Broward Health halts public meeting on alleged interference with FBI probe


By Buddy Nevins and Dan Christensen
A public meeting called to discuss whether the North Broward Hospital District’s top lawyer Lynn Barrett deliberately obstructed an FBI investigation was shut down yesterday on her advice.

Broward Health rattled by corruption probes, may seek a new way to govern itself

Fort Lauderdale's Broward Health Medical Center, flagship of the North Broward Hospital District.

By Dan Christensen and Buddy Nevins
“What a colossal mess!” That’s the opening salvo from the Miami-Dade County Grand Jury’s August 2010 report on ailing Jackson Memorial Hospital.
The same could be said today of Broward Health.

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Broward airport boss sought secret deal to drop county’s $34 million claim for delays

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport's expanded south runway looking east over the U.S. 1 and railway tunnel structures.

By Dan Christensen
Two weeks before Broward County fired off a New Year’s Eve letter to contractor Tutor Perini demanding $34 million in damages for costly airport construction delays, county aviation boss Kent George tried to secretly negotiate a nearly opposite deal with the company.

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Broward County seeks $34 million in damages for airport construction delays

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The new elevated south runway is on the left.

By Dan Christensen
The ongoing construction saga at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport hit an unpleasant, unannounced milestone with a New Year’s Eve notice to a major contractor that it owes Broward County more than $34 million in damages for costly delays.

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Donald Trump and the art of the campaign expense

Inside Donald Trump's Boeing 757

By Dan Christensen
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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