Prodded by federal judge, FBI finally identifies Sarasota Saudis by name in court

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Six years after news broke that the FBI found ties between 9/11 hijackers and a Saudi family who’d moved abruptly out of their Sarasota home two weeks before the terrorist attacks – and didn’t tell Congress – the FBI has identified the family publicly.

Strange case: BSO looking to buy rights to embarrassing lawsuit to quash it

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The Broward Sheriff’s Office is making a bizarre bid to squelch a disturbing lawsuit brought against it by a former employee by purchasing all rights to the lawsuit from a bankruptcy court trustee.

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Saudi Arabia’s king ran state charity that 9/11 victims say funded and armed al Qaeda

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Editor’s Note: This story was first published Feb. 6, 2015.
Saudi Arabia’s king, Salman, “actively directed” a Saudi charity whose funding was “especially important to al Qaeda acquiring the strike capabilities used to launch attacks in the U.S.,” say court papers filed this week by lawyers representing 9/11 victims and their families.

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Marco Rubio’s campaign racks up inquiries about prohibited contributions

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
In what has become a regular habit for Marco Rubio’s campaigns, the Federal Elections Commission has again flagged the senator’s presidential committee for possibly skirting federal law limiting the types and amounts of donations it can receive.

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After “60 Minutes” on The 28 Pages, a new call to open up classified 9/11 records

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The push to declassify the government’s secret 9/11 records got an invigorating jolt Monday with House Democratic Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s call to open up the 28 hidden pages in Congress’s Joint Inquiry into the terrorist attacks.

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Broward Health Chairman Di Pietro quits the hospital district’s governing board

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
UPDATE : Thursday, April 14 — Suspended Broward Health Chairman David Di Pietro today announced his resignation for the hospital district’s board of directors. He offered no explanation. On Monday, a judge ordered Gov. Rick Scott to reinstate Di Pietro. Scott has appealed that ruling.

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Republican-led Broward Health paid $3 million in legal fees to firms tied to Gov. Rick Scott

By Dan Christensen and Buddy Nevins
FloridaBulldog.org
Republican-controlled Broward Health paid two law firms with strong ties to Republican Gov. Rick Scott more than $3 million in legal fees in the last 12 months.

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A plan takes shape to fix Miami-Dade’s CRAs

By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
Miami-Dade commissioners would take greater control of community redevelopment agencies under a proposal that would tighten oversight and reduce funding, yet also require many CRAs to set aside dollars for much-needed affordable housing they have yet to provide.

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New whistleblowers sue Plaza Health Network saying insiders milked nursing home chain

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
For the second time in four years, Miami Beach builder Russell Galbut and a nursing-home chain his family cofounded have been accused of illegal misconduct by a whistleblowing former executive.

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Broward Health deal exposes ethics loopholes big enough for multi-million dollar deals

By Dan Christensen and Buddy Nevins
FloridaBulldog.org
Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca was part of a “concerted campaign” to divert public Broward Health money to pay for a marketing campaign run by his employer, Zimmerman Advertising.

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Broward Health’s Republican board fires recently hired law firm of Democratic fundraiser

By Dan Christensen and Buddy Nevins
FloridaBulldog.org
Five weeks after hiring a Fort Lauderdale law firm to help it respond to a state review of its contracts, Broward Health’s governing board reversed course Wednesday and fired the firm.

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