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  • Boys club doesn’t smell right — and it’s not the cigars

     
    A Sentinel story this week looked at how lobbyist Fred Leonhardt has been hosting men-only parties — complete with cigars, fancy food and drink and, on one occasion,  models — attended by elected officials and businessmen. Not surprisingly,...
  • Fernandez, Jacobs tangle with Falconer in GOP mayor debate

     
    The three major Republican candidates for Orange County mayor squared off in a debate Friday afternoon in Metrowest, and while Commissioner Mildred Fernandez and former Commissioner Teresa Jacobs largely played nice, both of were quick to take on...
  • McCollum mum on boys-only parties co-organzied by supporter

     
    Attorney General Bill McCollum never attended the upscale, men-only No Name Club parties co-organized by one of his gubernatorial finance committee members, Fred Leonhardt. But that’s about all his campaign staff would say about them. A spokeswoman for....
  • Jacobs challenges Orange mayor hopefuls to debates, asks ‘frontrunner” Segal to disclose business partners

     
    Former Orange County Commissioner Teresa Jacobs challenged Commissioner Bill Segal to prove that he's the true “front-runner” in the county mayor's race by agreeing to a series of debates. More pointedly, she also questioned if he's...
  • Orange Comm. Fernandez wants No Name Club organizer to brief leaders on men-only parties, fixes for loopholes in lobbying rules

     
    Orange County Commissioner Mildred Fernandez is asking the lobbyist who helped organize the so-called “No Name Club” parties to name the  lobbyists and politicians who attended the men-only events where free gourmet food, liquor and cigars...
  • Orange delays enforcing right-light cameras — again

     
    Orange County leaders unanimously agreed Tuesday to delay implementation of its red-light camera ordinance — again — which should keep cameras from going up at busy county intersections for at least another 120 days. The cameras were...
  • A deal so risky it almost bankrupt a county – & the Orlando ties

     
    Not long ago, we spent a good deal of time looking at the risky “swap” method of financing bonds that the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority was engaged in. At the time, several people questioned this practice (which makes some of...
  • > Photos: Webster is in for Grayson challenge

     
    After months of will-he-or-won't-he speculation, former state senator/House speaker Daniel Webster has jumped into the race to run against freshman U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson for Florida's 8th congressional district. Webster made it official Thursday...
  • Webster shouldn’t expect a coronation for his latest whim

     
     So, after having his name floated for all manner of campaigns (Congress, mayor, governor, you name it) Dan Webster finally set his sights on Alan Grayson. I feel comfortable declaring him the easy and immediate frontrunner in the Republican...
  • Fla. lawmakers send Crist a bill to make Orange ethics laws stick

     
    Top Orange County leaders have had a free ride when it comes to abiding by the county's tougher new gift and ethics rules, but that may soon be over. Florida lawmakers passed a public records exemption bill today that will  allows local governments such....
  • Orlando Magazine: Jacobs can fight, but can she lead as mayor?

     
    Former top Orlando Sentinel editor Sean Holton's well-written piece on former Orange County Commissioner  and county mayor candidate Teresa Jacobs is out in this month's issue of  Orlando Magazine, and it essentially asks: She can fight, but can sh...
  • Orange mayoral foes spar over tax returns, transparency

     
    Facing questions about disclosing his business partners, Orange County Commissioner Bill Segal said he would report the names of those current associates as county rules require — but go even further — and release his past tax returns in a...