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Legislative ‘sprinkle’ adds extra half-million dollars to state senator’s nonprofit, quietly doubling state payout to Lauren’s Kids

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
In the waning days of the most recent Florida legislative session, it appeared the nonprofit agency founded and run by Plantation State Sen. Lauren Book would walk away with only half-a-million dollars in taxpayer funding after consecutive years of receiving six-figure sums.
Then came the April 30th meeting of the budget conference chairs. That’s when Lauren’s Kids got sprinkled.
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NRA pays lobbyist Marion Hammer big bucks, but you won’t find that disclosed in Tallahassee

Tuesday, May 14th, 2019

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The National Rifle Association paid powerhouse Tallahassee lobbyist Marion Hammer more than a quarter million dollars last year in the wake of the Parkland school massacre, according to an internal NRA document obtained by Florida Bulldog.
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Bye-Bye to Florida’s blind trust law and the protections it gave to Rick Scott and his vast wealth

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
To little notice last week, the Legislature voted unanimously to repeal Florida’s failed blind trust statute – a short-lived law best known for allowing Republican Rick Scott to shield tens of millions of dollars of his assets from public view, while also immunizing him from numerous conflicts of interest as governor.
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Broward halts probe of whistleblower’s complaint that port boss told him to clam up because ‘county auditors are not our friends’

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
After doing nothing for months, Broward administrators have shut down their investigation into a whistleblower’s complaint that a top official at Port Everglades told him to stop cooperating with county auditors and detectives investigating widespread purchasing card abuse.
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Rick Scott uses Senate seat to push legislation benefiting his investments in natural gas pipeline companies

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
U.S. Sen. Rick Scott is co-sponsoring a bill to expedite the exportation of liquid natural gas (LNG), an outcome that would benefit companies in his multi-million dollar personal investment portfolio.
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Taboo-busting case pits Fort Lauderdale bankruptcy judge vs higher federal courts

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

By Noreen Marcus, FloridaBulldog.org Judges rarely criticize one another in public. A judge hardly ever calls out a colleague for holding a bogus trial. But that’s precisely what Miami U.S. District Judge Darrin Gayles did last month to Fort Lauderdale U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Raymond Ray. […] The post Taboo-busting case pits Fort Lauderdale bankruptcy judge vs higher federal courts appeared first on Florida Bulldog.

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Broward bus ridership plummets as costs rise, authorities probe alleged scheme to hide buses

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
News that authorities are scrutinizing allegations of a scheme to hide buses from federal auditors comes at a challenging time for Broward County Transit. For the fifth year in a row, Broward bus ridership fell significantly in 2018.
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Broward auditor: Poor port management led to public health issues and let workers use county gear to profit

Friday, April 5th, 2019

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Broward’s independent auditor has slammed Port Everglades for poor management that resulted in public health and safety issues and let current and former employees repeatedly use expensive county equipment for personal financial gain.
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Bond issue rejected, but Pinecrest mayor will continue to look for ways to fund new water lines

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Despite Pinecrest voters overwhelmingly rejecting the issuing of $15 million in bonds that would have connected 739 homes to Miami-Dade’s water system, the bitter campaign during the mail-in election has left the village sharply divided.
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Broward investigates alleged scheme by transit officials to hide buses from federal DOT auditors

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Two Broward transit workers fired last month for payroll fraud were allegedly part of a scheme last June to help county transit officials hide buses from auditors of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
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Pinecrest water bond fight: ‘Entitlement’ for millionaire residents or ‘rip-off’?

Sunday, March 24th, 2019

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
A sharply divided Pinecrest is now voting on a $15 million bond issue that would give taxpayer subsidized water and sewer hook-ups to some wealthy and notorious property owners in the village.
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Friends of WLRN fires top executive amid turf war with public radio station boss

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
A turf war between the top executives of WLRN and its non-profit fundraising arm has ended with one of them out of a job.
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A Streetcar Named Devour: Downtown Fort Lauderdale officials invested over $18M in quiet bet on WAVE ‘Loop’ they pushed

Monday, March 18th, 2019

By Noreen Marcus
FloridaBulldog.org
Downtown Development Authority board members Alan Hooper and Tim Petrillo invested more than $18 million in real estate beside or near a planned “Loop” route along North Andrews Avenue at the northern WAVE terminus, near high-end Flagler Village. The timing of those deals raises concerns about a possible conflict of interest that was not made public.
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Judge ‘leaning toward’ unsealing antitrust records, orders Waste Management to explain why they should remain secret

Friday, March 15th, 2019

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A Broward judge late Thursday gave Waste Management 10 days to explain in writing why internal company documents about federal and state antitrust reviews of a 2016 merger should be kept secret.
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Waste Management attorneys shut down court hearing after judge refuses to exclude reporter

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
For the second time in a week, attorneys for Waste Management on Tuesday halted a legal proceeding after objecting to the courtroom presence of a Florida Bulldog reporter.
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As Republicans move to scrap blind trusts, Democrat agriculture chief Nikki Fried launches one

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
After years of embarrassing news about mega-wealthy former Gov. Rick Scott’s financial conflicts of interest, state Republicans in the House and Senate are pushing bills to repeal Florida’s controversial qualified blind trust statute. But that won’t affect the new blind trust quietly set up by new Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried.
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In secretive lawsuit, Waste Management’s lawyers shut down deposition of Broward’s top executive

Friday, March 8th, 2019

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry was supposed to testify Thursday afternoon in a high-profile civil lawsuit that pits Davie recycling businessman Ron Bergeron against trash disposal giant Waste Management. But Henry’s video-taped deposition was abruptly canceled when Waste Management’s attorneys walked out after objecting to the presence of a reporter for Florida Bulldog.
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Lake Worth uses cops, code enforcement in brazen effort to get rid of city’s poor

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
During a workshop drenched in anti-immigrant and racist overtones, Lake Worth commissioners laid the groundwork for an ongoing code enforcement crackdown on low-income residents in some the city’s poorest sections.
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Whistleblower sues Broward County over corruption and retaliation at Port Everglades

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A former Port Everglades supervisor is blowing the whistle on corruption there, including “widespread” purchasing card abuse by port employees and Broward County’s failure to protect him from retaliation.
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Manager says millions lost to cheap rents at Port Everglades; County investigating

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Port Everglades’ property manager has resigned, a month after accusing port administrators of allowing commercial tenants to dodge millions of dollars in rent by “dramatically undercharging” for port warehouse space.
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Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez fights to silence whistleblower firefighter

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Hialeah firefighter Eric Johnson’s days of whistleblowing on the misdeeds of Mayor Carlos Hernandez could soon be numbered.
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Has developer-dominated Fort Lauderdale DDA taxing district outlived its usefulness?

Sunday, February 17th, 2019

By Noreen Marcus
FloridaBulldog.org
Republican State Rep. Chip LaMarca, wants to extend the life of the Fort Lauderdale Downtown Development Authority until 2050. DDA critics are not happy.
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Is Florida’s prison diet strictly kosher? Who knows? U.S. monitor has backed off

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

By Noreen Marcus
FloridaBulldog.org
Court oversight of Florida’s kosher diet program, prison variety, appears to be dissolving like a sugar cube in hot tea.
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High-living Roger Stone, search warrants and more than $1 million in unpaid income taxes

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The day before the FBI arrested Roger Stone during a pre-dawn raid at his rented, canal-front home in ritzy Las Olas Isles, the presiding U.S. magistrate authorized a pair of sealed search warrants…
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Builder of collapsed FIU pedestrian bridge had troubling construction failure at Port Everglades

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Two months after last year’s fatal FIU pedestrian bridge collapse in Miami, the company that built the bridge was responsible for a troubling construction failure at Port Everglades.
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BSO, County Auditor probe out-of-control P-Card spending by Port Everglades employees

Thursday, January 17th, 2019

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A Port Everglades plumber was fired, another quit and current and former port public works employees are under suspicion amid a quiet investigation into apparent out-of-control spending using county credit cards.
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Federal Elections Commission reopens corruption case against ex-U.S. Rep. David Rivera

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
The Federal Elections Commission will get another crack at holding former Miami congressman David Rivera accountable for his role in an infamous South Florida campaign scandal.
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Construction giant Odebrecht goes after former top So. Fla execs for stealing trade secrets

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Odebrecht, the controversial global conglomerate that has an extensive portfolio of big-ticket government construction projects across Florida, is accusing three of its former top South Florida executives of pillaging trade secrets, company data and clients over the last two years.
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Broward’s elections chief misled ethics commission about Scott’s sham blind trust

Wednesday, December 26th, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Gov. Rick Scott’s newly appointed Broward elections boss was a staunch defender for Scott’s sham blind trust, and falsely told the Florida’s ethics commission five years ago that it was “modeled on” a federal blind trust.
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White property owners get full refunds for streetcar snafu, black community’s CRA takes hit

Monday, December 17th, 2018

By Noreen Marcus
FloridaBulldog.org
Fort Lauderdale killed the controversial Wave streetcar in May and earlier this month the city announced that about $10 million in tax refund checks will go out on Feb. 1 to downtown property owners who paid a special tax to help build it. But a local agency created to clean up slum and blight that also kicked in heavily will up to $3 million hit.
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