Mystery Miami Beach PAC goes down, but new PAC is up

Mystery Miami Beach PAC goes down, but new PAC is up

After having denied any connection to a mysterious political action committee that raised $200,000  Miami Beach Commissioner Michael Grieco, who is running for mayor, admitted last week that he knew the chairman of People for Better Leaders. Then, just a few days after two Miami Herald reporters forced the admission and made several connections between […]

Michael Grieco hits $500K, with help from real estate investor

Michael Grieco hits $500K, with help from real estate investor

Even before the next campaign report is due next week, Miami Beach Commissioner Michael Grieco passed the half million dollar mark in his quest to become the city’s next mayor. Last month’s campaign finance report shows $41,575 brought in April for a total warchest of $500,942. But almost 10 percent of that comes from a real […]

The Cortadito Calendar for Mother’s Day week

The Cortadito Calendar for Mother’s Day week

Happy Mother’s Day, a bit early. Hope you have something lovely planned for the mama in your life on Sunday — whether that be a biological, spiritual or political mama. But the rest of the week is just a normal week in May, with government meetings and candidate events and political powwows. Please make it […]

Dan Gelber raises mayoral money fast, and spends it fast

Dan Gelber raises mayoral money fast, and spends it fast

The mayoral race in Miami Beach is going to be expensive as both candidates have already raised almost $800,000 between them. Ladra fully expects this to go over the million dollar mark before the November election. Commissioner Michael Grieco — who loaned himself $25,000 in December — has raised the most with $459,367. To be fair, he […]

The Cortadito Calendar takes us through another busy week

The Cortadito Calendar takes us through another busy week

We have another Miami-Dade County commission meeting this week. Between the committees, the Comprehensive Development Master Plan meetings, the MPO (which is now the TPO) and the full Miami-Dade commission meetings, it seems like there is something going on at County Hall every day. We mean out in public view. But we have more than 30 other […]

The Cortadito Calendar for President’s Day week

The Cortadito Calendar for President’s Day week

February is the short month. And it is almost over already. Key word: Almost. Because first, there are a few more poltical events for the Cortadito Calendar: A town hall without an elected, a film screening, a fundraiser, a party to open a shiny new police station, another moratorium on medical marijuana, more talk about […]

Miami Beach: Anonymous email attacks Michael Grieco

Miami Beach: Anonymous email attacks Michael Grieco

Miami Beach Commissioner Michael Grieco, who is running for mayor this year, may not have an opponent yet. But he’s already the target of negative attacks trying to link him to a new shady PAC collecting big donations from people or companies with interests in the city. Whoever sent the email Tuesday that makes Grieco […]

Beach Commissioner to candidate: ‘Hands off my charity’

Beach Commissioner to candidate: ‘Hands off my charity’

Miami Beach Commissioner Michael Grieco finally got involved in the city’s upcoming elections Tuesday — when he publicly chastised and denounced one of candidates for using Grieco’s Miami Beach Kids First non-profit in a paid campaign email blast. In it, Grieco basically calls Mark Samuelian an outsider who would “do anything to try and win […]

Political Pics of the Week: Chairs, turkeys and holiday cheer

Political Pics of the Week: Chairs, turkeys and holiday cheer

It was a week marked by the installation or swearings and the choosing of electeds to lead governing bodies. But it was also a week marked by the first of what is surely to be multiple holiday bribes — you know, the frozen turkeys and bags of accompanying Thanksgiving feast items given away to grateful […]