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Broward Republican Party Hosts Reagan Day Dinner This Saturday

The Broward Republican Executive Committee (BREC) is hosting its Reagan Day Dinner this Saturday night at the American Legion Post 222 in Oakland Park. The main speaker is former US Congressman Allen West. Entertainment for the dinner/ dance will be provided by the legendary Woody Woodbury and Margate’s own Sekond Nature.

Tickets are still available online here. If paying by check please contact BREC Vice Chair Celeste Ellich at (954) 326-2468

Broward Judge Raising Money For Nonexistent Political Campaign?

hurleywebBroward Judge John Jay Hurley appears to be running for re-election even though he has not filed any campaign paperwork with the Broward Supervisor of Elections office. In January, REDBROWARD revealed Hurley was operating a website promoting his bond court appearances. Now, REDBROWARD has discovered a new “re-election” website for Hurley.

Hurley, a fraternity brother of former Governor Charlie Crist, faces re-election in 2016. Hurley has not filed any campaign paperwork. Some courthouse observers wonder why Judge Hurley has multiple websites.

In January, REDBROWARD reported Hurley refused to speak with the local media even though he uses them to promote his website. WSVN Channel 7 reported Hurley “ignored” their questions about bias complaints filed against him by the Broward Public Defender’s Office.WSVN interviewed Broward Public Defender Howard Finkelstein in front of the Broward County courthouse. Hurley was standing a few feet away. REDBROWARD spotted the media circus while attending a judicial robing ceremony.

While Hurley ignored the television cameras outside the courthouse, he appears to have no problem using the media to promote his name. Hurley has a become a household name thanks to his over-the-top antics in Broward bond court. Hurley reads the charges for maximum dramatic effect which usually gets airtime on the local news.

The bond court drama plays out over a courthouse feed viewed by law enforcement, bail bondsmen and the media. On Hurley’s website, the bond court feed from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel is prominently displayed.  The spartan site contains little else. Oddly enough, if you click the “sample video” link on his website, you will find a Twitter post where Hurley is refererred to as an “asshole.”

The website is operated by local Democrat operative Ron Mills of RainbowUSA hosting.

When contacted by REDBROWARD, Mills said Hurley is “fully aware of the website.” He said he is operating the website as a volunteer. Mills said Hurley is “definitely aware of the site….it gets lots of hits.”

This week, REDBROWARD found a new Hurley website. The equally spartan site contains new glamour photographs of Hurley as well as a link to donate money to Hurley via Paypal. Well, kinda.

When you click on the PayPal button, users are redirected to a page under the name “Brittany Zarin.” Can Judges accept money via third parties? Can Judges even solicit money if a campaign does not even legally exist?

Influential Political Report Lists Patrick Murphy’s Congressional Seat As “Toss-Up”

Noelle-Nikpour-fox-news-hottie-600x513An influential Washington D.C. political report now lists the race to replace Congressman Patrick Murphy (D-Jupiter) as a “toss-up.” Today’s post from the Rothenberg Report confirms Florida Republicans’ belief that Murphy’s entry into the U.S. Senate race presents a golden opportunity to pick a House seat. In 2012, Murphy, the hand-picked candidate of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, narrowly defeated Congressman Allen West.

Rothenberg writes several Republicans are planning to face off in the hopes of representing District 18. Several local Democrat politicians have already announced their intentions to run. He wrote, “on the Republican side, state Rep. Pat Rooney Jr., brother of Florida Rep. Tom Rooney, might run and is casting a shadow over the race until he decides. Businessman Gary Uber (he owns a home health care company, not an on-demand car service) and St. Lucie County Commissioner Tod Mowery may run.”

Rothenberg reports a Fox News Channel contributor may jump into the race as well. He wrote,”A wild card might be FOX News commentator Noelle Nikpour. Even though she is from Arkansas, Nikpour is a columnist for the Sun Sentinel and is apparently putting together a campaign to run in this district.”

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