Jose Felix Diaz outspends Annette Taddeo 3 to 1 plus — but loses anyway

Jose Felix Diaz outspends Annette Taddeo 3 to 1 plus — but loses anyway

Former State Rep. Jose Felix “Pepi” Diaz is nothing if not a formidable fundraiser. Everyone expected the Senate District 40 race to be expensive and Ladra even suggested it could be the most expensive Senate race in Florida history. We’ll have to wait until the final campaign finance reports are submitted weeks from now, but […]

Annette Taddeo finally wins one in heated, close, anti-Trump SD40

Annette Taddeo finally wins one in heated, close, anti-Trump SD40

Proving that tenacity and good old stubborn persistence can pay off, perennial candidate Annette Taddeo finally won an election Tuesday. And against a “titan” like former State Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, who spent at least twice as much money (more on that later), too. Taddeo beat Diaz by a comfortable edge, 50.95 to 47.21 percent for Diaz. […]

Wasting no time post primary, Republicans court NPAs in SD40 race

Wasting no time post primary, Republicans court NPAs in SD40 race

Two days after he crushed it in the GOP primary for the Senate Distrit 40 seat, former State Rep. Jose Felix Diaz is getting a head start on the general campaign with a mailer that calls him a “tax cutter” and a committment of $100K from fellow Republicans. The mailer arrived Thursday addressed to Ladra’s […]

Jose Felix Diaz and Annette Taddeo win SD40 with more money, mail

Jose Felix Diaz and Annette Taddeo win SD40 with more money, mail

Former State Rep. Jose Felix “Pepi” Diaz turned a 30-plus point deficit in early polls into a 32-point lead Tuesday when he won the special election for Senate District 40, beating former Sen. Alex Diaz de la Portilla by a whopping 58 to 26 percent. Someone tell Ladra again how negative campaigns don’t work. Or how […]

Both Democrats in SD40 race are compared to Donald Trump

Both Democrats in SD40 race are compared to Donald Trump

It was bound to happen. In fact, one might wonder what took Annette Taddeo so long to bring up Ana Rivas Logan‘s Republican stripes. It happened this week, when Democrat voters received a mailer where Rivas Logan is pictured between President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who she only served in Tallahassee with […]

Senate 40 candidates to face off in forum — if they show up

Senate 40 candidates to face off in forum — if they show up

With less than two weeks left before the special election primary to fill the Senate seat in District 40 — brought to you by the drunken, racists rants of former Sen. Frank Artiles — you would think that they’d all take advantage of an opportunity to reach a large group of engaged voters at a […]

Annette Taddeo gets union nods like in 2016, when she lost

Annette Taddeo gets union nods like in 2016, when she lost

Two key unions announced Tuesday that they endorsed Annette Taddeo in her bid to replace former Senator Frank Artiles, who was forced to resign in April after he was caught in a racial rant against a black legislator. The leaders of SEIU Florida and AFSCME Florida both said they were pleased to back Taddeo, who has […]

Senate 40 race is a fight for a foursome of familiar faces

Senate 40 race is a fight for a foursome of familiar faces

Sure, sure, there are six candidates in the Florida Senate District 40 race for the seat vacated by Frank Artiles, who resigned abruptly in April after he was caugh making racist and sexist comments to and about colleagues. But really, most if not all of the attention is going to be on the four familiar faces […]

The Cortadito Calendar for the last full week of May

The Cortadito Calendar for the last full week of May

Summer is coming. As we enter the last full week of May, we realize that the usual summer political doldrums should not hold true this year, since we have the special eletion in Senate District 40 to keep us entertained as well as municipal elections in the county’s four largest cities just gearing up. But Miami-Dade […]

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