U.S. judge asked to okay deposition of FBI agent in Sarasota Saudi probe

FBI Director James Comey

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The FBI should be ordered to publicly identify and make available for questioning under oath the special agent it says authored a “wholly unsubstantiated” 2002 report that connected a Sarasota Saudi family to 9/11 terrorists, newly filed court papers say.

Rubio’s new campaign plagued by continuing election law violations

Sen. Marco Rubio's presidential campaign logo

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Two days before he officially announced his run for the presidency last week, Marco Rubio’s campaign disclosed that it had refunded more than $23,000 in excessive contributions it previously had accepted.

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Miami-Dade prosecutors, state agents investigate police chief, internal affairs officers

Homestead Police Chief Al Rolle

By Francisco Alvarado
BrowardBulldog.org
Miami-Dade prosecutors and state law enforcement agents are investigating Homestead Police Chief Al Rolle’s alleged participation in an elaborate scheme to hide and destroy public records requested by an officer he terminated, BrowardBulldog.org has learned.

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Down the rabbit hole with the FBI: Saying 9/11 documents don’t exist when they do

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By Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers
BrowardBulldog.org
In its only public statements about the Sarasota Saudis who suspiciously quit their home in a gated community in haste two weeks before 9/11 – leaving behind numerous personal belongings — the FBI has said it investigated, but found no connection to the 9/11 plot. Nearly three years later, however, the FBI has yet to back up its assertions.

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Broward commissioner’s dad wins VAB contract; Higher pay than AG, justices, judges

VAB members attend Monday's meeting. Commissioner Stacy Ritter, left, Mayor Barbara Sharief, Wendy S. Bodner with VAB counsel Monroe Kiar.

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
With no debate, Broward’s Value Adjustment Board voted Monday to rehire the father of County Commissioner Martin David Kiar as its $225,000-a-year lawyer, without going out for competitive bids.

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Supreme Court justices earn quarter-million on the side; Read their disclosure reports

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By Reity O’Brien
Center for Public Integrity
Between legalizing gay marriage and sparring over campaign finance limits, the U.S. Supreme Court kept busy — and made money — outside the marbled halls of One First Street last year.

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Broward commissioner’s father wants no-bid VAB contract worth $225,000 a year

Broward Commissioner Martin David Kiar, right, with his father, Broward Value Adjustment Board Counsel Monroe Kiar. Photo: Brittany Wallman

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Broward’s Value Adjustment Board will consider a resolution Monday to give a lucrative no-bid contract to the father of County Commissioner Martin David Kiar. Incumbent VAB legal counsel Monroe Kiar, who makes $225,000 a year, has asked the board to extend his contract for as long as five more years without having to endure any competition for the job.

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Gov. Scott signs ethics bill; Lobbyists at water districts must register and disclose

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By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Gov. Rick Scott signed into law Friday a state ethics bill that requires lobbyists at Florida’s five water management districts to register and disclose who they’re working for and how much they’re being paid.

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The rise of a political rainmaker: Helping mayors of Miami-Dade, Broward find big money

Brian Goldmeier, right, and clients Broward Mayor Barbara Sharief and Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez

By Francisco Alvarado
BrowardBulldog.org
Since helping elect Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez three years ago, Brian Goldmeier is South Florida’s least known, yet most sought after political rainmaker.

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Audit finds property tax appeals in state appear rigged; Broward among counties cited

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By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
A state performance audit of county boards that hear property tax appeals by unhappy homeowners and businesses says appeals appear to have been rigged by local government officials more interested in safeguarding tax revenues than fairly valuing real estate.

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Billions in Medicare Advantage overcharges likely gone for good

doctorsmoney

By Fred Schulte
Center for Public Integrity
Four years ago, Medicare auditors came to an alarming conclusion: the federal government shouldn’t have paid a half-dozen insurance plans hundreds of millions of dollars to treat seniors in especially poor health.

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