Broward Politics: Turning Red Into Blue (and a Weather Babe Exclusive)

You want to hear some political B.S.? 

Just listen to Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter when she opens her mouth to talk. Here's what she said yesterday during a discussion about the new courthouse: 

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Ritter
​RITTER: "Every time someone on this dais says the voters voted down the courthouse, I'm going to remind everybody that the voters never voted on this particular project. In 2006, the voters voted against a $450 million bond which has nothing to do with the current courthouse project which this board approved last year."

See? The voters were only against a bond to pay for a new courthouse -- not against paying for the a new courthouse directly with their tax dollars. Plus, the courthouse that the commission pushed through costs only $320 million -- hardly an expense at all. So stop this crazy talk about people voting down the courthouse.

Here's a little syllogism: 

Anyone who uses that argument is a charlatan. 
Stacy Ritter uses that argument. 
Therefore, Stacy Ritter is a charlatan.

It's a good thing the commission now has some people on it who challenge such bunk. We don't know how Chip LaMarca will turn out, but so far, he's doing just fine, a huge improvement over Keechl. Here's what he said to Ritter after she made her asinine statement. 

LAMARCA: "The voters did vote against a $450 million project. What I've always said is the courthouse is a mess. The courthouse needs rebuilding, rehabbing, a lot of work. It's a bad situation, but the bottom line is this board prior to where we are right now could have put this out to the voters, could have said: Listen, put a new ball initiative out there and say it's $320 million... It's great marketing, and put it back out to the voters. The fact is it's not our money. We didn't make it, but we spend it." 

It's a good thing there are three Republicans on the board now to bring balance. Of course, two of those Republicans -- John Rodstrom and Barbara Sharief -- are now Democrats, but hey, welcome to Broward County, where red is blue. All three right now are adding some common sense to offset the air-headed madness permeated by the self-entitled Dems sitting on the board. 

-- NPR weighs in on Florida's "Oxy Express," with mentions of our esteemed sheriff and Gov. Rick Scott's head-scratching opposition to the prescription pill database.  

-- Inside, we shift gears to a woman many claim to be the hottest weather babe in town.
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The weathercaster in question is Julie Durda, a former San Francisco 49s cheerleader and contestant on The Bachelor who is now a full-time employee at WSVN-Channel 7.

Durda is a minor sensation. Here she is getting low with Flo Rida. 

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And she recently engaged in a "Superman and Superwoman Challenge" at Billy Budd. Here's the video: 


It was a nice plug for Billy Beck Training Center in Sunrise, especially when Durda said, "Billy and his staff know their stuff; they helped me take my fitness to a whole new level." But here's the catch. Durda's husband, Brian Francis, works on that staff as a trainer for Billy Beck. Maybe there should have been a little disclaimer, eh? 

Ah, that's just a journalism misdemeanor. Just two weeks after that segment was filmed, Durda, under the name Julie Francis, filed for divorce after just nine months of marriage. Her lawyer, by the way, is former Sunrise Mayor Steven Effman. 

Watch out, Julie -- Effman has a very sordid history when it comes to his female divorce clients. I'll conclude this post with a passage from the Sun-Sentinel in 2003, when Effman dropped out of a state House race due to a sex scandal. 

The report was so descriptive -- written by former news columnist Buddy Nevins -- I had to include the brunt of it:
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Effman
​[Effman] pleaded guilty to a Florida Bar complaint Friday, admitting he had inappropriate relationships with three divorce clients. He agreed to be suspended from practicing law for 91 days. 

Effman earlier signed an out-of-court settlement which paid $470,000 to a fourth law client who said he forced her to have sex, but she was not part of the Bar complaint.

In sworn statements to the Florida Bar obtained by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Effman is portrayed as a serial harasser who turned his law office into a playground for his sexual fantasies. 

Clinton and Monica Lewinsky were pikers compared to Effman. It's all there in black and white. 

Distraught women came to Effman in one of the most emotional periods of their lives. They wanted his help to gain custody of their children. They wanted his help to get money and property that was rightfully theirs. 

These women needed guidance. They needed advice. They needed comfort. 

What the women got were leers, suggestions, pawing, sex.

I will not mention the women's names. Effman has made them suffer enough. 

"He offered to give me a massage. And he massaged my neck and then his hand went down the front of my dress," testified one woman about a meeting in Effman's law office. 

This woman said, "The first time that it went completely towards a sexual act, I felt like I had no choice... I felt like if I said anything against him, either he would quit as my attorney and he could possibly get me fired from my job."

Another woman was asked by a Bar attorney: "Did Mr. Effman lead you to believe that by having sexual relations with him he would do a better job on your case?"

"Yes," was her answer.

She became pregnant. 

"What did he tell you when you told him you were pregnant?" she was asked. 

"He was not helpful in any way," she testified. "He said, well, you're going to have to go and take care of that... And I did."

She got an abortion. 

"He didn't offer to help me with that expense," she said. "He didn't console me in any way."

And, the women testified, in the ultimate act of titanic gall, Effman billed them for the time they were in his office having sex. 

"He billed me for the time I was in his office, regardless of what we were doing in there," a woman testified. 

"Your belief is you were billed for having sexual relations with him?" she was asked.

"Uh-huh... yes," she said. 

Effman is repentant in his testimony.

"I want to clearly apologize for this conduct," he testified. 

"I acknowledge that I had inappropriate personal and intimate relationships with the [three women]," Effman told the Bar. "They began during my representation of these women and continued, in the case of [one woman], for over a year after the representation ended." 

That long-term relationship ended only when Effman's wife, long-time west Broward political insider Barbara Effman, "overheard me speaking to [her] on the cell phone," he told the Bar.
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Seriously, what's a lawyer got to do to get disbarred around here?    

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Darlenesofo
Darlenesofo

Why did you take down my comment??? Was I right about what I wrote?? You are a bitter attorney yourself who lost a case to Steve?? Bringing up crap that happened years ago and including a poor defenseless female who is emotionally going through a divorce....You are a true scumbag yourself.....If you had a human bone in your body you would remove this blog asap......LOSER

Darlenesofo
Darlenesofo

To the dumbass that started this blog we don't really care why you have it in for Steve. Maybe YOU lost a case against him?? So why bring a nice girl like Julie in this bitterness you have towards an attorney of all professions. They are scumbags anyway. Get a life and leave hers out of it A hole!!

Sophia Green
Sophia Green

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Captlwr
Captlwr

Durda and "F-man" ......... they deserve each other

Diver Mon
Diver Mon

RE: the courthouse.

-they have already evacuated parts of the 8th floor central courthouse due to mold.Other areas are just as bad, but judges are the only ones that get results....

-But wait, this will cost the county a whole lot more when the health care law suits start.

Trust me, the courthouse is unsafe to breathe. really its that bad.

Infoguy
Infoguy

Effman has nothing on the scandal that is about to break about "family" lawyer Howard Friedman and sexual predilections and unethical behavior!

KennyPowersSays
KennyPowersSays

"She got pregnant". He is a scumbag. She is an idiot.

About Ritter. Stupidity and arrogance is an explosive combination. She seems to have large doses of both running around in her mind. Wonder where Stacy gets these clown suits, that go so well with that pie face.

IrvingFeiner
IrvingFeiner

"And, the women testified, in the ultimate act of titanic gall, Effman billed them for the time they were in his office having sex. "

Someone ought to turn that Effman in for prostitution.

ExPostFacto
ExPostFacto

Lizette Gonzalez is hotter than Julie ever thought about being...just sayin...

unowho
unowho

IWhere I come from you renovate a perfectly sound structured building one floor at a time and remedy the faults so they dont happen again .Than again I now live in Floriduh!!!

gimmesamore
gimmesamore

Ok - first off, Effman also covered up the affairs within his own office. Word is, a female associate, who shall remain unidentified by this poster, walked in on Effy while he was doing the deeds in his corner office. This associate rose in the ranks quite quickly, which was allegedly in exchange for keeping the affairs quite within the office. Of course, the shit hit the fan eventually and his partners dropped him like a hot potato(e) [love you Quayle]. I don't even take credit cards at my office because I think client's already come to us need most of the time. Damn... billing your own clients while you sex them up --- that is some messed up, demonic shit.

Second -- somebody please post excerpts from Lamberti on 105.9 this morning, as I missed the broadcast. Did Paul blow sunchine up Al's ass? Did any listeners with real questions get thru to speak to Al? Somebody let me know.

Thanks

unowho
unowho

The Lamberti Show must have been on early I missed it also.Any earlybirds hear it???

gimmesamore
gimmesamore

Did PULP really let Lambo speak to the ticket issue without recording the show? How could that happen????

PULP - let us know what you found out. I did my part by posting the event on your blog last night...

On another matter, PULP -- I got your friend request on Facebook. Does that mean you know who I am? Seriously, please respond to that question.

Thanks

Dontgetit
Dontgetit

Readers take note, commissioners are set to vote on policy that allows thier aides to travel with them when on "county" business. That means free travel for the seriously overpaid at taxpayers expense ofcourse. Soon, no doubt we'll hear about the big "budget" deficit and firing employees, closing parks, etc. But the commission will continue to inflate their own budgets. Seriously, can't these simpletons do anything themselves? Some of them have 4 aides on their staff, all the others have no less than 3. wtf are they doing Pulp, do you know?

gimmesamore
gimmesamore

This is like that same bull shit of needing a psych guy to help the school board figure out how to work better together. Fuck you all. If you don't know how to function in a political environment without the assistance of psychologists and aids, you have no business in the office. If you have emotional or psychological issues, go to your own doctor on your state paid insurance. At least its not a DIRECT draw on our county tax funds. If you need an aid on a trip, pay for it yourself. Or here's an idea -- learn how to do your damn job. I would like to see an itemized list of the tasks these "aids" will take care of on the tax payers' dime. That is the least these guys could do for the public, prior to voting on this matter.

PULP - please identifiy these aids and their respective salaries, if you can. Makes me wanna do a FOIA request right now. However, unlike you, I must lurk in the shadows of your blog to protect my good name...

Guest
Guest

Pulp, who are you kidding LaMarca is an improvement. You must not be watching these Commission meetings where LaMarca sits there scratching his head like a kid who doesn't quite get his Algebra class. He has contributed zero to the Board thus far other than being a naysayer and contrarian.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

With this commission, being a naysayer and a contrarian is a public service.

unowho
unowho

Spacey Ritter ....The voters will definately remember this spin of pure BullShit when your Bail Bond is set!!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

I hate to say it but cewpie doll Stacy is correct, the voters did not vote on the current courthouse project. Maybe it's splitting hairs but something had to be done and at least the commissioners at the time (including Ms. Keechl) showed some intelligent leadership. Lord knows there are plenty of biggeer items to call them on.

As for the lovely and posture-perfect Ms. Durda you are correct she should watch out for Effman. He is sleazy douche, and isn't he about 100 by now...??? yuck

also anonymous
also anonymous

I agree with you. The voters would have likely turned down this smaller courthouse project, too. Then there would be no hope for getting a nasty "sick" building torn down and there would have been millions spent on lawsuits. It was the right thing to do. Yeah, it will create jobs, but you can create jobs in other ways, too. If I'm not mistaken, they were able to get some cheap Obama stimulus plan bonds, too, by approving it when they did. And that saved taxpayers millions.

Blueballjack
Blueballjack

An who the heck do you think would pay for the Obama Bonds? The boogey man? Its all our own money be it county, state, or federal money it is our money...stop the spending period and close the schools...an since when is barbar Sharief a republican?

unowho
unowho

Oscarlaroach Its called informing the uninformed distraught wife who could be his next victim .Once a POS lawyer always a POS lawyer!!! ......He is one of the thousand lawyers who should be chained to the bottom of the Ocean !!!

Oscarlaroche
Oscarlaroche

totally unfair to effman: his conduct was horrible but what relevance does that have today? is it really newsworthy after 8 years? I am not a friend of steve effman; just know him to say hello..........he still has many clients so I'm thinking he must do a decent job for his clients..............just because a prominent client hires him , is that any reason to bring up old news just for the fun of it?

Guest
Guest

He should have to be registered as a sex offender.

Guest
Guest

It's relevant because it happened. If he has clients today and does a decent job for them, good for him. He should consider himself very lucky he wasn't disbarred because of his disgusting behavior. But all should know this Lawyer does not have a squeeky clean past.

TwoCents
TwoCents

This Effman is a greedy, heartless jackass.

Guest
Guest

I just heard on the news... Thurs. from 6-9PM BSO officers will be the servers at Duffy's at the Harbor Beach Shops off Cordova Road in Ft. Lauderdale. It's for charity. I don't know if Al Lamberti will be there.

Mike
Mike

Who will be on DUI patrol when all the drunks spill out of of the bar after being served boooze by the cops?

BJ Brian
BJ Brian

Rick Frey and Louis Cavallo will be the men's room attendants between stints in the bathroom stalls.

Guest
Guest

Good Evening All!I'm having Pulp withdrawls. Things have changed so it's hard to comment during the work day. I've always been a staunch Democrat, but this time I'm happy I helped put LaMarca in. Ritter is delusional. I voted against a new Courthouse period. I would not have been against repairs or upgrades to the existing structure. I think many would agree to that. I watch ch. 7 news every morning and I love Julie Durda. Effman is disgusting! He should have been disbarred.

anonymous
anonymous

So would you have voted for a new, less expensive courthouse? Probably not. So, no courthouse would have been built and then your tax dollars would have been used to pay the people who sued the county because of the mold and other problems associated with this one.

unowho
unowho

When you find a prime example of the scum of the earth POS low down no good SB greedy Mother Effman no good for nuthin Lawyer ......Where is Parkland Man???

Nucky Thompson
Nucky Thompson

Pulp. Three stories in a day !. You must think your readers have ADD.

Stacy looks like a plump version of Cleopatra with that outfit on. Would take a helluva lot of milk to give her a bath and cover that fat asp of hers.

Hellvis
Hellvis

"asp"good one.I agree

augusta
augusta

Nucky. While I am no fan of Ritter, that comment was out of line.

Christy
Christy

Chip,

Nice way to step up to the Queen.

You are now hereby ordained "King Of the Queens".

Knows more than he should
Knows more than he should

To get a lawyer disbarred, you need evidence & persons willing to follow through with the complaint. Too many folks want someone to do something about a bad lawyer, but they don't want to be the one. (Kind of the same with doctors.)

What does it take? The courage of your convictions and willingness to follow through with what you believe. Otherwise you're just wasting air by talking and electrons by blogging.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

Does Mitch Seizure know that Effman is trying to impersonate him?

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