New majority on Hallandale commission wants to know: Where did CRA millions go?

By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
Update: Jan. 23 – Hallandale Beach city commissioners Monday night gave initial approval to hiring an accounting firm to conduct a forensic audit of the city’s long troubled Community Redevelopment Agency.

A curious search for justice amid Miami-Dade judges’ desire for new civil courthouse

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
The effort to build a new civil court building to replace the historic, but crumbling, Dade County Courthouse in downtown Miami recently took a bizarre turn that prompted a local judge to remove herself from a high-profile case involving prominent developer Russell Galbut and another local landmark, the Shelborne Hotel in Miami Beach.

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Florida Attorney General demands Broward Health pay $5.3 million for Medicaid fraud

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The Florida Attorney General’s office has demanded that Broward Health pay more than $5.3 million to settle state Medicaid fraud claims uncovered during a federal whistleblower investigation.

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Broward Health boots CEO amid staff warnings, new demands for records from Gov. Scott

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Amid a sweeping new demand for records from the governor’s office, Broward Health’s governing board voted Wednesday to replace its chief executive and put its controversial general counsel on a 30-day review plan.

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Broward Health hospice contractor VITAS denies admission to dying, indigent inmate

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A dying homeless man ordered released from jail Friday so he could be sent for hospice care at Broward Health was instead denied admission to hospice after he refused to sign a form, according to email obtained by FloridaBulldog.org.

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Ted Cruz’s Senate campaign refuses to disclose true source of loans

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
While Ted Cruz was barnstorming Florida last week, the treasurer for his 2012 U.S. Senate bid was refusing to answer a routine inquiry by the Federal Elections Commission to determine where the Texas Republican got the money to loan his Senate campaign as much as $1,000,000.

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Florida education on trial; Lawsuit seeks to redefine public education to benefit poor

By Eric Barton
FloridaBulldog.org
A case that could fundamentally change how Florida funds and administers education is center stage in a trial that begins next Monday in a Tallahassee courtroom.

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Broward Health CEO paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in hush money to fired execs

By Dan Christensen and Buddy Nevins
FloridaBulldog.org
Acting Broward Health President/CEO Kevin Fusco apparently exceeded his spending authority last month when he signed a deal to pay more than $400,000 in hush money to a district executive who was fired after publicly criticizing a proposed $71.4 million, no-bid advertising contract. The same day, Fusco signed a second deal to pay another Broward Health Medical Center $537,000 to go away quietly.

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Advertising mogul threw fundraiser for chairman’s wife amid Broward Health deals

By Buddy Nevins and Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Just seven weeks after signing a $2.1 million-a-year no-bid contract with Broward Health, advertising executive Jordan Zimmerman threw a political fundraiser for the wife of the hospital district’s chairman.

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BSO offers answers about El Sanadi’s suicide, but even family can’t explain why

By Dan Christensen and Buddy Nevins
FloridaBulldog.org
Last month’s shocking death by gunshot of Broward Health Chief Executive Dr. Nabil El Sanadi is now officially classified a suicide, but why El Sanadi killed himself remains a mystery that even his family can’t explain.

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Company tied to Gov. Scott got Broward Health contract, gave $400K to his campaign

By Dan Christensen and Buddy Nevins
FloridaBulldog.org
A cancer treatment company financially tied to Gov. Rick Scott that got a no-bid, 25-year contract from Broward Health in January 2012 later contributed nearly $400,000 to the governor’s re-election campaign, state records show.

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