Hallandale freezes payments for city development, jobs programs citing waste & fraud

By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
Hallandale Beach City Manager Roger Carlton has ordered what could be a multi-million dollar freeze on all payments under two city jobs and business development programs, saying they “have lost their way.”

Report: Hallandale commissioner Anthony Sanders “engaged in pattern of misconduct”

By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
A preliminary report by the Broward Inspector General’s Office says Hallandale Beach City Commissioner Anthony Sanders “engaged in a pattern of misconduct” when he “failed to disclose payments” made to him and other family members by a community group which Sanders voted to give thousands of dollars in city grants and other funding.

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A stonewall of secrecy hides many 9-11 records on 14th anniversary of terrorist attacks

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Seven weeks after the end of the massive cleanup at Ground Zero in lower Manhattan in 2002, a legal investigator for the families of 9/11 victims requested a copy of an arrest warrant issued by Interpol for fugitive al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. The Justice Department replied that she’d first need bin Laden to sign a privacy waiver.

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Pipeline foes ask DEP to deny key permit; Cite ‘conflict of interest’ by Gov. Scott

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Opponents of a proposed natural gas pipeline in North Florida are asking Florida regulators to reject the project, citing both dangers to the environment and a “conflict of interest” by the regulators’ boss, Gov. Rick Scott.

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Democracy inaction: old equipment and partisan battles threaten election integrity nationwide

By Nicholas Kusnetz
Center for Public Integrity
The offices in a former Kohl’s department store here look inconsequential enough — linoleum floors, fluorescent lights and cookie-cutter furniture. But what happens in this strip mall, and other equally nondescript settings nationwide, could in fact be crucial to the struggle over America’s voting laws and apparatus — a struggle that may go a long way toward determining the outcome of next November’s presidential election.

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Convicted thief sets up South Florida super PAC with Federal Election Commission’s OK

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Four years after being convicted of stealing $35,000 worth of textbooks from Ohio State University’s law school library, Christopher Brian Valdes set up a super PAC this month in South Florida with the blessing of the Federal Election Commission.

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Bury excess plutonium, don’t turn it into fuel, study says

By Patrick Malone and Douglas Birch
Center for Public Integrity
A team of experts has confirmed what the Energy Department has been saying for two years — that burying 34 tons of weapons-grade plutonium would be far cheaper and more practical than completing a multibillion-dollar plant that would turn the radioactive material into commercial reactor fuel.

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Powerful medicine: Broward Health offers nearly $70 million to settle federal fraud probe

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Taxpayer-supported Broward Health offered Thursday to pay nearly $70 million to settle a four-year-old federal investigation into allegations of massive Medicare and Medicaid fraud.

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You don’t need X-ray vision to see through Gov. Rick Scott’s blind trust

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Gov. Rick Scott keeps his $127.8 million stock portfolio in a blind trust, but the trust isn’t doing its job of preventing him from having knowledge or control of his investments. The blind trust keeps the governor’s assets out of sight of the public, but fails to blind him to his investments.

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Pipeline company with tie to Gov. Scott, and state backing, has history of accidents

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Spectra Energy, the company that state environmental regulators say should be allowed to construct a 267-mile-long natural gas pipeline in North Florida, has a checkered history of accidents and violations of federal safety rules in the U.S. and Canada dating back decades.

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Trump, Gimenez let off easy after breaking lobbying laws, critics say

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Donald Trump’s efforts to take over management of a public golf course is at the center of a recently concluded Miami-Dade ethics commission probe that has come under fire for not admonishing the billionaire developer and county Mayor Carlos Gimenez for breaking local lobbying laws.

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