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

FBI Director James Comey

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.

Rubio’s new campaign plagued by continuing election law violations

Sen. Marco Rubio's presidential campaign logo

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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No charges in Coconut Creek police misconduct case; prosecutors OK with enhanced interrogation

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
A Coconut Creek police officer who held an activated Taser stun gun at the ready while questioning a frightened 19-year-old theft suspect he made stand in a bathtub won’t be charged with a crime. Civil rights advocates call the police interrogation of Blake L. Robinson a disturbing example of police misconduct akin to torture. But Broward corruption prosecutors did not see it that way.

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Canadian tourists fear insurance implications of state’s new driving rule

By Michael Pollick and Justine Griffin
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
ust because a law isn’t being enforced doesn’t mean it can’t still bite you — in the wallet, anyway. In the international driver’s license furor now straining relations between the Sunshine State and the Great North, insurance appears to be the rub.

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Fort Lauderdale draws up vision for the future

By Ann Henson Feltgen
BrowardBulldog.org
Within the next few months, if city commissioners approve, Fort Lauderdale residents will have the option of receiving and paying their bills for city services online. The savings in postage and personnel will be used to purchase shade trees for residents who use the online pay system, or be placed elsewhere around the city.

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Judicial Secrecy Turns Consumer Protection Case Into a Mystery

By Lilly Fowler
FairWarning.org
It’s about as secret as a lawsuit can get.

When the Consumer Product Safety Commission two years ago launched SaferProducts.gov, a database allowing consumers to report and learn about hazardous products, it was inevitable that some business would go to court to keep a customer’s complaint private.

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Altered rules let ex-Hallandale city manager’s son-in-law join lucrative pension plan

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Hallandale Beach officials altered city pension guidelines to enable the son-in-law of former city manager Mike Good to join a lucrative management-only pension plan after it was closed to additional employees.

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Insurance firm accused in smear told to pay $6 million to owners of Pompano Beach company

By Michael Pollick
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
A Broward County Circuit Court jury has levied a $6 million judgment against FCCI Commercial Insurance Co. for breaching a contract and maliciously prosecuting the owners of a Pompano Beach-based woodworking company, Custom Wood Creations Inc.

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Has Obama Kept His Open-Government Pledge?

By Jennifer LaFleur
ProPublica
After eight years of tightened access to government records under the Bush administration, open-government advocates were hopeful when Barack Obama promised greater transparency.
Four years later, did the president keep his promise?

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Broward Health’s liability in federal kickback probe estimated at $100 million

By Karla Bowsher
BrowardBulldog.org
Broward Health faces $100 million in potential civil liability due to an ongoing federal anti-kickback investigation into whether it submitted false Medicare and Medicaid claims. “We’re looking at, I’ve heard, up to $100 million,” said Broward Health Commissioner David Di Pietro.

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Will Democrats sell your political opinions to credit card companies?

By Lois Beckett
ProPublica.org
For years, state Democratic parties have been gathering information about individual voters’ political leanings. They have noted down the opinions voters shared with canvassers — which candidates they said they supported or their positions on policy issues. Now, the record of what people told Democratic volunteers may go up for sale — and not just to political groups.

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