Lawsuit: Broward Sheriff Scott Israel has tolerated and covered-up the illegal use of force

The late Steven Jerold Thompson, left, and suspended BSO Deputy Gerald Wengert

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The family of a 26-year-old black man shot and killed by a Broward Sheriff’s deputy has sued the deputy and Sheriff Scott Israel, alleging wrongful death, serious and repeated failures of police oversight, and cover-up.

Secret U.S. Marshals’ report ID’d security weaknesses at Broward courthouse before escape

Broward County Courthouse

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A confidential U.S. Marshals’ security assessment for the Broward County Courthouse exposed numerous weaknesses in the building’s security system four years before last week’s scandalous escape of a 21-year-old murder suspect.

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New union deal at Miami-Dade Schools to begin push toward $15 hourly minimum wage

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By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
A tentative agreement between Miami-Dade Public Schools and the union representing its general employees raises the minimum pay for some of district’s lowest paid workers to $10 an hour, marking what a top union official says is the start of a drive to obtain a minimum hourly wage of $15.

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Ft. Lauderdale police snooped on investigator helping FBI probe police corruption, suit says

Allen Smith, left, chief investigator for the Broward Public Defender's Offfice, with Public Defender Howard Finkelstein

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The chief investigator for the Broward Public Defender’s Office sued Fort Lauderdale last week alleging that a city policeman impermissibly obtained his driver’s license records while he was helping the FBI investigate police corruption in the city.

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Rubio’s ambition tied to hundreds of millions of dollars in losses for South Florida schools

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By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach public schools have lost hundreds of millions of dollars since 2004 when the Florida Legislature changed the way schools are funded – an action linked to the political ambitions of Republican Party presidential candidate Marco Rubio.

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Trouble at the Statehouse: secrecy, questionable ethics and conflicts of interest

The Florida House of Representatives

By Nicholas Kusnetz
Center for Public Integrity
Loopholes are a common part of statehouse culture nationwide, according to the 2015 State Integrity Investigation. The comprehensive probe found that in state after state, open records laws are laced with exemptions and part-time legislators and agency officials engage in glaring conflicts of interests and cozy relationships with lobbyists.

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As Marco Rubio pushes past Jeb Bush in polls, Democrats shift sights

Jeb Bush, left, and Marco Rubio

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
As Marco Rubio pushes past Jeb Bush in the polls, Democrats are stepping up attacks on the U.S. Senator, accusing him of breaking Senate ethics rules and federal election laws.

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Gov. Rick Scott won’t release 2014 tax return or info about his blind trust

Gov. Rick Scott

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Amid news of Gov. Rick Scott’s investment in a company that’s seeking to build a controversial, $3-billion natural gas pipeline in north Florida, he won’t make public his 2014 federal income tax return.

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Heavy-spending trucking industry pushes Congress to relax safety rules

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By Brian Joseph
FairWarning.org
Big rig crashes kill nearly 4,000 Americans each year and injure more than 85,000. Fatalities involving large trucks are up 17 percent since 2009; injuries up 28 percent. Given these numbers, you might expect Congress to be agitating for tighter controls on big rigs. In fact, many members are pushing for the opposite – looser restrictions on the trucking industry and its drivers.

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U.S. settles case against Broward Health for millions less than it lost in alleged fraud

Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The U.S. Justice Department settled a massive healthcare fraud case against Broward Health last month for millions of dollars less than the government lost as a result of the alleged fraud, records show.

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Growing chorus of Miami-Dade teachers denounce pay deal by Carvalho, union

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By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
As Miami Dade Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho blames Tallahassee for failing to overhaul student and teacher performance evaluations, a growing chorus of disgruntled rank-and-file teachers accuse him, the school board and the teacher’s union of breaking state law governing their employment contract.

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