Posts Tagged ‘Rick Scott’

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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Felonies in the voting booth? Miami-Dade prosecutors probe ballots cast by ineligible felons

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Miami-Dade corruption prosecutors are investigating allegations that at least 275 ineligible felons voted illegally in the county’s November 2016 general election.
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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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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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Republican Party recycled Waste Management contributions to Bondi before antitrust deal

Monday, June 11th, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
In December 2015, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office cut a secret antitrust deal with Waste Management that allowed it to complete its big money acquisition of Southern Waste Systems and Sun Recycling, including Sun’s Broward recycling facilities. In the six years before, as Bondi campaigned for election and re-election, Waste Management contributed more than $150,000 to the Republican Party of Florida, Gov. Rick Scott and Bondi.
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Taxpayers’ tab for Broward Health’s lawyers (not counting defense of indicted leaders)

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Broward Health expects to pay outside law firms nearly $1 million more this year than in 2017, with its annual legal expenses now budgeted at more than $6.1 million. Those expenses don’t include any additional legal costs to indemnify at taxpayer expense five current and former Broward Health officials under indictment since December.
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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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Federal grand jury subpoenas state, city records in probe of maker of Russian assault rifles

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A Miami federal grand jury has subpoenaed records from Gov. Rick Scott’s administration and Pompano Beach about an aborted economic incentives deal with the authorized U.S. manufacturer of Russian Kalashnikov assault rifles.
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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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Broward, Pompano OK’d tax breaks for maker of Russian AK-47 assault rifles

Monday, March 5th, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
At the first regular meeting of the Broward County Commission after the Valentine’s Day shooting slaughter in Parkland, Mayor Beam Furr talked of anguish and action. But 32 months earlier Furr and his commission colleagues offered tax incentives to attract to Broward the maker of Russian-style AK-47 assault rifles.
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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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Broward Health’s new policy: You want public records? Pay me

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Rocked by scandal and run by leaders under criminal indictment for violating Florida’s Sunshine Law, Broward Health is now moving aggressively to choke off disclosure of potentially embarrassing public records.
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Broward Health: More whistleblowing and Wednesday’s board meeting of the indicted

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Whistleblower lawsuits filed separately by Broward Health’s deposed CEO and chairman are adding fresh details about the corruption scandal that’s engulfed the taxpayer-backed hospital system.
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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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Lawsuit: Corrupt giveaway at Broward Health to cost $2.5 billion over 25 years

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A corrupt deal at Broward Health that “gave away” the public hospital district’s radiation business for treating cancer patients is costing the troubled public hospital system an estimated $100 million a year in revenue.
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Broward grand jury hears first witnesses in criminal probe of Broward Health

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

By Dan Christensen and Buddy Nevins
FloridaBulldog.org
A Broward grand jury has begun hearing about alleged criminal conduct at long-troubled Broward Health, the taxpayer-supported public medical system for the northern two-thirds of the county.
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