore troupe beating drums and dancing–in the early voting parking lot’s right-of-way.
Some no doubt enjoyed the entertainment, but for many uncommitted voters interested in meeting local candidates, studying sample ballots, and learning about the various amendments and races they were about to vote on, it was an annoyance, which was very evident. The group also made it difficult for frustrated drivers to make their way through the lot to find parking spots. One elderly Cuban lady named Olga who claims she’s voted in every election since 1976 said she had never seen anything like this in all her years of voting. She called it “tremenda chusmería.”
To me it felt more like a street festival in Tegucigalpa than a voting precinct in the United States.
I don’t think the Obama campaign did itself any favors among undecided voters at this early voting location, but that’s just based on what I observed.
The Miami Herald reported tonight that the Environmental Protection Agency blasted an e-mail out to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month.
The e-mail included a description of why Hispanic Heritage is celebrated beginning September 15 of every year. It stated:
Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15, the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries—Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico declared its independence on September 16, and Chile on September 18.
What was odd is that instead of picturing an iconic landmark in one of the countries listed, or even a picture of a famous Hispanic-American, it sticks a snapshot of Stalinist Cuba, specifically a picture of a communist propaganda mural that depicts mass murdering Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara and a quote that says “unto victory, always!” Continue reading →
The primary election has come and gone, and as is the case after every election, voters and politicos alike give their opinions regarding what the winners did right and what the losers could have done better.
One race we at Reaganista.com did not really chime in on was the Republican Primary for House District 103. The reason we didn’t, as we’ve said before, is because we consider both Manny Díaz, Jr. and Renier Díaz de la Portilla (DLP) decent conservatives. Either one of them would have made a good representative and fighter for conservative principles. Regardless, Manny Diaz went on to win that race 55% to 39%
A third candidate received roughly 5%.
However, a closer look at the numbers reveals something that should strike fear into the heart of notoriously high-strung mayor of Miami Lakes, Michael Pizzi. Continue reading →
After months of fundraising, campaigning, scheming, punching, and counter-punching, candidates across Florida saw the fruits of their efforts come (and go) in the couple of hours after polls closed at 7pm yesterday.
Many outcomes were expected, some were surprising, and a few were just plain bizarre. On that note, what’s up with Central Florida? I mean, they actually elected the prosecutor who botched the Casey Anthony Trial as their new State Attorney? Seriously? Oh well. I digress.
Anyway, this is a recap of election results and how things stand in some of the races we at Reaganista.com took a position on: Continue reading →