Coral Springs bill to defend commissioners rises

November 23, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

By Lisa J. Huriash

The bill to Coral Springs taxpayers for the successful criminal defense of two city commissioners has risen almost $ 2,600, to more than $ 94,000.

Last week, the city commission agreed to foot the $ 90,000 legal bill for defending Commissioners Tom Powers and Vincent Boccard on a Government in the Sunshine violation. Their attorneys will be paid $ 45,000 apiece.

Read this itemized bill.

The commission also agreed to spend $ 1,450 to cover the bill for an attorney to decide how much money the other two lawyers were owed.

The city commission was warned that bill would likely rise, and that tab was released Tuesday: Howard Greitzer of the Fort Lauderdale firm Lyons and Sanders will be paid an additional $ 2,594.12, for a total of $ 4,044.12.




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Lou Dobbs talks, Coral Springs crowd applauds

November 16, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Feel-good entertainment is a staple at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, where the Kosher Comedy Tour, Doo-Wop Oldies Christmas Show and Neil Sedaka are coming attractions.

On Tuesday, the venue sizzled with political rhetoric from an act that didn’t provide anything soothing in the 55-minute show.

More than 1,400 people were treated to a dose of conservative commentary from syndicated radio talker Lou Dobbs, the former CNN. He spoke and answered audience questions posed by South Florida’s most prominent conservative radio talker, Joyce Kaufman.

Both appear weekdays on WFTL 850 AM, which sponsored the event free for station listeners.

Kaufman’s been in the headlines in the last week. Congressman-elect Allen West, R-Plantation, picked her to be his chief of staff.

Days later she relinquished the job after liberal cable personalities and the blogosphere hammered her with video of a July 4 speech in which Kaufman said she was convinced that “the most important thing the founding fathers did to ensure me my First Amendment rights was they gave me a Second Amendment” right to bear arms. “And if ballots don’t work, bullets will.”

The controversy didn’t get much attention Tuesday. The audience applauded when Kaufman said she’d remain on the air locally. And when Dobbs said he’s keynoted tea party events, Kaufman deadpanned, “you’ve got to be careful with that.”

Otherwise, the evening was devoted to Dobbs, who received enthusiastic responses from the audience, especially when he described himself as “first and foremost an American citizen,” lamented “those who would apologize for this country,” and hailed the results of the midterm elections. “What a wonderful, wonderfully day Nov. 2nd was.”




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Conservative radio talkers take to the stage in Coral Springs

November 16, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

South Florida’s most prominent conservative radio voice will be on stage Tuesday night with one of the nation’s most conservative radio talkers.

Joyce Kaufman, the host of the eponymous midday talk show on WFTL 850 AM, will interview Lou Dobbs, the former CNN anchor who hosts a nationally syndicated show that airs following Kaufman’s every afternoon.

The event is at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the 7 p.m. program. Tickets were quickly snapped up, WFTL said, but people can still register until about 2 p.m. and may be able to get in if there are no shows.

Dobbs will be discussing the elections, health care, the economy and politics. Audience members will also be able to submit questions, which Kaufman will pose to him. WFTL’s website describes Dobbs as “Mr. Independent,” and describes some of his key concerns: “securing our borders, the leftist takeover of our government or the dangers of free trade.

Kaufman has been in the headlines for the last week.

A week ago, Congressman-elect Allen West picked her to be his chief of staff. Days after, she gave the job back.

She said bitter election losers used her opinions and public speeches to attempt to “lynch” West. She said that after being savaged online and on TV, becoming the target of death threats and receiving an e-mail that prompted a complete lockdown of Broward County schools last week, she changed her mind about taking the job in Washington.

On her broadcast Tuesday, Kaufman said “it feels like I’ve been in the twilight zone.”

“I have to spend some time explaining to people why I believe all this happened. Because nothing happens by accident. I’m not one of those people who believes in coincidences I call them God-incidences,” she said.

Kaufman also indicated she wasn’t going to devote all her time to discussing the events of the past week. “I’m going to let the dervishes whirl. I’m not going to whirl along with them.”

Kaufman said a friend told her she’s lost weight in the last week. That’s because she hasn’t been eating much beyond an occasional bowl of soup in recent days. “Eating seemed insignificant lately.”




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