Widow of ex-South Florida al Qaeda figure reported in Pakistan hostage swap

Al Masra's front page story last month with the story of Pakistan's release of al Qaeda boss Ayman Zawahiri's two daughters and the widow of ex-Miramar resident Adnan Shukrijumah.

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Nearly two years after Pakistan’s army said it killed fugitive terrorist leader and ex-Broward resident Adnan El Shukrijumah, the FBI still hasn’t verified his death. But news reports this month say al Qaeda recently claimed that Shukrijumah’s widow was one of three women released by Pakistan in exchange for the son of the country’s former army chief.

Gov. Scott’s blind trust and a company with a massive pollution problem

Gov. Rick Scott

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
When Gov. Rick Scott put $133 million of his assets into a blind trust two years ago, he included his shares of Mosaic, owner of the Central Florida fertilizer plant where 215 million gallons of contaminated wastewater recently drained into an aquifer that provides drinking water for millions of Floridians.

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Donald Trump and the art of the campaign expense

Inside Donald Trump's Boeing 757

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Donald Trump knows how to make money, even when he’s running for president. Federal records show that Trump’s campaign paid the Republican frontrunner and 10 companies he owns more than $1.64 million for various campaign expenses since the billionaire businessman began his run last spring.

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Rep. Lois Frankel’s endorsement of security guard firm may breach House ethics rules

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach. Photo: WPEC

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Rep. Lois Frankel’s endorsement of a private security guard firm whose owner poured $11,000 into her campaign after her support helped him land a sweet, no-bid government contract appears to have run afoul of House ethics rules prohibiting business endorsements.

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Florida’s coming war on collective bargaining for state employees

State Rep. Carlos Trujillo, R-Miami

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
When Miami state Rep. Carlos Trujillo was interviewed on Spanish language radio station Actualidad 1020 he boldly proclaimed that Republicans will ask voters in 2018 to eliminate collective bargaining for state employees from the Florida Constitution.

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Firm tied to US Rep. Lois Frankel gets no-bid contract, owner gives her campaign $11K

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Boca Raton        Photo: WPTV

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Fort Lauderdale’s Downtown Development Authority awarded a lucrative, no-bid contract for its security patrol program to a private guard firm with political ties to Congresswoman Lois Frankel.

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Senate ethics committee asked to investigate Marco Rubio for improper use of campaign funds

Rubio speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland Photo: Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
A national watchdog group is claiming U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio may have broken U.S. congressional ethics rules by allegedly using funds from a political action committee to pay a writer who helped pen the Miami Republican presidential candidate’s 2012 memoir, An American Son.

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Horrific police frame-ups that Broward State Attorney Michael Satz won’t investigate

Jerry Frank Townsend

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Last week’s manslaughter indictment of Broward deputy Peter Peraza for the 2013 killing of Jermaine McBean marks a watershed in the tenure of Broward State Attorney Michael Satz – the first time in 36 years that his office is prosecuting a police officer in a fatal police shooting.
The indictment also serves as a reminder of unresolved injustices at the hands of other Broward police officers.

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Broward prosecutor: BSO’s probation plan jeopardizes safety, victim’s rights

Broward County Courthouse

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
In a challenge to judicial authority, the Broward Sheriff’s Office is again pushing a scheme that would allow BSO, not judges or state law, to determine the reporting terms for county court defendants placed on probation.

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Lawmakers protect title loan firms while borrowers pay sky-high interest rates

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By Fred Schulte
Center for Public Integrity
It’s legal in about half the states to pledge a car title as collateral for short-term loans of a few hundred dollars or more. Many of these states allow lenders to tack on interest that can top 300 percent, and to seize and sell off cars when borrowers fail to pay.

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Broward auditors find $24.5 million runway project overrun

Fort Lauderale-Hollywood International Airport and its expanded south runway. Image: Broward County

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A secret Broward County Auditor’s report has found a $24.5 million cost overrun in the construction of the new south runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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