New majority on Hallandale commission wants to know: Where did CRA millions go?

By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
Update: Jan. 23 – Hallandale Beach city commissioners Monday night gave initial approval to hiring an accounting firm to conduct a forensic audit of the city’s long troubled Community Redevelopment Agency.

A curious search for justice amid Miami-Dade judges’ desire for new civil courthouse

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
The effort to build a new civil court building to replace the historic, but crumbling, Dade County Courthouse in downtown Miami recently took a bizarre turn that prompted a local judge to remove herself from a high-profile case involving prominent developer Russell Galbut and another local landmark, the Shelborne Hotel in Miami Beach.

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

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.

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Rubio’s new campaign plagued by continuing election law violations

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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Health data breaches sow confusion, frustration

By Charles Ornstein
ProPublica
As the privacy officer for The Advisory Board Co., Rebecca Fayed knows a thing or two about privacy and what can happen when it’s violated.
But when Fayed received a letter telling her that she, like nearly 80 million others, was the victim of a hacking attack on health insurer Anthem Inc., she couldn’t figure out why. Anthem wasn’t her insurance provider.

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9/11 Review Commission under the FBI’s thumb

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A secretive blue-ribbon panel formed by Congress to conduct an “external review” of the FBI’s post-9/11 performance – and to assess new evidence – was largely under the sway of the very agency it was tasked to examine.

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Change orders add millions in airport costs; Is this how Broward should do business?

By William Hladky
FloridaBulldog.org
For the third time in three years, Broward Commissioners voted last week to pay more — $2.5 million this time – to the company that’s managing the ongoing $800 million runway expansion project at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Commissioner Lois Wexler is concerned about repeated costly change orders.

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Federal regulators ask Marco Rubio’s campaign to explain illegal contributions, again

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
As U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio prepares for a possible 2016 presidential run, federal elections regulators want him to explain why he accepted illegal campaign contributions from 14 donors in his year-end Jan. 30 campaign finance report.

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Senate push to expand lobbyist registration to special districts like Broward Health

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A bill to broaden water management district lobbyist registration rules to apply to hospital districts, expressway and port authorities, children’s services districts and other special taxing districts with budgets in excess of $5 million is moving through the Florida Senate.

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Unicorns, the Tooth Fairy and 54.5 MPG

By Stuart Silverstein
FairWarning
The Obama Administration has repeatedly trumpeted its plan to boost the average fuel economy of new cars and light trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon by the 2025 model year. But that number is a fiction.

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Corruption-plagued Broward School Board sees no evil in bid rigging allegations

By William Hladky
FloridaBulldog.org
In the last five years, two Broward School Board members were convicted of corruption and a statewide grand jury described the board as both inept and corrupted by “contractors, vendors and their lobbyists.” Today, amid fresh allegations of bid rigging, the board is taking a see no evil approach.

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