BELATED ELECTION CONGRATS: We have been remiss in not congratulating two REGJB regulars who also won election this past Tuesday. Kionne McGhee, a former ASA and current Regional Counsel attorney won election to the Florida House. Mr. McGhee is a great guy, a fantastic lawyer, and will do us all proud.
Former Dade ASA Cathy Vogel won a primary against current Monroe County State Attorney Dennis Ward, putting Vogel in the general election against republican Mark Kohl- her former boss. Here is the story: Ward ran again Kohl four years ago and primarily campaigned against wasteful spending, including Vogel's $140K per year salary as a chief assistant in Kohl's office. When Ward won, Vogel quit and went into private practice. 4 years later Kohl registered in the general election as a republican and Vogel challenged Ward in the democratic primary, campaigning on her experience as a prosecutor in Dade and Monroe. Now it's Vogel vs. Kohl in November. We endorse Ms. Vogel all the way!
HURRICANE ANDREW 20 YEARS LATER.
Where were you when Andrew roared though South Miami?
We were holding on for dear life.
For some reason the City of Homestead (motto: "Don't forget us") is having a celebration. The Herald reports here.
We've walked to court with the National Guard providing security as downtown burned in the aftermath of riots; We've lived though floods and storms and even one term judges (Peter Capua anyone? a very nice man btw), but we've never lived through anything like Andrew.
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