FDLE’s Miami regional office ‘like ‘The Walking Dead'”

Miami FDLE Agent Addy Villanueva, former special agent in charge. Photo: CBSMiami.com

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
The Miami regional office of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement was a dysfunctional, hostile workplace where the special agent-in-charge, Addy Villanueva, was in the dark about turmoil between rank-and-file officers and her abrasive second-in-command, Robert Breeden.

Amid probe, Broward Health’s top heart doctor takes pay cut; “Every bit about the money”

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By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A prominent Fort Lauderdale cardiologist at the center of a federal investigation into alleged Medicare and Medicaid fraud at Broward Health has signed a new contract featuring a hefty pay cut and an unfamiliar requirement that he treat poor people.

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Broward IG says Hallandale made “immense” gaffe in overseeing $12.7 million in city bonds

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Initial findings by Broward’s Inspector General of mismanagement at Hallandale Beach City Hall have led officials to revise plans for a $12.7 million bond issue, according to city and county records obtained by BrowardBulldog.org.

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Hallandale Beach made hush-hush settlement with a top manager over lucrative pension plan

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Hallandale Beach taxpayers quietly coughed up nearly $500,000 in 2009 to settle a complaint by a ranking city official that his bosses had failed to include him in a generous management retirement plan for top city leaders.

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Karl Rove-affiliated groups spend $175 million, lose 21 of 30 races

By Michael Beckel and Reity O’Brien
Center for Public Integrity
If Karl Rove was an NFL coach and not a political strategist, he would probably be looking for a new job about now. Organizations co-founded by the GOP’s most effective fundraiser spent more than $175 million only to see President Barack Obama win a second term and Democrats actually gain seats in the U.S. Senate.

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Secret Documents Show Weak Oversight of Key Foreclosure Program

By Paul Kiel
ProPublica
The Obama administration launched its main program to prevent foreclosures in the spring of 2009 with $50 billion and abundant promises. What the Home Affordable Modification Program, or HAMP, lacked — and wouldn’t have for years — was effective oversight of the big banks that were crucial to the program’s success.

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Prosecution, defense team up to convince a skeptical judge to release inmate

By Eric Barton
BrowardBulldog.org
Next month, a federal prosecutor and a defense attorney will stand before a judge in Miami and do something extraordinary. Both sides will present evidence and call witnesses to try to convince the judge to set a man free.

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Hollywood police chief to step down amid reports of infighting with city manager’s office

By Dan Christensen and Karla Bowsher
BrowardBulldog.org
Hollywood Police Chief Chadwick Wagner will retire in January after five years as the city’s top cop.Wagner, 52, is leaving amid reports of significant friction with his new bosses at City Hall – City Manager Cathy Swanson-Rivenbark and her top assistant Frank Fernandez, the new director of public safety.

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Citizens United decision helped Romney neutralize Obama’s fundraising advantage

By Michael Beckel, the Center for Public Integrity   and Russ Choma, the Center for Responsive Politics Super PACs and nonprofits unleashed by the Citizens United Supreme Court decision have spent more than $840 million on the 2012 election, with the overwhelming majority favoring Republicans, particularly GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

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Judges backed Butterworth’s push to nail down DCF’s $44.8 million Broward healthcare contract

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
A state appeals court chief judge and three Broward Circuit Court judges lent their names to Bob Butterworth’s private push for a $44.8 million-a-year state mental health management contract, state records show.

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Two Hallandale officials who voted for generous pension plan say they weren’t told true costs

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Two Hallandale Beach commissioners who backed generous retirement benefits for top city officials said they were never told that the program granted retroactive credit for years worked prior to the plan’s start in 2001.

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