Mark NeJame 2005 News

Central Florida's most powerful people: Rankings 15-6
Taking Names' 2005 edition of the "25 Most Powerful People in Central Florida" kicked off Tuesday by unveiling the bottom 10.

City Hall: Under the dome
How did you celebrate Mark NeJame Day? It was Tuesday, though you might not have known, because the proclamation was made in a pri-vate luncheon with Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, City Council member Ernest Page and a handful of NeJame's family, including his 72 year-old mother, Ann.

The second annual Orlando Magazine Power 50 list includes some new names, lots of changes in position and some departures to make way for the new arrivals (Power 50 debuts are indicated with blue numbers).

Florida C-Store Owners Sentenced
Two former Tallahassee convenience-store owners accused of submitting false income-tax returns were sentenced Monday to three years of probation and a year of home confinement by electronic monitoring.

Follow the Money in Dyermania
Lawyers have long said that prosecutors hold so much influence over grand juries that they could indict a ham sandwich. Personally, I think it's disrespectful for anyone, even legal experts, to compare our mayor to pork products. Still, there are some interesting leftovers from last week's exoneration and return to office of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.

Mulvaney Loses Bid for Runoff Election
Ken Mulvaney finally got his day in court, but it wasn't the outcome he wanted: A judge Thursday ruled against the runner-up in last year's Orlando mayor's race, likely dealing a death blow to his yearlong fight to overturn Buddy Dyer's re-election.

Election Dueling Begins Today
With Orlando's political future up for grabs, the City Council is expected to decide today whether to call a special election to replace suspended Mayor Buddy Dyer or to leave interim Mayor Ernest Page in charge.

It's not so Easy for Martinez to be Green
The idea of writing about a politician and quoting only people who have endorsed that politician might seem unfair and unbalanced.