Broward Health looks to pay headhunting firm $300,000 to find a $950,000 CEO

Broward Health Interim CEO Pauline Grant, whose salary will be voted on Wednesday. Photo: Nova Southeastern University

By Dan Christensen and Buddy Nevins
Taxpayer supported Broward Health’s board of commissioners will be asked today to approve spending $300,000 for a search firm to find a new CEO whose total pay would be $950,000 a year.

Broward Health seeks bids for ad contract as huge no-bid deal with Zimmerman dies

Broward Health hq

By Buddy Nevins and Dan Christensen
In a signal that Broward Health’s controversial no-bid $71.4 million deal with Zimmerman Advertising is dead, blueprints have been drafted for a new, smaller marketing campaign for the public health system.

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Star of Oscar-winning film about dolphin hunting cast in long-running Broward civil action

Ric O'Barry

By William Hladky
Six years after it began, a sprawling civil action targeting the Miami-based star of an Academy Award-winning documentary about dolphin hunting in Japan drags on in Broward Circuit Court with no end in sight.

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A Miami police informant, a prophetic racist and fresh questions about JFK’s death

President Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963

By Dan Christensen
At 94, former Miami Beach mayor and still active Miami-Dade Senior Judge Seymour Gelber is among the few who remember Miami police informant No. 88, Willie Augustus Somersett. Somersett has been dead 43 years. But in the half-century of assassination lore that’s grown up around the murder of President John F. Kennedy, Somersett has attained a kind of immortality as the man who heard about it first.

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Loyal Obama supporters, canceled by Obamacare


By Charles Ornstein
San Francisco architect Lee Hammack says he and his wife, JoEllen Brothers, are “cradle Democrats.” They have donated to the liberal group Organizing for America and worked the phone banks a year ago for President Obama’s re-election. Now, their insurance company has told them their plan is being canceled due to Obamacare.

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The governor and the felon: the profitable, private partnership of Rick Scott and Ken Jenne

Before he was governor, Rick Scott, left, funneled stock options worth $375,000 to then Broward Sheriff Ken Jenne

By Dan Christensen
Gov. Rick Scott has refused to explain why a state background check failed to uncover resigned Broward Health Commissioner Kimberly Kisslan’s involvement in ex-Broward Sheriff Ken Jenne’s corruption scheme. But Scott has a little-known reason for not wanting to talk about Jenne.

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Court asked to decide if transparency trumps corporate reputation in ‘Company Doe’ Case


By Lilly Fowler
Leading consumer and media organizations asked a federal appeals court today to unseal dozens of documents related to a closely watched product safety and business confidentiality dispute cloaked in extraordinary secrecy.

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Obama bundlers nominated for diplomatic posts; Boca’s Mark Gilbert for ambassador to New Zealand

Mark Gilbert, right, and wife Nancy flank former Pinecrest School head Robert Goldberg

By Michael Beckel
Center for Public Integrity
President Barack Obama has named two more of his top campaign fundraisers for plumb diplomatic posts, nominating Boca Raton’s Mark Gilbert to be U.S. ambassador to New Zealand and Rob Barber to the same position in Iceland.

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Cooper City shrinks official minutes: “Details you really don’t want the public to know about”

A Broward Sheriff's captain intervenes to calm overheated Cooper City politicians last year.

By William Hladky
Cooper City commissioners had an angry, embarrassing public exchange last year, but you won’t find any mention of it in the city’s official minutes of that meeting.

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Governor’s office clams up about Kisslan resignation, breakdown in appointment process

Gov. Rick Scott

By Dan Christensen
Gov. Rick Scott’s office says it vetted Sunrise City Attorney Kimberly Kisslan before her recent appointment to the governing board of Broward Health, yet failed to uncover damaging information that led to her abrupt resignation last Friday amid an inquiry.

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State pro-business organizations in Florida, elsewhere are publicly funded, privately controlled

Governor Jan Brewer and Jerry Colangelo cut the ribbon at an Arizona Commerce Authority event in 2012.

By Nicholas Kusnetz
Center for Public Integrity
The Arizona Commerce Authority is housed in an office in downtown Phoenix. The authority, which oversees state corporate tax incentives and grants worth hundreds of millions of dollars, is not quite a public agency. It’s led by a board of directors run by the governor and Jerry Colangelo, who, after four decades as an Arizona sports and real estate mogul, is a local icon.

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