Posts Tagged ‘Governor’

Florida First Lady’s loan to accountant for governor’s blind trust may have broken state law

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Gov. Rick Scott’s wife may have broken Florida law by loaning more than $100,000 to an accountant who works for the investment firm that manages the governor’s $215-million blind trust.
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Rick Scott, Mike Pence: When campaign fundraising met tax incentives for Scott’s company

Friday, September 7th, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Vice President Mike Pence flew into Florida Thursday to fundraise and campaign for Gov. Rick Scott. What you didn’t read in the political coverage of Pence’s short visit was about his previous symbiosis with Scott and how as governor of Indiana in April 2016, Pence helped Scott’s Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) obtain $650,000 in tax credits and grants.
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Gov. Scott’s huge, hidden stake in Chinese company supplying maker of Brightline trains

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Gov. Rick Scott and his wife had an enormous, hidden financial stake in a Chinese railway company that supplies components to the U.S. contractor building Brightline passenger trains for All Aboard Florida, a venture the governor strongly backed.
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Spotlight on Kalashnikov USA after spy arrest, reports Russia targeted NRA for U.S. influence

Friday, August 17th, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A U.S. senator has asked the Treasury Department whether it has investigated the apparent relationships between U.S.-sanctioned Russian arms makers and Russian-linked U.S. arms manufacturers, including Pompano Beach’s Kalashnikov USA.
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Spotlight on Kalashnikov USA after spy arrest, reports Russia targeted NRA for U.S. influence

Friday, August 17th, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A U.S. senator has asked the Treasury Department whether it has investigated the apparent relationships between U.S.-sanctioned Russian arms makers and Russian-linked U.S. arms manufacturers, including Pompano Beach’s Kalashnikov USA.
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Rick Scott paid $200,000 in tax incentives to company in which he had financial interest

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Gov. Rick Scott’s administration paid $200,000 in job-creation tax incentives to a Fort Myers-based cancer treatment company in which the governor had a personal financial interest.
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Will Brightline passenger train survive as counties try to choke off funding?

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

By Ann Henson Feltgen
FloridaBulldog.org
Brightline’s promise to extend its South Florida passenger train service to Orlando is in jeopardy again after two counties asked a judge this month to rescind federal approval of All Aboard Florida’s plan to issue $1.15 billion in bonds to fund the project.
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What did Gov. Rick Scott do with mysterious $120 million in cash?

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
When newspapers across Florida reported recently that Gov. Rick Scott’s net worth jumped $83 million in 2017, what got missed or downplayed was that Scott also pocketed an astounding $120 million in unexplained outside income.
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Grand jury witness fired by Broward Health sues claiming whistleblower retaliation

Monday, June 18th, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A former Broward Health executive secretary has filed a whistleblower suit against the hospital district, alleging she was fired after testifying before the grand jury that indicted her boss, President/Chief Executive Officer Beverly Capasso.
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Trump chooses Lt. Gov. Lopez-Cantera’s brother-in-law to be next U.S. Marshal

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

By Dan Christensenl and Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
President Trump’s nominee to become the next U.S. Marshal in South Florida is the brother-in-law of Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera. The nomination of Gadyaces Serralta, a Miami-Dade police major, for the $160,000-a-year job was sent to the Senate last week for confirmation.
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Congressman Deutch wants answers about Kalashnikov USA and Russia sanctions

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch asked the Treasury Department Wednesday if it has investigated Pompano Beach-based Kalashnikov USA to determine whether federal sanctions were violated “through illicit business relations” with Russian firearms giant Concern Kalashnikov.
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Broward Health goes dark; Gov. Scott clams up

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Things are getting stranger at Broward Health. On Friday, the taxpayer subsidized public hospital system began refusing to provide requested public information. On Monday, the governor’s office declined to explain why Rick Scott hasn’t suspended indicted district leaders.
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State knew Pompano gun maker in business with banned Russian firm when tax incentives offered

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s administration knew in 2015 when it offered $162,000 in tax-refund incentives to Pompano Beach assault rifle maker Kalashnikov USA that the company was doing business with a Russian arms giant that was blacklisted by the U.S.
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Rick Scott’s court-stacking plan has bad optics and perhaps a fatal flaw

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

By Noreen Marcus
FloridaBulldog.org
Gov. Rick Scott may not get a chance to stack the Florida Supreme Court, after all. The League of Women Voters of Florida is pursuing in the Florida Supreme Court a potent challenge to his power to reshape the court in his own image.
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Businessman accused of child molestation sues alleging defamation, smear campaign

Monday, March 19th, 2018

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
A South Miami-Dade couple launched a smear campaign with the assistance of mega-lobbyist Ron Book to destroy the reputation of a prominent businessman accused by their six-year-old daughter of molesting her at a pool party, according to a recently filed lawsuit.
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Rick Scott, Kalashnikov assault rifles, tax incentives, U.S. sanctions, and Russian oligarchs

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
When Pompano Beach’s authorized manufacturer of Russian AK-47 assault rifles was in jeopardy of losing $162,000 in tax incentives in 2016, Gov. Rick Scott’s administration tried to ride to the rescue.
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Scott vs. Nelson for Senate? If so, governor will have a lot more disclosing to do

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
For two terms, Florida’s feeble blind trust law has let Gov. Rick Scott stash his tens of millions of dollars in stocks, bonds, hedge funds, and oil and gas partnerships mostly out of sight and in friendly hands.
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Gov. Scott skirted Russia sanctions to offer tax breaks to maker of AK-47 assault rifle

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Gov. Rick Scott’s administration offered $162,000 in state tax breaks to bring to South Florida the manufacturer of the Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifle, even though the U.S. had imposed sanctions against Russian-made military assault weapons.
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As Broward Health bleeds, doctors warn mismanagement is affecting health care

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Broward Health’s top doctors have warned the district’s leadership that the medical staff’s ability to function “is being compromised to the detriment of Broward Health as a viable health care system.”
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Grand jury ‘could indict them all’ soon for Sunshine law violations at Broward Health

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A state grand jury investigation of alleged Sunshine Law violations at taxpayer-supported Broward Health appears to be wrapping up, and sources familiar with what’s happening say one or more indictments are likely.
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Gov. Scott, his lobbyist pal, a nursing home deal and a curious change of heart at AHCA

Monday, November 6th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Three years ago, state healthcare regulators moved to block Dr. Jack Michel’s bid to buy the Hollywood nursing home where more than a dozen elderly patients later met their deaths in the wake of Hurricane Irma. But months later, after Michel retained a lobbyist confidant of Gov. Rick Scott the state’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) reversed course.
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Broward Health’s ‘independent’ probe led by law firms with undisclosed ties to Gov. Scott

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
When Broward Health General Counsel Lynn Barrett started an “independent” investigation that led to last December’s ouster of popular hospital district President/CEO Pauline Grant, the two law firms she retained to investigate and advise about Grant had deep, undisclosed ties to Gov. Rick Scott.
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Before deaths, Gov. Rick Scott and Hollywood nursing home owner were chummy

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Before Gov. Rick Scott and South Florida healthcare mogul Dr. Jack Michel began pointing fingers at each other after elderly patients baked to death in Michel’s now-closed Hollywood nursing home, the two men were pals of a sort.
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Florida hired owner of Hollywood nursing home where patients died to plan for disasters

Monday, October 16th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Twice in the last five years, Florida hired to review area disaster planning a hospital run by the owner of the Hollywood nursing home where elderly patients died after Hurricane Irma cut power to air-conditioning.
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Corruption allegations involving Broward Health, Gov. Scott unsealed in whistleblower suit

Monday, September 25th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Florida Bulldog exclusively reported last year about 21st Century’s unprecedented 2012 contract to provide radiation oncology services at Broward Health, and how it was inked while the governor was an investor in a private-equity firm that owned 21st Century Oncology.
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Florida Zika emergency funds went to partner of Ann Scott’s aerial spray businesses

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Gov. Rick Scott has used his emergency authority to spend $33.3 million to combat Zika, some of which went to pay for aerial spraying done by a company that is partnered with his wife’s mosquito spraying businesses in another state.
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Rick Scott, Mike Pence: When campaign fundraising met tax incentives for Scott’s company

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Two months after Florida Gov. Rick Scott helped then-Indiana Gov. Mike Pence fundraise in Fort Lauderdale last year, Pence announced a $650,000 incentives package for a company owned in large part by Scott.
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Using ethics loophole, Sen. Lauren Book votes to give her nonprofit $1.5 million

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Broward State Sen. Lauren Book voted “yes” last month to approve a state appropriations bill that included $1.5 million for Lauren’s Kids, the nonprofit she founded and leads as its $135,000-a-year chief executive officer.
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Japan’s Teijin buys biggest asset in Scott’s blind trust; Governor pockets $200 million

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Gov. Rick Scott appears to have pocketed $200 million in January when the biggest asset in his blind trust – Continental Structural Plastics – was sold to a subsidiary of the giant Japanese conglomerate Teijin Ltd.
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Gov. Scott doesn’t let politics get in way of investing in firm that believes in climate change

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
When Rick Scott ran for governor in 2010, he told a reporter he wasn’t convinced that global warming was real. In 2015, the Scott Administration was reported to have told state employees to lay off using “climate change” and “global warming” in official communications. Today, the governor’s office dodges questions about Scott’s position on the use of those terms.
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