FBI corruption probe at Broward Health allegedly blocked by hospital district’s lawyer

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By Dan Christensen and Buddy Nevins
FloridaBulldog.org
Broward’s Health’s general counsel failed to cooperate with the FBI, withheld evidence and protected an executive accused of attempting to rape several employees, according to an explosive e-mail sent last week by a private investigator hired by the late Dr. Nabil El Sanadi to look into alleged corruption at the public hospital system.

In wake of El Sanadi suicide, Florida IG probes every Broward Health contract since 2012

Dr. Nabil El Sanadi's casket leaves Friday's funeral service at First Baptist church in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Photo: Sun-Sentinel

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
As Gov. Rick Scott and hundreds of others paid their final respects Friday to Dr. Nabil El Sanadi, Broward Health’s late president, Florida’s chief inspector general quietly opened a wide-ranging investigation into how the hospital district hands out millions of dollars in contracts.

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Plaza Health Network cited repeatedly by feds, state for nursing home violations

Plaza Health Network President and CEO Elaine Bloom and Chairman Ronald Lowy Photo: NBC 6

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Plaza Health Network, the embattled nursing home chain that six months ago agreed to pay $21.5 million to settle federal civil charges that it defrauded Medicare and Medicaid, has habitually violated state and federal healthcare regulations by providing inadequate, and at times negligent, care to residents at its facilities.

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New union deal at Miami-Dade Schools to begin push toward $15 hourly minimum wage

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By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
A tentative agreement between Miami-Dade Public Schools and the union representing its general employees raises the minimum pay for some of district’s lowest paid workers to $10 an hour, marking what a top union official says is the start of a drive to obtain a minimum hourly wage of $15.

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Racial politics flavor debate over banning menthol cigarettes

Kool, introduced in the 1930s by Brown & Williamson Tobacco Co., was one of the early menthol brands, and until the 1950s the most popular. This 1937 ad was one of many that promoted Kool as soothing to the throat. (Cigarette ads courtesy of the Stanford University collection)

By Myron Levin
FairWarning
Lorillard Tobacco donated nearly four times as much to Republican candidates as to Democrats in the 2014 congressional elections. No surprise there — most businesses count on Republicans to hold the line on regulations and taxes. But Lorillard made a striking exception for one set of Democrats: African Americans.

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Ft. Lauderdale police snooped on investigator helping FBI probe police corruption, suit says

Allen Smith, left, chief investigator for the Broward Public Defender's Offfice, with Public Defender Howard Finkelstein

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The chief investigator for the Broward Public Defender’s Office sued Fort Lauderdale last week alleging that a city policeman impermissibly obtained his driver’s license records while he was helping the FBI investigate police corruption in the city.

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Rubio’s ambition tied to hundreds of millions of dollars in losses for South Florida schools

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By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach public schools have lost hundreds of millions of dollars since 2004 when the Florida Legislature changed the way schools are funded – an action linked to the political ambitions of Republican Party presidential candidate Marco Rubio.

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Trouble at the Statehouse: secrecy, questionable ethics and conflicts of interest

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By Nicholas Kusnetz
Center for Public Integrity
Loopholes are a common part of statehouse culture nationwide, according to the 2015 State Integrity Investigation. The comprehensive probe found that in state after state, open records laws are laced with exemptions and part-time legislators and agency officials engage in glaring conflicts of interests and cozy relationships with lobbyists.

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As Marco Rubio pushes past Jeb Bush in polls, Democrats shift sights

Jeb Bush, left, and Marco Rubio

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
As Marco Rubio pushes past Jeb Bush in the polls, Democrats are stepping up attacks on the U.S. Senator, accusing him of breaking Senate ethics rules and federal election laws.

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Gov. Rick Scott won’t release 2014 tax return or info about his blind trust

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By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Amid news of Gov. Rick Scott’s investment in a company that’s seeking to build a controversial, $3-billion natural gas pipeline in north Florida, he won’t make public his 2014 federal income tax return.

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Heavy-spending trucking industry pushes Congress to relax safety rules

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By Brian Joseph
FairWarning.org
Big rig crashes kill nearly 4,000 Americans each year and injure more than 85,000. Fatalities involving large trucks are up 17 percent since 2009; injuries up 28 percent. Given these numbers, you might expect Congress to be agitating for tighter controls on big rigs. In fact, many members are pushing for the opposite – looser restrictions on the trucking industry and its drivers.

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