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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Satz does NOT rhyme with success: Vote NO on Miami Herald's sorry 2012 local and state election coverage: Proof? Their editorial board endorsed carpetbagger Joe Gibbons of Jacksonville and over-the-hill mediocrity Mike Satz BEFORE paper ever printed a single article about their races. Slipshod Herald editors then run thread-bare story about them AFTER the August Primary Early Voting period had started. As usual, too little too late at One Herald Plaza!

Above, my screenshot of grim-faced, low-tech Broward State Attorney Michael "Mike" Satz as he appeared on the August 12, 2012 version of WPLG-TV's "This Week in South Florida" with Michael Putney. Satz, in this office since his 1976 election, was simultaneously imperious and condescending in his treatment of energetic and well-informed Democratic primary opponent Chris Mancini, who hammered Satz over how truly backwards the SAO office is, and their third-rate website has proven this for years, as I know well. Overall, Satz's appearance was like a giant finger-in-the-eye to anyone in Broward who has been paying close attention to how consistently unsuccessful his office has been in rousting public corruption out from City Halls across this county, the most-corrupt in Florida. The FBI has been doing the real heavy-lifting on that, not Satz and his office. Maybe the FBI should come to Hallandale Beach because Satz's office is either ignoring what's right in front of him or hibernating.

Vote NO on Miami Herald's sorry 2012 local and state election coverage. Here's more proof of why you should vote thumbs down...
Question: What do Broward State's Attorney Michael "Mike" Satz and Florida state Rep. Joseph "Joe" Gibbons have in common, besides both being Democrats who (claim) to live full-time in Broward County?

The anti-Gibbons mailer I received in August from his opponent.

Satz does, Gibbons does not, preferring the Jacksonville area where his wife works and his kids live, but it's Satz's job to prosecute Gibbons for breaking the law, isn't it?
Guess what? Satz doesn't want to, so residents of SE Broward like me get to be repped by a guy whose head is really in NE Florida, where his family is, not Broward, and occasional drop-in appearances like his this past Saturday among people waiting in line to vote, can't hide that central fact.

It'll be yet another grim reminder of where we live and what passes for journalism in South Florida in the year 2012.

Answer: What they have in common is that the Miami Herald's editorial board endorsed both  carpetbagger Joe Gibbons of Jacksonville and over-the-hill mediocrity Mike Satz BEFORE the newspaper ever printed a single article about their respective races. 

Then, slipshod Herald editors thought they'd pull a fast one on us and ran a thread-bare story.
Yes, but days AFTER the August Primary Early Voting period had already started! 
As usual, too little too late at One Herald Plaza

For the entire time that Putney, Satz and Mancini were on the same set, Satz never once looked at Mancini when he was speaking, even when at great length, which this shows. He channeled Al Gore in the 2000 debates. Did he honestly have no idea how badly he came across to the public. I've watched this entire segment 3-4 times and each time, Satz comes off worse than the previous time. Since Mancini lost in the primary, I'll be voting for Jim Lewis for State's Attorney, as 36 years of Satz is enough.
If Hallandale Beach voters get the reform they want on Tuesday, Broward IG John W. Scott and Broward State's Attorney Mike Satz better get busy, because a letter to Gov. Rick Scott and some key FL legislators about Satz' & Company's INEFFECTIVENESS in cleaning-up corruption here will hammer them but good.

And maybe even lead to an invitation to Gov. Scott and others to come here for a tour of the place where laws are treated like suggestions, and where Joe Gibbons pretends he doesn't know anything at all about what's been going on here.
(But Gibbons doesn't want to admit that it's because the Jacksonville paper he reads at breakfast doesn't run Hallandale Beach news!)

Perhaps the state legislature and pro-ethics Senator Paula Dockery needs to hold a field hearing in Hallandale Beach on the subject of government ethics to hold some Broward elected officials' feet to the fire.
I know whom I'd like to see her invite!

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Hallandale Beach Blog is where I try to inject or superimpose a degree of accountability, transparency and insight onto Florida and local Broward County government and public policy issues, which I feel is sorely lacking in local media now. On this blog, locally, I concentrate my energy, enthusiasm, anger and laser-like attention on the coastal cities of Hallandale Beach, Hollywood and Aventura.

If you lived in this part of South Florida, you'd ALREADY be stuck in stultifying traffic, paying higher-than-necessary taxes and continually musing about the chronic lack of accountability among not only elected govt. officials, but also of city, county and state employees as well. Collectively, with a few rare exceptions, they couldn't be farther from the sort of strong results-oriented, eager work-ethic mentality that local residents deserve and expect. But seldom if ever see...

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