Posts Tagged ‘Florida’

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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In Florida, where reforms are slow to arrive, cash bail remains the law of the land

Friday, May 10th, 2019

By Claire Goforth
The widespread practice of requiring bond on the vast majority of cases has led to what many describe as “wealth-based detention” based on means, rather than danger to the community or likelihood of fleeing.
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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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The Economy and Usage of Token in Crypto Currency

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

The Economy and Usage of Token in Crypto Currency
Getting into the mainstream digital currency and ruling the financial world has been the most exhilarating experience for the experts as well as novices who have benefitted from the amazing world of programmable unit of currency. The currency system that is well bolted with Blockchain and has a major role in the smart contract logic that forms a greater part of the software. The non-technical arena of using a private currency issued to people who subscribe to the initial offerings by start-up or companies has become a popular and regulated form of choosing the currency against the tokens offered.
They can have an underlying asset value is an innovative way to create capital for the crypto companies to work and use the currency to build a microeconomic platform.

The usage of tokens create the self-governing business model, the source and distribution empowers its users to use the products and benefit greatly in the long term
designing the underlying cryptocurrencies and increasing the token sale structure, and deliver a viable business model, bootstrapping engagement and product access ownership will increase the usage of the token system
creation of internal economies is the most important outcomes as the transactional level of buying and selling will allow the users to earn the valuable service to sustain the best value adds in the economy that is always welcoming new endeavors
pay per use concept gives a lot of liberty for the user to know and limit their usage in a productive environment, there is a complete overhaul in the cryptocurrency ecosystem at the transactional level
user experience is the key for any function, application to prosper and grow, joining, networking and connecting with a wide base of customers across the globe, be it using the financial methods that are both traditional settlement

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My Two Cents On Online Trading

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

My Two Cents On Online Trading
Women are good at multitasking. They are good in decision making and women analyze their strength and weakness before making a choice. I am the kind of person, who always wants to do something productive to satisfy my soul. I have a good resume and made decent money before my baby. After I quit my job to take care of my kid, I felt a void in my life. I could not take a full-time job as I needed to be with my kid at home. From there, my hunt for ‘work from home’ jobs began! Continue reading to know what happened then!
After a lot of research and understanding, I chose to trade online!. Investing is not new for us as we have already invested a lot of money in real estate and bond. Rather than just being an investor, I wanted to become a successful trader. My husband collected a variety of study material for me to understand the basics of finance and economics.
Without any further delay, I opened a trader account and started to buy the least quantity of shares. I assigned a broker for myself and he gave me a lot of valuable tips and tactics. Every day after my husband leaves for office, I feed my kid, have my breakfast, clean up the kitchen, engage my kid with some activities and I finally settle down on my work desk sharply at 10 am.
I regularly monitored the market trends, fluctuations and I understood that patience is the key as the stock market is more volatile. I gradually gained experience and made progress. Fortune started to knock at my door and I was happy that I made it without much assistance from others!
One fine morning, I read an article about Cryptocurrency trading in

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How To Pay The Monthly Bills On Time?

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

How To Pay The Monthly Bills On Time?
Monthly bills payment need little attention and care for some people whereas for others need more care and attention to pay off the monthly bills since they may get confused with too many bills to pay at a single time which includes electricity bills, credit card bills, etc.  They need extra time and effort to schedule the payments according to the due dates and need much more care to settle all the monthly bills.
Paying monthly bills on time will help you in many ways like you can have the option of investing the extra money in hand on any of the financial platforms or any other online trading automated robots like crypto code, ethereum code etc. on time.  This extra money investment will help you in the future course of time when you badly require more fund for any other personal reasons.
The following are some of the ways to pay your monthly bills on time so that you can plan for the investment and other expenses on time and without any delay;

Prioritize your bills to be paid: Make the payments which are to be settled at first in which it is your duty to identify the bills to be paid at first and the monthly bills which are paid at the last.  You need to pay much attention and effort to prioritize all your bills according to the due date and the importance of the bill payment which will help you to avoid unnecessary commitments and confusion.
If possible change the due dates on request: Some monthly bills have to be paid at the beginning of the month whereas there are other payments of bills at the end of the month.  Schedule the payments accordingly and if you think paying at the beginning will

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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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How Businesses Can Profit From Cryptocurrency Investment?

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

How Businesses Can Profit From Cryptocurrency Investment?
We personally look at investments and the earnings from it with a good amount of seriousness. This is because we put our hard earned money it for its growth to a large extent. The same idea goes with large businesses too. Businesses can invest on such new platforms to make the best returns in a very crucial yet a satisfying manner. It is highly risky to invest, but a bulk amount can actually be a good way of growing the amount we have made. Businesses can opt for new operations or investment avenues in projects to a large extent.
We generally have the concept of two different sectors in the business field. One is the manufacturing sector and the other is the service industry. Both sectors have their own new projects. As far as the manufacturing industries are known, we have new factories or research plants being developed. This is required to further widen the business. When we talk about the service industry, we require building new service centers and other customer support organizations to work hard. This will increase the customer base and further increase the profits earned to a great extent. To make these investments possible, financial stability is an utmost necessity. So, we have to think of strong invest platforms as cryptocurrencies and start investing smartly.
There are many options available, we have the bitcoins, Ethereum and many more. We have to understand the different conditions involved to make the best that can be made available. The money earned out of these ways can be invested elsewhere in the business to widen the operations and expand on a large scale.
As it is fairly very difficult to trade, we always look for good assistance. Bitcoins have been found to give the maximum output. When

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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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ATV deaths top 15,000 threshold in latest government report

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

By Eli Wolfe and Myron Levin
FloridaBulldog.org
Since the early 1980s, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has conducted a grim census, tracking reports of deaths from crashes of all-terrain vehicles, or ATVs. Now the body count has risen above 15,250, according to the agency’s latest annual report, with more than one in five of the deaths suffered by children under 16.
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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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As Florida jails more kids than any other state, criminal justice reform is again on the table in Tallahassee

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

By Deirdra Funcheon
Thanks to decades of tough-on-crime policies, Florida now has the third-largest prison population in the United States — nearly 100,000 people, including more minors than any other state. Florida requires people to serve at least 85 percent of their sentences and has abolished parole. All this costs taxpayers $2.4 billion per year.
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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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