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Miami, capital of political theater on Thursday

The pickings were almost too good to be true for political junkies in Miami-Dade County and the city of Miami Thursday, as county commissioners played tug of war to set a recall election and city commissioners wrangled over the future of their police chief.

At County Hall, the proceedings were characterized by references to both Mother Teresa and Shakespeare's Julius Caesar as commissioners voted 10-3 to set a March 15 recall election for Mayor Carlos Alvarez and Commissioner Natacha Seijas. "It could come back to you and haunt you one day," Seijas warned her colleagues after she argued unsuccessfully that her election should be scheduled separately from the mayor's.

Meanwhile, at City Hall, Commissioner Richard P. Dunn II led a failed attempt to hold a ceremonial no-confidence vote against embattled Police Chief Miguel Exposito, who has been engaged for weeks in a public power struggle with Mayor Tomás Regalado. Thursday's the drama featured dueling videos, allegations that the mayor's son attempted to slime the police department and cries of national embarrassment. "We are the laughingstock of America," Dunn said.

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What else is new? That area has been the laughingstock of America for years.

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